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Tunnocks Wafer Review
I enjoy a good Tunnock's Caramel wafer now and again. But today to my disgust was handed a Tesco "Caramel Wafer". Now I know you?re wondering - Well what?s the problem with that? My problem, Sir, Is that this is a pathetic cheap imitation of the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Biscuit. Its taste was an insult to Tunnocks. I wonder if T. Tonnock is aware of this?
|Nicey replies: Very good, but I doubt if you would want it any other way.
|Al teacakeman Fyfe
McVitie's Lyles Creams Review
I loved your description of Mr Lyle's trademark as "barking".
Abram Lyle was a famous son of Greenock, Scotland, near where I live. The Lyle fountain stands in the central square in Greenock, but sadly does not pour forth syrup. A brief biography of Mr Lyle tells us he inherited his uncle's business as a cooper and fishing-smack owner. Thankfully we don't smack fish in Greenock any more, but sadly there is precious little sugar-making either.
Incidentally, Lyle the Greenockian never met Mr Tate of sugar cube and art gallery fame.
Al "teacakeman" Fyfe
Never e-mailed you before, son, but I'm sure that you'll be delighted to see this report. It's the proof of what we all knew, deep down in our tannin-stained souls. Tea is the ultimate health drink. Sod fruity smoothies, or carrot juice, or any of that other rubbish. It's tea we need. I only wish that I'd been one of those lucky "human volunteers".
I only wonder whether they got biscuits with their experimental tea? If so, maybe it's actually your average 'penguin' or 'garibaldi' that's really the good stuff? I'm more than willing to find out, should NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown wish to fund any further research into this important issue.
|Nicey replies: Yes I think we all instinctively know that. I see the research was done by Americans in America, we can only guess at the results they would have got if they had used proper tea. As you also speculate were biscuits involved, and of course were they seated? It all has a bearing.|
my colleagues and i are relative newcomers to biscuit classification, and your website has given us a real fast track into a wide and inclusive world.
we feel however, that your website (full, accurate and beautifully illustrated though it is) lacks an important technical angle. to fully appreciate any biscuit's place in our shared tea time heritage, it would be advantageous to know WHEN a particular biscuit was first marketed. for example, it is obvious that the abbey crunch predates the hobnob, but by how much? and where does the lyons fruit snap jack fit in, chronologically?
if you don't feel the need to date biscuits, who might help? i note with dismay that mcvities do not carry a website address on the side of their packs (at least not the lincolns i've got with me at present).
cheers for now,
|Nicey replies: Thank you for your concern on this matter. We do endeavor to give chronological information when it is approximately known by by us or explicitly stated by the manufacturer. What manufacturers are slowly waking up to via the pioneering work of NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown down is that people actually are interested in this guff.
We are starting to work a little closer with some of the big manufacturers so hopefully the information we provide will be even more interesting in future.
My recent Quest to find a packet of Tesco's Strawberry Cheesecake flavour Dessert Creams has been accomplished in the most unlikely of locations : Sainsburys.
A foraging session revealed a packet of Sainsburys own brand Dessert Creams in Strawberry Cheesecake variety (pictured), and was met with considerable rejoicing and some bafflement. The pack is essentially identical, containing eight Dessert Creams held in place with a plastic tray, and the design also seems identical to Tesco's, except for the omission of the raised swirl device on each shortcake biscuit. These also seem a trifle harder than Tesco's, although more scientific testing will have to be designed, as the Tesco biscuits have been in the jar over the long weekend.
However, our excitement at the completion of the Quest was overtaken by the immediate discovery of another species of Dessert Cream, nestling right next to Strawberry Cheesecake : Caramel Pecan Cheesecake. I'm going to admit that I haven't even dared open the packet yet, preferring to merely stare at it in awe, but it's possible these biscuits represent the pinnacle of Dessert Cream design, and; quite possibly; the supreme accomplishment of the whole of human history.
Even so, just when I thought a trip to Sainsburys couldn't possibly get more exciting, the wife called my attention to the shelf labelling where a "3 for 2" promotion made me aware of the existence of yet another class of Dessert Cream : Apple and Sultana Cheesecake. My eyes flitted immediately to the shelf but, alas, these Dessert Creams have clearly so far eluded capture, for none were present. Cue wailing and gnashing of teeth.
So in total we're up two new varieties of Dessert Cream with a fifth as yet unaccounted for. Two are exclusive to Tesco's and two are exclusive to Sainsbury's with one neutral variety available in both. Hopefully nicecupofteaandasitdown.com readers will be scrutinizing the shelves of all major supermarkets for these errant consumables and will report back shortly.