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||I've never had Barmouth biscuits (I think I must be too young!) but I served up some Sunburst biscuits (I think they are Foxes) and a friend thought they were Barmouth biscuits! I haven't seen them in many shops - the last time I bought them I got them in Sainsburys.|
Thought this might be of interest to any Barmouth biscuit fans!
|Nicey replies: A lady at Foxs told me the other day that they discontinued Sunbreaks last August. Oh dear.|
Bahlsen Orange Choco Leibniz Review
Just discovered your intriguing web site, after a mention in this morning's London Metro newspaper.
A recent BBC2 Money Programme Special on Nestle's and Cadbury's strategies for the Easter chocolate market showed Nestle's head of UK marketing proudly saying "We're going to be having a lot of fun with Kit-Kat in the future". Well, I hope they bring back dark chocolate, and a dark-chocolcate orange flavour would be heaven on earth.
But when I saw your Bahlsen Orange Choco Leibniz feature I nearly exploded with delight. I buy the standard dark variety in Waitrose every week, but have NEVER seen the orange variety in their stores. Who sells it here then? Rest assured, this will be put right soon, or heads will roll at Waitrose.
|Nicey replies: A man who knows mailed us last week to say that Tescos are doing a BOGOF offer on all three species of Choco Leibniz.|
A long time ago, inspired by the comments and letters of other visitors to your website, i sent you my own dark and sorry vending machine story. The machine in question, i'm sad to report, is still installed here as the only source of hots drinks. So repulised was i this lunch time, when against my better judgement i attempted to drink tea from it, i was inspired to write this poem...
The air conditioning is on full blast
Its raging torrent is dry and vast
My throat and eyes are red and sore
'What a place to work', I scathingly deplore
Tetley, Twinnings, PG Tips
A smooth warm mug I taste on my lips
Yet a thin white cup burns into my hand
As I choke back chemicals that will one day be banned,
I am dry, this liquid is wet
But the relief I imagined curdles to regret
An unnatural bitterness, repulsive a vile
Sinks into my tongue and bubbles like bile
I'm a victim of fraud,
And I’ve paid my fee
20 sodding pence for plastic tea.
|As a Kiwi now resident in Australia, and a keen Afghan maker/consumer, I can assure you that no Aussie I have asked has ever heard of them, so I would claim them as a purely NZ thing. No idea where the name comes from -- I did wonder if they were Victorian, named during a war on the North West Frontier, but the cornflakes would argue for a more recent invention. The Griffin's ones are gravely disappointing. It wouldn't be so bad if they called them Mediocre Milk Chocolate Crunchies or something, but to attach to them the hallowed name of Afghan is approaching sacrilege. But they're the sort of thing that has to be homemade to be any good anyway|
|Mr and Mrs Brooks
currently living in L.A., a yearning for all things british sparked a discussion between my husband and I about the Great British biscuit assortments of our 1970s childhood, we loathed Lincolns but were both fans of the lemon puff and realised we hadn't seen one for a while. Do they still exist?
Keeping the flag flying, love to the wife
Mr and Mrs Brooks
|Nicey replies: Yes the Lemon puff is still around although its a pale shadow of its former self. Lemon puffs of old were rectangular with a scalloped edge and were finished in a sticky sugar glaze. This was baked until it just began to caramelise giving the biscuits a rich golden colour. I actually didn't like them much as they were too much like a couple of crackers that were trying to make it in the world of sweet biscuits. None the less I respected the path they had taken.
Lemon puffs today are small round affairs, the glaze is virtually non existent, the lemon filling isn't tart enough, and the biscuits are drab. Apparently the Lemon Puff is very popular in Sri Lanka, so may be you can still get good ones there.