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Lotus Caramelised Biscuits Review
|I think these biscuits are just wonderful - when I can get them. having once had the experience of finding a whole aisle of them in a Belgian hypermarket some time in the 1980s - an event from which I have not yet recovered - it is a great disappointment that most of the time they seem to be missing even from the hallowed shelves of Mace's on the University of Sussex campus (a fine repository of different national biscuits). I suppose the cross-channel journey must just be a little too much for a biscuit of such fine calibre to undertake in the ordinary way. |
his is truly a "go-anywhere" biscuit. The flavour is an indescribable mixture of spices and caramel, and the texture - that rare combination, dry enough to be taken on journeys, biscuit, and yet crumbly enough to be a satisfactory substitute for cake in any emergency tea party situation. Yet this is a biscuit ordinary enough for everyday, and in my home that is good news, for any biscuits which can be labelled "special" are consumed either not at all, or all at once.
As for dunking, they are ideally suited to the purpose, the long "cats tongue" shape affording excellent access even when the tea is almost gone. This could be why they are sometimes served, in woefully small packets, on trains and in certain cafes (I think it was Debenham's where I last met one). A Spekoloos in such a lonely state is a sad sight indeed.
I belive - though it was a long time ago - that I saw a toast -shaped Spekoloos biscuit on sale in that hypermarket aisle. Perhaps I was deluding myself, for surely nobody, even in Belgium, would eat biscuits on toast for breakfast? I sincerely hope that other visitors to this site may be able to come up with explanations.
|Nicey replies: Try a Lotus Caramelised Biscuit which are widely available, I think you'll find you are on familiar ground.|
Wagon Wheel Review
|From the dim & distant, cobweb-cluttered cavern of my creaking, tattered mamory comes the following:|
Wagon Wheels, they're a treat for me [wagon wheels!]
They're the biggest biscuit, you ever did see! [wagon wheels!]
... .... ..... .... ... ... .... .... .
The biscuit thrill to beat the band!
..Can't remember the third line, but it came flooding back to me as I read your review!
Some thirty-five years have passed since I first stared, awestruck in wonderment at the sheer 'big-as-the-sun' experience... I remember them tasting better then they did when -a few short years ago- I decided to indulge a childhood memory and have another... I was struck by how fake the "chocolate-like food substance" coating was, I wondered about the freshness when my teeth finally met what passed off as "biscuit", and the whole experience reminded me of revisiting Santa's Grotto as a teenager and thinking "surely they made more effort in those days?" or "It can't have looked that fake can it?"
And yet, and yet, I stil find myself -having moved to the USA several years ago- longing to tear open the mylar packaging and to know that feeling again... Wagon wheels are really an experience... somehow much more than 'just a biscuit' despite being made from obviously lesser-quality components. -It's a conundr... a connunndrru... -It's a puzzle to me.. Could even the Masters at Burtons ever "improve" this? If changing even just one ingredient for a higher-quality version might break the spell somehow, then it must be magic!
The Wagon wheel is the best example that I can recall, where something is so obviously more then the sum of its parts.
...That said, the HobNob (sans chocolate, avec PG Tips!) is -for me- the pinnacle of Biscuit enjoyment.
Yours, sitting down,
||Personally, I used to think it was nice to be able to press a few buttons and have a machine make my tea for me, but all that changed a few days ago. I had a rotten morning at college and decided to treat myself to a cup of tea from the machine. However, the liquid spewed out something foam covered - carefully, I took a sip, to discover it was actually cappucino with a teabag lurking in it. Grossly sacrilegious|
Foxs Party Rings Review
Foxs party rings were a staple in the climbing shop I used to run. We also had a fetish for the similar cafe noir, but I can no longer get these. Somerfields used to stock them, but my enquiries have led nowhere. Shame, 'cos the two would counterbalance each other in terms of their geometry. Incidentally, Party Rings are especially good with Earl Grey tea.
|Nicey replies: Tesco have been stocking McVities Cafe Noir.
||I was just reading about the 'sop' as described by some people, and it puts me in mind of a similar treat that my mother would prepare for me when I was ill (and only when i was ill!). It was cubed bread and honey in a bowl of warm milk, flavoured with cinnamon and nutmeg. The combination of bread and milk in any form now is extremely 'Proustian' for me. When I got a bit older, mum introduced me to slicing bread into a bowl of milky coffee....'sop' sounds like a British version of this rather Europan concoction!|
PS: on which day do you normally update the 'biscuit of the week' ?! :)
|Nicey replies: Normally on a Sunday, but oddly it depends on the weather as I need a sunny day to take their pictures! Also life isn't very normal at the moment. However, we have a stack of really exciting biscuits waiting in the wings for their 7 days (minimum) of glory.|