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Partly inspired by your fantastic website and a passing interest in football but mostly due to our obsession with biscuits myself and a few of my work colleagues have launched The Biscuit Cup. We have selected 32 British biscuits, put their names in a biscuit tin and drew them out in pairs as follows:
Match 1. Pink Wafer v Jammy Dodgers
Match 2. Tunnocks Tea Cakes v McVities Jaspers
Match 3. Cadburys Boasters v Penguins
Match 4. Gariballdi v Cadburys Chocolate Animals
Match 5. Abbey Crunch v Digestives
Match 6. Breakaway v Malted Milk
Match 7. Fruit Shortcake v Chocolate Digestive
Match 8. Rich Tea v Jacobs Club
Match 9. Mint Viscount v Fig Rolls
Match 10. Custard Creams v Bourbons
Match 11. Shortbread biscuits v Iced Party Rings
Match 12. Jaffa Cakes v Maryland Chocolate Chip Cookies
Match 13. Chocolate Hob Nobs v Lincoln
Match 14. Caramel Wafers v Nice
Match 15. Cream Crunch v Hob Nobs
Match 16. Chocolate Fingers v Ginger Nuts
There are some great matches here although I fear for the lowly Lincoln going up against the mighty Chocolate Hob Nob.
We have set up a panel to decide on the winners on the basis of taste, dunkability and biscuit design. Please advise if we are missing an important criteria. The winners of each match go into the next round involving tasting and dunking tests.
I?ll keep you posted on the results.
|Nicey replies: Fantastic,
This is going to be a an exciting event with some close matches like 10 and 15, and some walkovers like 8 and 13. Are you going to buy new packs for each round? Thats a lot of biscuits.
I would add style/ originality, and performance to your criteria, otherwise you might be faced with a 3rd round full of chocolate biscuits. A good performing biscuit should keep you coming back for more. Whilst biscuits like the Malted Milk have a classic styling that doesn't date.
Good luck and keep us up to date with the results.
I have never seen the Mikado biscuits which you feature on your excellent site. I had always taken Mikado biscuits to be the thin biscuit sticks dipped in chocolate, to which you make brief mention. They are sold by LU biscuits in France, but I'm fairly sure that the Danone Group (who own LU) sold stick Mikados under their Jacob's brand in Britain. Surely the company can't have been selling two different products under the same name in the U.K. and Eire?
|Nicey replies: The world of biscuits has more intrigue and mystery than one might suspect.|
Jacob's Mikado Review
i like reading your website when i am sat in the university library where i can only dream of a nice cup of tea. this morning i read the review of the jacob's mikado and when the picture had loaded i was shocked to see what used to be called the 'jamboree'. i'm not sure who manufactured it....but when i was younger my grandparents used to buy them from the local shop. i hope this is of some use to you....and do you have any other information regarding the history of the jam-bo-ree?
|Nicey replies: The format used in the Mikado is not unique although the underlying biscuit varies quite a bit between bakers. I'll keep a look out for other variants and their names.|
I have just purchased a 6 pack of original Wagon Wheels, the packet of which is emblazoned with the legend "Great New Chocolatey Taste". This begs the question of quite what Wagon Wheels were supposed to taste of before (adventure, according to a different part of the pack). An internal
examination however has revealed no human-discernable change to the taste of the Wagon Wheels, and biscuiteers should not allow themselves to be unduly tempted by this marketing ploy.
Alan Wheatley and Brian Barratt`s stumbling efforts to cover up a military disaster in World War 1 which was caused by Biscuit Deprivation (now recognised as a medical problem) are not to be countenanced. The true facts that have emerged after long and painstaking research are as follows; the Gallipoli campaign was delicately poised and New Zealanders of the Wellington regiment under colonel Malone had won the heights of Chunuk Bair, a commanding position and one that, if held, would turn the enemy into a helpless gibbering mob as seen at many Australian pubs. After sustained pressure all the New Zealanders needed were more grenades of a new type, round and flat with a rough coat on the outside to enhance it`s camouflage. 20 boxes of these were sent up to Chunuk Bair, passing on the way through the Australian trenches. Yes, you`ve guessed it-- the Aussies thought they were biscuits and 3 boxes were consumed before the terrible effects of these ''biscuits'' were unleashed on the hapless and dim Ockers. The New Zealanders never got the required ordinance and had to relinquish their hard won position. Ever since, the Anzac biscuit has been baked by New Zealanders as a reminder of the greed and tendencies of our ''cousins'' across the ditch. It resembles the original grenade, but tastes much better-- that is in New Zealand. We gave the Aussies the recipe for the grenade.
Cheers, Barry Newman.