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|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.
|Hey Nicey, |
It has been brought to my attention that you currently have the Toffeypop as biscuit of the week. This has now brought a debate from over a year ago (which took place on your site between Mr Mark Daszkiewicz and I) back to the forefront, and feel it would only be fair for the malted milk, or my personal preference, the chocolate malted milk, to take centre stage as not only biscuit of the week, but the biscuit of the new generation of bic-aholics.
I remember when you joined in my malted crusade Nicey. Don't let me down in my hour of need.
|Nicey replies: Yes I remember it well. I probably would still give it to the chocolate malted milk in a fair fight as its such good value very tasty and has pictures of cows. I also noticed that Asda are now stocking Toffypops which is good. Maybe we'll do|
Happy Faces Review
|I have recently noticed a correlation in the biscuit universe with a brand of reformed and shaped potato type thing known as Smiley Potato. While superficially similar, the potato variety is no good for dunking, and has no jam.|
But the real truth comes to light once you actually cook Smiley Potato. Before they go under the grill, they are innocent and as the name suggests, smiley.
Once cooked, the awful reality is that they resemble evil grinning burnt demon faces, and thus become difficult to consume, if not impossible.
I think it's a safe assumption that once dunked, Smiley Face biscuits do not distort and turn to evil, but remain good natured even when mashed into a slurry and sent stomachward.
Is this a conspiracy to ruin the image of Smiley Faces?
|Nicey replies: Actually on reflection most of the Happy Faces look a lot like gargoyles.
One of my clients recently drew my attention to your site. I am very interested in the Jaffa Cake debate - I agree that it is a cake (the name clearly gives it away) but do you think that they have got smaller - perhaps I have become greedier in my old age. The problem is that my client pointed this out to me last week and to test this I bought 1 standard sized box of Jaffa Cakes - I scoffed the lot within the hour and could have had more. I do remember when 3 or 4 Jaffa Cakes would have sufficed to satisfy my craving but 12 just wasn't enough! I am objective enough to admit that I am slighlty heavier than I was in my youth (although obviously I keep myself trim) and therefore the problem may be my own making. Please could someone help me as I am becoming increasingly worried about this!
|Nicey replies: Jamie,
Worry no longer, Jaffa Cakes haven't got smaller, you are just less easily satisfied. Put what ever spin on this you like, positive or negative. You may be moved to ponder the meaning of our personal journeys through life, or step back and re-evaluate your lifestyle and what you would like to achieve. Alternatively you could just start buying the double packs, and up the workout regime.