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|Whilst perusing the biscuit shelves of my local Tesco Metro this week, I decided to try a few varieties that hadn't graced my basket before.|
For the first, I should have consulted your Fig Roll head-to-head review, as the Jacobs Fig Rolls that I selected were definitely a bit of a let-down. A rather tastless pastry (which managed to be both dry and limp within each biscuit) combined with a very thin filling left me very underwhelmed. I'll be going to Sainsbury's for their own brand should I feel the need for more.
Better luck with my next choice: HobNob Chocolate Creams. These have all the expected crunchiness of a regular HobNob (possibly more so, as the biscuit has a smaller diameter) combined with a thinnish dark chocolate cream filling. Lots of nutty aroma and crunch, but it's just too small - three polite bites and it's gone. Another centimetre across and it would be perfect.
My third purchase was a bit of exotica: LU Encore Raspberry. Good dark chocolate over a soft base with a sweet filling that definitely tasted of rasperries. The soft base was not really to my liking (I prefer a bit of crunch) and, again, this biscuit is far too small - two man-size bites and that's it. However, one of Belgium's better exports.
|Nicey replies: Hi Adrian,
We've just added those LU raspberry jobs to our Biscuit of The Week.
As for the Jacobs Fig Roll they can often seem a bit heavy on the crust to fig ratio but when the mood takes me they can be just the ticket.
|Just noticed your biscuit of the week. They're not a bad biscuit at all. Here's a photo of me at a festival in Serbia earlier this year, proudly holding a box of noblice.|
Just thought you might find it amusing, feel free to use on site! haha :)
|Nicey replies: Thanks Ian,
I'm impressed that you had to don protective head gear when handling them.
I read your latest wonderful "Nice News" about French LU biscuit's landing on British Tesco.
I think Tesco is a fantastic retailar that tries the positive recruitment of biscuits
and then makes biscuit lovers happy. I believe many biscuit fans in the U.K. will be able to enjoy thier biscuit hanting even more at their own local Tesco from now forth.
By the way, now, some "Tesco store brand biscuits" are available at "Home plus" store in Korea,
which is jointly managed by British Tesco and Korean Samsung. (I do hope they are NOT miserable biscuits kicked out of the crowded biscuit section of Tesco U.K., because of the emergence of a new star, the "LU biscuit".) As far as I see, "Tesco NICE","Tesco Malted mlk", and "Tesco Fruit shortcake" are available at Homeplus in Korea,right now.
It was 26th November that I encountered such lovely biscuits from the U.K. for the first time there, when I successfully got a packet of the "NICE" biscuit of 200g came in a green wrapper. On the upper right side, we can see some information of "Great taste now 10% less salt" written in a circle. Sounds wholesome!
I never think you might read these teensy letters printed in the receipt of the photo I attached. But the receipt tells us that this is a "UK NICE BISCUIT 200G 980KRW" at #003. Little did I dream of being able to taste real Tesco store brand biscuits in Korea!
To tell the truth, the Home plus (my local?) is located 13 stops away from the nearest station of mine. However, I will patronise the shop, expecting to see some more Tesco biscuits from the U.K. such as "Tesco Rich tea (round type)", "Tesco Milk chocolate Digestive" and "Tesco Custard cream", as well as "Nice","Malted milk" and "Fruit shortcake".
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: I'm very pleased that you can get hold of some proper biscuits, and I know how much you like a nice Nice. It's also good to hear that we are keeping the balance of trade between the two nations, Korea sends us TVs, cars, computers, hair straighteners, HD / DVD players, mobile phones, set top boxes, MP3 players, sat-navs to go in the cars they already sent us, washing machines, microwave ovens, fridge freezers, air conditioning units, digital cameras, vacuum cleaners, hobs and ovens, cam-corders and printers.. and we send them some biscuits.|
Slightly at a tangent but I have been dying to tell someone.
When we first came to France we used to enjoy our biscuits with hot chocolate and were delighted to find our favourite brand was 'Bonky'! Sadly it has disappeared from the shelves long ago. It just seamed very appropriate for a country that makes much of its brandy in a town called Condom!
To make up for the chocolate drinking we have introduced many of our neighbours to the pleasures of tea drinking so I hope we're still on the side of the angels.
I just read the mail about the "PLOP" biscuits from Belgium. As I live in Belgium, I can give you an explanation as why these biscuits are called PLOP. The gnome on the box is actually called PLOP, he is part of a very popular childrens TV show in Belgium and The Netherlands.
I haven't tried dunking the biscuits in my cup of tea because my nephew is quicker than me and eats all the biscuits before I can try it.
Greetings from Belgium!
|Nicey replies: Thank you An,
This is all excellent information, the sort of vital facts which once seen are very easily recalled years later. I now patiently await a suitable moment in the future when I can divulge this new learning. And of course as the nation who gave the world the Tellytubbies who are we to get all high and mighty about the naming of popular children's TV characters.