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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.
||Having just seen the picture of the mystery white-gunk filled Bourbon, I felt I had to finally write in. You see, I am one of those people responsible for putting biscuits out in meeting rooms (but not in the civil service, I'm afraid), and I recognised this biscuit instantly. It comes from the Sainsbury's Biscuit Assortment, a generally pinkish-purple pack. There are many other pseudo-standard biscuits in there, including custard creams (quite nice), jammie dodgers (hugely popular), and a species of Abbey Crunch/ Hob Nob. None are quite as exciting as the white-filled Bourbon, though.|
Oh, and the reason there's never more than one of each is probably because there only seems to be three of each species in packs (some kind of biscuit Noah's Ark?), and two are invariably broken, and thus the biscuit putter-outters are forced to eat them, for the good of the company image.
I hope this helps.
|Nicey replies: Yes Sara that does help, thank you.|
Have just seen Pete's email and picture of the bourbons with white middles. These biscuits appear to be quite common in the civil service 'refreshments' sector as I have also noticed them appearing on the plates at meetings etc. recently
They are quite nice, you could probably eat loads (maybe 8) before you felt sick, because they aren't as sugary as bourbons. I'll never find out for sure though unless we work out who makes them, because our tea and biscuits people will NEVER put more than one of each type of biscuit on plate apart from those oblong shortie things. And I've also unfortunately noticed that civil service custard creams are pretty gross, with the biscuit tasting like its been made with fag ash or finely milled grit.
Anyway, suffice to say, the cogs of government are not kept turning by politicians, nor the 'faceless' civil servant, but by strange looking bourbons, highly prized jammie dodgers and 'fake' chocolate digestives.
PS:Today's biccie of choice - Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Highlanders - brought back from a meeting in Edingburgh, and very nice. Walkers Stem Ginger Shortbread is infinitely superior though.
Lots of love
A civil servant from Bristol