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||I am hoping that you can settle a discussion that I have been having with a work colleague on the subject of chocolate biscuits. |
I am of the view that chocolate biscuits should be stored in the fridge in order that they do not melt, particularly in the current hot weather. However my colleague says this is wrong as biscuits stored in this way taste of 'cold', whatever this means.
My personal belief is that my colleague is from another planet, however I have no proof of this.
p.s. Great website
|Nicey replies: Lee,
Well I think there is something in both points of view. Personally I would say the chilling the biscuits will affect their flavour, with it being diminished somewhat. However, I don't much care for limp on the verge of melting biscuits. So yes keep them in the fridge in the summer, but allow them to warm a little before eating so that the flavour can be appreciated.
If your colleague is from another planet then he will most likely have a very different appearance, perhaps extra limbs and he may not be bilaterally symmetrical favouring some higher order of symmetry such as the five fold symmetry of the Echinoderms such as starfish and sea-urchins. His body chemistry may also be very different requiring him to breathe a mixture of gases that would be toxic to us. His eyes may be sensitive to parts of the spectrum we can't see like the ultra violet. He may also be adapted for life in a gravity field that is weaker or stronger than that which we are used to, with a short stocky build or long graceful but brittle bones. Does any of this ring true?
It is good to see the ToffeePop once more, if only in pictoral form. As a 'cake person', almost literally thanks to the cake-fuelled belly I have grown, I do like a biscuit with something resembling cake to it. In this case, the presence of a squidgy layer.
What the ToffeePop means most to me is pathos. It means after-Sunday-dinner bloating at Nanna's watching Bullseye in the 1970s. Then, it was a luxury biscuit, and actually more than that, it was a modern, groovy, funky, down-with-the-kids, anti-traditional biscuit. It harks back to an era when
all manufacturers had to do to be youth-minded and anti-establishment was to insert the word 'pop' as a suffix or prefix. Or to have Cheggars play it. The irrational capitalisation of the 'p' in the middle of a word, that was just crazy man. In the '70s, pop was the new rock. Adults didn't understand it. It was to be a new way of life. David Cassidy definitely ate ToffeePops. Probably before his dinner. With a PandaPop.
And now you can only get them in Spar. If they had classic status to fall back on, like the coconut cream, they could stand their ground, but in their gaudy packaging it's like they persist in pretending they represent youth, like Roger Daltry singing 'My Generation'. They have charm, like the British seaside resort, but their once-great significance is now only pathos. Like the beach at Selsay lined with residential homes, the ToffeePop has beauty only to those who remember it as it once was.
|Nicey replies: Very moving, but as I said you can now get them in Asda.
It is clear that biscuits are now regaining the place at the forefront of the national psyche - The Guardian today has a preview supplement for the new football supplement, in which each team in the premiership has an 'If they were a biscuit' section. Definitely worth a look if you're not particularly up to speed with all the teams as it will allow you to bluff most convincingly.
Loving the site,
|Nicey replies: Yes, I was just discussing that with my Book editor. Some of their comparisons, are a bit iffy but I suppose that is journalistic license. Also the Sports writers at the Guardian are not unaware of our work, Wifey has been in touch with them in the past.|
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|Nicey replies: Oh yes very handy. Where is the packet it came in?|
||Further to Jim Urpeth’s post about seemingly there only being one biscuit named after a philosopher (the Chocolate Leibniz – Yay! – Blessed be its Holy Name) I have to draw his attention to another philosophical biscuit. Or possibly a whole biscuit subspecies.|
He will know of the American philosopher John Rawles and his book “A Theory of Justice”. Rawles proposes a justice system in which a “Person (in the) Original Position” (POP) who has no choice to opt for a particular position in life, would select a system of justice and opportunity which favours everyone equally.
The biscuit manufacturers of the world, being mindful of making their products equally available to all, have celebrated this by naming their products “X Pops”. Hence Toffee Pops, etc.
I feel sure his quiz winners will appreciate the enhanced biscuit choice exposure provided by the incorporation of “X Pops” biscuit varieties as prizes.
By the way, apart from the Jammy Dodger, are there any other biscuits named after Dickens characters? Perhaps an English Literature academic could enlighten us…
Biscuit manufacturers note: I eagerly await Micawber’s Munches, Verisopht’s Viennese, Madame Mantalini’s Moments, Wackford’s Wafers, Squeers’ Sandwich, etc.