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||Dear Nicey, I love your site, and am relieved to see someone finally tackle biscuits on the internet in a forceful and hard hitting style.|
However, I'm curious, do you have any plans for retrobiscuit reviews? Those biscuits of yesteryear which through no fault of their own, have faded from public knowledge. I speak of Cobbett's Oat Crunchies, and similar.
|Nicey replies: Actually I consider quite a lot of the biscuits we review to be essentially retro biscuits. However, we are always on the look out for more.|
||Hello, i am a new visitor to your site, and let me tell you i was amazed! now first off i am an american, simple minded perhaps, but! i love your site more than any other! Biscuits (we call them cookies) have not been given enough attention in our public, and i am quite ashamed! I rather enjoy having tea and cookies (biscuits) and sitting down every day, i could have been english! ;) well anyway have a great day! i love your site and have made it half way through your archives of Biscuit reviews. its a shame we do not get very many of the exotic kinds of cookies in my area other wise i would eat more, then again maybe thats a good thing, because i have to keep up my shape for my wife... :)|
May you always have a surpluss of biscuits, tea, and thing to sit on
|Nicey replies: There is a big world of biscuits out there, perhaps you could indulge yourself in a bit of biscuit tourism, we European types are quite fond of that. Then again armed with our biscuit review information you may now spot some imported UK biccies.|
I have been a lifelong afficionado of the Tunnock's Caramel Wafer, and have introduced many another consumer to it's charms. Today, in my local supermarket, I was intrigued to notice an unfamiliar product on the
shelves. Has anyone come across the Tunnock's Caramel Log Wafer With Roasted Coconut? They are presented in an all-gold wrapper, featuring the slogan "Crunchie Biscuit, Munchie Caramel" (sic) and appear to be sold as an
I sensed that something was wrong as soon as I removed the outer packaging. Accustomed to the geometric snugness of the classic Tunnock's livery, I was dismayed by the loosely-fitting gold foil paper that enveloped the individual biscuits. It gave them a very blowsy appearance. Once removed, the full horror of the makeover was revealed: a perfectly customary and blameless Caramel Wafer had been trawled through a pile of toasted desiccated coconut whilst the chocolate was still damp, and so the whole thing was bristling with nasty dusty brown bits. Consumption was a very disconcerting experience - it was as though a decent respectable Wafer had been interfered with by a Nice biscuit, and this was the bastard offspring.
Due to the use of the modish term "Roasted" (as opposed to Toasted or
Desiccated) or I am assuming this is a fairly recent development at
Tunnock's. How far are they likely to push this sort of boundary? Does
anyone have any inside information ?
Perhaps Saffron Walden is the last place on earth to be subjected to this
unsettling hybrid and the rest of Britain has long been happily lathered in
Roasted Coconut, but half-way through the eight-pack, I am finding hard to reconcile myself to this grotesque caprice.
|Nicey replies: She has let herself go a bit since the WonderBra ads but I wouldn't go as far as to call her grotesque.|
||Andrew Waite, a big biscuit fan said he quite willing buys broken biscuit selection boxes. This is very, very wrong. The texture of the biscuits is ruined, and often these boxes have several different types† all mixed up.|
This has the oh-so unfortunate effect of blurring the flavour, and oftem imparting the taste of say, custard creams, to digestives. This is something my wife keeps doing; putting custards creams in with the digestives. It is just not on ! Putting my hand into a box of broken biscuits to retrieve a chocolate digestive is an unpleasant occurance I have no wish to repeat ! There is always a liberal coating of crumbs on each broken biscuit, and the biscuits often seem to be not only broken, but of an inferior quality!
Interesting to see that brands are seemingly stolen, maybe their is an EEC broken biscuit brand directive that allows cross-matching of different, but broken, brands ?
||A big biscuit fan, I recently decided to consider those which I had never|
considered before. I ususally ignore the Broken Biscuit Selection boxes,
prefering a premium product but on this occasion, I bought:
1.3 K.G "House of Lancaster" Broken Biscuit Selection - £1.99
1.0 KG "House of Lancaster" Chocolate Broken Biscuit Selection - £1.99
From a small shop in Chestefield, Derbyshire, and then:
1.5 K.G. "House of Lancaster" Tumble Packed Biscuit Barrel - £3.29
From my local shop, near Matlock in Derbyshire.
First of all, I've never seen any complete biscuits made by "House of
Lancaster", so perhaps these people specialise in these products? Do they have broken biscuit making machines? Or do they make biscuits and then break them before packaging? I just don't know.
Secondly, I found a large number of Cadbury brand biscuits. Correct me if
I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that The Horizon Biscuit company held the licence to make most, if not all Cadbury biscuits. Therefore, why are "House of Lancaster" stealing from the Horizon Biscuit Company.
I think the broken biscuit selection box is a phenomenon I shall never
understand unless you can shed more light upon it.
|Nicey replies: Perhaps the House of Lancaster is just particularly clumsy, although I think you have tumbled the enigma as emanating from the Horizon Biscuit company. Dark horses that lot, they are behind many a pack of biscuits. Indeed the Lyons (a Burton's brand) chocolate sandwich biscuit (a Penguin analogue basically) is made by the Horizon biscuit company.|