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||Ahhh! McVities Royal Scots! These used to be my favourite biscuits! Very rich buttery taste, with a distinctive flavour that was similar to, but different from shortbread. This is a classic example of a product that was 'engineered' out of the market. The original recipe, from the 1960's or earlier, included small quantities of some very expensive ingredients. At various times in the 1970's the recipe went through lots of small changes, and over time most of the expensive ingredients were removed to make it cheaper to produce. Unfortunately the cumulative effect over the years was that the product evolved into something that tasted nothing like the original, and its popularity slumped. Eventually sales dropped to a level where it was discontinued. You can't even blame Marketing for this! the recipe changes came from the Production side of the company. Maybe its time for a comeback in its original format!!|
I can only echo David Branton's sentiments with regard to Royal Scot biscuits. I distinctly remember eagerly anticipating sitting down to afternoon tea at 4 o'clock with a cup of tea and some Royal Scot biscuits - lovely and buttery. My Mum even kept them in a separate tin from the other biscuits (which were considered inferior - even bourbons!).
I assume you have high level contacts within the McVities organisation given your elevated postion in the biscuit world - can we start a campaign to bring back Royal Scot? My Mum always said that they were eaten by Her Majesty the Queen - hence the name. Is this true?
Eagerly awaiting any RS news,
|Nicey replies: Your Mum could well be right. I expect the Queen is always getting offered biscuits of one sort or another, on a plate with a doily probably. You wouldn't want to offer Royalty a chocolate covered biscuit as that would be vulgar and would make a mess of the Queens gloves. Something with fruit in might cause an incident similar to when the Queen Mum got fish bones stuck in her throat. So a refined sort of shortbread would be ideal as a regal nibble.|
||I used to and visit my auntie, and have a nice cup of tea. She used to get out Royal Scott biscuits which were really nice, sweet and a bit salty. Anyway I have not seen any in the shops for ages. Are they still available? Please let me know.|
|Nicey replies: I've not seen them for years, but I think they were made by McVities.
||The biscuits remembered by Paul Mosely "They had cartoon characters faces drawn on them in slightly darker "ink" than the body of the biscuit" are probably Mr Men and Little Miss biscuits. These were small, round and flat, and had the various characters printed on them in coloured vegetable dye. They were initially sold in a big bag, but later changed to a multi-bag for the school lunchbox market. They had a stable-mate "Thunderbirds" biscuits, which were similar but had the various Thunderbirds vehicles printed on them.|
||Anybody help from this very vague description please?|
Artificially coloured biscuits, and I THINK flavoured too...basically a sort of round - flat shortbread, malty tasting a bit like SPORTS biscuits and they had food colouring in them to make them Red, Green, and I think Yellow. They had cartoon characters faces drawn on them in slightly darker "ink" than the body of the biscuit. I can see a sort of cartoon Kings face I think,not a famous cartoon...
think malty taste, artificial colour and round or possibly even shaped like the faces that where depicted upon them?
they probably don't qualify as biscuits at all, they may even have come in a bag like the pikiest of all childhood "treats" : Iced Gems.
Am I just making this up?
|Nicey replies: They sound more plausible than Cartoonies, and its stirring sound kind of repressed memory in me. Maybe something traumatic has blocked it, green biscuits for instance.|