British forces indulge sweet tooth
British forces serving in Afghanistan have a sweet tooth when it comes to choosing their favourite comforts from home, a study revealed.
Fizzy drinks and chocolate bars dominated a list of products servicemen and women buy as treats, according to a survey by NAAFI (Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes).
The study found that last year British forces munched their way through 923,583 bags of Haribo sweets.
The colourful bagged sweets topped a poll of popular items for soldiers during 2009.
Cold sugary drinks also featured strongly in the list, with Coke in second place selling almost 561,000 items, followed by Diet Coke, energy drink Gatorade and non-alcoholic Becks beer.
Semi-skimmed milk also proved popular, keeping up the British tradition of the tea break.
Lay's chips and McVitie's Mini Cheddars proved to be the most sought-after savoury snacks, selling 98,000 and 76,000 respectively.
Shower gels, deodorants and comfy pillows were also seen as essential items by serving personnel.
NAAFI provides home comforts and convenience to service personnel and their families through catering outlets, retail and leisure facilities around the world.
The forces' official trading organisation has just introduced free NAAFI Break tea for those on the front line in Afghanistan.