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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.|
At my Welsh class last night we were very kindly given a plate of biscuits to go with our tea. Amongst them were some Maries. It's been many years since I've indulged in that childhood favourite, the Marie Sandwich (with best salty Welsh butter, of course) and I was horrified to notice that although the biscuits had lots of little dimples there were no actual holes.
This means that you wouldn't get the little butter worms when you squeezed the biscuits together. Is this the usual state of affairs these days, or were we supplied with inferior Maries? (Incidentally, an Australian girl in the class said that her favourite Marie Sandwich involved butter and vegemite. Doesn't bear thinking about, really!)
|Nicey replies: Noswaith dda Sue,
If your looking to blame somebody then try the Dutch I think they make most of the Marie biscuits we eat.
||Flying back from Germany yesterday, I was served tea in a paper cup, with a thin plastic stirrer to help dissolve the sugar. The stirrer was a narrow piece of plastic about three inches long, with one tiny hole punched through the centre. I instantly thought about your correspondent Johnny Lothian’s explanation of the physics of tea-stirring, and wondered about the purpose of the tiny hole. It was too precise to be a by-product of manufacturing process, but too small to be a plastic-saving design feature. Was it there to introduce a venturi effect by forcing the tea to accelerate through the hole and help the sugar dissolve faster? And if so, had someone actually measured the dynamic effect of different diameter holes and their positioning on the stirrer? Either way, it helped while away a few minutes and took my mind off the taste of the tea I was thoughtfully sipping. Maybe that was its actual intention..|