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||Hello Biscuit Lovers,|
I remember cartoonies from my childhood. As they are no longer widely available I have replaced them in my lunchbox with "Hello Panda" biscuits. They meet all Nicola's requirements too, as they are small; spherical; chocolate filled; decorated with a cartoon (fore mentioned panda doing lots of exciting activities, like smelling a flower and driving a car); and they come in a box which has a little foil bag inside to keep them fresh, not that that's a problem in my house.
I'm not sure how easy it is to get hold of them outside Liverpool, but I get mine in Chinese supermarkets. A box costs about 85p, pricey I know, but they're worth it.
To save Nicola from disappointment I feel I must place my hand on my heart and admit that Hello Panda's are not as nice as Cartoonies, this may be because Cartoonies have been elevated in my estimation due to their departure from the shelves, but I think it's probably the inferior chocolate.
Hope this is helpful,
(By the way, a friend bought me a box of the strawberry flavour 4 months ago, and they are still in my cupboard, enough said.)
|Biscuit Enthusiast Mandy
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|I saw the mail from Tom Alred and can, indeed, confirm that I have tried M&S extremely chocolatey mini bites.|
They are extremely chocolatey, in fact exactly as described on the plastic tub in which they are packaged. and take the form of a growth stunted mini roll, coming in varieties of orange and milk chocolate. Very rich, very sickly; but very delicious. I'm sure there are all sorts of activities to which they might lend themselves! :-)
As for the totally chocolate covered Jaffa Cakes. I have never seen those, although they sound very good indeed.
Btw, Nicey. I have now eaten about four Tim Tams and am completely smitten. Were I not due to get married in three weeks, and in dire need of fitting in a posh frock, I might investigate some other flavours. Alas, that will have to wait. :-)
|Nicey replies: Yes whilst we were at the Tim Tam launch Biscuit Enthusiast Mandy, valiantly volunteered to supervise the younger members of staff. For her bravery she received a pack of Double Coat Tim Tams which we liberated from Australia House.|
Jacob's Orange Club Review
|I wondered what had happened to the Club biscuit. I had one in my lunch-box every day when I was at secondary school from 1971 to 1978 - I make that about 1500 clubs give or take. They were wonderful - how sad that they have been reduced to a shadow of their former glory. My favourite was the fruit one, which came in a purple packet with (I seem to remember) a bunch of grapes on the front. The mint was in a green wrapper with mint leaves. The orange, not surprisingly, an orange wrapper with - guess what - an orange. But the unflavoured milk-chocolate one had I think a golf ball on it - or was that the plain chocolate one ? Also there was one in a light blue wrapper. Sic transit gloria mundi.|
I can believe the solid chocolate club story as I once had the same experience with a KitKat. I wonder if an accident at the production line with the clubs led to smeone inventing the Yorkie bar !
|Nicey replies: Solid chocolate KitKats are actually very common occurrence. The Yorkie bar was actually made by the same folks that made the KitKat at the time, Rowntree Mackintosh. The Yorkie was an attempt to make snacking on chocolate appeal to the largely untapped male segment of the market. Interesting that they are now using that same message to actually advertise back to the female consumer, by baiting them. Anyhow they liked the bloke driving the truck as well as the chocolate from the outset.|
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|Tim Tans are on the streets for London already but at a price! From the Australia Shop in covent garden at about £3 a packet but a must every time you go to London the caramels ones are best especially when used as a staw however twix bars come a close second when used in the same way another one to try!|
|Nicey replies: Yes, I think thats where our first review pack came from, and it looked to be a an Australian domestic pack. The ones in Tescos are export versions as the packing has lots of Arabic on the back.|
|MessRoom P2 South Croydon
Plain Chocolate Gingernut Review
|We at the London ambulance service have discovered a miracle in the world of Ginger biscuits, It is..... The Mcvities chocolate covered ginger biscuit. It needs no witty comment, nor some deep intellectual comment. Just lie back and enjoy.|
Yours truly, W.H.Warlord and R.Mellie