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
|Dear Nicey and the Wife,|
I was a bit surprised to read that Umami was frightened of the humble fig roll.
Surely there are much scarier biscuits to be afraid of, the happy face for example whose expressions always range from slightly sinister to downright evil.
Still, overcoming the fear must have been something of a personal triumph, so happy endings al round.
|Nicey replies: Well personally as I have mentioned in the past I had issues with Simmers Abernethy biscuits, that prevented me from buying them for years before I finally confronted them. I found their red and yellow packs a bit intimidating, so I have nothing but sympathy. Mind you just the other day in Sainsburys I was filled with the urge to thrust a pack of them in the hands of the mother and daughter who were almost coming to blows over a biscuit that would be both plain yet tasty. I assume as some form of self governing biscuit intake regime.
I toyed breifly with the idea of offering on the spot biscuit consultancy to all who appeared to need it but was distracted by box selection of Sainsbury's own organic biscuits, then the rest of team NCOTAASD turned up and ushered me to tills.