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||Hello, Nicey,Wifey and YMOS!!|
Now, I am in Seoul,South Korea with my husband.
ORION ,which is one of major companies on confectionery industry in South Korea, has manufactured a "Choco-pie"biscuit as its leading product since 1974. The "Choco-pie"is a pair of soft biscuits connected with a white chewy white marshmallow, living in a thin chocolate shell.
You can see a huge white Kanji letter written on the right side of the outer red box.. The Kanji letter reads Jon(in Korea)/Joh(in Japan). I think the word Jon/Joh could mean "love", "friendship", "mercy" and "sympathy" in English.
I hear that Korean people are generally rich in such feelings and think it important to hold the Jon/Joh in their heart. I'm sure that many Korean people are very kind. So, the maker ORION may have chosen the most ideal word for expressing what Korean people are.
Actually, as far as I know, we can see the "Choco-pie" at almost all supermarkets and convenience stores in Seoul Korea.
Hence, I never doubt of its immense popularity among Korean people. I am a big fun of the "Choco-pie" cool from the refrigerator, as I can enjoy the bounce of the marshmallow even more.
By the way, in South Korea, men are required to serve in military service for around two years before aged 30. They have to live in a military training centre during that period apart from
their family and beloved people. It will be expected that they will never enjoy meals rich in sweetness
at a luncheon room attached to the military training centre. They must be forced to have strict diet, every day.
However, there appears to be a corner shop in the centre and they seems to be able to buy the ORION " Choco-pie" there, after getting the approval of their superior officers. Service men who fortunately can get the Choco-pie under a licence will be healed their exhausted body and soul after daily fierce military discipline by the sweetness of the biscuit.
In fact, by the time they finally finish their service, most of them seem to find themselves become extravagant fans of the ORION "Choco-pie", even if some of them did NOT like it before their military service.
I guess it is impossible for us who have never experienced the "Choco-pie" in such a severe situation of military service to thank for its sweetness more than Korean service men.
Thanks for reading.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: Good work biscuit correspondent Miura. We are now better informed on possible military uses for Korean biscuits. They do seem to have borrowed heavily from the Wagon Wheel in overall concept though|
Weston's Wagon Wheels Review
As a long time Wagon Wheels fan, I’ve been delighted to read some of the enlightened commentary on these great biscuits on your website. I wonder if you can help me with a minor dispute relating to Wagon Wheels advertising of the late 80s/early 90s, specifically the existence of an ad featuring some sort of creature, hiccupping repeatedly and saying “Hic, the Wagon Wheels, Hic, the Wagon Wheels”. The ad may have only screened on Aussie telly, but independent confirmation of its existence would be of considerable satisfaction to me.
Hope you can help.
I was somewhat dismayed on reading your Jaffa Judgement article in that I never got to see the Limited Edition McVities Berry Blast Jaffa Cakes which featured a mixture of raspberry and cherry. I live in the channel islands and we are often left out in the cold with regards new things, sometimes taking months before they might filter through to our shores, if indeed we get to see them at all. Seeing as how I'm quite partial to all things raspberry I feel they would have gone down a treat. Does anybody still have some, or does anyone carry sufficient persuasive skills so as to encourage the great McV to re-introduce such marvels?
Keep up the good work.
|Nicey replies: Hello Stefan,
Yes I think Jaffa Cakes have settled back down again. Actually I'm not sure, but the new flavours were certainly around for a few months. They be due a another fiddling about with in another month or two. You can often find Raspberry style Jaffa cakes in Lidl's which emanate from Germany, and certainly their Jaffa cakes are well worth a go. I don't know if that expands your options in any way.
Last year we were close enough to the Channel Islands whilst in Brittany to pick BBC Radio Jersey. We had the great privilege of listening to almost a days phone in devoted to issue of seagulls and what they get up to.
||Dear Nicey and Wifey,|
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your wonderful book. As an ex-pat living in Australia for the past 20 years, we recently returned from a visit (with my husband and three children) to old 'Blighty' and on one of our many days out, my daughter pointed out your book in a very small National Trust Giftshop in Robin Hood's Bay on the North East Coast of England (my husband and I originate from Durham City).
My husband and I are avid tea drinkers, he - a perfect 'T'; myself - it depends, mostly 'T1'. My husband (a shift worker) can drink up to 16 cups a day, our kettle is never cold! Our three children, aged 9, 11 and 15 (all born in Australia) have inherited the English taste for tea and all drink it often much to the amusement of our 'Aussie' friends and neighbours.
The book made me smile and laugh and brought back many memories of afternoon teas with my mum and aunts, and of course the compulsory plate of assorted biscuits (my childhood favourite - the Lincoln). I now take part in many morning and afternoon teas with my 'Aussie' friends and take much pride in providing teacups and saucers and teapot on a tray, keeping alive the English tradition.
The book will now take pride of place on our bookshelf for 'special' books; kept safe to be passed on to my children and hopefully connoisseur tea drinkers of the future to hopefully enjoy as much as I have. I will of course take it down to peruse when I am having my 'nice cup of tea and a sit down' which is very, very often.
With many thanks and my very best regards.
|Nicey replies: Janice,
Thanks for your mail. The National Trust do excellent work preserving the nations heritage as well as selling our book in their gift shops. Around us for some reason they also have a few water mills where they grind excellent wholemeal flour which makes glorious brown bread, and oatmeal which makes equally glorious raisin and oatmeal biscuits.
Quite frankly I don't know what we would do with out them.
Regards to all your tea drinking family
|I have 3 points to add to Ian Ashcroft's email concerning the link between the G biscuit and the 19th century Italian Patriot of the same name.|
1) This year 2007 is the bicentenary of the birth of Guiseppe Garibaldi. Not quite sure what to do about it.
2) I once heard that the first Garibaldi 'biscuit' was in fact bread soaked in horse blood (Garibaldi constantly ran out of food on his campaigns and occasionally had to bleed his horses to nourish his men) mixed with berries. Given their fondness for all things nasty, it seems highly likely that troops of flies volunteered themselves as ingredients as well.
3) 'Garibaldi' should be pronounced to rhyme with 'Renaldo' and not with loss of hair.
|Nicey replies: 1) Well the descendants of Garibaldi got in touch a while back to tell us about their project to create a website celebrating the bicentennary of Garibaldi's birth. It's very Italian but that's to be expected.
2) Ahh the joys of camping.
3) But it doesn't rhyme with Renaldo