Fazer Fasu Pala Review
An expat from Finland, now living in Dublin would like to give you the exact translation of "Maitosuklaalla Kuorrutettuja lakritsinmakuisia vohvelipaloja".
Exact translation would read "Liquorice flavoured pieces of wafer covered with milk chocolate". Also, the various filling flavours include mint, toffee/caramel and chocolate. There (I think) was also a version with dark chocolate and/or cocoa flavoured wafers.
I do like your extensive coverage of various bisquits and cakes. It really helps us traditional coffee drinkers to find the perfect pair for our "cuppa". =)
All the best,
|Nicey replies: Thank you very much for that. People often ask me what's the strangest biscuit we have reviewed and I seem to come back to these most often.|
Abbey Crunch Review
|Good day fine nicecupoftea.. folks. |
I have been living in Sweden for the last 3 years and have had distinct hankerings for something.. something which I couldn't place... A yearning... It was not until another English friend asked me last year if I wanted anything while he was back in England (besides decent tea bags and cheese with any sort of flavour at all which go without saying), that I realised what that long surpressed longing was... The desire to eat, of course, Abbey Crunch! When he reported to me that they were no longer to be found I was devastated. I sat just shaking my head.. Surely these were almost everybody's favourite biscuit... It was a terrible day...
I personally, in my lifetime, have got through enough packets of the little oaty wonders to make Tescos and McVities a tidy wee sum. And I am only one of 60 million biscuit munching brits.
Bring 'em back. Get 'em in and put the f**kin' kettle on fer heven's sake.
|Nicey replies: Yes a grim old business the end of the Abbey Crunch. I paraded my last pack which sits on the NCOTAASD desk on TV last week, when I went down to do a special program about biscuits on UK TV Food. The pack was 3 years and 2 days past its best before date. Renowned chef Mary Berry tried to console me by making a batch of Oaty biscuits for that were quite like Abbey Crunch, it was all very poignant. |
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
I came across your excellent website while searching for somewhere to buy Penguin bikkies in Austin TX where I have lived for 10 years now. While the USA has looked after me well and I enjoy living here, it is not reboun for its abundance of excellent bikkies. In fact most of the US varieties are pretty revolting. You have already, quite rightly, poured scorn on the shocking Oreo cookie elsewhere on your website. Of course here in the USA a biscuit is a scone and a cookie is a biscuit, its all very confusing.
Anyway, getting to the point - I read your review of the Tim Tam with interest, so I decided to try and find them here as I wanted to have a go at the Tim Tam Slam. I found out they are available at World Market, which is a chain here in the US that sells food and furniture from all around the globe. They are called Arnotts Originals, Arnotts Double Coated and Arnotts Chewy Caramel. So any British or Australian ex-pats out there who need a Penguin/Tim Tam fix, you know where to go.
According to Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org) Arnotts themselves prefer to call the Tim Tam Slam, the Tim Tam Suck.
|Nicey replies: Jamie,
Thanks for that useful info. Probably most useful to Australians who find them selves not in Australia as they are prone to do. They get a bit animated when the subject of Tim Tams comes up so its best and safest to take a couple of steps back and let them get on with it. Those three varieties are the core of the range. I liked the double-coats.
Still fingers crossed you might come across some Penguins too.
Bakers Tennis Biscuits Review
I was very interested in the comments on Tennis biscuits.
Having made this biscuit myself at Bakers Biscuits in both Durban and Jo'burg back in the 70's I know it intimately - and very good it is too.
You may be interested to Log on to teriton.co.za where you will find a web site produced by Mr.Len Baumann ex CEO of bakers biscuits where he discusses the history of biscuits in South Africa, including Tennis.
PS the "holes" in biscuit as you put it are called "Docker" holes.
Chief Biscuit Process Technologist
|Nicey replies: That's a fascinating web site with lots of great history. A great bit in the introduction which pushes the invention of the biscuit back to the Romans, and of course wonderful to hear how tennis biscuits actually got their name.
Thanks again for sharing Mr Baumann's work with us.
In fact, I send a case of Japanese "BLACK THUNDER" biscuit to the crews "Black Thunders" of FM "ESSEX", today!
I had not known that there were many "Black Thunders"of FM radio stations in the U.K. I was not able to notice it before.
And now, I suppose that you told me the crews of "Cambridge", not "Essex".
Oh, How pity I am! I am a careless person.
I hope "Black Thunders of "ESSEX" at least enjoy Japanese "Black Thunder "biscuits.
Anyway ,I will let you know that.
I always appreciate your brilliant website ,
And please accept my apology for my carelessness.
Hiromi Miura (Tokyo Japan)
|Nicey replies: Good Morning Hiromi,
Don't you worry, I think any FM Radio station in the UK will be just as surprised and thrilled to get a random delivery of unusual Japanese biscuits. As you say most of them seem to have a Black Thunder of their own (I think they are all part of the same company). Anyway Essex is next door to us and it's where I was born, and I have lots of family there so that's all fine. I'm quite excited about how confused and puzzled they are going to be! It's a wonderful thing you have done and you should be very proud.
A big NCOTAASD Hoorah for you!