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Polish Jaffa Cakes Multireview Review
|Dear Nicey, wifey and YMOS!|
Thank you for your wonderful review of "Polish Jaffa Cakes Multireview". I believe that Wifey was able to get such fine biscuits by giving her right arm that she risked abandoning beloved Nicey and YMOS for a while. It must be just trophied biscuits.
Sad to say, I have never tried any Polish Jaffa cakes. However, I am lucky to have enjoyed some "McVitie's branded Jaffa cakes" biscuits in the U.K. I loved the fruity tartness of the orange jelly rich in gelatin that could work as a skin moisturizer. (or jam ??) I think many people in the U.K.and Poland are really happy to be able to eat Jaffa cake biscuits.
As you guess, Korea has no Jaffa cake biscuits. However, I recently met a nice biscuit named "Big pie" .
The "Big pie" manufactured by CROWN is a biscuit with a strawberry flavoured jelly in a chocolate. The main reason I love the biscuit is that I can enjoy three key- points such as "the biscuit, the chocolate and the jerry" at the same time as Jaffa Cake biscuits in the U.K.
Of course,I know that the "Big pie"biscuit is not a "Jaffa cake"biscuit. But I will taste the Korean "Big pie" as Korean Jaffa Cake" with gratitude in Korea.
The "Big pie" is a SMALL round biscuit around 4 cm in diameter.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: Hiromi,
Glad to see that you have settled down in Korea and are busily finding new biscuits. As you point out not only are those pies not big but they don't appear to be pies either. We are very lucky to have your Japanese view of Korean biscuits based on your working knowledge of British biscuits. I feel that one day there might come to pass a course of events that would see you at least saving the world using your specialised knowledge that is a Japanese view of Korean biscuits based on your working knowledge of British biscuits.
The smashing orangey bit in the middle of the jaffa cake to give it its full technical name is as you suspect actually jam. Industrial jam at that. Which means that the inclusion of the Jaffa Cake in the new edition of the Oxford English Dictionary with the definition as
a sponge biscuit with an orange-flavoured jelly filling and chocolate topping is wrong on two counts and very obviously throws doubt on the validity of every other piece of information held in it.
As for Wifey she gave her left arm today, as she gave blood. She tells me she had a cup of tea afterwards and three Crawfords Gingernuts, although Digestives and Custard Creams were also on offer.
||Hello, Nicey,Wifey and YMOS!!|
Now, I am in Seoul,South Korea with my husband.
ORION ,which is one of major companies on confectionery industry in South Korea, has manufactured a "Choco-pie"biscuit as its leading product since 1974. The "Choco-pie"is a pair of soft biscuits connected with a white chewy white marshmallow, living in a thin chocolate shell.
You can see a huge white Kanji letter written on the right side of the outer red box.. The Kanji letter reads Jon(in Korea)/Joh(in Japan). I think the word Jon/Joh could mean "love", "friendship", "mercy" and "sympathy" in English.
I hear that Korean people are generally rich in such feelings and think it important to hold the Jon/Joh in their heart. I'm sure that many Korean people are very kind. So, the maker ORION may have chosen the most ideal word for expressing what Korean people are.
Actually, as far as I know, we can see the "Choco-pie" at almost all supermarkets and convenience stores in Seoul Korea.
Hence, I never doubt of its immense popularity among Korean people. I am a big fun of the "Choco-pie" cool from the refrigerator, as I can enjoy the bounce of the marshmallow even more.
By the way, in South Korea, men are required to serve in military service for around two years before aged 30. They have to live in a military training centre during that period apart from
their family and beloved people. It will be expected that they will never enjoy meals rich in sweetness
at a luncheon room attached to the military training centre. They must be forced to have strict diet, every day.
However, there appears to be a corner shop in the centre and they seems to be able to buy the ORION " Choco-pie" there, after getting the approval of their superior officers. Service men who fortunately can get the Choco-pie under a licence will be healed their exhausted body and soul after daily fierce military discipline by the sweetness of the biscuit.
In fact, by the time they finally finish their service, most of them seem to find themselves become extravagant fans of the ORION "Choco-pie", even if some of them did NOT like it before their military service.
I guess it is impossible for us who have never experienced the "Choco-pie" in such a severe situation of military service to thank for its sweetness more than Korean service men.
Thanks for reading.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: Good work biscuit correspondent Miura. We are now better informed on possible military uses for Korean biscuits. They do seem to have borrowed heavily from the Wagon Wheel in overall concept though|
Japanese McVities Digestives Review
|Dear Nicey,Wifey and YMOS|
Some Mcvitie's biscuits seemed to decide to spend summer season in an ice-cold place in Japan!
The other day, I found some Mcvitie's biscuits being in an ice-cream case ay my local "Queen's Isetan" supermarket.
How wise they are!
They must see that summer in Japan is humid and hot, well. Therefore, I suppose that some Mcvitie's' determined to move into such a paradise, away from the usual biscuit shelf.
Inside the red box, you can see six ice-cream sandwich biscuits individually wrapped. If you rule that the side of "Mcvitie's stamp" is its face, you might see six pairs of biscuits taking a peaceful snooze, cooling their oven-baked biscuit backs on/under the chocolate ice.
The chocolate-flavoured ice-cream is smooth and rich. However, the Mcvitie's biscuit looks like losing their original crunchy texture of plain Digestive biscuits on/under the ice-cream.
They are soft, moist and soggy.
But it is enjoyable for me to eat such loose Mcvitie's biscuits once in a while in hot summer.
The ice-cream Mcvitie's is approximately 5.8cm in diameter.
Thank you for reading.
Hiromi Miura (Tokyo,Japan)
|Nicey replies: Hiromi,
Yet another exotic Japanese Digestive. I wonder if chocolate digestives would fair better? The layer of chocolate might help stop them going soggy?
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!
||Hello again, Nicey!|
The most favourite colour of mine is pink. So, soon after seeing "Victoria Baker"'s review of "Caxton Pink'n white", I went to the website. At the site, I was able to enjoy seeing the pink-themed site so much. (Thank you for your information about the cute website, Ms.Victoria and of course, nicey!)
Furthermore, I went up for its "flavour poll" part. There, I choose chocolate flavout and voted it.
By the way, now, a BLACK movement has arrived to me, though I do not like black colour. Recently, one of my favourite biscuuits in Japan has been "BLACK THUNDER". "BLACK THUNDER" is "some cocoa-flavoured biscuit chunks covered with milk chocolate". I guess that "BLACK THUNDER" seems like just a rugged PENGUIN biscuit in the U.K..
Many people might imagine something spicy, bitter of taste by seeing the name "BLACK THUNDER". But it is a sweet, yummy and fine biscuit the same as PENGUIN biscuit.
The other day, I tried to buy a case of "BLACK THUNDER" biscuit at my local convenience store. A case has 20 biscuits.
In Japan, "to buy a case of his/her favourite sweet snack at one time "is called "OTONA-GAI". "OTONA" means "ADULT" and "GAI" means "PURCHASING" in English. "OTONA-GAI" or "ADULT PURCHASING" in English is popular among some Japanese grown-ups, in these years.
Why "OTONA-GAI "? because it is difficult for kids to buy a lot of sweet snacks at one time, while NOT for almost adults.
I will enjoy NCOTAASD with yummy, rugged "BLACK THUNDER" biscuits for a while.
Hiromi Miura (From Tokyo, Japan)
|Nicey replies: Hello Hiromi,
How we enjoy our cultural exchanges here on NCOTAASD. I'm impressed by your Black Thunder biscuits for many reasons.
First because of their excellent name which would be equally suitable as the name of an attack helicopter. Our local Radio station has a large sports utility vehicle which they bring along to local events which is also called Black Thunder - next time I see them I'll ask if its named after the Japanese biscuit.
Secondly the biscuit looks a bit recycled, as if made from other biscuits which have been smashed up for reasons I can only guess at. Then again it could also be a small piece of very tarmac road surface.
As for Otona-gai it seems very sensible that you have a word for this, and given that your biscuits are sold individually wrapped twenty at a time is not too outrageous. I suspect in the UK we would just limit ourselves to a special word for the person buying a case of biscuits.