|Alan (Fred) Pipes
I must admit I do like a nice Breakaway. In your Biscuit of the week review you didn't mention the strange exhortations in bubble writing on the backs of the sachets. Such racy slogans as: taste it!, enjoy it! Mmmm... Chocolate, Delicious (can't remember what the others are cos I've eaten them). What are these for then? Some start with a capital; others are all in lower case. Some with exclamation marks; others without. Very odd, cos you don't actually see them until you've already purchased the packet and opened it!
Also, I was wondering about the origin of the tea towel? Was it originally used solely to dry the tea things? Surely they're better for drying glasses... Me, I let things drain -- much more hygenic. Apparently there are more germs on the average tea towel than on a public lavatory seat.
|Nicey replies: Yep I noticed them. I thought it was all a bit, inappropriate and tragic really. If someone chooses to eat a chocolate biscuit then that is a personal matter for them. I wonder how many people have been persuaded to go through with it due to the message on the back.
Tea towels, perhaps they were designed specifically to smear a layer of germs on your tea cup. Tea has antiseptic properties and so anybody making it wrong would quickly succumb to terrible tea cup borne diseases, and be effectively removed from polite society. Loo seats were simply too unwieldily for germ smearing and broke too many tea cups in the process.
|Tim Hardy (Mrs Cheesman ?)
||Oooh Hello there its Mrs Cheeseman here and I thought I'd write to say what a lovely internet computer site you have here.I have been sitting down having tea for many years nows but I'm on my own now after Desmond died in 1974 from measles. In many ways it was a relief as he always insisted on teabags and rarely warmed the pot! I'm a fan of full flavoured looseleaf though not glengettie because its got welsh writing on it which I think is showing off and so I won't be buying that thankyou very much indeed. Anyway why i'm writing is; Whilst down the day centre where I help out on Wednesdays I'd just got a fresh copy of the peoples friend out and a steaming mug of an English blended Assam so I thought I 'd look in the Quality Street tin for a Nice or a malted milk. what I found there turned my stomach.|
There were a cross between a digestive and a chocolate chip biscuit. I don't know who makes them or who brought them but I thought I would just warn you and your lovely viewers. As it was I fed them all to Potato our Cairn terrier who is called that because he is fat and has no hair Any way lovely to speak to you and all the best
|Nicey replies: I believe you are referring to Cadbury's Jestives, made for them by the Horizon Biscuit company in Wirral no doubt.|
|Catherine and Peter
We have just read the email from Peter Davies concerning ginger thins. We have good news.....
THEY ARE ALL IN LIVERPOOL(except the ones in Warrington)
There is a shop on Bold Street in the city centre, Matta' World Food Market, which sells them. As you rightly pointed out, ginger thins are Swedish, hence their presence in a "world food market". They cost about £2 for a box containing 2 columns of thin gingery delight. We hope we have been of assistance. If you would like us to send a box let us know. Oh, and you can get them in the little food bit in Ikea
Thank you for taking the time to read our humble correspondance
|Nicey replies: Thank you for that important Ginger thin news. With Liverpool being the heart land of UK biscuit production, its bizarre to think of biscuits being imported from Sweden.|
Well as I often now take time for a nice cup of tea and certainly a sit down during consumption, I have to say your website is an enjoyable topic to regard whilst consuming my nice dunked delights of ritch tea biscuits. But I feel I must point out whilst a local convenience store supplies therir own brand of ritch tea biscuits with a few pennies saved in the purchase, and at 400g as opposed to Mc Vities 300g for the same length of packet, I have to point out the most important fact to dunkers worldwide with regard to ritch tea is ......DIAMETER !! More than a rimful is a problem possibly resolved by nibbling.This detracts both in time and munchability. I must say I have always preferred the 'Direct Approach' . So for me I have to ignore the extra 100g with Tesco in order for the stampede direct approach that can only be obtained with the genuiene article. Mc vities rule.
|Nicey replies: Burton's Foods have provided us with a quantity of review Rich Tea biscuits, 7 varieties in all. We hope to do an informal cross tasting probably the week after next. I have to say at first glance they all appear to be the same diameter, but we will of course measure this come the cross tasting.|
Does anyone have news regarding the particularly rare ginger slims biscuit? As the name suggests, these are ginger flavoured biscuits that are very thin. They are also circular. Almost six months ago a friend and fellow biscuit admirer mentioned how they were no longer available in the shops. Since then I have taken up the crusade but to no avail. Ginger slims are no more. A recent internet search revealed the possibility of McVities Go Ahead Ginger crunch biscuits possibly taking up the mantle. But I fear to investigate any biscuit whose claim to fame is a low fat content. I would appreciate any help and advice that you have to offer.
|Nicey replies: Yes they were very crunchy and good. Don't know did them though, but I would have thought it was Jacobs. You can get very similar stuff in Sweden of all places, they eat them before Christmas with mulled wine and almonds which they call 'Glurg'.|