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Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
|Having recently tried a packet of these, in memory of my 60s childhood, I was prompted to search the internet for Tunnocks web site so I could complain. Instead, up popped your July review of their teacake. In it you comment on the consistency of the filling. It's quite revolting and not at all like the proper teacakes we used tt get in the 60s. I note that you mention there are other brands, I'd be interested to know of any sources.|
And while I'm on the subject of biccys, what happened to "Caramel Wafers by Grey Dunn"? They were great, again I tried a packet of what were claimed to be these by our old friends Tunnocks. What a bland disappointment. Chocolate covered for a start, which they shouldn't be, overpowering any flavour they had left in the anaemic wafer and thin coating of a caramel substitutel....
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|Nicey replies: Mike, as we pointed out in the review the Tunnocks marshmallow is unlike any other tea cake so just buy a different brand, try Burtons or Lees, you should find them right alongside the Tunnocks on the supermarket shelf.
Tunnocks named their wafer 'Tunnock's real milk chocolate caramel wafer biscuit', pretty explicit I think you'll agree, so its a bit unfair to throw accusations of wrongness at them. They are what they are, and the caramel is quite genuine.
As for your Grey Dunn Wafers I have not heard of them, not even from my 60's childhood. Perhaps some of our older readers can shed some more light on these.
I have been enjoying the biscuit reviews and letters on your site for a few months now and have noticed many references to Australia, New Zealand, and "America" (the United States, we call it) -- is there no interest in your site from Canada? I, like many other Canadians, love a good cup of tea (or coffee, I admit) and a biscuit. Thus I am pointing you to this untapped biscuit-exploring opportunity. Here are a couple of Canadian biccie facts, based on my experience, of course:
- even though we generally call them cookies, the word 'biscuit' is printed on every package anyway because that is the french word for cookie. Thus, we respond positively to both terms.
- for some reason you can buy Rich Tea biscuits in Canada but not in the States. Sadly, I have heard of Canadian expats stocking up on these (along with particular chocolate bars, etc. that you can't get south of the border) when home for the holidays. argh.
ok, that's all for now, I should get back to work anyway. One last thought: I do enjoy the french "Lu" biscuits -- have you thought of testing Jaffa and Lu's Pims (orange flavour of course) head to head? This would be quite a contest.
|Nicey replies: We are aware of Canada, it is a good source of wheat, a staple ingredient of biscuits.
We are mounting a fact finding mission to France at the end of this month when we hope to secure some of the Lu Jaffa Cake analogues of which you speak.
I do not know how you feel about hybridised biscuit/confectionaries, but I would have to heartily recommend the practice of sucking tea through a Twixel.
My Girlfriend and I tried it last night for the first time, and it was rather splendid.
My apologies if this is not considering decorum.
|Nicey replies: Yes, you are really discussing something on the very fringes of the biscuit time space continuum there. Its a confectionary matter really.|
Rich Tea Review
Rich tea fingers. Why? What purpose have they? Structurally they are weaker than Rich Tea so that you have to bolster one with another one when you are dunking (back to back action) and they are as bland as normal Rich Tea. Do people have a preference for finger shaped biscuits in your experience? I can only imagine that people find it easier to stick a whole one in lengthways rather than a round one which may abraze the corners of your mouth as it enters (and scald with hot tea). I also find sponge fingers to have the same propensity to snap under tealogging (these are definitely best suited to making trifles where they have an amazing capacity to soak up booze).
Incidentally I once saw my uncle get a whole ginger nut stuck in his mouth as he tried to put it in face first rather than on its edge (if that makes sense). The whole family watched as my mum had to snap it by jabbing it with a knife - a very dangerous but highly amusing procedure.
|Nicey replies: Well we found that Rich tea fingers taste ever so slightly different to Round Rich teas, but I'm sure the reason for their existence has to do with dunking dynamics as you suggest.
As for Ginger Nuts its funny you should mention them because we have another planned tras-global biscuit head to involving that very species of biccy. Your uncle sounds like he deserves a Rocket Science icon for advancing the field of biscuit eating in a foolhardy and entertaining way.
||HELP ME! We have had a large tin of Crawford's bicuits since before Christmas and my mum refuses to open them, she is 'saving them' for some form of special occasion. The only biscuits (that I truly consider 'biscuits', not counting Kit Kats and the like) that i get to eat most of the time are Safeway Saver's Rich Tea and Safeway Saver's Dark Chocloate Covered, which are fair enough, but one grows a little bored after a while and hungers after more exotic biscuit forms.|
So, I have turned to you to ask what can be done? How can I convince my dearest mother that the biscuits MUST BE EATEN!!?? (She has been known in the past to forget about bicuits, and indeed other foodstuffs, for months or even years. We have some gingerbread in the cupboard that she bought in June, for example. Oh and some cough medicine dated January 1989, but that's a different matter.)
|Nicey replies: Catherine,
You simply need to engineer some situation that demands a grand biscuit gesture, such as the opening of your selection tin. I would suggest a long and epic family walk that requires lots of tea and biscuits on return to your abode. Timing is crucial however, as you must return home at a time far enough away from a meal time to authorise a biscuit binge.