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||I have observed and understand your taxonamy of biscuits, it is a fine explanation of the biscuit for the lesser informed world, especially those Americans. But one issue is left unexplained. Where does the 'American Style Cookie' fit in? For clarification i am not talking about Maryland cookies, but the large items sold from Stalls in shopping malls, and in packets of 5 from Sainsbury's/Tesco's etc, in flavours such as Chocolate chip, Oat and Raisin, or similar.|
These cookies are not even comparable to the biscuit, yet exist. They are large, perhaps even reaching the size of a small CD. They often have a strong, rather sickly sweet flavour, and are very soft.
It seems to me that those friends of ours across the Atlantic, lacking something in their lives, something roughly the shape of a nice cup of tea and a sitdown attempted to fill this hole. But their lack of experience and tea prevented them from achieving the heights of relaxing oat based snack that we enjoy and they ended up with the cookie.
A cookie has two sides, could concievably be dunked in tea, and my local supermarket sells them in packets. According to your site this is technically a biscuit. And there is obviously a blurred area between the cookie and the biscuit, an area which seems to be filled by the Maryland Chocolate Chip Cookie. But the packets contain only 5 cookies, a number inconprehensably small for a decent packet of biscuits, they are too soft and they besmirch the good name of the humble biscuit with their unpalitable taste and odd greasyness. I would hate to think of anyone being confused between a cookie and a biscuit, and i think you, as the nation's biscuit champion should clear up the issue. Thank You.
|Nicey replies: Yes good point. I always think that such cookies have been created to satisfy those who prefer to eat uncooked cake mixture. As such I would need overlap the biscuit circle with the uncooked cake mix circle and place cookies there.|
Wagon Wheel Review
|I was disappointed to read your review of the Wagon Wheel. At first, it promised to be a positive, but fair review. However, I read on in disgust to find it dismissed as and I quote: ?a bit like an ultra thin shortcake biscuit that has gone stale?. Admittedly, it?s not the greatest biscuit to have graced the supermarket shelves, but this review is a little unfair in my humble opinion. It almost seems as though the writer has run out of things to say, quoting the same line over and over again, spouting some nonsense about not knowing what it tastes like. I?ve been eating Wagon Wheels for many a year now, and think they deserve a little more credit.|
Joe Carter, London
|Nicey replies: Our reviews are always fair, thats the thing about them.
Wagon Wheel Review
Firstly may i congratulate you on your truly magnificent website. In these modern times we are bombarded by advertising from unscrupulous manufacturers eager to rob us of our hard earned cash. Its great that you have set up this beacon for biscuit eaters - providing reviews to guide us on the right path to biscuit heaven.
So, onto my chosen subject - Waggon wheels. Phil's review of them does admirably extol their virtues. However, i do think that the quality has worsened over the years. In particular, dont you think that the makers have craftily shrunk the wheel from waggon-like proportions to a size more akin to a transit van? These biscuits were a personal favourite because they were a meal in themselves. Now they are not even a mouthful.
I would appreciate your views,
|Nicey replies: Mark,
Most people think that Wagon Wheels have gotten smaller over the years, even quite contemporary biscuit eaters. As we said in the review, this is probably a natural effect of the aging process. If somebody at Burton's does know I bet its a sacking offense to discuss it.
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|Regarding your Penguin v Tim Tam debate I offer you the following article from the Sydney Morning Herald in which the original creator of the Tim Tam, Ian Norris, says that after searching the world for an idea for a chocolate biscuit he happened across the Penguin: "I thought that|
was not a bad idea for a biscuit... we'll make a better one." And they did.
Here's the full story
||My dear Nicey and TW|
I was intrigued that such areas of research as the optimum dunking capability of a biscuit and teapot spout dribbles have indeed merited the scientific communitys' attention via the IgNoble awards
further, that there are those who would experiment in the re-evaluation and representation of early biscuit species at no point have I found reference to the combination of those essential pre-cursors of optimum enjoyment as proposed by your good selves. Hence one might assume that you indeed lead the world in your quest.
|Nicey replies: Hoorah indeed. Ahh bless, they look sweet don't they.