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Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
I am interested to know if you have Tim Tams in Britan. I don't, in any way, want to detract from Sandie Cleland's insights about the 'Kit Kat Straw', indeed I applaud them generously. However I thought you might like to know of a similar phenomenon in Australian biscuit tradition called the 'Tim Tam Slam'. Irritatingly basketbally term but a singlularly worthwhile persuit which involves biting diametrically opposite corners off the rectangular, choc-covered Tim Tam and sucking hot beverages through them. Public opinion is divided on whether this practice constitues a violation of the TT which is regarded as the luxury biscuit for rich and poor alike and has semi totem status here.
A while ago, I bought some Cadbury's cookies that came in a transparent celophane bag contained inside a nice cardboard box. These cookies rocked. Unfortunately, besides the original Portsmouth co-op I bought them from, I've not been able to find any other shops that do. This is unfortunate, because they taste damn nice.. perhaps you could use your biscuiteering resources to track them down.
Although the Safeway cookies are a worth substitute.
|Nicey replies: Well they sound similar to Cadbury's Animal Shapes biscuits which are simply fantastic. Even if they weren't Animal biscuits I would recommend that you go get some for a special treat. In fact I'm off to the shops later I'll get some hoorah.
Does that help?
I noticed quite a few international additions to the biscuit reviews page, so as a POM living in New Zealand for a year, i thought i'd take the opportunity to add the database of world biscuit data.
NZ biscuit information worthy of note:
"Jammy Dodgers" are called "Shrewsburys" over here. For no good reason whatsoever, as far as i've been able to find out.
Kiwis are extremely fond of "Afghans", a rough textured, baked, choclatey affair. Ironically, they are shaped slightly like the funny Pork pie hats that the Taleban wore.
Although not really a biscuit, "Chocolate Fish" seem to be a national institution here, usually used as an incentive for kids to work harder at school.
Hope this biscuit data is of some interest :o)
urther investigation into the mildly odd world of Kiwi bicuits has revealed that Shrewsbury's made specifically by Griffins (http://www.griffins.co.nz/), but a your average Kiwi would call any Jam sandwhich biscuit a Shrewsbury.
As for the chocolate fish, the Kiwis i've talked to about them are shocked to find that they aren't a world-wide phenomenon, as they grew up expecting a chocolate fish (Pronounced "fush" here) anytime they did anything good at school.
Link to a Cadubury's NZ catalogue (Including Chocolate fish):
How to get a lifetime's supply of Chocolate Fish :o)
Some rather ornate looking (and FUN to eat) chocolate fish, but possibly not authentic Kiwi types..
Enjoy your chocolate fishing & congrats on the web site (Especially Apocolypse bunny), as you can probably tell i do have a bit of spare time at work at the moment, and your website has been an ideal accompaniment to all the tea and biscuits i've been scoffing :oD
|Nicey replies: Thanks for that valuable biscuit info Mark. Its important to keep a global perspective on biscuits. Do you know if Shrewsburys are generic jam sandwich biscuits, or are made by any company in particular? The Chocolate Fish sound good, do you have a picture or link to one?
Hoorah for odd Kiwi biscuit/cake things!
wow, i have found your biscuit reviews inspirational. eating biscuits and drinking tea is about all we do at work, so to find a website dedicated to my average day was truly a happy occurence. due to the fact that we also spend much of our time at work surfing the internet it has introduced a wholesome interconnectedness of oneness into my day (and it's a friday so extra warm feelings of contentedness all round).
anyway, on to my cookie centred thoughts. the sainsburys soft cookies comes in packs of five and are well above the average cookie size. truly they are huge, and extremely moreish. they come in several flavours, the best being the chocolate chip ones (mmmm, white chocolate chip - like a piece of paradise on a plate), although if you prefer your biscuits not so sugary then the oatmeal and raisin ones are filling and satisfying. I can't think of a downside to the biscuit itself - but it's packaged as an all-american cookie (rather like the maryland cookie), when it seems to be made instore at sainsburys in their bakery section. I think it must be as sometimes they are still warm and soft, yum!
must go now, keep up the good work,
hello again nicey,
just got distracted at the end of my message and missed a bit out. it was about why call the cookie an american cookie when it's been made at the store. why don't they say instead;
SAINSBURYS: soft chewy cookies, we've just made them and they're yummy. buy them now or we'll eat them all at lunchtime and then we won't be able to fit behind our tills and you'll get no more biscuits ever
ME: i'm buying them now - don't eat them all, please!!
bye bye again,
|Nicey replies: Yes good point about the random application of the adjective American, to biscuits. I like to think that Maryland cookies come from a land of Marys, probably like a cross between Munchkin land in the Wizard of Oz, a bakery, and toy town where Noddy lives, with vast Marys the size of tall buildings striding around sort of like the bit in Power Rangers when who ever is doing the fighting gets 40 times bigger for no good reason.
Jacob's Orange Club Review
|As a reply to your comment as to the disgusting way the French have treated the club biscuit,I just have to say that the club is still around in all its forms(mint,orange,plain,and raisin)-personally mint was always my favourite.However the layer of mint topping is now so thin you can hardly taste it, and as for the chocolate on the top don't even get me started. Ps pink wafers rule no matter what you say.|