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McVities Taxi Review
|Dear Nicey, Just a wee, not really tea nor biscuit related correction to your comments about Taxi. The Taxi TV show ends with the woman saying "Goodnight Mr. Walters" not Mr. Brooks (ye gods, that is unless this was somehow changed in the UK). The bit refferred to the John Charles Walters Company, which was the show's production company, and oddly - according to my research - seems to have no John Charles Walters working there. (!!) As usual your website has left me loaded with anticipation about (and terribly hungry for) my next trip to the UK and what biscuits await me there. Keep up the fine work! Yours - Erin, Boston USA|
|Nicey replies: Thanks for picking me up on my wobbly memory.|
||Dear Nicey and the Wife,|
I have recently taken to buying a packet of what I would describe as "luxury" biscuits with my weekly shop. By "luxury" I mean any biscuit which contains a plastic tray within the outer wrapper. In recent weeks I have chomped my way through various flavours of Tim Tam, Boasters and an American Boaster look-alike which was inferior to the original Boaster due to the American's inability to manufacture proper chocolate.
In all cases, I noticed that the packs contained nine biscuits. This creates a problem since I have two children and, after eating two biscuits each, there is always one left to argue over.
Surely it would make more sense to provide 12 biscuits to a pack, this number being divisible by 1, 2, 3 or 4. Less chance of an argument in the standard nuclear family unit.
|Agness Shigeko Kaku
Abbey Crunch Review
|How could this be happening?|
I thought my local market had stopped stocking Abbey Crunch, and had asked the assistant manager to resume carrying them. I mean, what other explanation was there? I never imagined that any biscuit company would be insane enough to kill off the Best Biscuit Ever Invented. I love that slightly caramelized, oaty taste, the beautiful compact size, the surprising resilience (when was the last time you opened up a pack of Abbey Crunch and found half the biscuits shattered? Never, that's when.). Where am I going to get my fix? I remember once having a Fortnum & Mason's biscuit with a similar flavor when I was very young, but I can't recall its name. No doubt that's long gone too. Perhaps McVities can publish the Abbey Crunch recipe into the public domain if there's no hope of seeing it return to the shelves.
A. S. Kaku
McVities Taxi Review
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Taxis were originally blue. I remember the New York taxi-style chequered bit but they certainly weren't orange. Can anyone else remember?
|Nicey replies: I know what your saying, I thought it might be latent Bandit memories though.
||Thought you would like to hear some view on this from our man in Boston, in the good ol' US of A, and perhaps share them with the entire biscuit community:|
Well, wafers are the workhorses of the biscuit world and do not get anywhere near the recognition they deserve as they are so frequently hidden by chocolate, Kit Kat being a prime example. Enjoyment of wafer based snacks should not preclude one from other more solid snacks such as digestives or ginger snaps, although the pink wafer has done the community no good in the long run, still being the image most have of the wafer in general. There have been concerted efforts over the years by the progressive, modernist wafer movement to have the inclusion of pink wafers in biscuit selections limited (a total ban was seen as impractical). These have had limited success, the biggest coup to date being the removal of all pink wafers from Asda's family Deluxe assortment in the late 90's.
Live and let live, really. Let us not be filled with hatred for these wafers....let us not use them as scapegoats for all that is wrong with the world, let us embrace them......and dunk them carefully for they are fragile when soggy.
Alex "Garibaldi" Levovich