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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. |
||Best website I've ever seen, ta. But can you do something to STOP herbal|
tea? It is clearly wrong. How anyone can claim that (a few nettles) + (some hot water) = tea I don't know. If it isn't good enough for the PG Tips
chimps it isn't good enough for me (although I don't really know how chimps feel about nettles, to be honest).
|Nicey replies: I think herbal tea is probably its own worst enemy, camomile especially, so I don't think we have to worry too much about trying to stop it.|
||Contrary to most peoples beliefs, it is possible to find good eccles cakes in some parts of New Zealand. Cheers, Barry Newman.|
|Nicey replies: Woo, three icons for one sentance.|
|Nicey, yes, of course. I checked in the atlas. Just a short distance north-east of Calcutta, and not too far from the border of Bangladesh, there's a town called Dum Dum. That's obviously where the fellow cycled for his Marie biscuits, and hence the term for someone who is particularly silly!|
|Nicey replies: Hoorah for the atlas, its always good for a few laughs, followed closely by the telephone directory, although not so many pictures in that one.|