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||Just a quick note to say that your website enabled me to have a 'proper' Christmas this year - that is one which included Chocolate Oliver biscuits. I had been monitoring the Huntley & Palmer website after news (on your site & in the Telegraph) that they were planning on manufacturing them this Christmas but it hasn't been updated since October, so your news that they were available at Waitrose sent me off to my local branch - no luck but I did find them at a larger branch the next day. Totally yummy & chocolatey.|
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Grace Ingram (Mrs)
I yield to no-one in my admiration for the (original) Hob Nob, especially as a (tea-)dunking biscuit. However, with coffee, rather than tea, I have long preferred the plain chocolate Hob Nob (obviously not dunked). I find these are becoming rarer and rarer, and now cannot reliably be sourced anywhere near here (I live in rural Derbyshire). None of the big supermarket chains seem to do them. I am reduced to buying them from petrol stations etc. when I find them.
Do you know anything about this shortage? Have they in fact reduced or (heaven forfend) ceased production? I noticed that before the unavailability problem there came the changed packaging - tubes rather than wrapped. I think they were trying to take them up-market. Can you or your other correspondents cast any light on this mysterious disappearance?
|Nicey replies: Yours is not the only message we have had about this, and indeed I was unable to find any when I last visited a Sainsbury's. Given the steadfast following that it enjoys it is a mystery as to why its failing to grace many a supermarket shelf. I'm assuming the demand is there, I don't imagine there is a problem with supply so I'm as perplexed as you.|
||Dear Nicey and Wifey,|
I had the pleasure of a cup of tea (in fact a whole pot all to myself), some biscuits, and a sit-down recently that was so wonderful I felt the need to blog about it.
Having blogged about it, the thought occurred to me that I should probably share it with you.
Seriously, if you ever find yourself in the Warwick/Leamington Spa area, seek out this cafe. You won't be disappointed.
|Nicey replies: The chocolate cakes do sound a bit out this world and certainly fit for a king, or at least a Prince of Wales.|
Cadbury's Fingers Review
|While on the hunt in Lidl Pontardawe for some nice, but cheap chocolate for a chocolate fountain for my daughters birthday party I stumbled upon the Mister Choc Biscuit Minis range. We were particularly taken by the Westminster, which is a mini version of a Cadbury's Chocolate finger, only even nicer. You didn't think that was possible, did you? Well I didn't, anyway.|
The biscuits come in 150g blue and red bags, emblazoned with attractive photos of the biscuits and a little union flag peaking out from behind their name. Each biscuit is about an inch and a half long, and much finer than the Cadbury version. The actual biscuit is a lovely crisp shortbread. The packet states that they are 48% chocolate, and wonderful chocolate it is. When we opened the packet it was completely empty within 5 minutes.
I had to go back to Lidl for cat food last night, and somehow 2 more bags of Westminsters found their way home with me. I've hidden one in the kitchen and the other has come to work to help me and my colleagues through a prolonged and hairy disaster recovery exercise. I'll save them for that moment of crisis in the wee small hours when chocolate is always most appreciated.
|Nicey replies: Yes the MisterChoc stuff does seem to be very good. Lots of people are very impressed by their Jaffa Cakes too. I will have to get a pack of Westminsters next time we are in a Lidls and try and banish the thoughts of last Lidls aberration we suffered.|
||Hi Nicey & Wifey|
It's fantastic to at last see a focus on one of the roots of our great culture, custard.
I for one suffer at the hands of a wife who is neither interested in:
and who has sought to indoctrinate the children in the ways of 'salad' and 'organic vegetables' and eschews the cornerstones of what I consider to be the point of eating, biscuits and custard.
I have however been stealthily making proper powder custard when the wife is away and feeding it to the children. With cake, and biscuits, and pie.
Personally I am currently veering heavily into chocolate cake made with Green & Blacks, liberally covered in warm custard, and mixed up a bit so it goes super gooey. This is a triumph, as I personally have to make the cake myself and the children help me by licking the bowl, spoons etc and then stuffing as much down their faces as possible. Any 'slops' that fall on the floor are immediately handled by our Border Collie, who becomes stealthy and ninja-like when the cake process is underway, darting from under the table as soon as a 'splat' is heard.
My wife has many other fantastic qualities, and one should not condemn for a lack of interest in tea, biscuits, custard and chocolate and cake.
However, as she has a degree in Philosophy, I am attempting to convince her that her position is Absurdist, but she simply implies that she doesn't like it and that fact leads to Existentialist Tension running through the household, which is to be welcomed.
Personally, I am not convinced. I just want biscuits, cake and custard.
|Nicey replies: Hoorah for you, the kids and the dog!
We also eat lots of salad and organic vegetables (we get a big box delivered every Thursday morning). Wifey too is not fussed on custard which we see as a positive advantage as it means more for the younger members of staff and me. She very sensibly slopes off at pudding time leaving us to it, whilst she marauds around the internet sorting it out.
Mind you Wifey has taught herself how to make cakes now which she is extremely proud of.
Cooking proper puddings with your kids is something you should be proud of too, and your too Wife even if she's not keen on them.