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I feel it is my solemn duty to point out to you that Simmers do indeed make many more biscuits than the humble Abernethy (note spelling).
They are responsible for some rather good coconut biscuits and the frankly disgusting butter biscuit, which is like a huge rich tea with no added sugar. My particular favourite is the mini oatcake with cheese (a cracker I know, but worthy of a mention) which they seem to have stopped making. The range is vast and could give you many more hours of reviewing pleasure.
I know this because I worked in the Hatton factory (not Edinburgh -rural Aberdeenshire) when I was a student. The equivalent of a biscuit lover's holiday, my days involved rubbing bits of shortbread together to take off the sharp edges (probably to avoid lawsuits from Americans who slice their tongues off on them) and feeding little gypsy cream type biscuits into a machine that stuck them together. My rent was paid in bargain, slightly misshapen biscuits that year. Halcyon days...
Unfortunately I have heard rumours that the factory could be closing. What is to become of the Abernethy then?
By the way. We here in the capital city of the EU love your website and we promise not to do anything that will make it conform to a European standard....
Keep up the good work,
|Nicey replies: Dear Mr K Info
Thank you for putting me right on my dodgy spelling, and for revealing the other biscuits made by Simmers, I have made amendments as appropriate.
Maybe via the power of the interweb we can create a mini sales boom for the Abernethy that will give them a boost.
Glad to hear that we can remain gloriously non-standard, that's what we like.
Am I hallucinating? I claim that about five years (possibly more) ago it used to be possible to sit down with a nice cup of tea and enjoy a biscuit known as the Lemon Crunch Cream made by those fine biscuiteers known as Fox. This delightful little tart of a biscuit was extremely satisfying, I remember with particular fondness the surprising way the lemon would hit your tongue a few seconds before the sugary deliciousness of the biscuit followed. (if consuming it via the prise apart & remove filling method also employed by keen bourbon eaters). However my chums claim I am confusing it with a lemon puff. To prove a point they provided me with a nice cup of tea, some where comfy to sit down and presented me with a pack of lemon puffs. The lemon puff was nothing more than two crackers (crackers) filled with what presumably tastes like the stuff they use to treat athletes foot! So I need a decision, Am I remembering some kind of biscuit type dream, or are my chums just jealous that they missed this particular taste sensation and seeking to ruin my treasured memory?
|Nicey replies: I don't recall the Lemon Crunch Cream but I can well imagine one and they sound nice. You certainly would not get confused with the Lemon puff because they are horrid, and are my third most disliked biscuit after the Nice and the Pink Wafer. Maybe one of our other visitors has experience with the Lemon Crunch Cream.|
||Hello again Mr Nicey,|
I have to agree with Loz's email about poor children smelling of biscuits. I remember some of the children at Porth Comp smelling like they were rubbing themselves with all manner of biscuits before they un-tucked their shirts, messed up their hair, put their trainers on (Pan-Am) and came to school.
This has to be a global ocurrence.
|Biscuit Enthusiast Mandy
||Nicey, having read the letter on your feedback page, I felt compelled to respond. I can categorically state that this was not localized to Liverpool, I also remember the very same "cheaper type biscuit aroma" surrounding the poorer kids at my school. So, the phenomena obviously did spread, at least to Bar Hill around the same era! Maybe Bar Hill at that time was a migrating point for the poor custard cream misshapen biscuit fed Liverpudlians?|
I have to concur with Loz. We had some biscuit-odoured poor kids at my school. More precisely they smelled of stale morning coffees. I wonder if this is the same smell as Loz has experienced in Liverpool? I live in Bristol, I wonder if there was some sort of geographical trend in biscuit type odour in these poor kids, ie. South West - Morning Coffee, Liverpool - Bourbon, Scotland - Hob Nobs. Perhaps you could initiate a study?