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First up, I love your site. Well done! But I've noticed an oversight. Nobody so far has mentioned the legendary Cadbury's Animal Biscuits. Don't you remember them? They came in a variety of animal shapes (hence the name) and were made from the kind of smooth yet crunchy biscuit you find in the centre of a chocolate finger. On the underside there was a nice thick coating of chocolate, which was always corrugated with ridges. The biscuits came in a box decorated with lots of jaunty cartoon animal pictures. When I was a kid we used to get them as a special treat, and we thought they were gorge!
Also, chocolate coated rich tea biscuits are rather unusual and nice. I'm very big on all things chocolate coated. If I had my way, every biscuit would be chocolate coated. Even the Nice biscuit might be redeemed if they slapped a chocolate coating on it.
Kind Regards, Joanne.
|Nicey replies: Thank you J.H. for your message,
Yes there has been some discussion of Cadbury's Animals which as you point out are very nice indeed. I have only seen recently bags of mini Cadburys animals and these are made under license by the Horizon biscuit company whose track record is a bit iffy, they certainly didn't come up to the benchmark set by the original.
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I thoroughly enjoyed your site, it's good to know there are people out there focusing on life's important little details.
Just wondering if you'd included Anzac biscuits in your extensive collection?
The Anzac biscuit's country of origin, is much disputed here in our part of the world.
Like many things, such as Pavlova (most definitely a cake), Vegemite & Russell Crowe, both New Zealanders and Australians lay claim to the invention of the Anzac. What with us Kiwi's being renowned for our ingenuity and Australians being known as being, well, less so... I think it should be clear to any discerning biscuit eater this fine specimen's true origin.
Technicalities aside, the Anzac is a fine biscuit much loved by (at least 3) generations of us Kiwis and Aussies. I've included a link below in case you wanted to investigate further.
|Nicey replies: Thanks for that eMail.
I liked the recipes on the link, maybe I'll make some military strength biscuits with all the regulation holes. Hoorah.
I would love to see a picture of a real Anzac biscuit.
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I have just finished what was a monumental sit down. I got through an entire pot of tea and several Garibaldi's plus a cherry bakewell, it lasted for a good hour or so. I tell you because I think that the chair I was using played a vital role. It is made out of mahogany with a curved back and bevelled edges, it really is a chair for those people who are serious about having a jolly good sit down. As a result, I think that my humble little kitchen chair should be nominated for the "Sit Down of the Year Award". Do you have a favourite chair, and if so, what makes it provide such a fantastic sit down?
|Nicey replies: Mr Hands,
Fantastic news about the extended sit down. I have a number of favored chairs, my work chair is a "Fiord blue" gas pump swivel chair. The colour "Fiord blue" reminds me of the collected works of Norwegian songsters, A-ha, and I often hum "The sun always shines on TV", whilst drinking tea and munching biscuits on it.
||At school at the moment we're doing an investigation on biscuit dunking, and we're testing Nice biscuits, Shortcake biscuits and Malted Milks. Your site is really useful, because i managed to find pictures of two of the biscuits there, but please please please can you put on a picture of a nice biscuit? Even though they are pretty vile biscuits! I need the picture and i can't find one anywhere else on the net!!!|
|Nicey replies: I'm afraid I'm not prepared to take a picture of the nice biscuit even to help your school project. You will need to undertake this potentially hazardous task your self using some form of digital camera. Alternately you could probably bung one under a scanner and try that. If people can scan cats then I'm sure a biscuit should work..|
I have recently discovered your website, and I believe that it may, in fact, be the most impressive site I have come across which caters for the tastes of the biscuit enthusiast. However, I notice in your Bourbon review (dated 5/5/2002), you advocate that the lengh of a bourbon biscuit should form the basis of an SI measurement. This is an extremely good idea in my opinion, and one which might help us to visualise exactly how long things are in a more realistic and mouth-watering manner. However, as an example of its use, you suggest that one might say "that ocean liner is 7.6 kilobourbons long". Now, assuming a bourbon is approximately 7 centimeteres long (I didn't have a bourbon handy at the time of writing this, but after asking consulting 10 different people, we reached the concensus that 7cm would seem to be a reasonable estimate), 7.6 kilobourbons would be somewhere in the region of 532 metres. Considering that the QE2 is 294 metres in lengh, and the Titanic measured 269 metres, this figure would seem to be somewhat unrealistic.I feel that this error goes some way to detracting from the value of other information contained on the site, and in future, I suggest you consider what you write in your reviews far more carefully!
|Nicey replies: Thanks for your concern Chris, but I was in fact thinking of an Ocean going Marmot liner (see the Giant Marmots section for an Ocean going Marmot tanker) which get to about half a kilometer long, depending on how much forage they consume. So I wasn't too far out was I?|