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I am in your debt. Your site has given me the abilty to choose the perfect biscuit for any occasion. For example, if i were to have a children's party BNs and Pink Wafers would be involved (and maybe those round ones with the hole and the icing on top, I forget the name). However I am stumped when it comes to the Hovis biscuit. To me it seems that the nation is divided right down the middle with these. You have to love or hate them. They come in one of those selection boxes for eating with cheese after a nice sunday meal, however if you do put cheese on them they taste utterly repulsive. They are always either the first or the last of the selection to go suggestion that there IS no grey area with them. However I have yet to judge wheter i like them or not because i do not know what they are supposed to taste of. Is it bread? Why make a bread biscuit?
I am baffled. Perhaps you could shed some light on the infamous "HOVIS Biscuit" ?
|Nicey replies: Actually for a children's party I would advocate Cadburys Chocolate Fingers and Custard Creams.
Hovis biscuits are simply digestives, but I do agree with you that they are not good with cheese although some people do like them that way. I fail to see why they single out the digestive to join the crackers on cheese duty. If its a sweet biscuit that is needed rather than a savory cracker then why not pop in a few Lincolns or maybe an Abbey Crunch!
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|Mr Nicey, you deserve a Henry Kissinger Award (or something) for your tactful and diplomatic handling of the Penguin vs Tim Tam War. We nice, quiet, modest old gentlemen down here in The Land Of The Tim Tam are grateful. Well, I mean. Never mind the Wars of the Roses -- you've probably averted a dreadful revenge attack in the War of the Ashes.|
Lt Col Sir Ernest ggrope-Kneightley, OAP (retd)
|The Guild of Biscuiteers
||The Guild of Biscuiteers (East Mids, etc, etc) yesterday purchased a packet of Fox's 'Put The Kettle On' biscuits. They claim to be 'deliciously buttery biscuits' and the claim is not too far wide of the mark.|
The sample pack have pretty well disappeared now, being a slim derivative of/tribute to the good old Butter Osbourne. The name caught my eye - is it possible that, given the generally favourable
reviews of their biccies on NCOTAASD, the company have paid some form of tribute to your lovely website?
They were sourced from Kwik-Save and I have never seen them anywhere else.
Happy New Year to you and The Wife and indeed the entire NCOTAASD crew.
The GOB (EM Sector)
|Nicey replies: Thanks GOB,
We will keep an eye out for them. They sound like a derivative of their Butter Tea biscuits which are really quite pleasant. We have had quite a few Fox's reviews last year, but then again they did send us a big box full of their new ranges..
I shall pass on your good wishes to the staff.
I must agree with Ms Riley - Jaffa Cakes are definitely NOT what they used to be when I were a lad.
In the good old days, the sponge was quite brittle, providing a nice counterpoint to the jelly. However, a number of years ago they proudly proclaimed "Jaffa Cakes - with new softer sponge". Nightmare!
With the old recipe, the hygroscopic properties of the sponge were such that one could tell when the packet had been open for too long, because the sponge had gone soggy. One bite, and you would know whether it was safe to continue.
Then in one fell swoop, McVities managed to create the pre-stale Jaffa Cake. (I hasten to add that I personally never left Jaffa Cakes around long enough for them to go soggy - the problem arose at the houses of elderly aunts, or families who kept them for "special occasions". Weirdos.)
It took many years of trying (and many, many packets) before I began to enjoy my Jaffa Cakes again - but there remains the Proustian sense memory of "Eeeew, it's gone off" when I experience the texture.
For those who miss the older, more al dente Jaffa Cakes, I recommend the Marks & Spencer ones. Small, rectangular, with very dark chocolate, a good orange flavour, but most importantly sponge you can get your teeth into. They should definitely form part of the proposed Jaffa Cake Festival.
||I was very interested to read the comments about Bourbon biscuits.....I was berated by my (12 yo) daughter when I bought square ones (which were awful actually)....a Bourbon has to be rectangular...and we are in agreement that Morrison's Bettabuy ones are second to none ! She, like me, is an addict. Better a Digestive than a wrong shaped Bourbon.|
May I also comment on Jaffa cakes....they aren't a patch on the ones I remember from my youth. They do seem to go stale before you open the packet....BUT I have discovered Asda's cheap range ones....yummy!!
Anji in Stockport
|Nicey replies: Anji,
You raise a number of important and topical points. We were only discussing the very issue of incorrectly dimensioned Bourbons last night. Indeed if they are not the regulation size and shape then they probably have a poor flavour. Perhaps there is an inner council of biscuit overlords, who only permit manufacturers to use the classic shape if their biscuit meets the required standard. We had some squat little Bourbons made by Elks before Christmas and they were quite awful.
As for Jaffa Cakes, our youngest member of staff is a great admirer of the whole genre. Indeed last night at 1:00am it took three of them and some milk, before he became coherent and reasonable again. We too have tried Asda's Smartprice Jaffa Cakes and were most pleased with them. I am drawn to the idea of a grand Jaffa Cake festival in the style of our 21st Century Fig Fest, for latter this year.