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Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
|When I was in charge of people, as a manager, rather than the contractor I am now, I instituted "Tunnocks Tuesdays", which meant that on a strict rota, staff had to bring in a Tunnocks product for the team to share. (I should add that I took well over my fair share of purchasing)|
The tea-cakes went down a storm, but the most regular purchases were the caramel wafers, so I have to lay claim to adding to the 4m sold every week.
Never got any commission from them though.
I learnt this when I was a junior muncher! I am now nearly 30!
'We just popped 'round this afternoon, Desmond Duck and me
in the hope that you have got, delicious things for tea.
It's not that we are fussy - almost anything will do,
like lots of CAKE, some BISCUITS and a CUP OF TEA OR TWO.
You see we're healthy growing chaps, we need to eat much more,
but if there's nothing going here, we'll just pop 'round next door!'
The Royal Opera House
|Nicey replies: Yay! And a big NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown Hoorah for the Royal Opera House, although I'm sure a theater would be a much sensible place to have a opera than a house.|
It's Nick Parker -- you very kindly reviewed my book on Toast a few months ago, (yr review still holds pride of place on the Toast page on Amazon, btw).
Just thought I'd add a few words in response to the review of Choco Leibniz biscuits that's on yr site. Which is that in addition to being one of the finest biscuits currently available (the product description on the back of the box gives a clue to their success: 'chocolate biscuits *set in*
chocolate' -- less a biscuit with chocolate on, more a sort of elaborate chocolate/biscuit suspension) they also win another accolade: being the only biscuit ever to be named after a philosopher*.
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz to be precise. Born in Leipzig in 1646. Some book said of him: 'Leibniz was a man of medium height with a stoop, broad-shouldered but bandy-legged, as capable of thinking for several days sitting in the same chair as of travelling the roads of Europe summer and
winter. [so he even liked a sit down!] He was an indefatigable worker, a universal letter writer, a patriot and cosmopolitan, a great scientist, and one of the most powerful spirits of Western civilisation.'
All that, *and* he gave his name to a biscuit. wow.
*to my knowledge, McVitie's Caramel Nietzsches never made it past the prototype stage.
|Nicey replies: Hey Nick,
The Choco Liebniz is of course the chocolate version of the Leibniz, just as the Chocolate Digestive is the chocolate version of the Digestive, and the Petit Écolier (small school boy) is the chocolate version of Petit Beurre. Slight loss of plot by the French again. Originally, 1890 something, Bahlsen produced 'Leibniz Kaks' and then changed the name to 'Leibniz Cakes', which sound even more tempting. I'm told by Bahlsen that the Choco Leibniz enjoys a fierce brand loyalty, which would seem about right as it is an impressive use of chocolate to dress up an otherwise uneventful biscuit, much as the Lu have done with the Petit Beurre. Of course the master stroke is to make the chocolate something that can be nibbled off.
Bakers Iced Zoo Review
Ah, a classic... the history of animated nature all segmented. Evidence that tea is in fact a life preserver; because no matter how hot, when the ZB was dipped, only the biscuit base would get soggy. So leaf saves squirrel. And only animal sustains animal. Or not. Poor things. I had absolute power in all two (or was it three? four?) years of me. The best part was, as white as they appeared, they disappeared. No blood. I wanted to believe it true - if it doesn't bleed it doesn't hurt (isn't that nice - like the sticks and stones rhyme). The king of all South African Zoo animals is, of course, the mighty housefly - can't postage him in, all red and green and blue and confusingly shiny. Well, if it's not on top...
|Nicey replies: OK, good.. I think.|
Bakers Iced Zoo Review
The white icing 'animals' have provided much room for mirth, debate and derision (compared to the picture on the pack afterall) over the years but I can confirm that the whale/slug/fox hybrid is in fact intended to be a squirrel.
I never drew on the animals but the tri-partite architecture of these biscuits does reward the adventurous biscuit-eater with a variety of methods for eating them.
My personal favourite IS to eat as much of the biscuit away, then lick the beast off, at which point the maximum sugar-rush can be achieved by rapidly consuming the 'purified' coloured icing.