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Rich Tea Review
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Steve James, MD
Big Biscuit Limited
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||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.
If you want to know about biscuits named after newsreaders one must go back to the golden age of newsreading - the 1970's.
If it were not for Kenneth Kendall we would never have had Kendal Mint Cake (the variant spelling was due a mix-up in the Marketing Department). And who can forget Richard Baker, who although never having a biscuit named directly after him, has the surname and on-screen gravitas that would suggest his biscuit making credentials are impeccable.
I think 'Moira Stuart' would make a tasty (probably shortbread based) biscuit - don't you agree.
With respect to Mr Urpeth's message, I assume he has discounted the "Fig Newton" from the list of biscuit philosophers? I believe that Mr Newton was sitting down, and quite possibly drinking a nice cup of tea, as he rationalised the clockwork universe.
|Nicey replies: Good point but I always had Newton down as a Mathematician / Physicist. Actually the Fig Newton is named after a suburb of Boston, and Figs.
Bahlsen Orange Choco Leibniz Review
|For some years my colleagues and I have relied exclusively on 'Choco-Leibniz' biscuits for prizes in our 'induction week' philosophy quiz - often accompanied by the rash claim that they are the 'only biscuit to be named after a philosopher'. As a professional philosopher I wouldn't want to make a false claim if it could possible be avoided and so, if anyone knows of any other biscuit explicitly named in honour of a philosopher I'd be very grateful to hear about it. It would also enable us to introduce some variety into our portfolio of quiz prizes. By the way, I'm interested in this respect in genuine, long-standing brands made by established biscuit manufacturers rather than 'gimmicks' produced by various philosophy and|
other web sites (e.g. the 'Will to Power' candy bar bearing Nietzsche's portrait). Can we read any cultural significance into the fact that, if it is the case, only 'continental' biscuit companies name their products after philosophers?
|Nicey replies: Jim,
That's quite a profound question, which is to be expected given your line of work. A quick check of the list of leading philosophers didn't bring up any, although you never know McVities may be working on a nice chocolate Schopenhauer. Mostly we get asked 'Are there any other biscuits named after revolutionaries, apart from the malted milk.. sorry Garibaldi?', or 'Are there any other biscuits named after European Royal dynasties apart from the Bourbon?'.
Perhaps we should be asking are there any biscuits named after famous newsreaders such as Anna's Swedish Thins, possibly named after Anna Ford. Also Gordon Honeycombe, who was very bald, should have had a biscuit named after him just because his name lends itself to it. I think I could quite easily see off 3 or 4 Gordon Honeycombes with a mug of tea, lovely.