Some years ago, a married lad (Bob) from the Mumbles that I worked with told me that Pot Noodle saved him and his two children, from virtual starvation. I had purchased one, tried it and was utterly repulsed and was convinced that it was the food of the Devil!!
To be avoided at all costs.
Apparently, Bobs wife had done a wonderful job bringing up the kids to school age, and he worked as hard as he could to provide for them. There had not been time for Bob’s wife to progress her basic education and there was an all consuming itch within her, to succeed in an arena that she had never known.
She started with “O” and “A” levels part time, and that worked although Bob worked on a 24 hour shift rota, 7 days per week and she managed the family food by batch cooking. Then she got a place in Swansea Uni, on a Sociology Degree Course. For her, it really was all consuming and Bob said that he would look after the grub!! Before you knew it, she was awarded a First, and a place on a Doctorate Course as she had really thrown herself into the academic work. Bob was looking after the kids, except he really could not cook at all. But resourceful lad that he was, he had discovered Pot Noodle, the kids loved them and in what seemed to be the blink of an eye, his fabulous wife was awarded her PhD. I am not saying that this product was their only source of sustenance within the household but it was a very major part of it.
Sad to say that I lost touch with them, soon after.
But as improbable as it sounds, Pot Noodle played a major part in enabling a Swansea girl to find educational fulfilment, much later than most and demonstrate that “it” is never too late!!