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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.
Jacob's Mikado Review
Your review of the Jacob's Mikado is both exotic and illuminating. I cannot supress the thought however that the biscuit itself resembles a prop from a 1960's episode of Star Trek.