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Jam Sandwich Creams Review
Would you be able to settle an argument between my colleagues re the Jammy Dodger?
Faction 1 states that the original Jammy Dodger was made by Burtons and does not contain a layer of cream and the jammy bit that sticks out of the hole is not sugared.
Faction 2 states that real Jammy Dodgers have both cream and sugar.
And another thing - one of the numptys from Faction 1 has just told me that Jammy is spelt Jammie (does this tell you where my loyalties lie?).
Are you able to adjudicate?
Irate Faction 2 Member.
|Nicey replies: Sarah,
Fraction 1 are of course 100% right. Fraction 2 are deluded and badly informed in the ways of biscuits, as they thinking of Jam Sandwich Creams.
|Judith i vincent
||Little did I know that my idle musings over the legend "More than 4,000,000 of these biscuits made and sold every week" would lead me to your inspired site. |
Exploring the site has led me down memory lane and my first real biscuit relationship with the Jammy Dodger. I remember being able to buy them from the tuck shop at school circa 1969, sixpence for two. Over the years I noted, with great sadness, their literally diminishing presence - I now buy the funsize variety for my children. But it's not the same - gone in one mouthful rather than being able to nibble the naked biscuit bits round the outside slowly edging your way closer to the jammy bit then eating that in one jaw breaking, teeth sticking mass. While we're on the subject of shrinking biscuits is it me or is the Wagon Wheel smaller than it used to be?
Favourites have come and gone over the years: the digestive cream; gingernut; custard cream an enduring favourite, but never the choc chip cookie - bit of an imported upstart in my book.
I'm currently on a bit of a coconut ring thang with fig roll influences.
I'll be dropping in from time to time, bye for now loves!
I was discussing with a colleague the other day just which biscuits are most appropriate for which social occasion.
For example, when one has friends round to watch the football, we think the standard digestive should suffice.
When entertaining friends for a dinner party, when a smart/casual dress sense is required, we would go for a bourbon.
Thirdly, when one actually hires a place out, be it for a dinner party, wedding reception, or whatever, we would be inclined to go for shortbread.
Is there a hard and fast rule when it comes to biscuits? And which other biscuits go best with the
social occasions i have described above?
|Nicey replies: Greg,
There are no hard and fast rules about the choice of biscuits for any given occasion. However, it is perfectly possible to choose biscuits well or in poor taste depending on the elegance of the occasion.
I would agree with your first choice and would also add such things as Malted Milk, Fruit shortcake, and possibly some All Butter biscuits, depending the numbers present. At such an informal gathering of friends it may be nice to try out a new biscuit and so almost anything could turn up.
As for a dinner party I would be minded to chocolate Hobnobs plain and milk. Something decadent like a McVities Boaster could so easily form the center piece of a culinary evening. Serving Iced Gems at such an occasion, however, would almost certainly end up with you being ostracised by your own dinner guests.
As for a hired out venue one would always expect to see double layered biscuits and as such the jam and cream sandwich, which would probably head up a plate that includes the custard cream and possibly the bourbon. At such an occasion it would be bad taste to serve up wafers or anything in a branded wrapper such as a Penguin.
I have recently re-aquainted myself with the Jammie Dodger, which is now inexplicably shipped in violent orange plastic cannisters yielding a paultry two dodgers a piece. Not only are they thus rather overpackaged but also not very special really. It's also raised the question as to why the hell they're called "dodgers" - I get the "jammie" bit, but from whom are they dodging?
|Nicey replies: Yes its the Saatchi and Saatchi influence on Jammie Dodgers at work here I fear. I have made my views plain on this before.
As for who they are dodging there is a very tall tale by 'Phil Tougher' in our readers feedback section, use the Jammie Dodger icon in the search area to find it.
I think the actual explanation is to be found in:
The Queen Of Hearts,
She baked some tarts,
All on a summer's day.
The Knave of Hearts,
He stole the tarts,
And took them clean away.
The King of Hearts,
Called for the tarts,
And called the Knave back home.
The Knave of Hearts,
Brought back the tarts,
And vowed he'd steal no more.
I assume the Knave had to do some dodging in order to carry out the theft.
I would like to consolidate your theory about dinsours and them having nice cups of tea and sit downs. I have a pet budgie who loves tea, and although she doesnt like to drink from a full sized cup (probably for fear of falling in and not being able to get out.) Anyway, after having found a suitably sized drinking vessel (an egg cup), and filled it with some nice tea, it was offered to her and she proceeded to enjoy it thoroughly. It is also well known, as you say, that birds like biscuits, although she prefers jammie dodgers over digestives as thay dont crumble quite so easily.
Therefore, it seems quite obvious that if tea plants had evolved when dinosaurs were about, and they had mastered biscuit making, they would've enjoyed nice cups of tea and sit downs.
|Nicey replies: That's fantastic news, and is probably all the evidence we require to back up our wobbbly made up theory.|