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Thank you for your interest in the SA bisciut scene (re your review of bisciut of the week) I feel compelled to inform you that you were given a poor substitute for what can only be described as the creme de la creme of South African bisciut fare, namely the widely acclaimed
Chockits. There really is no substitiute, certainly not Romany Creams- the poor mans (nay, beggars) biscuit. I shall endeavour to forward a pack on to you, if one makes it's way to me- God willing.
|Nicey replies: There was another packet painstakingly hand couriered from SA, but due to an administrative error it was eaten before it found its way to us.
Anyhow keep us posted so to speak.
||I had a friend of mine from Oz send me some Tim Tams in a variety of flavors, and now I'm addicted. Unfortunatly I have been unable to find anywhere to purchase these delectable bisquits anywhere.|
My Aussie friend is sending me somemore, however it is a lot of work and I eat them very quickly. Especially when I have a hot cup of Vanilla Chai, to "Slam" them in.
How do I get a Tim Tam invasion here in the US?
|Nicey replies: Sorry no idea, as you can see they have only just become available in the UK. Arnotts do ship boxes of them anywhere in the world from their webstore to satisfy the homesick Aussies abroad. Its a bit pricey but it can be done.|
I am not sure if these wannabe's have been mentioned before (I did look) but here goes.....
Now I want to make this clear before I start, I am no Oreo fan! I tried an original before and compared it to sunbaked spit in a can of Cadburys drinking chocolate!
Anyway, whilst on holiday recently in Madeira, I noticed a packet of Milenium (not even Bill Gates spelling) nuzzling up to the Euro version of the said Oreo. So, biscuits being biscuits, I thought that I should try one and report back as a reference point for fellow biscuiteers.
Not having tried many Oreos before, I can comment that these biscuits (if you can call them that) did seem to match the originals quite closely as far as I can remember from the one I had 3 years ago.
That said, that was my only look in, I did take these pictures and record some video for posterity's sake, however the wife quickly destroyed any hard evidence.
I can send some original footage if required - although as with any Alien Autopsy video, this may have some doubters, unless someone intends to wonder the supermarkets of Funchal in the next few weeks.
|Nicey replies: Yay, nice video grabs, we like gritty realism. That's a cheery little name you've got there too.|
||Egypt is a land of many biscuits, many of which are similar to european biscuits but cunningly named. Tac biscuits, or even tictac biscuits remind one of Tuc biscuits. The Egyptian take of oreos is the Boreo, sold in'six pieces'. In fact, many of the biscuits we bought in egypt had been reduced to many more than six pieces, but the boreos were supprisingly resistant to disintegration.|
Egypt also has a fine line in figalou type biscuits.
||Dear Biscuit People,|
I find your site a truly informative resource and am in awe of the sensible and relaxed website you have built; well done! I was particularly intrigued when I happened upon the review of the "Mikado" as I recently experienced a packet of the straw-type Mikado while on holiday in Venice. When on vacation abroad I take great delight in experiencing the everyday life of the natives, this means taking a little break from the usual fare of cafes, bars, museums, galleries and sex shops (perhaps that last one really only applies in Amsterdam) to explore the fare on offer in the local
Being a great admirer of the biscuit as a culinary genre I usually make straight for the sweet section; thus has been the case in Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin and most recently Venice. When settling down at the end of a hectic day exploring the art of that most watery of Italian cities, my dear boyfriend and I sat down to try the selection of biccies I had bought from the local supermarket. There was a packet of strange Kinder things, a little like a Twix gone horribly wrong, but pleasant as a change, and a packet of Mikados.
The Mikado, in its non-marshmallow form, is a very interesting confection. Anyone who has carried out heavy-duty arc welding or has played with a sparkler on Guy Fawkes night will be at home with the general form. The milk chocolate covers a thin straw about 2mm in diameter by 8cm long leaving about 1cm uncovered at the end. The material comprising the straw is
reminiscent of a pretzel, or twiglet with all the marmite licked off, and the taste experience is indeed similar to those chocolate covered Pretzels that we saw a few years ago. The taste is pleasant, but nothing special; a little dry - the central straw seems a little "doughy" when chewed, and not completely cohesive with the chocolate covering, although the covering is quite generous. However, this would make a very sophisticated accompaniment to a cup of tea where you want to impress without risking your guests or your self becoming engrossed in the biscuits or the whole thing ending up in a pig-out. Dainty nibbling is the order of the day with the Mikado.
A packet contains some thirty or so in packaging similar to a cigarette pack, plastic covered foil retaining the biscuits freshness. I was also pleasantly impressed by the fact that only one or two had suffered damage; when one opens a box of Matchsticks, one is usually presented with a few
breakages, anything up to 15%, I would say that the Mikados suffered fewer than 5% damage. One flaw of employing the Pretzel centre is that it is no good for sucking up tea (I must admit that I took a stash of Sainsburys Red Label teabags with me, English Breakfast Tea, as sold abroad, leaves a great deal to be desired - flavour for one thing...) as it doesn't conduct the fluid.
All in all this is an intriguing take on the biscuit as it totally eschews many of the traditions of biscuit making - volume and shape being completely outside the normal parameters of most. I only wish I knew of your site before I went away as I would have brought back a selection of foreign biscuits to share with other appreciators of biscuitry. Keep up the good work, and dunk!