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|Martin De Saulles
McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive Review
Following my request for information about the Barmouth biscuit I have been doing a bit of research. I thought that the United Biscuits web site might throw some light on the matter as they seem to dominate the biscuit world. Sadly, they were no use whatsoever but something caught my eye. They claim that "Over 65 million packets of McVitie's Chocolate Digestives are eaten in the UK everyday" - can this be true? That means we are each consuming more than a packet each a day. Much as I like the chocolate digestive, I'm nowhere near this level - who is eating my share? Also, this figure does not include non-McVitie's brands. So many questions.
|Nicey replies: Yep the interweb is fairly ropey for finding out about biscuits, which is one of the reasons we started up NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown. Our calculations agree with yours on the chocolate digestives, we would all need to be eating a relentless 1.12 packets daily, and that's on top of our other biscuit intake.|
We've read with considerable interest your pages devoted to the consumption of tea and biscuits. You may be interested to know that biscuits play an important role in the creation of cutting-edge visual effects and computer animations, such as those created at Stormfront Digital Pictures.
Although we dispense with tea, preferring a stronger industrial substitute (coffee), our organisation would quite literally grind to a halt without the frequent consumption of biscuits. Pictured above is the Stormfront biscuit tin, or rather jar: being of a ribbed six sided glass construction which allows it to rest in any one of three positions for efficient biscuit removal. It is presently filled with narrow-gauge dark chocolate digestives manufactured by Nisa, which are very nice.
I'd like to raise a topic of discussion that i think might elevate the discussion "Up a notch".
For many years i had a much higher "Tea Drive" than my colleagues and partners, i found it frustrating and slightly unfulfilling that no one could satiate my tea desires.
I recently changed jobs and met a young lad named Joe. He's a wirey character and i'm sure he's got hollow legs. We'll often have "tea Showdowns" whereby we challenge each other to drink cup after cup. Crikey we have such a laugh at work!!
I must underline that there is no funny business going on between us. He's married.
Do other tea fans have similar "Tea Buddies"? I'd love to hear your funny stories.
I'm off to have a nice sit down and a cup of tea,
See you later.
|Martin De Saulles
Perhaps you can help. My brother and I were talking about great biscuits from the past and he mentioned the Barmouth biscuit. We remember it as having quite a large diameter, rather thin and with a buttery taste. Sadly we have been unable to track any down - do they still exist and, if so, where might we find some?
Keep up the good work.
|Nicey replies: Your the second person to mention them to me recently. I have to say I've never had one. Its been a while since we had a good old fashioned biscuit quest so lets start one for the Barmouth.|
|| A friend of mine called Andrew Cunningham has the inside scoop:|
"My grandad worked for McVities here in Edinburgh, and was involved on the team that invented jaffa cakes. He was credited with coming up with the ingredient that makes the orangey bit solid and yet still squishy, or something. I dunno. But anyway, the head of the team threatened
to quit because they refused to call them Jaffa Bakes, which was his
original idea. So the whole cake thing is a heresy!"
Jaffa Bakes eh? Imagine that.
|Nicey replies: Woo, juicy inside information! I think we all know why they wanted to go for the cakes name, as it would increase their profit margin with the no VAT on cakes ruling. The again that maybe didn't apply at the time.|