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'.
As Christmas is coming soon, I will no doubt be required to undertake a
shopping expedition of millennium bug/petrol crisis/nuclear apocalypse scale proportions.
Is there any chance you may be conducting a face off between some of the tinned biscuit assortments that are popular for family get-togethers around this time of year? A sort of Blood Sport all-comers battle to the death, but for biscuits? Any guidance that can reduce the amount of time I have to spend in Safeway deliberating between Rover and a Danish All Butter Assortment would be much appreciated.
|Nicey replies: You and me both Mr Hale,
I've taken to Christmas food shopping in the dead of night, as trolly rage incidents in our local Tesco's are all too common nowadays. Its also quite daunting to see a supermarket rigged for the Christmas on-slaught with vast drifts of Brussel sprouts, and Mince pies blocking ones traditional passage through its aisles.
As to the biscuit tin assortments that is an excellent proposition, but I think it may be beyond our resources to have it completed by Christmas. Our local Sainsbury's has literally tins of biscuits piled up to the ceiling, alas, they are on top of the fresh and cooked meats chillers about 9ft up. At the very least I would warn against the Danish All butter, as the Danish have nothing to claim in the world of biscuits apart from these unimaginative tins of biccies. The only thing that seems to make one biscuit different from another is its shape, which is not much of an assortment really. I would favour a square tin over a round tin as it is a far more useful shape, on shelves and can hold square or rectangular, or round stuff with ease, unlike the round tin.
As for the contents you should be aiming for something without pink wafers if at all possible, and preferably with either Jam and cream sandwich biscuits or foil wrapped biscuits, as these are festive.
Hope that helps.