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||Dear Mr. Nicey|
Please could I have your opinion on tucs- i am unsure as to where they fit into the world of biscuits. Although they are a savoury (similarly to digestives?) , they are a sandwich biscuit and one would hope they require no extra cheese. Also, they are just as pleasurable to dunk with tea as a rich tea. Martyn, however, maintains Tucs are just a poor man's meal and cannot be compared to sweet treats....
|Nicey replies: The Tuc is a salty cracker, and as such sits in the Cracker circle in the venn-diagram of cakes and biscuits. Hope this helps.|
What is your position on Cheddars and Mini Cheddars. Technically, aren't they biscuits? Obviously I'm not advocating dipping them into a cup of tea, but they ARE round and crunchy, which doesn't necessarily guarantee qualification as a biscuit, but maybe I'm missing the point. The big question is, do biscuits need to be sweet?
I am having trouble sleeping because of this issue at the moment.
|Nicey replies: James,
The Cheddar and Mini Cheddar are of course cheese flavoured crackers. They do accompany fig rolls quite well and there is no shame in your consumption of them.
It does seem rather a shame that the poor Hovis biscuit languishes in so many otherwise empty biscuit selection boxes, all through a lack of understanding of their true purpose.
Hovis, and indeed, other plain digestive biscuits, are the perfect accompaniment to strong blue cheeses. A fan of blue cheese myself, I have often found some of the stronger examples, particulary the more powerful Stiltons, so simply be too salty and sharp for my palate. However, when accompanied by a Hovis biscuit, the slight sweetness taakes some of the salty edge off the cheese, leaving the lovely underlying blue veined flavour to come through.
Perhaps more could be made of the Hovis biscuit's potential educational properties, allowing the uninitiated or blue veined phobic to experience the subtle pleasures of cheesy mould without having to deal with the harshness of some of the stronger varieties.
|Nicey replies: We have created a new cheese icon as this debate looks set to rage on and on for a day or so, perhaps.|
I am in your debt. Your site has given me the abilty to choose the perfect biscuit for any occasion. For example, if i were to have a children's party BNs and Pink Wafers would be involved (and maybe those round ones with the hole and the icing on top, I forget the name). However I am stumped when it comes to the Hovis biscuit. To me it seems that the nation is divided right down the middle with these. You have to love or hate them. They come in one of those selection boxes for eating with cheese after a nice sunday meal, however if you do put cheese on them they taste utterly repulsive. They are always either the first or the last of the selection to go suggestion that there IS no grey area with them. However I have yet to judge wheter i like them or not because i do not know what they are supposed to taste of. Is it bread? Why make a bread biscuit?
I am baffled. Perhaps you could shed some light on the infamous "HOVIS Biscuit" ?
|Nicey replies: Actually for a children's party I would advocate Cadburys Chocolate Fingers and Custard Creams.
Hovis biscuits are simply digestives, but I do agree with you that they are not good with cheese although some people do like them that way. I fail to see why they single out the digestive to join the crackers on cheese duty. If its a sweet biscuit that is needed rather than a savory cracker then why not pop in a few Lincolns or maybe an Abbey Crunch!
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.