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Wagon Wheel Review
I am writing to express my disappointment about Jammie Dodgers, made by Burton's Foods. Though heavily advertised using the gimmick of jam wrestling, involving TV adverts, top trumps cards, and flash games on a website, the actual bisuits are vile. Some ingredient has the effect of drying out my mouth while leaving a horrible aftertaste reminiscent of the morning after excessive drink and drugs.
One biscuit was enough to ruin the taste of a pint of tea.
Interestingly, Wagon Wheels are made by the same company and have the same unpleasent effect, so they must share the foul ingredient, whatever it is. I suspect it might be a presevative since the effect is rather like that of eating a lump of salt or possibly sulphur.
|Nicey replies: Felix,
Sort it out, these are classic biscuits, perhaps something else has shot away your taste buds over the festive season, or in the run up to it (excessive drink and drugs?).
||I recently visited the French resort of Nice and was shocked to find that the liberator of Italy - Garibaldi - was born there. One town associated with two biscuits - is this a record.|
Also - Nice biscuits are generally nasty - is this the same attitude to naming that means that any country with the word "Democratic" in its name is not? Similarly, Fig Rolls don't (roll) and neither do Jammy Dodgers (dodge). How many other misleading biscuits are there? Should something be done to prevent confusion?
Jammie Dodger Review
|Dear Nicey -|
Thank you for your lovely website. I have been very much enjoying it on a semi-regular basis.
I wonder if you have been doing any research into the 'raspberry-flavoured plum jam' problem which currently afflicts Jammie Dodgers and other biscuit/jam compounds.
Raspberry jam is certainly a top jam, so I don't understand why Jammie Dodger manufacturers have to resort to this silly simulacrum. Maybe they are worried about the presence of those little raspberry bits - like minature embryonic raspberrys. If you reduce raspberries to a puree then these bits are certainly distracting, but in the context of jam, they present no difficulties. Equally, I am worried at the thought that raspberry flavoured plum jam might retain some taint of former pluminess. For indisputably, plum jam does not belong in the folio of classic jams. But by what method is the plum flavour eradicated? What would happen if this process was to backfire?
Or maybe it is only a question of simple economics. In which case, my response would be to wait a moment, and then to breathe softly: 'oh dear'. I have seen Jurassic Park (one and two) and I know you cannot toy with nature for mere financial gain.
I hope you can shed some light on this for me, and many of my concerned friends.
|Nicey replies: Tom,
I covered this one in the review. Its to do with the amount of pectin which is the complex polysaccharide in plant cell walls that sets the jam. Plums and Apples are very rich in it soft fruits such as raspberries don't have so much and strawberries are notoriously low in it. Hence to get really stiff jam capable of holding the two sides of the jamie dodger together Burton's have gone for a plum based jam. However the flavours that people respond to are those of the of soft fruit jams, hence subterfuge.
Just thought I would let you know that the tea money story is alive and well in South London.
When I was little my nan used to let me make tea for her and her friends (well she used to let me pour it out of the teapot after she had done all the other bits) She always used to say that I made the best cup of tea in the world which used to make me swell with pride. She used to praise highly the amount of 'money' I could get in each cup of tea. I think this is because the teapot was heavy and I was very small and so used to pour slowly and irregularly causing maximum money!
My Nan was the biggest tea and biscuit lover, she used to keep a kettle on the stove on a low heat all day and just turn up the gas a bit when she wanted a cuppa. She always had a well stocked biscuit barrel and used to favour the shortcake type varieties. Sadly my Nan died when I was in my 20's and I inherited her biscuit barrel, which always brings back fond memories sitting in the kitchen with her.
Anyway what about 'Happy Faces' like jammie dodger but with cream and a face on them...not sure if they sell them anymore?
|Nicey replies: Yay for your Nan's biscuit barrel. We love stuff like that. Of course my Nan introduced me to Abbey Crunch, but she also insisted on buying Safeway Petit Beurre biscuits which sort of passed me by a bit.
BN Happy Faces are still around, check out their modern incarnation as Penguin Splatz, not jam but cream instead.
Jam Sandwich Creams Review
Thank you for your wise words. The dispute has now been stettled and has a happy ending. We reached a compromise and bought both Jammie Dodgers and Jam Sandwhich Creams for the office biscuit tub.
All are content.