Fairy Bread Is An Abomination

Image: iStock

Sometimes in life you lack perspective. Sometimes you’re just too close. To the situation, to the person. Sometimes untenable attitudes or ideas become normalised. Like they’ve always existed, like they cannot be questioned.

In cases like these it often takes a fresh set of eyeballs, a rogue outsider. It takes that radical voice in the crowd to shatter the illusion. The emperor has no clothes.

Today I am those eyeballs. Today I am that outsider. Today I am that voice in the crowd.

Australians, far and wide, I am sorry. This is the harsh truth I must bestow upon you. It’s going to be difficult, but you must hear this now.

Fairy Bread is an abomination.

Search your heart. Search your palate. You know it to be true.

Fairy bread. It is bread — white bread for that matter — doused in butter and drowned in sprinkles, a bizarre concoction that is literally sugar, cornstarch and vegetable oil. Australians eat this. Australians celebrate this.

Australians feed this to their children.

The first time I saw Fairy Bread was at a children's birthday party. The fairy bread’s natural habitat. Next to the cupcakes, sandwiched between the red cordial and the party pies.

This is a P-A-R-T-Y situation, I recognise this. A moment for kids to cut loose, snort that pure cane sugar through their nostrils and feel fucking alive. As a parent of two kids under the age of five I would never deny them this carnal pleasure: to eat things that are terrible for them; activate fucked parts of their brain so they can get on that bouncy castle and make it their bitch. I am not the party police.

Image: iStock

But Fairy Bread? Really? Is this what we’re gonna be feeding them? If we’re giving our kids carte blanche to get buck wild in the club we at least owe them a better class of snack. We at least owe them cupcakes or jelly and ice cream. We owe them a Golden Gaytime.

Fairy Bread is trash. It’s bread, which is shit. White bread, which is even worse. It’s bread combined with an otherwise forgettable ice cream topping. For no good reason butter is involved, presumably for its adhesive qualities, which is also overrated because if you’re making Fairy Bread at home you best prepare to be finding sprinkles in your carpet for months to come.

Flavour-wise, Fairy Bread is an odd choice. Nutritionally speaking it’s a bizarre living nightmare from which Australia refuses to wake. I grew up in Scotland, I know all about poor diet choices. From the age of 14 to 20 I drank literally nothing except milk and Irn Bru. We deep fry Mars Bars.

But I am in a unique position. I did not grow up in this cult. My childhood has no trace of Fairy Bread or its influences. My nostalgia is contained to Spectrum 48ks, Trapdoor and Fizzy Dizzlers. Fairy Bread has no power over me. I can bring you this important message and it doesn’t feel like a betrayal of my national identity. Fairy Bread is wrong, it’s a catastrophic, culinary error and that error must be rectified.

I cannot abide. The standard you walk past is the standard you accept. Fairy Bread is an abomination and Australia deserves better.


    I am 32 and have no shame stuffing a piece of this into my mouth on occasion.


      Amazing comment.

        Yeah well, it's no better than the article.
        Amazing article.

        I don't think you get his comment.
        he's being funny, in the same way that Trump dismisses every piece of news that disagrees with his opinion.

          I don't think you get my comment! I thought it was hilarious. I wasn't being sarcastic!

      Scaramucci, Scaramucci, will you do the Fandango?

    When I was growing up Fairy Bread was considered haute couture and to this day I find it irresistible. It's certainly no worse than some of the other crap kids shove down their throats these days, there is enough sugar in a can of fizzy drink to kill a dog. I will note though, that the bread in the above pic has no butter/margarine, that is a definite no-no in my book.

    Last edited 08/02/17 12:15 pm

      The butter is essential to stick the 100's and 1000's to the bread!

    Fairy Bread is an Aussie staple! I suppose your next article will be bashing Vegemite.

      OMG Combine the two.... Vegemite Fairy Bread.

        That's is so Australian that despite how bad it sounds I'm almost tempted to try it despite how god awful it sounds.

        Then I thought of nutella

          Now THATS an abomination.

            Wait... pure sugar over fat over bleached bread is fine, but hazelnut spread is where you draw the line?

          why stop there, vegemite nutella fairy bread. make a TRUE abomination.

        That could work.. The saltiness of the vegemite & the sugar of the sprinkles combined might be nice. Then again I enjoyed that vegemite chocolate that cadbury put out, so i'm a little bit weird.

        Isn't "Vegemite Fairy" considered hate speech these days?

    I think im going to call immigration and get you deported for this Serrels!

    Chocolate crackles are another birthday essential in my experience. Don't know that I've ever been to a party that hadn't had both fairy bread and choc crackles!

      Oooh, Chocolate crackles... Far better than Fairy Bread, with or without butter/Margarine! ;)

        Chocolate crackles, the poor substitute for a honey joy

          Never heard of a honey joy before..... perhaps I know it as a different name?

              Hmm. I know I've had those plenty of times but the name doesn't ring a bell. Unless I've just forgotten it entirely...

              Also @tigerion, chocolate crackles are the poor man's chocolate spiders :P

                I don't think I've ever had those before! I think chocolate crackles again, are something from the days of the depression, that just kind of became a tradition. Cheap to make, as they only need rice bubbles, cocoa, and copha (and if you wanna be fancy, coconut)

                we knew them simply as honey crackles
                i noticed they were called honey joys on the side of the cornflakes box and that was probably the first time i seen them referred to that as such.

                Last edited 11/02/17 12:01 pm

              Ahhh yeah I know the snack. Not sure I've ever heard them referred to by a name before though!

    Ahhh I hate fairy bread, I just don't get it. What is about shitty shitty white bread and some barely tasteful sprinkles that do it for some many Australians.

      agree. it doesn't even taste nice.

    Look, I understand that you have a deep-seated need to be wrong about everything. That's fine. It's your prerogative. This is cheap and lazy.

    Parties are a chance to go nuts. To do something bonkers and unwind. Giving kids sugar rushes from food devoid of nutritional value is an Australian institution. It's as natural as footballers doing cocaine. We don't give footballers fairy bread and we don't give kids cocaine.

    This is a good thing. Don't mess it up just to be a contrarian.

    Don't forget the copious amount of butter to make it oh so toilet bowl licking tasty!
    Gross as. Can I come to your parties, as I think your food would be on the money!!

      You're talking to a man who spent an entire year eating porridge. Maybe not the best source of party food inspiration. Honey Joys or Porridge Joys? Chocolate Crackles or Porridge Crackles?

    I guess it does take an outsider to see how strange this "thing" is. I am in a extraordinarily similar shoes like Mark I grew up overseas so I can see where he is coming from and I complete agree his point of view. Even as a pure party food I don't see the attraction of it. Hopefully I boys (also both under 5) feel the same way I do.

    GTFO - NOW!

    In all honesty, it is pretty shit. Dutch chocolate sprinkles are the way to go rather than 100's & 1000's.

    For once I agree with the "love it or leave" slogan.

    I think Mark it's time for you to leave.

    Mark, as a proud Australian-born, I think you've swayed me.

    It is shit - it completely flatters to deceive with it's pretty colours and meaningless taste. It only exists on party menus because we've somehow been programmed. Own-up now - have you ever really honestly loved fairy bread? Mark is right - if the kids must have junk food (and they should), at least make it decent junk food.

    I'm going to up the ante here and also declare that Nutella is shit. It's a crappy cheap chocolate imposter.

    Nostalgia has a lot to answer for sometimes.

      Yeah nostalgia has more to do with it than anything I expect. I was brought up with fairy bread as a tradition for birthdays, and I assume it was passed down through the family, and all started as a result of the great depression back in the days when my parents where children. They didn't have a lot of money in those days, so I think fairy bread was a cheap, fun, colourful alternative to expensive cakes etc.

    Them's fightin words!!

    As a Aussie I don't mind some critique of our ways but this is bang out of order. Fairy bread is a right and we must fight for our right to fairy bread. Every child in this country has the right to eat a sub-par snack while at a party (or when I'm too lazy to actually cook dinner. Fairy bread dinner FTW).

    With that said I'm not big on butter so let me blow your minds, Nutella fairy bread.

    I was born in Italy and came to this great country as a youngster, and I love fairy bread. And nutella. And I'm generally a food snob.

    Regardless of any that, was it really necessary to write an opinion piece of fairy bread? It's not a lifehack, or a tech thing, or news, or anything.

    When you are a kid they taste amazing. When you are an adult they taste like sugar suspended in margarine on white bread.

    Could be worse, I always had double salted licorice at my parties (and still do) and kids used to throw up on that gear. Just one taste... Love the stuff!

    Bread and butter. Literally staples of diets of so many people, it becomes a phrase that means a means of livelihood.
    Now pour some sprinkles on top and you have the staple party snack of Australia.

    And therein lies the appeal. You get a colourful tasty treat which fills up the kiddies (as much as kiddies can ever be filled up), with practically no effort. It's the quintessential Aussie treat. No cooking, baking, freezing or even leaving to set for a period of time. Just whip some up while the party pies are in the oven. No worries!

    Chocolate crackles on the other hand - we can have a discussion about them.

      Exactly. Fairy Bread is not some culinary masterpiece, its a cheap and easy way to add colour and flavour to dull bread & butter... its for feeding the masses of children at a celebration.

      Its a classic from a time long ago 50s and 60s... in the modern new century, yes, with all the packaged foods and variety we have, this seems like an odd item to have. But its cultural icon everyone grew up with. Could be worse, before then, we just drowned bread in FAT and ate that.

    Let's put Fairy Bread in context. It comes from a time when many Australian homes lived by more modest means. Children would have received much simpler gifts and parents could not afford lavish parties for their children. Enter Fairy Bread, a cheap and colourful treat to brighten a birthday party.

      Exactly, as I said above - it's poor bogan party food. Never liked it, still don't like it.

        Just because someone doesn't have a lot of money, doesn't mean they're a bogan. But if we're going by that ruling, I guess we should say people who are well off are snobs who look down upon everyone for being poor, right?

          Yes, that's right. None of this fascinating social commentary changes the fact that fairy bread is disgusting.

            I have the same opinion of rice, I don't like the texture or bland taste.. but I'm not going to insult the billions of people eating it with a title saying it is 'poor peasant food'. Unlike you, I am not such a narcissist to impose my views on as many people as I can.

        ... it's poor bogan party food. Never liked it, still don't like it.

        Fine we've heard your opinion. Now shut up about and let the rest of us live our lives. No one cares if you or Mark don't like Fairy Bread. Go do something with your life like, oh I don't know, leave people the hell alone to enjoy whatever the hell they like.

        This is the problem with issues today - large and small. Everybody thinks they have a goddamned right to tell me what to think and denigrate my favoured institutions.

        As someone said earlier in the piece, and I'm quoting from my time living in the US - If you don't like it here - then leave.

          Certain degree of irony that you come here to espouse your opinion about how I shouldn't have an opinion. Nice logic fail.

          But hey, you and your bogan mates can enjoy all the disgusting fairy bread you like. It's a free country.

          EDIT: In case that was too subtle. Yes, I'm trolling you. I would have thought an IT geek would recognise trolling... apparently not.

          Last edited 11/02/17 5:35 pm

        I've known people who were alive during the Great Depression and spent much of their lives pretty poor, and they were FAR from being bogans. I prefer to think of modern bogans as being those who often make a pretty decent living doing pretty easy jobs, but still complain about being poor, and still hang shit on 'elitist' underemployed uni grads who are often poorer than they are. In other words, it's more about lack of taste than lack of money.

Join the discussion!

Trending Stories Right Now