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I have just enjoyed a few minutes looking at your lovely website. However, deeply disappointed that Royal Scot have been discontinued as have been searching for them for years.
Would you know if Princess biscuits are still around? I cannot remember who made them, but they were a favourite of mine in the mid 1980's. A fairly thin, round biscuit with a lattice style top. Large sugar crystals upon them too. Had a melt in the mouth, slightly buttery texture. ALmost like a very light shortbread. Would appreciate some help...
|Nicey replies: Oh dear, we get the odd enquiry about them now and again but they've not been seen for years. Indeed till now all we have had is the description, you are the first to put a name to them.|
||We were having a discussion at work and decided we all passionately loved gypsy creams, but where to buy here in Belfast, N Ireland? My local ASDA doesn't sell them, nor does Tesco!|
|Nicey replies: As yet I don't know of any big stores stocking them, and haven't yet spotted them myself. But they are out there somewhere as we were sent the remains of a pack last year. The people who had spotted them ate most of the pack them selves and just managed to save two for us which they bunged in an envelope along with the wrapper. This was a bit like when naturalists determine that some animal is still around by finding a squashed one on the road. Keep your eyes open in corner shops and petrol stations.|
||Hi Biscuit Noshers,|
I'm delighted to have found your website, whilst searching for Peek Freans. I was trying to track down a local supplier of their digestives as I remember really liking them. I think that many of the current ones that I buy seem to lack something (Co-op own brand and might be Foxes). The Peek Freans ones are a bit better cooked and more brittle but with a lovely flavour. I recall that their dunkability is a bit limited as they are inclined to break up quickly in a mug of tea.
After my local Co-op, I usually buy my biscuits from a wonderful stall in Huddersfield's Market Hall. They have (nearly) every kind of biscuit and cheap too. You can also buy big bags of broken biscuits for something like 50p a bag. My yardstick for price is the fig roll and they sell them for just over £1 per pound weight - very good value compared to packeted ones. So, you see, biscuits don't always arrive in packets. The best value is where they bag them up by weight.
By the way, I always drink Tetley's tea from the various pound shops in Huddersfield (100bags for £1). A good brew. That means you could live on tea and biscuits for a week for just £2 (plus a bit of milk). If I fancy an exceptionally good mashing of tea, I'll get some 'Yorkshire Tea'. Dear but very good.
Keep up the good work. You are kindred spirits to me.
I'll bet that you are the non-political wing of the BCCCA.
|Nicey replies: Hello Jack,
First congrats of your website I think its lovely, I particularly liked the snickets and ginnels. I'm left wondering what use I should make of this detailed information, I feel like I have had one those intelligence briefings that operatives get before going into the field. It seems as shame not to capitalise on the fact that I now know you can get from the chemists to the bus shelter via a little path. The bridges were terrific too.
Anyhow, Peek Freans as a manufacturing company hasn't existed for years (about 20). After many take overs and mergers its brands and products passed to Jacobs who still used to bake the odd thing and label it as Peek Freans, mostly selection tins. Now Jacobs in the UK has passed to United Biscuits, (McVities/Crawfords) and we all know how many Digestives they make. Jacob's in Ireland were bought by the Fruitfeild group and still bake biscuits in Dublin. There is some cross supply between the two Jacobs for obvious reasons of economy, so some products in Ireland are baked in the UK and visa-versa. There is also a Peek Freans in Canada although I haven't been able to establish its precise connection to the original London based company set up in the 19th century. It seems logical that this was an offshoot that has gone its own way, and many of its products seem like very traditional lines indicating a branching from the parent company many years ago.
Fig rolls by the pound, wonderful.
No we are nothing to do with the BCCCA but we did pop round for a cup of tea once as we were passing by and thought we would go in and say hello.
Several months ago, whilst strolling down memory lane, I suddenly recalled the Montego bar. Despite asking all my friends and work colleagues, and even my mum who used to buy them, no one remembered them. I was beginning to think I had imagined it all. After my wife taunting me earlier today, I decided to settle it once and for all. Now I am vindicated, thank you 'nicey'.
Oh, by the way, I am certain that they also made a rum flavoured bar as well, but the ginger one I can almost taste. It was lush.
|Nicey replies: No problem Douglas it's what the internet is for really. Now we just need to hear from somebody who can remember eating a Montego in a Montego.|
||I wonder if you can help me. I seem to recall a biscuit selection from the 70's called "Spooks". They came in various garish colours and each biscuit had it's own individual name - Ghastly Green, Blood Red etc etc|
Did they in fact exist or have I simply imagined them?
|Nicey replies: We have had several emails about these in the past mainly from people trying to remember the name of them. So congratulations as you've finally come up with it. This gives us enough info to open up new entry in the missing in action section of the site.|