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||From Brian Barratt, English Gentleman In Exile For 50 Years, Now Resident In Melbourne, Australia. No flowers, please.|
What a lovely site.
I've been waiting for you to tell the world about Arnotts Tim-Tam biscuits. One of my neighbours (we're awfully neighbourly down here, you knw) was once Chairman of Nabisco, which used to be a Very Big Biscuit Company. In his world travels, he tasted many biscuits (what a lovely time he had). He declared that the FINEST chocolate biscuit IN THE WORLD was one made the rival firm, Arnott.
Nabisco have gone. Arnott are part of some *m*r*c*n conglomerate (as far as I know), but TIM-TAM biscuits have not become cookies and they are still on sale. If I could afford to (I'm a poor old pensioner, you see, subsisting on cups of tea) I would post some samples to you.
(I can't eat them myself, you understand, because I must not eat fatty things now I'm an elderly gentleman. Not even STILTON CHEESE, dammit.)
What a lovely site. And I'm sure TheWife is such a lovely lady.
Greety things be unto thee
|Nicey replies: Brian,
Thank you for that charming email. We are always on the look out for the flagship biscuits of other nations, maybe one day we'll get to try the notorious Tim-Tam.
Sorry to hear about your chocolate biscuit and cheese regime.
Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
For your information, Tunnocks Tea Cakes of bathroom sealant fame are known as Mallow Puffs in New Zealand. Many thanks for informing me of their presence in the British Isles under a Scottish pseudonym. I shall now head to the supermarket without delay to consume a whole packet in the interests of comparative biscuit science. As to the merits or otherwise of these biscuits, I feel a key detraction is the thinness of the chocolate covering rendering the fingers like a typical two-year olds in under 3 seconds. If no-one is watching, this can be avoided by juggling the biscuit like a hot potato.
||Your piece about the use of bourbons as a unit of measurement was facinating as is the rest of the site, but sadly a few days ago i made a shock discovery of a bourbon which does not conform to the usual standard, i is in fact more similar in size to a custard cream. I was sadened by this flagrent flouting of bourbon dimensions and wondered what your input would be. For your information Te biscuits in question were produced at the dove valley bakery in utoxeter by a company called Elkes Bisciuts. I look forward to your reply whilst having a nice sit down|
|Nicey replies: Bourbon dimensions are flaunted at a manufacturers own risk, this will surely only lead to confusion and disorientation in the biscuit buying public.|
Firstly, what a lovely site. The idea of measuring things in "bourbons" and "kilobourbons" made me laugh out loud :)
Anyway, I have an important question; one that I think only you can answer.
*drum roll* How do you pronounce "Nice" when referring to that particular type of biscuit. On your site, you seem to be of the opinion it is "Nice" as in "not nasty"; with an "eye" sound in the middle, as you often mention how they are not actually "Nice" at all.
However, I have heard many people pronounce it as if it rhymed with "fleece"; like the town "Nice", in France.
Can you please clear up this matter as it has been bothering me for many years. I often find all conversation during a nice cup of tea and a sit down comes to a complete halt as soon as the "Nice" biscuits come out, and descends into argument.
Yours in hope of a final answer
|Nicey replies: Its pronounced "NICE". Hope that clears it up for you.|
First up, I love your site. Well done! But I've noticed an oversight. Nobody so far has mentioned the legendary Cadbury's Animal Biscuits. Don't you remember them? They came in a variety of animal shapes (hence the name) and were made from the kind of smooth yet crunchy biscuit you find in the centre of a chocolate finger. On the underside there was a nice thick coating of chocolate, which was always corrugated with ridges. The biscuits came in a box decorated with lots of jaunty cartoon animal pictures. When I was a kid we used to get them as a special treat, and we thought they were gorge!
Also, chocolate coated rich tea biscuits are rather unusual and nice. I'm very big on all things chocolate coated. If I had my way, every biscuit would be chocolate coated. Even the Nice biscuit might be redeemed if they slapped a chocolate coating on it.
Kind Regards, Joanne.
|Nicey replies: Thank you J.H. for your message,
Yes there has been some discussion of Cadbury's Animals which as you point out are very nice indeed. I have only seen recently bags of mini Cadburys animals and these are made under license by the Horizon biscuit company whose track record is a bit iffy, they certainly didn't come up to the benchmark set by the original.