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|Hello there Nicey.|
If that subject header didn't attract your attention, I don't know what will. Yes. Yes, the long lost Hobnob 'bar'.
I'm not sure of exactly when this McVitie hybrid made it's debut, but I have fond memories of holidaying in Cornwall and buying them individually for 12p a pop. And I was hooked.
1986 was the year, and it's one for the books - McVitie's had only gone and created an oblong Hobnob biscuit which was perfect for both sandwiching a butter-cream-like filling and having itself wrapped in a milk chocolate coating. The wrapper was blue and, if my memory serves me right, was a precursor to the then non existent milk chocolate covered Hobnob which we today accept as normal teabreak practice.
Now, I know this all happened 18 years ago, and some of my 'facts' may be childish fiction but, damn it, I can't forget how good they were - they must have been; I clearly remember a 'six pack' lasting only ten seconds at home.
It was one of the best summers of my youth. And every now and then I stop and wonder what in the world what became of them.
Nicey. Maybe I haven't looked properly on your site, but I can't find reference to them. It's like they never existed. And I know they did (they're no doubt to blame for any one of my habitual/ritualistic
tendencies). So maybe you could help me.
What did happen to them? Can you remember them and, (one can only dream) are they still available anywhere in the world?
Whatever you do, don't mention 'Gold Bars'.
Same holiday, same emotions, different biscuit.
FYI: This may be irrelevant, but I also came back from this holiday with a maverick chocolate bar (a little off the biscuit tracks, I know) by Cadbury, called a 'Spira'. They never appeared in my hometown of Colchester for a few years, so I wonder if Cornish folk had something over us East Anglians?
|Nicey replies: Ahh in 1986 I was destitute having recently graduated from University, so these HobNob bars were probably a bit too extravagant for me. At the time I think I was subsisting on Gingernuts and Digestives. Still they do sound vaguely familiar. As for Spiras they seemed like flakes that had suffered some kind of melting accident and didn't seem to me to advance the state of the art. You can still get Gold bars though last time I looked.|
Warmed by the impending British summer treats of Wimbledon tennis and hose pipe bans, my sister and I decided to take our first Picnic of the year over to Kew Gardens yesterday. No sooner had we sat down on our Iceland carrier bags and started on the sarnies than we felt the portentous first spots of rain. Being British and therefore prepared for this eventuality – our picnic was packed up within 30 seconds and we made our way to one of the greenhouses to take shelter just before torrents of Biblical proportions began.
I soon become astounded by the brilliance of the average Sunday picnicker. Everybody grabbed a spot to sit down and out came Sunday papers, cushions, and an array of Tupperware clad food stuffs. Being similarly equipped ourselves; I took out my Funday Times and our packet of Crunch Creams. We were passing a pleasant few minutes when our neighbour interrupted us to ask if he might swap some tea from his thermos for a few of our crunch creams. Of course we obliged – and I had one of my most enjoyable cups of tea ever experienced, as I sat in the tropical heat of the greenhouse, listening to the torrents of rain on the glass, drinking a well brewed cuppa, whilst discussing the joys of rambling with an elderly couple from Surbiton.
Long may British Summertime reign – and with it Generous Thermos glad ramblers!
|Nicey replies: We had a nice cup of tea and a sit down in the Cambridge Botanic gardens about two weeks ago, again on a rainy day. We were driven out of the glasshouses due to the younger members of staff deciding to be scared of the carnivorous plants.|
Lidl's Choco Softies Review
|Am in agreement with Tracey. In Switzerland these biscuits used to be called Tetes de Negre. Highly offensive and I believe they are now called something else. I have been tempted by all the reviews and will be buying some tonight.|
Lidl's Choco Softies Review
I was extrememly excited to see that you had chosen Lidl's Choco Softies for your biscuit of the week. Having spent most of my formative years in Germany, (this being the result of parents who thought it was a good idea to join the armed forces and then see how children with ginger hair coped with a new school every two years) I was always very partial to this particular tea-time treat.
However, I thought I should bring to your attention the fact that the comedy name may well have been introduced for a very good reason as when we used to purchase this goey gem, it was then known as 'Neger Kusse', a name which I am sure you will agree is not only provocative but highly offensive. Maybe the renaming was a good way of diffusing what probably was a highly volatile marketing strategy. Or maybe it's just a variaton on a them.
Lidl's Choco Softies Review
|Hello. My name is Richard. I like Cake.|
After my brother David told me that Lidl (no less) were selling some sort of giant "Lyons Chocolate Teacake", I jumped at the chance to go with him and experience the Lidl mayhem at the Staple Tye branch in Harlow Essex. I must say that even after eating many of the Lyons Chocolate Teacakes in the past, I have never seen a teacake quite like the Super Dickman.
Much like Trina had explained, the outer shell is vulnerable to melting under the heat of a fingertip, though I can imagine that a short period in the fridge would help in this matter. The wafer base has much to be desired in my books. It has that "all too farmiliar" wafer taste, leaving the confectioner with a mouth full of slimy ice-cream cone crap, and does not qualify the Super Dickman as a cake as such.
Being on a biscuit base and with a less "dark" flavour to the chocolate, the Lyons Chocolate Teacake in my view, does qualify as a cake.
Overall, the Super Dickman was a pleasant and Nice experience, though I feel that despite its similarities with the Lyons Teacake it remains in the category of "Seaside Confectionary" rather than a cake due to its wafer base and dark chocolate coating.
|Nicey replies: Richard,
Full marks for the 'seaside confectionary' comment, I think you have gotten very close to the truth with that one. Mind you Germany is not over endowed with coastline so while it helps us personally come to terms with the teutonic treat, we are still none the wiser as to its origins.
I'm not one for marking things out of ten, but I would certainly give it higher points for originality and name.