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Hannah Brooks
Jaffa cakes
Nicey replies: Actually the whole thing looks like a disaster despite its vegan credentials, but top marks to her for even bothering and taking photos of it and making a web page and so on.

Dr Greg James
Jaffa cakes

Bourbon Review
Nicey replies: Dr Greg,

There is of course a much bigger Venn diagram in our book. However, the custard cream and bourbon both find themselves in the sandwich biscuit section. The answer to your particular issue is that of course a bourbon isn't a chocolate custard cream or else it would look like one which it doesn't (your second morphology point), also Bourbons should have some little sugar crystals in the upper surface which counts as extras.

A much more compelling argument can be made for the Penguin being a chocolate covered bourbon, although it isn't.

The fact that recently in the last two weeks we've seen biscuit classification taught as an exercise to undergraduates at Bristol University shows that this isn't a trivial matter.

As a Dr you should also know that this is the kind of comment made by wives to husbands designed to elicit a response. Wifey will frequently taunt me with her views on Jaffa Cakes, such as the time we were This Morning with Fern and Philip.

Tim Walters
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Nicey replies: Tim,

You have of course spotted my guilty secret, namely that I didn't have a dark chocolate Hobnob picture so switched in a Dark Digestive. It's also plainly time that I sorted out the votes and told everybody what has been happening. I shall get to it right away.

I can say however in advance that the Top 10s are as follows:


  1. Dark Chocolate Digestive

  2. Milk Chocolate Digestive

  3. Milk Chocolate Hobnob

  4. Jaffa Cake

  5. Gingernut

  6. Dark Chocolate Hobnob

  7. Chocolate Caramel Digestive

  8. Hobnob

  9. Custard cream


  1. Digestive

  2. Milk Chocolate Digestive

  3. Dark Chocolate Digestive

  4. Gingernut

  5. Rich Tea

  6. Jaffa Cake

  7. Hobnob

  8. Custard cream

  9. Choc chip cookie

  10. Bourbon


  1. Pink Wafers

  2. Fig Roll

  3. Wagonwheel

  4. Rich Tea

  5. Lemon Puff

  6. Iced Gems

  7. Gingernut

  8. Jaffa cake

  9. Garibaldi

  10. Nice

Well done to the Gingernut and Jaffa cake for appearing in all three top 10s. Also we would like to add that the Jaffa cake is of course still a small cake despite its inclusion in the poll. Mind you maybe the VAT man will use this very poll as evidence next time they thrash out the eternal debate.

Mr J.D.Sparks
Jaffa cakes
Nicey replies: Sorry but you or your friend have that almost completely backwards.

Perhaps you might want to refer to either our book or the proceedings of the 1991 VAT tribunal case 6344, as we did.

Yours even more Sincerely


Ian Walker
Jaffa cakes