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Your otherwise insightful review of the Breakaway omits an important historical fact. The original( ie. pre-Nestle) Breakaway was famed for it's astonishingly high frequency of 'rogue' biccies. Approximately one bar per six-pack would exhibit either a partial or, frequently, a
complete absence of biscuit - the crunchy void being replaced by chocolate. Even more thrilling was the 'twice-wrapped' rogue - an accidental *two* layers of silver paper resulting in double the
foil-embossing pleasure. This amazingly slack quality control persisted for a curiously long time. Without wishing to sound too conspiritorial I suspect that RM knew full well that the rogue Breakaways were a large part of the brand's appeal & allowed, maybe even encouraged, the faulty biscuit-forging processes to continue for all those years.
BTW I note that you have yet to summon the courage to review the Taxi. Perhaps you are delaying in the hope that it will finally be discontinued. A vain wish as this exceptionally nasty biscuit has inexplicably endured all 30+ years of my biscuit eating life & looks set to spoil schoolkid's lunchboxes for many years to come.
McVitie's Lyles Creams Review
|dear kind sir, i writin to inform as to the reason for said cool logo. its from a part of the 'sampson and delila' story from the old testamont of de bible. its from the bit where sampson sees a dead lion full of bees. this is also the reason why 'sampson' rolling tobacco has a picture of a lion on the front (i prefer cutters choice though cos it tastes nicer). tom.|
|Nicey replies: Thanks for that Tom, we actually alluded to that in the review. Have you developed your writing style to deliberately annoy MS Word? If so, well done.|
I've recently been making frequent expeditions to Tesco's, purveyors of Desert Creams (pictured) in both Apple & Custard and Lemon Meringue flavours. I believe these to be some of the finest biscuits I've ever tasted : two shortbread biscuits sandwich a quantity of flavoured creamy
stuff, harbouring at its core a central bolus of fruit flavoured gunk. The apple and custard variety are exceptionally remarkable - imagine a biscuit with the taste experience of a mouthful of apple crumble, and all for a paltry 59p for 8!
However, Tesco's shelf labelling asserts the existence of a third species of Desert Cream : Strawberry Cheesecake. Despite frequent expeditions, this third variety remains wholly undocumented by science, and I'm beginning to speculate that it's perhaps a fiction of the Tesco's marketing people, to keep me coming back to the store*.
Perhaps the readers of your fine web site will assist me in maintaining constant 24 hour surveillance on all Tesco outlets in the nation until a pack has been obtained.
* A bit like those chocolate-chip Garibaldis a few years back.
|Nicey replies: Yes I've eyed them from a distance. We'll have to give them a go at some point. Hoorah for the Quest!|
I must share my recent re-discovery of De Rit HonigWaffles, approx 4 inches in diameter , two thin outer layers of crispy buttery waffles, sandwiched together with the most delicious thick honey.
Obviously not quite a biscuit, yet only three layers...so misses the mark as a wafer, avoids the defined parameters for the term "cake"...so where does that leave me...well, speechless actually as my gob is full of the last one in a packet of six hidden from the children and partner.
Is it possible to be unfaithful and duplicitous with a confection?
|Nicey replies: Maddalena,
You know it is. To paraphrase the Bard, "If biscuits be the food of love, then what is cake all about then?"
It was recently drawn to my attention that there is a new species of Biscuit being marketed in England called BISC&. These are a thin, rather bland biscuit rectangle with a fine layer of four types of chocolate; Mars, Twix, M&Ms or Bounty, on top. For those who remember the Twix top of 1999, it is basically a carry on of that.
I hurridly went out and bought all of the 4 varieties of this biscuit, and came to the conclusion that the BISC& Mars was the nicest, if a bit extreme; too much of it would be sure to make even the most experienced biscuit eater fell sick. The twix variaty is pleasing, although the difference between it and the mars one is difficult to distinguish as the taste change is very subtle. Bounty is the most contraversial as there are many people who don't like coconut and is not one for the faint harted. Lastly there is M&Ms which comes complete with a few M&Ms pasted on top, which are delightful. However the chocolate is of extremely poor quality so this is probably one best reserved for children.
I am sorry to say that the biscuit is not of very good quality. I can't imagine they use very good ingredients; maltodextrin and hydrogenated vegtable fat spring to mind, but it compliments the chocolate which is definitely the best part of the experience.
My conclusion is that these biscuits should be reserved for the easily pleased, as any experienced consumer of biscuits would be rather unimpressed by the sheer cheapness and lack of quality of this biscuit.
|Nicey replies: Emma,
Thank you for that review, it will save me the trouble of investigating those dubious items for a good while yet.