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Mint Viscount

Sunday 25 Aug 2002




Once again this week we turn to Burtons for our biscuit of the week, and to the classic Viscount. The Viscount has long enjoyed a prestigious place in the biscuit world, often taking center stage after the sandwiches at Sunday tea. Available in both Mint and Orange varieties, the Viscount has never strayed from this conservative two flavours path, shunning all other flavours, for reasons we can only guess at.

The Viscount design consists of a circular crunchy, slightly gritty biscuit base, with a small disc shaped blob of minty cream on top all covered in a fairly useful milk chocolate. Each biscuit is then wrapped in a square of colour coded foil, green for mint and orange for ... orange. Nowadays the foil also has words Viscount on it. The skilled Viscount eater will flatten out the foil and use it to make a small model or trinket.

Viscounts of old were highly regular affairs with their cream filling extending very close to the biscuit edge but today's Viscount seems to a bit chucked together. The review biscuit is by no means atypical with most of the packet looking like they had been in some sort of biscuit construction fight.

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McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive

Sunday 18 Aug 2002


This week we are reviewing another classic biscuit. There can be few biscuits which garner such respect as the McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive. Referred to by most, as simply 'Chocolate biscuits', they provide a figurehead for the entire chocolate biscuit world.

Due in no small part to the quality of its chocolate-less brethren the digestive, upon which it is based, McVities simply outclass all other contenders. The distinctive horisontal and vertical patterning in the chocolate also distinguish the McVities from other lesser biscuits. The quantity of chocolate used shows thoughtful restraint, resulting in a harmonious balance of biscuit and chocolate. This is good to see in these times when a an almost vulgar over use of chocolate is the resort of less talented biscuit manufactures.

Once again in the McVities rebranding fiasco they have not escaped entirely unscathed. Gone now is the 'Homewheat' brand, which so evocatively conjured images of nice sit downs, tea and chocolate biccies. I 'm glad to report, however, that the review biscuits came from a conventional packet, a 600g big value pack at that, rather than the canisters that they can also be obtained in.

So if you are ever worried about which biscuits to serve for any particular occasion, simply choose the McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive. You won't go wrong.

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Fox's Butter Crinkle Crunch

Sunday 11 Aug 2002


This week on NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown we are highlighting the plight of the biscuit tin and the role it plays in todays society. If ever there was a biscuit in need of a tin then the Fox's butter crinkle crunch is it.

Foxes have used all of their biscuit know how to push sugar up to ingredient number two, with wheat flour coming in first place, and butter in third. The resulting biscuit does not dissapoint, having an almost butter toffee flavour and a lovely crisp crunch. The biscuits also have pleasing little crevices over their surface, However, leave a packet opened and unsealed, the next day you'll have something closer to a stack of little round damp dishclothes.

Fox's are well aware of this vulnerability and have printed the following advisory message on the packet "To retain freshness, once opened, biscuits should be kept in an airtight container". Sound and authorative advice indeed. They could have equally written, "Either scoff these all down in one go, or bung them in a tin to stop them going all crap".

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