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As a recent convert to the nicecupofteaandasitdown.com I am just coming to grips with some of the stronger issues in the field. Today, after much thought I purchased for myself and my colleagues the above mentioned McVities Homebake, Chocolate Flapjacks. (Not cheap, but moderately edible). Due to the bourgeois nature of our eating establishment, (it's a bistro instead of a caf) the odd biscuit is generally quite odd and we have to make do with chocolate bars (OK in their place, preferably a lunch box belonging to a small, but discerning child, but no substitute for a biccie!).
We are now concerned that we have moved into an area in which we have little experience and could easily be lead astray. Please help us by identifying the niche of the pre-packaged flap jack.
Yours in excited anticipation.
|Nicey replies: Well, the flap jack is grouped in with cakes dispite its biscuit like ingredients. This is mainly due to the nature of its baking, as a large flattened mass, and its sheer size in comparison to biscuits.
I hope this helps.
I'm also interested to know exactly which home McVities baked these in. Presumably to produce industrial levels of flap jacks they would need a large number of homes, each equipped with a substantial oven.
|Fuhr David (Mr D)
||Fig rolls are the work of Beelzebub. Revolting chewy gungy things.|
They are also responsible for destroying the essential "al dente" nature of other biscuits. I once made the mistake of putting a single fig roll in a tin with biscuits of many other persuasions. Within 24 hours it had completed its satanic work - every other biscuit in there had gone all soggy and disgusting. And the fig roll was unchanged. I consider this to be proof that fig rolls are evil, and must be eradicated.
Also: You should be aware of Peperidge Farm "Nantucket" chocolate chip cookies. Oh. My. God. Expensive, very bad for you, but incredible.
|Nicey replies: Thank Fuhr David (Mr D) for your opinion. Of course the best way to eradicate Fig Rolls and prevent them altering the micro climate of the biscuit tin is simply to eat them all in one sitting. Presumably your chocolate chip cookies are expensive because they incur a journey to "Nantucket" to buy them.|
||Most gratified to find your site and the fig roll special today, the day when I discovered that my local foreign food shop here in Niigata now sells Lyons' fig rolls.|
On the Arnotts of Australia theme, in addition to Tim-Tams (rather nice, but I still prefer the Penguin), Arnotts do a v.nice chocolate-covered mint-cream-on-Penguin/Tim-Tam-type base biscuit. Unfortunately they don't tend to travel well in the post, and get stuck together. Surely there's a market for biscuit coolers for sending chocolate biscuits in the post to those of us living in foreign climes?
|Nicey replies: Woo, we've not had an email fro Japan before. Do you think you could persuade the locals to include biscuits in the tea ceremony, I'm sure they would approve.|
||I noticed while looking at your site, the reference to wafers and Kit Kats, surely the kit kat should be re-classified as a fully fleged biscuit?|
|Nicey replies: The KitKat is a chocolate covered biscuit bar, and exists in the union of biscuits and chocolate bars, in the Venn diagram of the biscuit world. As such it finds it self able to being classified in any of the three categories that creates. As such it does not require reclassification.
I hope this helps.
Listen, Im no rocket scientist (although I do work for NASA, and am working on the development of advanced ion optics, which are critical components of ion-based propulsion engines) but I do love your site. It's the best thing on the web by some 700 mega-bourbons. But enough of this idle chatter, I have a question - when are you going to do a feature on 'packed lunch' biscuits - Breakaways, Penguins, Blue Ribands, and those of a similar ilk? Kids love em, I love em, and an in-depth review is long overdue. I trust you will correct this oversight forthwith.
|Nicey replies: We have already taken a step in the direction you suggest with the Wagonwheel. I'm sure we will get round to many of the chocolate covered biscuits you suggest.
P.S. See if you can do something about the acceleration those ion drives, its a bit dismal.