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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.
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|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.
|Hello once again Nicey,|
At last the Toffypop has taken it's rightful place on your site, for which I congratulate you. As m'colleague Siobhan has attested, the furious debate of Toffypop vs. Malted Milk began anew as a result of this topic, though being a little older (and I like to think more cultured), I believe I now have room in my heart and cupboard for both biscuits. The Toffypop is still a delicious, if rarely found treat (I have to make a 30 mile pilgrimage to the nearest Safeway to get mine), though the malted milk is one of the sturdy biscuit foundations on which the giants of the biscuit world have been able to evolve these more intricate comestibles.
This being the case, I must admit that the radical in me has been overtaken by a hint of traditionalism - I firmly believe that for dunking and general purposes the malted milk should remain untarnished by chocolate - I feel it's rather like trying to play an lovely old Bing Crosby record with a phat jungle remix - an unnecessary variation on a soothing classic.
Thank you for your time and well honed biscuit acumen.
Your humble servant,
PS. On a side note, two years on and I still haven't seen an Iced Shortie in the shops. I find this both distressing and deeply moving.
I've just discovered your website, which is great. I was particularly pleased to see the Abernethy reviews and discussion.
Does anyone remember Abernethys being larger than they are now? Although I was born and brought up in London, my parents were from Glasgow and I remember that one of the treats of my youth was the packet of Abernethys brought by visiting relatives, or even better the packets we could eat when we visited Glasgow.
I discovered Simmers Abernethys in Waitrose a couple of years ago, but my mum and I agreed that they weren't quite like the Abernethys we remembered from years back.
Can any Scottish correspondents throw any light on this?
|Nicey replies: Perhaps it could simply be the WagonWheel effect at work.