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Lidl's Choco Softies Review
As in so many cases, there is no getting around the original with this kind of confection. Super Dickmann's are by far the best Schaumkuesse (as they are now called, in politically correct terms) in existence. And yes, I do consider myself something of an expert! The chocolate covering of a real Super Dickmann's is actual dark chocolate - or a very good approximation - rather than some strange pseudo-chocolate, the filling is fluffier and yummier, and the wafer base is crisper.
The small Mini Dickmann's have been feted since their first appearance on the market and have only risen in popularity since, particularly as party food (for grown-ups, as well!). I suspect this is because their convenient size makes them easy to pop into your mouth without sticky fingers and messy eating practices, both of which are sometimes involved when an amateur attempts to eat a real Super Dickmann's. They also come in three varieties - dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate - which means they can be pleasingly arranged on a buffet or such. However, the covering is pseudo-chocolaty, thicker and not nearly as good, and the wafer base is not crisp, and therefore these little fellows can't really compete with their big brothers when push comes to shove.
To conclude, you should not give up your quest to try Super Dickmann's until you have tasted the original. Choco Softies will not give you an adequate idea of what a glorious thing a Schaumkuss can be.
In the interest of science, I will add that I utilize two different eating techniques, depending on the occasion. At home, when no-one is watching, I set the Dickmann's on a small plate, lift off the top with a spoon, and spoon out most of the interior before eating the chocolate covering with just a bit of soft white fluff left attached. I suspect this method is unique. When in polite company, I utilize the common eating strategy of nibbling off the chocolate entirely or in part before proceeding to the filling.
By the way - the wafer base is one of the best parts in my opinion and should not be carelessly discarded!
|Nicey replies: If ever I encounter a pack of genuine Super Dickmann's then I won't be shy.|
||Dear Nicey and Wifey,|
A while ago, I saw one of your readers posted a link to a website where somebody had tried to make a massive Jaffa cake (which didn't quite work, possibly because they tried to shoehorn it into being vegan). Anyway, as a Jaffa cake enthusiast I gave them link to a few of my nearest and dearest, and my friend sent me back a link to this site, where they do the same thing with lots of biscuits and snacks, including a rather wonderful Giant Party Ring and Giant Tea Cake. There's also another Giant Jaffa Cake attempt, only marginally more successful.
Anyway, hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
With cakey love,
Lizzy Arnott x
PS. I've contacted you before about a debate in my office about cakes and buns - we're a tad obsessed with any kind of tea accompaniment. So I thought, as an office project, we should try to contribute to pimpmysnack, but we've had trouble coming up with something that should be made massive. Any ideas?
|Nicey replies: Giant Fig Roll.|
Was just wondering if you'd seen this Super Bourbon?
|Nicey replies: No we hadn't, that's a lot of fun for 27 pence pack of Bourbons. We once had a picture of a Super Oreo sent to us which frankly looked horrific.
|Having conducted a rather interesting experiment with a digestive biscuit we thought you would be very excited at the results and therefore would like to share it with you.|
We came across this exciting find rather by accident in Waitrose Dorking. My colleague Liz and I were purchasing some digestive biscuits for later this pm and a jar of mayonnaise for lunch time to go with our cheese toasties. At the checkout, with just the digestives and mayonnaise, we were telling the checkout lady how we were going to enjoy mayonnaise digestives for lunch - a passaway comment from one of us about dunking them in tea then followed. To our amazement the checkout lady considered the prospect of this exciting new creation until she realised (because we were laughing) that we were indeed joking.
However, on walking back to the office Liz and I decided that we should in fact carry out this experiment and to our complete surprise found out that it works wonderfully well. However I should state - for safety reasons, that you MUST dunk the biscuit prior to dipping in the mayonnaise or risk horrendously ruining the sacred tea.
I would urge your community to try out our newly patented recipe!
Since conducting this experiment we have now decided to pursue further combinations of digestives, tea and other unlikely partners. I will keep you informed.
Liz & Me
I took these pics of a strange mutant chocolate fudge biscuit. (Farmbake brand here in NZ) At first I was taken aback by the shear cruelty of mother nature, but soon found an inner beauty and elegance I could have only imagined. This "evolutionary freak" gets to the bottom of the tallest mug. Is this oddball a freak of the dunking world, or an evolutionary step?
|Nicey replies: Tim,
I'm sure you're right and these hapless freaks represent some sort of giant leap forward. It's a such a pity that they look like dog turds.