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|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?
||I noticed while looking at your site, the reference to wafers and Kit Kats, surely the kit kat should be re-classified as a fully fleged biscuit?|
|Nicey replies: The KitKat is a chocolate covered biscuit bar, and exists in the union of biscuits and chocolate bars, in the Venn diagram of the biscuit world. As such it finds it self able to being classified in any of the three categories that creates. As such it does not require reclassification.
I hope this helps.
||Hello Mr (or is it Ms.) Nicey.|
A friend of mine pointed out to me one evening, probably over a nice cup of tea and possibly some biscuits, although my memory of this exact event is slightly hazy, that when we were at school, the poor kids used to smell like biscuits. Upon pondering this suggestion one day whilst sitting upon the kharzi, I further recalled that they used to invariably smell of the cheaper variety of biscuit. Custard Creams, and such ilk.
Anyway, my question is as follows. Is this phenomenon just localized to Liverpool in the 70s/early 80s, or is it more of a timeless, more national happening?
|Nicey replies: I've not heard of this socio-economic phenomenon before, so I think it must be localised to Liverpool.
Well Liverpool is a major center of Biscuit production in the UK having Jacob's, Horizon and I believe a Burton's factory as well. May be these kids simply lived next to biscuit factories or their parents were employed by them and fed their kids on lots of reject/broken biscuits, as a perk of the job.
||Dear Mr Nicey,|
As a frequent biscuit and cake consumer, I would like to bring to your attention the anomaly that is the "Water Biscuit".
Recently on a trip to my local Tesco's, I came across the "Water Biscuit". Intrigued, I purchased a pack. Upon returning home I sat down and had a cup of tea, and opened the pack. I was amazed, ney, horrified to see that there was no trace of water in the biscuit, or indeed the surrounding packaging. I placed some of the biscuits in a bowl of water, expecting something to happen, i.e the aforementioned biscuit growing to gargantuan proportions, but they only proceeded to get wet and soggy.
After inspecting ALL of the ëbiscuitsí in the pack, I came to the conclusion that it must be a faulty pack, I returned them to Tesco's. The Customer Services woman was quite firm in her conviction that water has nothing to do with "water biscuits". I am baffled.
What is going on?
|Nicey replies: Huw,
Water biscuits, not only are not made of water but they are crackers, rather than biscuits, and truly nasty ones at that. I could see them fitting in well in some sort of scenario, where Amnesty International would have to get involved. This would be due to peoples basic biscuit eating rights being abused, by having water biscuits offered to them, instead of decent biscuits.
Still good biscuit investigation initiative type of thing.