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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'.|
||Contrary to Paul, I believe you can be a part-time, or casual dunker. It all depends on what kind of biscuit you sit down with. I find that ginger nuts are an ideal dunker, as they transform from attritional denture menace into a lovely moist chew. "Short" biscuits are just too damn dangerous to dunk, as the high fat content melts at tea temperature, and there's nothing to hold the thing together anymore.|
I was once told a story about a man who used to love dunking, and always made two cups of tea - one for dunking and one for drinking. The dunking cuppa would be thrown away at the end of the session, so as to avoid the nasty "biscuit sick" that congregates at the bottom. I've always thought this was a pretty maverick way of dealing with the problem. I once left a newspaper in a pub when I hadn't even finished reading it, but I've never done anything as decadent as that.
You're either a dunker or your not. I don't like dunking my biscuit in my tea and prefer to eat them separately. My wife, however, loves to dunk.
Her latest trick is to sit down with a nice cup of tea and a Penguin (Puffins from Asda are better though) and bite off opposing corners of the biscuit until the chocolate flavouring (or the white or orange stuff depending on the flavour you choose) shows through. Now here's the tricky bit... dip one of the bitten off corners into the tea and suck on the opposite corner until the tea comes through. Your mouth explodes with a multitude of flavours. It could be minty tea or orange tea or chocolatey tea. You have to be quick now though and stuff the whole biscuit in your mouth before it collapses in the tea (ruining an otherwise great sit down with a nice cup of tea). It may take a few cups of tea and several sit downs to get it right but it's worth it. My wife has shown half the staff at the hospital in Liverpool that she works in how to do this and regularly you'll see a Doctor or nurse with chocolate down their front because they weren't quick enough to eat the biscuit before it collapsed!
Great site... and we all love a sit down with a nice cup of tea... it's just that some prefer to dunk.
|Nicey replies: Yes this is the British version of the Australian Tim-Tam slam, popularised by aussie songstress Natalie Imbruglia.|
Your site is a wonderful source of information and amusement. One subject
that I can't find any mention of is the storage of biscuits. I am
particularly partial to McVities Chocolate Hobnobs and Chocolate Caramels,
but I find both of these to be far nicer when eaten directly from the fridge.
They are also less crumbly, and you can usually snap one in half with no
fuss or bother (unlike when they are at rom temperature).
Fridge-based storage also has the effect that the cold chocolate creates a
delicious melting sensation in the mouth.
What do you think?
Keep up the good work - and thanks for all the information. The biscuit
reviews are invaluable.
|Nicey replies: Jon,
Well, I think the taste is not so good if chocolate is chilled, but the texture change is certainly of interest. I imagine a chilled chocolate caramel would put up a bit of a fight. Of course I would advocate biscuit tins as the way forward on storage.