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Marks and Spencer Dunking Cookies Review
I'm from Britain but I live in California, so I like to keep up with current events back home with your website. Anyway, I saw your Biscuit of the Week review about dunking cookies from M&S and I thought: Hello, cookies, dunking, I've seen that before somewhere ... and I had -- there's a chain called Trader Joe's around here that's sold these for a while now. From the suspiciously similar design and packaging, I think they might be one and the same. (Plus, the "cookie" thing is a bit of a give-away.)
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|Nicey replies: Looks like a case of parallel evolution to me, as they are similar but not identical. It does, however, call into question the M&S claim to be the world's first cookie designed for dunking, which seemed a little presumptuous.
Oh nice mug by the way.
What a lovely website. I have had so many fun times browsing through it while dunking away.
I was first introduced to dunking by my late grandmother in India. I still remember them as my most memorable moments. I went through dunking Marie biscuits (I think they might be the Indian equivalent of the Rich Tea), to Parle-G and orange creams (nasty, really nasty little things). As my grandmother started losing her teeth she started dunking most of her food into tea or milk. This then opened up a whole new world of Dunk to me. My favourite is probably milk bread in a steamy cup (white bread may pass as a weak substitute) or even chapatis and naan bread. Since moving to England (where the dunking culture is a bit different) and living with English housemates I have had to keep my habit of bread and naan dunking a secret and would like to come out. What reactions should I expect from my new near and dear loved ones?
|Nicey replies: Reshmi,
Well they probably won't be keen on it but don't let that stop you. We get plenty of emails from people who dunk their toast in all sorts of configurations, buttered, jammy etc into their tea, and that's not too dissimilar. Constantly pushing at the boundaries of dunking technology is a noble pastime, and more important than ever in the twenty first century, I expect. Also the fact that your granny used to do it lends it a certain seal of approval by the older generation, toothless or not.
firstly, congratulations on an excellent website. i've read it for a while and recently bought a packet of tim tams to try the slam. excellent stuff.
secondly, congratulations on being in time out which led to me rushing out and buying...
your excellent book (thirdly, congratulations on that too) i bought it for wifey (mine, not yours) yesterday and liked it so much that i missed my stop on the way home. if you can refund my cab fare, that would be great. i now know that cadburys fingers are suitable substitutes for tim tams and i'm looking forward to trying it at the earliest opportunity.
your book may well be this year's all-purpose christmas present book - we'll have to wait and see.
however, regarding the question of tea rounds of work, i was sickened to find no mention of Optimum Mug-Handle Compatibility - the art of choosing mugs to allow you to carry up to six mugs of tea per trip so long as you've got those nice big oval handles that you can get three stabilising fingers into. Those silly little mug handles with corners are the enemy of anyone who has to make a large round because it means making two trips back from the kitchen.
you're right about dark mugs and pink wafers though. they're horrid.
|Nicey replies: Mike,
Fourthly congratulations to you on raising such an important topic. Mug handles are often over looked. I did briefly mention in the book the unsatisfactory nature of novelty shaped handles, but as you rightly point out small ones with that little corner bit on are just as disastrous, never mind having to carry six of them.
||Hi Nicey and Wifey,|
Just wanted your feedback on adults eating the Farleys Rusk, still a big biscuit by any standards and obviously huge to a child.
When i was a baby, apparently i was a little overweight (lost it is a teen but by god it's back now!) and had to be put on the sugar free variety. But i still remember how delicious they were as biscuits, and how rank they were when mushed.
Skip 16 years and me and a bunch of my friends in sixth form used to buy a box of rusks at lunchtime, and sit and munch away. I recall how wonderfull they tasted and how i could pretend with all the vitamins in them i was actually doing myself some good.
Now i'm not saying we should have them with tea (although they could be quite good dunkers) but i think your readers should try them again. I think they are fab.
What are your thoughts? Is it a biscuit? Should they be for babies only?
All the best
|Nicey replies: Personally I view the Rusk as a training biscuit. Obviously some people require more training than others. Curiously the younger members of staff required no training what so ever. As to if they should be for babies only, I think that is a matter for an individuals conscience, unless of course you are actually in some way stealing them from babies, which would be a bit out of order.
Actually I've never understood that expression 'easy as stealing candy from a baby'. I recall when one of the younger members of staff got hold of Wifey's box of handmade Belgan Chocolates, I had a hell of job rescuing the remains and it took a couple of j-clothes and a bath to clean up the mess.
||I was wondering whether you ever came across a biscuit called the 'Dunker'. It was manufactured by Northumbria Fine Foods, and was launched in around 1994. It's USP was that it was designed for dunking in tea; it was designed not to disintegrate or shed particles whilst being dunked.|
If I remember, it was a diamond shape and was a 'hovis' brown oaty/ malty kind of thing. don't think it was a success.
|Nicey replies: Yes we have heard of it from several people although this is the first time we have had a manufacturer mentioned. I think it might have suffered from being presumptuous in many peoples eyes. A bit like calling a vehicle a 'shopper', when lots of cars/bikes are perfectly able to go the shops and do many other things besides. |