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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
McVitie's Lyles Creams Review
|Just for the record - the full story with the lion (abridged) is that Samson killed it, came back later to find a nest of bees in it. Took the honey. Made up a riddle about it. (Hence the strength and sweetness tag line). Dunno how Virgil got involved, Samson was around about 3000 years before him. |
Cool site by the way.
|Nicey replies: OK. There was the bit about its flesh getting eaten by something, neither bees or Samson, adding a bit of irony to the first bit of the riddle.|
Custard Cream Review
I had a revelation this week. I used to think custard creams were just an also-ran, run-of-the-mill, ordinary WI coffee morning type of bsicuit but when I sat down for a nice relaxing elevenses yesterday morning I found some in the biscuit tin and because there wasn't anything else in there I ate one with my cuppa.
It tasted lovely, so I had another one.
I now think custard creams are vastly underrated and would like to encourage as many people as possible to shake off the stigma of eating what are often thought of by the unenlightened as 'ordinary' biscuits and appreciate every individual species as a tasty snack in its own right.
I would also like to apologise to an biscuit lovers I might have offended with my (formerly) bigoted views about so-called 'ordinary' biscuits.
Every biscuit is an individual, and ought to be treated like one regardless of colour, taste or texture. I intend to write to my MP to urge him to introduce a Biscuit Equality Act to Parliament at the nearest possible opportunity, with equal representation at coffee mornings and tea parties for all types of biscuit to end this scandal of biscuit discrimination.
I remain your most obedient servant,
Outraged of Tiverton