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Kathryn Hall's description of the Irish 'Mikado' seems to indicate a biscuit identical in all relevant faculties to an Australian classic, viz. the Arnott's 'Iced VoVo'. As a recent immigrant myself I have only recently become aware of the folkloric position in Australian biscuit culture of the same and remain ignorant of their provenance. Perhaps they were smuggled in by some Irish people planning a party, then escaped and became naturalised?
|Nicey replies: Interesting theory, maybe all the native species of marshmallow topped biscuits were driven to extinction by the introduced tea time treat. |
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
I am outraged by the sickeningly bias result of your biscuit test it is obvious that just becase you are a pommy loving basterd you gave any compliment at all to McVities (McSpities) crappy imitation of the legendary arnotts Tim-Tam. Being a former Australian now living in Manchester I have tasted both the Tim-Tam and Penguin on many occations and I could say under oath that the only thing remotely good is the cheap (and nasty) price of the imposer.
From Ben McElduff.
p.s. There are many other varieties of tim-tam such as caremel, double chocolate and white chocolate and all of these are completely superior to any type of penguin.
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|Mr Nicey, you deserve a Henry Kissinger Award (or something) for your tactful and diplomatic handling of the Penguin vs Tim Tam War. We nice, quiet, modest old gentlemen down here in The Land Of The Tim Tam are grateful. Well, I mean. Never mind the Wars of the Roses -- you've probably averted a dreadful revenge attack in the War of the Ashes.|
Lt Col Sir Ernest ggrope-Kneightley, OAP (retd)
I am delighted to be able to shed light on the whereabouts of the Mikado biscuit, or should I say 'biscuit' (spelt exactly the same, but said with un accent de Francaise).
On a recent trip to France, spoilt only by the French, and France, I chanced upon a packet of the afore mentioned Mikado (on special offer*) and splashed out a few Euro nuggets on a multi pack. Unlike Mr D & Ms Goldsmith I had never encountered such a biscuiting entity but was pleasantly surprised. They look like sparklers, but taste a lot nicer (you'd also be advised not to light a Mikado)
I do in fact have a small supply in a cupboard somewhere at home, so if Mr D and Ms Goldsmith would like to pop round this evening, I'll probably be in between 7 and 9, I would be delighted to crack open a pack. I'll leave a key under the mat. (Just notice you live in Australia Ms Goldsmith, you'd better get your skates on. Perhaps you could come in your 'Ute' ??)
(*They were amusingly on special offer, like many other items in France, as the manufacturers had made thousands of special World Cup packets with pictures of the 'successful' French Football team on, only to be knocked out instantly!!!)
Jacob's Mikado Review
|I too remember the Mikado biscuit. I used to longingly gaze at themwhen shopping with my mother who would never let me have them. They were at the echelon of biscuit poshness and I used to imagine grown ups laughing, drinking wine and delicately noshing at them.|
When I reached the age where I could decide what I wanted to buy in the biscuit department I finally bought a box. Excitedly, I didn't wait till I reached home, but scoffed them right there at the till - and boy they didn't disappoint.
I am greatly saddened that Mr D hasn't been able to find them as they are truly great. I can't really help though as I am in Australia where, yes, they do love Tim-Tams. I however think they are a poor, lighter imitation of a Penguin and am distinctly unimpressed.