Cakes
Do you like sweets more now compared to when you were a child? Have you ever tried to make sweets or cakes? Do you eat cakes or sweets after your meal? What sweets are popular in your country?
Vocabulary
  • Sugar cravings (noun) - an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing for sweet things.
  • Sweet tooth (noun) - a great liking for sweet-tasting foods.
  • Texture (noun) - those properties of a food that are sensed by touch in the mouth and with the hands.
  • Unadulterated (noun) - (especially of food or drink) having no inferior added substances; pure.
  • Guilty pleasure (noun) - something pleasurable that induces a usually minor feeling of guilt.
  • To confect (verb) - make (something elaborate or dainty) from various elements.
  • Mass-produced (adj.) - manufactured in large quantities by an automated mechanical process.
Questions and answers
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Maria: Rory, let's talk about sweets and cakes. Do you like to eat sweets?

Rory: Well, yes, even though I know they're bad for me. I sometimes have sugar cravings. Actually, I increasingly have them these days, and they're very hard to ignore. So in short, yes, I do.

Maria: Do you like cakes?

Rory: Absolutely! My sweet tooth extends to all things with sugar. Although, I can't stand cakes with fruit in them, for some reason. I think there's something about the texture of dried fruit that I just don't like. But in general, yes, I do like cakes.

Maria: Do you like sweets more now compared to when you were a child?

Rory: Well, I think I liked them more when I was younger, since I wasn't aware of how bad they are for me and people in general. So it was kind of like an unadulterated joy to eat them all the time. And no, it's more like a guilty pleasure, because you know, you're enjoying it, but of course you shouldn't be because it's bad for you.

Maria: Have you ever tried to make sweets or cakes?

Rory: I did when I was a child. Though, I was never really any good at baking or confecting, if you will. I always preferred the eating over the making.

Maria: Do you eat cakes or sweets after your meals?

Rory: Sometimes... If it's a large event like a wedding, then you're usually obligated to order something more for dessert. Other than that, it doesn't happen very often. Actually, I wonder if this is a thing that's just with Scottish people, because it doesn't seem to happen in many other countries that you have desserts after big meals. So that's the thing...

Maria: What sweets are popular in your country?
Rory: Well, I think just about anything you care to name really. We've got Scottish tablet and toffee which are quite popular. Though, it's hard to say how much more than regular mass-produced sweets for America they are, like, Mars bars or Snickers, for example. So those are the ones that are from our country, and they're popular. But how popular I don't know.
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