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||From Brian Barratt, English Gentleman In Exile For 50 Years, Now Resident In Melbourne, Australia. No flowers, please.|
What a lovely site.
I've been waiting for you to tell the world about Arnotts Tim-Tam biscuits. One of my neighbours (we're awfully neighbourly down here, you knw) was once Chairman of Nabisco, which used to be a Very Big Biscuit Company. In his world travels, he tasted many biscuits (what a lovely time he had). He declared that the FINEST chocolate biscuit IN THE WORLD was one made the rival firm, Arnott.
Nabisco have gone. Arnott are part of some *m*r*c*n conglomerate (as far as I know), but TIM-TAM biscuits have not become cookies and they are still on sale. If I could afford to (I'm a poor old pensioner, you see, subsisting on cups of tea) I would post some samples to you.
(I can't eat them myself, you understand, because I must not eat fatty things now I'm an elderly gentleman. Not even STILTON CHEESE, dammit.)
What a lovely site. And I'm sure TheWife is such a lovely lady.
Greety things be unto thee
|Nicey replies: Brian,
Thank you for that charming email. We are always on the look out for the flagship biscuits of other nations, maybe one day we'll get to try the notorious Tim-Tam.
Sorry to hear about your chocolate biscuit and cheese regime.
||Dear Nice Person,|
Someone sent me a link to your site recently and I was intrested to see the bee biscuit review. I have tried them and like them, though Mr Rooney has certainly picked an obscure one, not many Australians think of them as the quintissential flagship Aussie biscuit.
Nonetheless, as I said, they are good. Frenetically enjoyable, even, much like listening to Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee". I'm sure the Russians never had anything like them in 1899 when penned the tune but if they did, I could just see him polishing off a few with a cup of caravan tea before he got cracking. No doubt writing down all those thousands of hemi-semi-demi-quavers, or whatever they are, was a sweaty and exausting business. The combination of energy providing confection and the goodness of honey would have been a perfect fuel.
Anyway, thanks for the rigorous biscuit work.
||Dear Mr Nicey,|
Still enjoying 'Biscuits of the Week' but I have to say that I was
particularly arrested by the Wagon Wheel entry.
I found it to be spot on but here's the thing: In Australia we have a
Wagon Wheel that fits your description down to the ground but it is branded 'Westons'. They also come in the odious four-pack with suspected incremental shrinkage over the last couple of decades. HOWEVER, you can still buy them in single packs and, I couldn't be sure, but these ones still seem pretty big to me. I refuse to buy them in any other form. Surely their greatest appeal must lie partly in nostalgia, (how else do you explain the enjoyment of such a strange cacophony of unappetising components?) and to keep this up they need to be the same size we remembered them as back when we squirrelled them away from the tuckshop under our jumpers for fear of snack bandits. Maybe this wasn't your experience but such were my memories of primary school in the meanstreets of North-western Sydney.
Just lately I have seen them in 'White'. What is it about chocolate
confection makers in recent years that they think we're all going to faint
with excitement at the very sight of a new 'White' version?
Strike me pink and call me a wafer, they must think we're a bunch of
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
I am interested to know if you have Tim Tams in Britan. I don't, in any way, want to detract from Sandie Cleland's insights about the 'Kit Kat Straw', indeed I applaud them generously. However I thought you might like to know of a similar phenomenon in Australian biscuit tradition called the 'Tim Tam Slam'. Irritatingly basketbally term but a singlularly worthwhile persuit which involves biting diametrically opposite corners off the rectangular, choc-covered Tim Tam and sucking hot beverages through them. Public opinion is divided on whether this practice constitues a violation of the TT which is regarded as the luxury biscuit for rich and poor alike and has semi totem status here.
||If you're going to talk advanced biscuit eating skills, then surely you have to mention the "kitkat as a straw" technique. If you bite both ends off a kitkat finger, you can then use it as a straw to suck your cup of tea through. The best bit is when you then eat the remains of the tea filled kitkat. Truly wondrous. Best done in private though.|
|Nicey replies: You're not alone in this use of chocolate covered items as drinking aids, apparently the Australian songstress Natalie Imbruglia uses Penguins in a similar fashion, although your plan with the KitKats seems much more plausible.