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||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.|
||Hello Biscuit Lovers,|
I remember cartoonies from my childhood. As they are no longer widely available I have replaced them in my lunchbox with "Hello Panda" biscuits. They meet all Nicola's requirements too, as they are small; spherical; chocolate filled; decorated with a cartoon (fore mentioned panda doing lots of exciting activities, like smelling a flower and driving a car); and they come in a box which has a little foil bag inside to keep them fresh, not that that's a problem in my house.
I'm not sure how easy it is to get hold of them outside Liverpool, but I get mine in Chinese supermarkets. A box costs about 85p, pricey I know, but they're worth it.
To save Nicola from disappointment I feel I must place my hand on my heart and admit that Hello Panda's are not as nice as Cartoonies, this may be because Cartoonies have been elevated in my estimation due to their departure from the shelves, but I think it's probably the inferior chocolate.
Hope this is helpful,
(By the way, a friend bought me a box of the strawberry flavour 4 months ago, and they are still in my cupboard, enough said.)
I would like to sincerely thank you for your recent 21st Century Fig Festival. This page has been a life saver to me and helped save me from a fig worse than distress.
At this point I must point out that I loathe these biscuits. The mere thought of eating one repulses me. It is not so much the biscuit, which is in actual fact usually very tasty (if not slightly figged). No, it is the figgy surprise that lurks inside, ready to snare the unsuspecting defenceless biscuit-eater and force the taste of fig upon them.
WELL NO MORE. Thanks to your handy fig biscuit identifier, I am now able to select any biscuit I please, safe in the knowledge that I can now spot a fig biscuit at 10 paces. I cannot quite manage 50 paces yet, as my eyes are not so good.
I hope I am not speaking out of turn by bad mouthing - an appropriate term in the biscuit world I think! - these biscuits to you, but I feel I needed to explain the reason for my gratitude.
So thanks to you once again and to your brave fig eating testers. My world is now a safer, tastier place and I wouldn't have it any other way.
|Nicey replies: Thats all well and good, but you may find yourself missing out on
Strawberry Newtons, and Prune filled things from Lu and Apple filled things from McVities. However, this might be a price you are prepared to pay.Dear Sir,
||Just noticed the query from Nicola Mollet and Friends. She?s talking about Cartoonies, a children?s snack biscuit from our old friendsBurtons. These were launched as ?Cartoon Buttons? back in the mid-80?s, and were initially packed in small cartons with Disney characters printed on the biscuits. Then Nestle bought up the sole rights to Disney characters for the food market, soBurtonsmade up their own cartoon characters, re-packaged them into multi-bags for the lunch-box market and called them Cartoonies instead. As far as I know they?re still available, though I?ve not seen them around recently. They?re still featured in the ?Children?s Biscuits? area of Burtons website though.|