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||Thank you for giving me back my memory of the Royal Scot. This fine biscuit has not crossed my mind in over 20 years, but now I can almost taste it's buttery, salty sweetness.... I must go and put the kettle on. Do you think that if we talk about them often enough those fine people at Fox's or McVities might reissue them - if only as a limited edition?|
On the subject of lost biscuits, do you remember those small round ones with a shallow well in the centre containing pink (and sometimes white) cream and a dusting of sugar. They had a bevelled rim (a little like a round shortcake) and the best thing was to nibble this off to liberate the cream. They used to appear in selection tins, but never (to my knowledge) as a stand alone item. Did they have a name I wonder - I like to think so.
Keep up the excellent work.
|Nicey replies: Wouldn't that be fantastic if we could resurrect a biscuit. A bit like a biscuit Jurrasic Park, Woo. Of course we would have to buy them by the bus load or our biscuit wishes might never be granted again.
I certainly remember something very similar that had jam in the middle sort of like a biscuit version of a jam tart. They only travelled in selection tins. I don't know if they are releated to your biscuits but I could certainly see off a packet of them. Yay, for Jam. Theres not enough Jam around these days.
||John Murray might like to consider trying "Hit", which is widely available in UK supermarkets and very similar to the Prince biscuits be bought in France. They're both a bit like a large round cream sandwich biscuit, but instead of being shortcake (eg like custard creams) the biscuit shell is a bit like a very light rich tea. Don't know about being Moorish, they're probably a bit more Germanic.....|
||Can anyone help me? Does anybody out there remember biscuits called Devonets I am sure thats the name! I used to eat them when I was a child in the 50s. They were a rich crunchy type rather like Abernathy. Help! or is my memory playing tricks on me?|
Do you know if the Prince biscuit made by LU can be got in the UK? They?re round chocolate sandwich types. They come in cylindrical 330gm packets with a picture of some smiling kid prince in gumboots and a superman cape running healthily in front of a picture of the contents. He?s also embossed on each biscuit (not running, but looking like Henry VIII junior).Gout Chocolate, Partenaire Energie, it says, Cereales et lait.(sorry no accents available on this keyboard) But in spite of that I seek them out when in France as they are not too sweet, dunk well, and are very Moorish. And the chocolate filling seems to stay firm even in the heat of summer. They were on offer in triple packs in the Super-U this month but my wife wouldn?t allow me to get this as she?s gone onto a low carbohydrate diet. So I?m now almost through my souvenir of a delicious holiday.
There appear to be several varieties of them in French supermarkets: One has the filling divided- half is something whiteish, and there?s a strawberry one which doesn?t appeal at all. It wasn?t even in the triple special offer so can?t be all that popular.
Are they available in the UK? Or can anyone recommend a not-too-sweet chocolate alternative?
|Nicey replies: I know the biscuits you are referring to, we saw some the other week in an Auchan in Boulogne. They seem to be representative of a whole continental approach to round chocolate cream sandwich biscuits, we have had something very similar from Spain called a 'Principito'.
I've never seen Lu biscuits in any of the big stores, so I think you are probably best off working on a plan to convince your Wife of your legitimate right to by dodgy euro biccies for your next France trip. I find 'Oh they are are for the biscuit tin at work' seems to work well.
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|I just thought you might like this Club biscuit anecdote.|
I went to university at Westfield College, London. Sadly, its' now gone away with the re-org of London Uni, but that's another story. Anyway, I used to live in the college halls, and one of the conditions was that you had to buy meal tickets to use in the college refectory. The food was dreadful, with the result that at the end of each term one had a whole book of meal tickets (cannot remember the value - it was in 1978/79). All one could do was buy wine (Liebfraumilch) ... and Club biscuits - makes a great meal. In fact, in my first year I recall only ever buying Club biscuits by the box-load (you know, the ones with the box lid that folded back down to make a handy shop display). I coated the desk in my room with the silver wrappers - this being a particularly time consuming process as one had to peel off the waxy paper, then smooth out the wrapper, and then apply to the desk! If the silver foil broke, the wrapper was of course discarded! Oh, what times I had as a student! I stopped eating Club for the same reasons as you, but I can still hear the slogan ringing in my ears "If you like a lot of chocolate on your biscuit join our club". Also, I'm not sure about your dates, because I think the wrapper changed in my third year (1980) - surely that was the end of the chocolate biscuit legend.
I am now quite partial to Tesco's finest range of biscuits - the choc ones and the almond ones.
|Nicey replies: Your quite right of course the exact construction of the inner paper and foil liner did change, I had forgotten that.|