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||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.|
||There's an absentee from your review list. Morning Coffee biscuits used to be my favourites, rather perversely, for dunking in tea, while Rich Tea biscuits belonged essentially in coffee (though both had a tendency to wind up in contact with clothing or carpets once they'd achieved an adequately hydrated state). Please could we have a suitable eulogy to this not often visible denizen of the biscuit world. |
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|Nicey replies: Yes we have really exhausted our capacity to review these dry old biscuits for the short term, the Thin Arrowroot pack really did for us. We will get round to the Morning Coffee but not in the immediate future, as we need some indulgent biscuits for the next few weeks.|
For years I have been experiencing cold turkey cos I could not find Jacobs
Lincoln biscuits anywhere in London (well not all over London because I don't go all over London, but you know what I mean) or Surrey. I haven't had a Lincoln for years and years and thought they had disappeared and then I go to Eire for a holiday and there they are in packets by the thousand in the supermarkets and corner shops. Wots going on I ask? I can't even find a website for Mr. Jacob to complain. Somebody please put me out of my misery and tell me where I can get Lincoln biscuits in London or Surrey. God, I'm starting to dribble at the thought of some now.
Tar very much
|Nicey replies: You'll be able to get McVities Lincoln biscuits without too much bother, but Jacobs don't do the same brands for Ireland as for the UK. I don't recall ever seeing Jacobs Lincoln biscuits. Jacobs have a bakery in Liverpool that serves the UK market and one in Dublin for the Irish market.
Hope this helps.
Abbey Crunch Review
|What a wonderful website - the Biscuit Of The Week segment on the Abbey Crunch moved me to tears. And I write as one, who, left briefly alone in the house on the morning of her wedding, ate a whole packet of Abbey Crunch whilst waiting for the hairdresser to arrive. It was a highly charged and deeply symbolic act - a farewell to childhood, my mother's semi, the 1970's, indeed to everything outmoded and most dear. I know they still make them, but I feel their supremacy was long ago surrendered to the Hob Nob; a similar construct, but which lacks muscularity and has a somewhat cloying mouthfeel.|
Does anyone have news of the Lemon Puff? Are they still in production? I have particularly fond memories of the sweet, slightly tarry, singed-effect outerside, which was offset to perfection by the surprisingly authentic citrus top-note of the filling. I seem to recall that they suffered something of a decline before disappearing from our supermarkets - they became noticeably less highly baked, and the texture of the actual biscuit was rendered almost flabby in consequence - redolent of nothing so much as a slightly sweetened Cornish Wafer. This was obviously not at all acceptable. Nevertheless, I would love to think that they are still obtainable from some arcane source, especially as I never got to eat as many of them as I would have liked. In our house they were only purchased on special occasions, and we were told to Leave Them For the Visitors. (Hence my enforced passion for Abbey Crunch.)
|Nicey replies: Heidi,
I'm thrilled you found the Abbey Crunch review engaging. We have a packet in the cupboard right now.
The lemon puffs of old were made by Jacobs I think, and were rectangular with the biscuit edge being little semi circles. The biscuit itself had a sticky glaze, and appeared a dark golden brown. Personally I never like the lemon puff, however, as you say todays lemon puffs are a sad shadow of their former self, round, pale and not at all sticky. Tescos do them but they are really quite dismal.
what a soothing site. Nice one nicey.
Prague-Paul kindly offered me a Czech wafer today....
Emerging from it's gaudy euro-wrap (complete with cartoon alps), the initial immpression of this well-heeled wafer is that of a sleek Tunnocks.
The 'in-your-face' direct exposure of wafer, on surfaces top and bottom, adds value to the elegant veneer of chocolate that wraps the sides. However, unlike it's burly cousin, Tantrankey's delicate form hints at a refined crunch. And it delivers. The flaky-yet-creamy hazelenut hit,
is well rounded. Crumble is kept to a minimum, and the user simply pines for more.
I suggest a nibbling approach in dealing with this Czech-flake. A robust chomp seems innapropriate and wasteful. All in all, not a bad biccy at all. Well done to Opavia of the Czech Republic, keep up the good work.
|Nicey replies: I looked them up on Google and found a sort of black list page that talked about all the wonky unannounced protiens (peanut and milk) that were in them. That made them sound dangerous in a sort of glamourous way. |