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Abbey Crunch Review
|A fond and regular reader of your website, I have always felt that I deeply share your passion for the good-old heart-warmingly simple but most glorious king of biscuits... of course... the abbey crunch. I too share your dissension with McVities (and to some extent the supermarkets and their throat-grip on the biscuit market) for its desicion to... discard... discontinue... and disembody the very hmm of such a delightfully delicious biscuit.|
When I... heard the news I... felt as if i'd lost someone special. Just like that. Never to be seen again. That was until last week when I walked into my local Spar and that familiar royal blue luminescence caught my eye from the biscuit shelves. As I walked closer in disbelief I grew short of breath.
Needless to say I bought all 13 packets.
What's more is that I've been back 3 times this week, buying every packet each time, and still they re-stock.
I'm sure if we spread the news then together, us and spar, side by side, can boost sales and ultimately bring back the crunch!
Rich Tea Review
|Seeing your poll on the merits of Rich Tea shapes, it reminded me that there was at one time a square variety. Marketed by our old friends Burtons in the 80’s, it was one of a range of economy-style “Bakers Selection” products. Unsurprisingly it was never a success, meeting with bemused reactions from retailers and consumers alike. It lasted about 3 years before the plug was pulled and a ‘real’ round version launched instead.|
Waiting for my train on Didcot Parkway station, and a coffee/tea vending machine nearby started beeping. Wandering over, I saw the display panel flashing: "Warning: Hot Flush", and true to its word, a few seconds later came a stream of boiling (well steaming in the cold atmosphere) water, aimed directly at the space where a cup would have been. Is this a sign of intelligence in the vending machine? or a sign of middle age? or a sign that it was trying to dispose of some unspeakable gunk?
||I'd like to tell you all about a nice box of chocolate cream wafers I was given last week by my boss. He'd been sent them by a colleague in Japan (in a box of rock samples, but luckily only a few of the wafers were crushed). They are called 'Chocolate Collon' which sounded so much like the part of the intestine reserved for biscuit digestion that he just couldn't face them.|
I can report that inside the box were 6 individual packets, each containing ten inch-long crispy wafer tubes filled to the brim with creamy chocolatey goodness. The chocolate was more of a praline, but very good nonetheless. They went very well with a short sharp espresso in the morning.
We have a vending machine too (Klix) which does a good tea, a very poor coffee (like rainwater), and the soups would be ok if there was a device for stirring the inch of sludge at the bottom of the cup.
Southampton University (Oceanography Centre)
|Nicey replies: Its a good job the rocks didn't smash them all. We'll have to let Ace biscuit hunter Jonathan Dean know as he is in Japan right now.
Horrah for the Japanese and their unfortunate product names!
||Dear Nicey and The Wife,|
I tend to work a home a lot and so am often the only individual in the house during the day. I do enjoy a good cup of tea, specifically PG Tips and relative newcomer Scottish Blend (both of which come in "Pyramid" varieties), but I find that making tea for one makes me fall short of the regulation "two cups per Pyramid bag." I hate to think that I am using a tea bag to only half of its full potential and was wondering if you could give me any advice on the matter, either regarding the optimisation of tea bag use, or on alternative uses for partly-used tea bags?
|Nicey replies: You should get a really big mug, that way you can maximise your tea bags' potential. You might not always want to finish your big mug but from time to time it will come into its own.