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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.
Came across your website at work on Friday. It sparked mass biscuit debate, a most healthy and enlightening subject.
I wonder if you could settle an argument re: the jammie dodger. Several of us are convinced that in some circumstances the jam filling is supplemented by a `custard cream` style filling, whilst others think we are talking complete bourbon cream. So is the biscuit complete fantasy or does it exist?
Also we were intregued by the biscuit of the week, the hapless `Noblice`.
We do have regular contests when we go abroad to bring back the most strangely named snack. Recently whilst in Belguim, I got hold of some `Plop` biscuits. Photo of packet attached. We soon realised why they are so named their dunkability rating was somewhere around minus 3 and `Plop` was the sound the biscuit made on it's way to the bottom of your mug! More worryingly each biscuit was individually wrapped with a picture of a gnome-type man wearing a pair of pants on his head!!
Anyway keep up the dunking and the good work.
The IT development team at a police force that shall rename anonymous for fear of public resentment of our shared bicuit enjoyment!
|Nicey replies: Nick,
Good work on the plops, they seem to have tried to paper over the cracks by diverting our attention to the chap with half an oven ready chicken in a red jumper on his head. Still well done the Belgians this is certainly a ridiculous name that deserves to be up there in the pantheon of dreadful names.
As for Jammie Dodgers they always have some form of viscous jammy glue inside and never a cream filling as in the case of the much admired Jam Cream Sandwich. Recent Vanilla Thriller Jammie Dodgers did have weird whitish sort of jam in them too, but in all honesty this was very much like jam with a dash of white emulsion paint in it (technically true as titanium oxide was used, the same white compound used in paints and horseradish sauce).
Rich Tea Review
We are sitting in the office, not working, but dunking our Rich Tea biscuits in our coffee, and we are all going mad cos we can think who was in the Rich Tea Ad who said the words "A drinks too wet without one". Please put us out of our misery so we can get on with some work!
All at Quantock Studio
|Nicey replies: Coffee?
EDIT Lots of people have now pointed out that this was Glynn Edwards