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During a conversation at work, diverting from our usual topic of how to better serve the customer & improve efficiency, I discovered something unnerving in common with my colleague, Trish. It was one of those moments, normally experienced by teenagers, when you discover something long consider
a dark secret, & possibly very shameful, may in fact be common and even the topic of a popular opera or musical: the eating of digestives with butter. Delicious. Move aside ambrosia, throw away your stodgy manna, these slices of the godhead came close to replacing the communion wafer in our house on a Sunday. They were eaten by myself and my family in southern Ireland, and, now I know, by at least one other family, located on the periphery of
Dublin. I am sure this was not a recommended serving suggestion. Maybe it's a mutation of the Irish love of butter and our custom of spreading it with more fever than sense, much as the Scot's love of deep fat frying leads to unholiness with Mars bars and the Soviet passion for vodka to the defilement
of tea. Who knows. Regardless, from this revelation, I am bravely sticking my neck out and asking for others with similar tastes to come forward. If there is enough of us, we can change the parameters of normality and push back the tide of night, loosening the chains of convention and blessing all kinds of bizarre unions.
|Nicey replies: Yes we have just returned this very afternoon from a biscuit safari through the Republic, where I admired some Jacob's Digestives in a petrol station in Carrick-upon-Shannon before settling for the big pack of fig rolls on special offer. I was also very interested to see Jacob's branded Café Noir biscuits. I could have stayed for many minutes longer but the Wife was waiting outside in the car with the younger members of staff.|
||Thought you may be interested to know that in my local Sainsbury's I recently came across what was to all intents and purposes a Dundee biscuit. Made in the instore bakery, the biscuit had the same taste (so far as I can remember, it must be 15 years since I last had a genuine Dundee) texture, and ability of the chocolate to melt onto your fingers as soon as you pick it up. The only thing that was missing was the Dundee branding across the biscuit, not enough to diminish my enjoyment. The biscuit cost 70p. Quite expensive for a single biscuit, but well worth every penny for a trip down memory lane.|
||Dear Nicey and Scott Wilding,|
Recently I found some Cadbury's animals in a shop near me in Reading. They were packaged in the box of old. Whether this indicates that they are still made like this, or that the grocer in question keeps stock of dubious vintage, I am not sure. I didn't buy them to test as I had only enough money for the jar of marmite I was purchasing at the time.
|Nicey replies: Tim
Thanks, thats the second report we've had of proper Animal biscuits in boxes. I'll keep a sharp look out for some next time I'm buying Marmite.
Bahlsen Orange Choco Leibniz Review
A British friend (in London) has just sent me your website address (via an American friend!!). So here am I sitting in Germany feeling EXCEEDINGLY MIFFED that Bahlsen has decided to launch their orange biscuits with you UK residents. I was somewhat mollified that they were launching it in milk choc, cos I would go for "Edelherb" every time and I think it suits orange better anyway. I mean, Terry's red orange is a lot better than the blue one, oder?
I shall drop in for a sit down and a chat more often, now that I know you exist!
what ever happened to Cadburys animal biscuits-does any one know if they
still sell them?
|Nicey replies: Well all the Cadbury's stuff is made by Burton's foods and they still make Cadbury's animals. However, present day animal biscuits aren't really comparable to those of old. Todays, are in mini-format in snack bags. The biscuit is quite dark for a shortcake. Old style Animal biscuits came in a box, the animals were proper zoo/circus type ones rendered in a rich pale shortbread. The chocolate had a distinctive wavy piped pattern, and I considered them to be a delicacy.