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Firstly, what a lovely site. The idea of measuring things in "bourbons" and "kilobourbons" made me laugh out loud :)
Anyway, I have an important question; one that I think only you can answer.
*drum roll* How do you pronounce "Nice" when referring to that particular type of biscuit. On your site, you seem to be of the opinion it is "Nice" as in "not nasty"; with an "eye" sound in the middle, as you often mention how they are not actually "Nice" at all.
However, I have heard many people pronounce it as if it rhymed with "fleece"; like the town "Nice", in France.
Can you please clear up this matter as it has been bothering me for many years. I often find all conversation during a nice cup of tea and a sit down comes to a complete halt as soon as the "Nice" biscuits come out, and descends into argument.
Yours in hope of a final answer
|Nicey replies: Its pronounced "NICE". Hope that clears it up for you.|
||At school at the moment we're doing an investigation on biscuit dunking, and we're testing Nice biscuits, Shortcake biscuits and Malted Milks. Your site is really useful, because i managed to find pictures of two of the biscuits there, but please please please can you put on a picture of a nice biscuit? Even though they are pretty vile biscuits! I need the picture and i can't find one anywhere else on the net!!!|
|Nicey replies: I'm afraid I'm not prepared to take a picture of the nice biscuit even to help your school project. You will need to undertake this potentially hazardous task your self using some form of digital camera. Alternately you could probably bung one under a scanner and try that. If people can scan cats then I'm sure a biscuit should work..|
||Hi Nicey, |
If you want to get serious, how about this quote from CCFRA:
"Cognitive measurement of consumer criteria for
manufacturing standards of texture of biscuits
The aim of this project is to understand the textural properties
which influence consumer acceptance of biscuits. Short dough
biscuits (e.g. Lincoln type) will be produced with a range of
textures. Knowledge of ingredient functionality will enable the
hardness, crunchiness and breakdown properties of the biscuits to
be varied, and through studies of consumer perception of these
textures, their acceptability will be measured. This information
will be used to assess the effects of reducing the fat content on the
quality and acceptance of this type of biscuit. If successful, this
information will enable manufacturers and retailers to sell biscuits
of even greater acceptability to consumers, including products
which contain lower levels of fat.
Fascinating stuff, I'm sure you'll agree.
|Nicey replies: Yes that is very interesting. It shows that biscuit engineering is a vibrant and exciting science. Maybe one day you'll be a able to do an entire degree on biscuits, somewhere. I would like to come and do a guest Lecture on the Abbey Crunch, and the importance of a nice sit down, if that ever happens.|
||Whatever happened to Barnstormers (the Asda equivalent of Hob-nobs)? They were larger and cheaper than their McVities equivalent representing a large boon for the discerned hob-nob eater. Many is the time I reminisce of my late Grandfather offering me a Barnstormer, which proceeded to disintegrate in my mouth. On closer inspection it was found to be infested with little weevils and on investigation of available primary evidence (the packet), were found to be 3 years out of date.|
As for the pink wafer debate, I don't mind them. A handy tip to get more out of your wafer is to separate the ply's and then you get about 5 thinner wafers for the price of a thick one. Look out for stale wafers though, they taste like chipboard.
Stale biscuit connoisseur.
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.