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Gavin Campbell
Nicey replies: Gavin,

You know as well as me that cheesecake bases are made from smashed up biscuits mixed with butter. This makes them some sort of derivative thing. If it were one enormous digestive baked and then decorated then I would say that there is a very good case for it being seen as a huge biscuit.

Of course our modern idea of cheese cake comes from eastern european migrant Jews whose delicatessen shops gave us the New York Cheesecake, which is based on soft cheeses. However cheesecakes in one form or another date way back before roman times in fact to our earliest agricultural leanings and back then anything culinary that was made into a big lump was called a cake. Biscuits as we know them of course were only really invented in the 19th century.

Sue Resner
Nicey replies: Well it has a biscuit base with elaborate decoration so I would always say that it is a biscuit. I know its tempting to drag in the 'TeaCake' which is of course similar and point to the 'Cake' in its name, but they to are elaborate biscuits. No matter how much stuff you heap upon it if there is a biscuit inside then it doesn't transmogrify into a cake.

David Tonge
Nicey replies: 'Fudge Brownie Cream' in a Rover tin, its a bit transatlantic for a British institution isn't it, no wonder they kept the name under wraps! I bet they used 'White Bourbon' as its project name when it was in development in secret underground biscuit caves, and all McVities/Crawfords operatives have all had 'Dark Vanilla Cream Finger' drummed into them.

David Tonge
Nicey replies: Excellent probing questions indeed. Yes the oat sandwhich one also turned up in the lovely retro selection tin that McVities did at Christmas called 'Baked to Perfection' which had pictures of old biscuit tins from the 1920 - 1940s. I don't know what its called but I think it has bits of hazelnuts in it and is really fairly posh for the Rover selection. At a push I would say its an 'oat and hazelnut chocolate cream sandwich'. The 'white cream bourbon' was the subject of a totally informal investigation by some members of the civil service last year, who were trying to find out how these biscuits kept turning up at meetings. I think if you trawl the site a bit via the search box you'll turn up some mails about them.