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Sebastian Johnson-Cadwell
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Nicey replies: Woo. I really should do a teapot icon to honor such a tale.

Julia Long
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Nicey replies: Some would say so, but not us. Biscuit is derived from the French 'bis' for 'twice' and past participle of the verb 'cuir' to cook, and so means twice-cooked. This described the process by which flour could be preserved by making ships biscuits. An initial baking of a simple flour and water dough was followed by a long second drying process, hence twice cooked.

Now comes the pure speculation on my part. Presumably the same derivation led to the naming of biscuits in the southern states of the USA by French settlers where a 'biscuit' is somewhat like a British 'cobbler', a small floury baked item which is enjoyed with savoury dishes to soak up gravy. As the word biscuit had already now been used for something in the American cuisine, a new word must have been needed to describe what the rest of the world thinks of as biscuits. Many American cookies would be recognised as biscuits in the UK, however, the large diameter soft baked variety, are what we think of as Cookies.

The French
Nicey replies: Yes those old Cats Tongues are nice little butter biscuits aren't they. If they didn't look like cats tongues then maybe they would have been called 'petit beurre' instead. They often make appearances in desserts as they are very good for eating with mousse.

Annette Harris
Nicey replies: Hey don't apologise for the dunking, you play it how want to.

As for packing mostly its changed little. However we are seeing the emergence of 'convenience' packing for people snacking on the go. Here packs made may be made from foil lined card and even plastic. We would like to see that reversed, and manufacturers draw attention to parts of the pack that maybe recycled, such as cardboard liners.

Barry Bunn
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Nicey replies: That's a very sensible appraisal of the Iced Gem. I'm sure there must be some sort of industrial or engineering processes in which the Iced Gem could be utilized such tunnel boring machines, or glass cutting.