Abbey Crunch Review
|Having just read your fantastic review of the great Abbey Crunch I felt I had to write as this is the official biscuit of my home town - Colchester in Essex.|
The Abbey Crunch has enjoyed official biscuit status in Colchester for approximately 500 years. The monks of St John the Baptist Abbey were famous for their crunchy oat biscuits which were also baked and enjoyed by the townsfolk. All that's left of the Abbey today is its 15th century gatehouse and its biscuits.
The current biscuit is taken from a version baked by local firm Priory Biscuits until just after the second world war. The company was owned by a Frank Curtis who claimed to get the recipe from his mother. She in turn said that it had been handed down to her. McVities probably bought the
recipe after the company closed down, and a picture of the Abbey still appears on packets today.
I remember my father making these biscuits, and friends back in Colchester also remember grandparents, aunts and uncles baking them, making the Abbey Crunch a big part of Colchester's history.
Keep up the good work with the site, I look forward to reading more reviews.
Great web site, do you, or will you. do any features of nut free biccies? My son has a nut allergy and its a real pain trying to find biccies for him, usually its the very nice but a tad boring full time, Rich Tea's.
Many thanks, keep up the good work, sent the site to my sis in laws in LA and NZ!!!
|Nicey replies: Things like the mighty Penguin tend to be OK as they have their own dedicated production line, due to the volumes involved, so you don't get that may contain nuts thing. United Biscuits have an up to date web page were they list their nut free products.
Hey the Abbey Crunch is listed as nut free, Yay.
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|The feedback you have on the Pocky/Mikado is slightly off. I have some packets of Pockys donated by Japanese friends when they visit. They are made by Ezaki Glico Co Ltd in Osaka, Japan and come in a wide variety of types. Current packs I have are Mousse Pocky in Strawberry or Green Tea flavours. You can find out about them at the Glico Website If stuck AltaVista will do a challenging translation for you.|
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|Where are they? I sent me mum down Tescos to get some and they didn't have any! (Not an easy feat as she's 5000m away from me) So where are they.|
|Nicey replies: Their location amongst the biscuits can vary wildly. However we have been informed that the official Tesco policy is to put them next to the Cadburys fingers.
I'm a bit lost with the 5000m thing to your mother. Still never mind.
my collegues and i would like to know what the maximum dunking time is for a Rich Tea biscuit.
As you know it is very frustrating when you lose half the biscuit in your cuppa making it undrinkable
We have tried doubling up the biscuits but this just causes more soggy biscuit problems
Maybe we could all start a campaign for suggested Dunking times to be written on ALL packets of biscuits, not just Rich Tea.
Let me know what you think and if you could answer the original query we would be very grateful.
|Nicey replies: If only it were that simple, however the temperature of the tea is a vital factor, and so guidelines would have to be given for piping hot tea, hot tea, warm tea, barely warm tea and stone cold tea.
I really must do a dunking icon tomorrow.