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||Several years ago, whilst flying to Greece, I was given a McVities Ginger "Cake Bar". Neither cake nor biscuit, I thought , and ate it with my coffee.|
Idly scanning the wrapper, I noticed a spelling mistake in the ingredients list. I lost no time in writing to those nice people at McVities and pointing out the mistake.
As a reward , those nice people at McVities (tnpam's?) sent me the following: A small box of cake bars, some "Penguin" fridge magnets, and (best of all) a McVities solar powered calculator.
Has anyone else had such an exciting experience?
|Nicey replies: Ahh the thrill of an uncorrected spelling mistake. You must love our site.
| Jamie Lindsay
Bahlsen Crumblys Review
|After reading your review the other week of the Bahlsen Crumblies I got fair excited. The last time this happened was when I heard that Hob-Nobs were soon to be available in milk and plain chocolate varities. Do any of you good people know where such delicacies can be found? I've scoured the capitals streets in vain from humble corner shop to poshest deli but to no avail.|
|Nicey replies: Well as I said they are very rare right now. Morrisons may take them soon as they seem to take a lot of Bahlsen product. There is a store finder at their website.|
McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive Review
I've been following the on-going debate surrounding the alleged McVities claim that 65 million packets are eaten every day in the Uk alone. I thought I'd check out the source, and headed over to the McVities website. What I found was the following statement: 'Over 71 million packets of McVitie's Chocolate Digestives are eaten in the UK each year '. This makes for a rather more conservative estimate of about 1.2 packets per person per year, not per day. Not sure if they've addressed the misinformation since the scandal broke on ncotaasd.com, or whether one of your readers has foolishly misread the data; being a data analyst by trade, however, my eagle eye was able to spot the error! Hope this clears things up,
|Nicey replies: Actually we worked out that they meant 65 million packs a year not 65 million a day based on their 52 biscuits a second figure, we told them and they changed their site. They then revised the figure up a few million to 71.
I posted Gurbinder's message because it made me laugh.
McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive Review
I just want to say that i think about 65million packets of digestives could be sold everyday because it does not say wheter or not it is sold to cash and carry's, corner shops, supermarkets etc. All kinds of shops in total may sell less than 65million packets of chocolate biscuits everyday but cash and carry's buy a hell of a lot of biscuits all at once(about 1000-2000 for a quite small cash and carry) also some days shops have a good day and may sell a lot and they may have bad days and not sell so much, but you do not think about all of the biscuits that shops have to return because they are damaged and all of the biscuits that go out of date on shop shelves around the country I guess that the co. just puts those down as being sold. Also think about the people who do not eat all of the biscuits in a packet because they may be damaged crumbly or broken etc. I know my family eats about a packet of digestives in about 3 to 4 days so i do wonder if the figures are accurate or just made up to impress Mc Vities bosses by employees.
|Nicey replies: Good for you, and your accounting for the missing 23,660 million packets of chocolate digestives McVites should really be selling a year.|
For years, inexplicably, this debate has raged on over the so called grey area of wrapped biscuits (e.g. those foil things in cadbury's biscuit selection tins) and individual cakes (Jaffacakes et al..), and I am glad to see your site attempt to address many of the issues.
It is clear to me, however, when aged, biscuits go soft and cakes go hard.
Many thousands could have been saved in legal fees in the McVities court case if this simple law had been applied.
Hope this helps.
P.S. If this rule (Bevan's Law) is extended, all foodstuffs can be categorized as either biscuits or cakes. Baked beans, for example, are a form of cake and most fruit is part of the biscuit family. Bacon (Cake). Crisps (Biscuit). Etc...
|Nicey replies: Actually this was one of the arguments used on behalf of McVities in the court hearing, that and the fact that it is in fact a small cake. To be honest the VAT man was more keen to get a ruling that was more along the lines of 'small things that are about the size and shape of biscuits and sold with biscuits should get VAT applied to them', as they knew that the Jaffa Cake was indeed a cake.|