|| Dear Nicey,|
I am hoping you can help me and a colleague with some tea break issues we have.
Every week we are in charge of the budget for biscuits and we have been informed that jaffa cakes are not classed as biscuits so we have to buy them out of own pockets.
I am aware that they are called jaffa CAKES but as they are actually cheaper than boasters for instance, I think this is petty.
Plus, you wouldnt class shortbread as bread for instance so why class jaffas as cakes?
Do you think they are cakes or biscuits?? If they are cakes we can only buy them on birthdays so as you can appreciate I am anxious to resolve the matter as soon as possible.
|Nicey replies: I appreciate your dilemma but Jaffa Cakes are indeed small cakes. The problem does not lay with their classification, rather it lies with your own draconian rules. Simply extend them to include the very reasonably priced Jaffa Cakes, and possibly Pimms Biscuits which are like Cherry Jaffa cakes with white chocolate.
As you have expounded upon biscuit classification is a far from simple or trivial exercise, and so your own rules will need to reflect this diversity, if you are to fully embrace the world of tea time treats.
Wouldn't it be a nice idea for McVities or another biscuit superpower to produce an advent calendar with a different biscuit behind each window? Of course the size of the calendar would have to be increased somewhat from the norm, but what better way to enjoy the festive season than an enforced sit down with a biscuit and therefore, naturally, a cup of tea.
|Nicey replies: That's an inspired idea Jim. I don't think they would have to be too huge, and maybe next year we could make a set of things to print out to assemble your own advent calendar. A Rover assortment tin should provide the perfect filling. Yes it all definitely makes sense.|
Sainsbury's Lemon Thin Review
I see that last week you had the lemon thin as your biscuit of the week. A word of warning to potential customers. Do not store these biscuits with any others as they will taint them with a lemon flavour. I ruined a perfectly good packet of malted milks by storing them in the same tin as the lemon thins. Even my grandma's rock cakes took on an artificial citrus tinge.
|Nicey replies: We didn't run into this problem as our natural instinct to scoff the lot straight from the packet saved us from any misfortunate biscuit tainting.|
||Your bloke off to the Antarctic should take ginger biscuits and nibble them slowly to avoid seasickness. Well they are generally suggested to help avoid morning sickness so they might work. Pregnant women are told to lie in bed whilst partner brings in nice cup of tea and a couple of ginger nuts to start the day off well. Let's face it any day that starts with tea and biscuits in bed can't be all bad can it.|
|Nicey replies: Sound advice Paula, I know the Wife would agree with you on the whole tea/staying in bed thing.|
All through my school days I used to take a packed lunch. This would
usually consist of a cheese roll (sometimes with pickle), a packet of
crisps, some raisins in a small plastic tub but always some form of wrapped chocolate covered item. I have never considered the likes of Penguins, Clubs, Trios, Breakaways, Viscount (mint or orange) and Kit Kats to be true biscuits - they feel too luxurious to qualify. I have seen references to these types of 'biscuits' on your site but surely an outer covering entirely of chocolate means that these should qualify as a subset of the Chocolate bar family. For example the Double Decker and Twix have a biscuit covered base but are never mentioned in the same breath as true biscuits - they are obviouslly chocolate bars.
What is your opinion on this and do any other people consider this to be
the case? Or do they have better things to do?
|Nicey replies: Good question.
This is a grey area and the Venn diagram we have created on our biscuits page attempts to show this as series of relationships rather than hard and fast boundaries. The biscuits you mention are all examples of 'Chocolate Covered Biscuits'.