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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.
| Jeffrey Clark
I just felt that as it was a Saturday night and all my mates have got killer flu and so can't go out on the town with me - even though I'd promised to buy all the beer - I just felt that I should register my opinions regarding biscuits...so here goes...are you still there Nicey? Right...here goes.
The best plain biscuit is a malted milk...with the cow on the front...or the back depending on your viewpoint.
The second best plain biscuit is a Rich Tea by McVities. All other Rich Tea biccys are crap.
A Jaffa Cake isn't a biscuit...and anyone who thinks it is, is quite simply nuts. If it was a biscuit then it would be called a Jaffa Biscuit. Also...a biscuit snaps when it is laterally stressed, whereas a Jaffa Cake tears or simply breaks apart...but doesn't snap.
Ditto for the fig roll.
A Wagon Wheel is a biscuity cakey type thing and is a lot smaller than it used to be when I was a kid...though I will accept that because I am now a lot bigger than I was when I was a kid, it could very well be that I am talking through my hat...if I had one...and in actual fact the Wagon Wheel
is not any smaller than it used to be when I was a kid...and having been metricated, could very well be bigger.
One of my all time favourite biscuits is a Gypsy Cream...nothing to do with the sultry, raven haired beauty who appeared in the advert.
I now have a few questions which someone may be able to answer for me as I am rather puzzled...hang on a moment, the phone's ringing and it could be one of my pals wanting to go out...no, it was a wrong number. So, pink wafers...biscuits or what? And Jammy Dodgers...rather soft for a biscuit I feel, what do you reckon? And Garibaldi...does anyone actually eat them or, like me do you use them to line the bottom of the budgie cage? I haven't got a budgie but I have got a budgie cage which I leave open by the window in case Billy comes back...I was teaching him to talk when he just flew right through the living room window and shot off in a shower of glass...unusual
behaviour for a budgie according to the man in the budgie shop.
Anyway, it's been nice talking to you and I've enjoyed my lovely cup of tea.
Bye for now, Jeffrey
|Nicey replies: This Rock and Roll lifestyle will be your undoing.|
Jacob's Mikado Review
|This character looks suspiciously like a great Aussie biscuit called the Iced Vo-Vo to me. A favourite of the baked goods genre when I was a small tacker, it seemed to have plentiful pillows of luscious marshmallow, which in recent years have somehow coalesced into hardened lumps of pink gritty sugar. Same look, same style, but whoah! Where's the flavour?? Where's the texture?? Hopefully appearances are deceiving, and your Mikado stands up better to tastebud inspection than does our so-called "Iced Vo-Vo". Vale, Vo...|
Kerri Clarke, Sydney
Today we had the final of our Biscuit Cup. The favourite Ginger Nut vs the rank and rather plain outsider Rich Tea.
We gathered all our judges and had a nice cup of tea and two plates of Gingernuts and Rich Teas were placed on the table. Hmmmm lovely cup of tea. Each judge was asked for comments about the biscuits. Most comments were in praise of the Gingernut but after half an hour there was one more ginger nut than rich tea left on the table.
Unbeknown to all but me and the mad biscuit professor I had placed an equal amount on the plates and therefore in the fairest way possible the Rich Tea were preferred by one. RICH TEA WINS THE BISCUIT CUP.
|Nicey replies: Glen,
There is a profound lesson for us all here, what it is I'm not sure, but its probably important. Thank you for your perseverance.
I feel that there is an increasingly worrying trend towards crossing the noble biscuit with confectionary. I refer in particular to the new Bisc& phenomenon.
While I can accept a Bisc&Twix, as it is an improvement on a regular Twix with the addition of more biscuit, the I feel that the whole idea of putting Bounty slime without the coconut bits on top of what would otherwise be a rather splendid shortcake biscuit is quite frankly taking matters too far.
Do you have an opinion on this matter?
Yours, in biscuity appreciation
|Nicey replies: Zoe
Thank you for bringing this topic up. I do tend to find the over use chocolate in biscuits a bit vulgar, it has to be done with great care indeed to pull it off. Many biscuit makers walk a very thin line indeed between the chocolate covered biscuits and chocolate bars. This is of course fine if its chocolate which you are after but personally I'm more interested in true biscuit innovation rather than chocolate bars.