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In response to Sue Northcott's horror at Marie biscuits + Vegemite, as an Aussie girl who's been eating Vegemite for all my 22 years of life, I feel like I have to offer some kind of a response. As kids, it used to be great fun to sandwich butter or margarine + a generous layer of Vegemite between two savory multigrain biscuits called Ryvitas and squeeze to awake the tiny brown and yellow worms beneath! (I can't remember if Ryvitas are available in the UK, I doubt that they're exclusively Australian). So while Marie biscuits are quite different from Ryvitas, and I concede that it's probably not the nicest combo, it sounds like Sue's classmate was trying to make do and recreate an Aussie favourite (probably in the absence of Ryvitas).
Cheers from the Land of Oreos & Peanut Butter! :-)
Jacob's Orange Club Review
|At junior school in the early 80s, I swapped from school dinners to sandwiches, said sandwiches actually consisting of 2 sandwiches, 1 piece of fruit, 1 packet of crisps (optional) and 1 chocolate biscuit. There were very few variations on this. Some kids might have had a yoghurt. Anyway, by far the most popular chocolate biscuit was the Club, and I thought I'd add to the comments about things to do with the wrappers. One was to make paper aeroplanes, the other required a bit more skill. You carefully slid the foil-wrapped biscuit out of its paper wrapper, without unsticking the stuck bit. Then you equally carefully eased the biscuit from the foil and ate it or hid it. Having refolded the foil around an imaginary biscuit and slipped it back inside the intact paper wrapper you could pretend you didn't want your 'Club' and offer it to a friend. Hilarious.|
As a York resident (although not a native), I enjoyed your review of the 2-finger KitKat. Through my work, I've had the privilege (?!) of seeing them made although I still can't tell you what the brown stuff is that holds the wafer together!
Anyway, the other day I was given some chocolate biscuits carrying that other great York name Terry's. These are "Waifa", a kind of KK 4-finger equivalent but with dark chocolate. I thought they were rather good and wondered if you'd seen them and were going to do a review and put them to the test against the mighty red giant.
I have to say, though, that my York pride took a severe blow when I discovered that Waifa is not made in our fair city but in.....Belgium! They still taste good, though and they do have a foil wrapping.
Best wishes and thanks for a great web site,
|Nicey replies: I think I've seen Waifas in Lidls or on the continent, I've never tried them though as their name suggested they may be a bit wafery.|
|Dear Nicey et al,|
One thing you did not mention in your Bic of the Week is that KitKats have a massive following in the United States as well. In fact, many Americans don't know that KitKat is a European brand at all - especially since the U.S. has their own branch of Nestle and manufactures, packages, and markets the biscuits/chocolate bars/whatever the heck they are all by their own selves. To cap it all off there's always that obnoxious jingle that the chaps in the U.S. ads seem to burst into whenever they eat one: "Gimme a break, gimme a break, break me off a piece o' that Kit-Kat-Bar!" Oy vey. But it's still a pretty good bicky.
I flew Easyjet the other day. That airline with a seating free-for-all policy and no free food or drink. Nice and cheap though. I always make sure i'm fully stocked up on tea and biscuits before these flights as the onboard prices for such items are sky high (excuse the pun). I forgot on this last occasion however, and being gagging for a cuppa at 30000 feet is no joke, so I succombed and purchased a cup. Expecting the worst, I was very pleasantly surprised. PG Tips no less. It beat any tea i've had on other airlines. Well done Easyjet. Does anyone else have any mile high tea experiences?
PS. The main reason i'm trying to start a discussion on this is to make you do a nice aeroplane icon.
|Nicey replies: Ahh, I'm reaching for the non-existant airplane icon now.. ..there is that hole at the end of the icons as well. If I get a few more tea on planes mails that should clinch it.|