Lidl have a new product: Caramel Wafer Bars. They look surprisingly like the real thing (that wonderful Scottish biscuit): the Tunnock’s Milk Chocolate Coated Caramel Wafer but my husband says they are less sugary (I can’t tell as I’ve yet to do a blind tasting). As with most Lidl look-a-likes they are about half the price of the original.
I should imagine that selling clones could be challenged by the originator as ‘passing off’, but Lidl don’t seem to have a problem. Often when I go into Lidl and walk past the alcohol shelves I think that I’m back in some 1980s Spanish supermarket where they used to sell ‘counterfeit’ bottles of Gordon’s Gin barely distinguishable from the real thing). Lidl also has another look-a-like ‘Scottish’ product: ‘Iron Brew’ (label features man wearing a kilt), clearly a cheap version of Irn Bru.
Back to another Scottish Tunnock’s product (not cloned by Lidl): the Tunnock’s Teacake (unsurpassed by any other teacake as far as I’m concerned), here’s a bizarre story about exploding Tunnock’s Teacakes in a 1960s RAF V Bomber!