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I don't believe a word of Phil's "Jamais de Guerre" story (despite it's genius). As I have a spare 40 years I investigated and discovered the following:
"Quite where the name jammie dodger comes from is unclear. One possibility is that 'jammie dodger' is a term given when playing childrens games like tag or hide-and-seek to denote someone who is a particularly lucky player in being undetected or untouched. Some clever biscuit executive may have got hold of the term and invented the biscuit around it. Whatever the reason, it is a fine biscuit and part and parcel of every great afternoon tea break."
I prefer Phil's story though.
Jammie Dodger Review
|I read your review of Jammie Dodger but you include no history of the name.|
The name comes from the French Wars of Religion fought from the middle to late 1500's. So heavy were the losses of men from towns and villages that ceremonial cakes were made to remember those who never returned. Two large rounds of unleavened bread pressed together with a heart shape cut out and filled with fresh or preserved fruit bore the legend "Never shall there be war". It's modern name, corrupted from the Old French 'Jamais de guerre' has become whimsically divorced from it's more sombre origins though it has stood the test of some considerable time.
If not to be included in your review I'd recommend that you consider a historical reference somewhere on your site.
|Nicey replies: Hmmmmmmm. At least I get to use the fruit icon for the first time.|
I'm having a bit of a do for the next couple of days to celebrate 50 years on the job, Woo, lots tea and biccys in the garden, Yay. Have you got any suggestions for some useful biscuits, I'll need about 12 to 15 thousand packets I reckon.
|Nicey replies: Liz,
You'll probably be OK with loads of tins of Rover assortment, they are a bit pricey but if its a special do then its probably worth it. They are a good selection with a few bourbons, jam and cream sandwichs etc so they should keep everyone happy.
As a bonus you'll also have several thousand old biscuit tins left over to keep all your old photos, paper clips and bits of string in.
||Once again, Hello Nicey,|
Thank you for your contribution to our debate regarding malted Milk and Toffypops. Siobhan and I have since agreed to a compromise and have implemented a four-biscuit rotation sytem, which also includes Jammie
Dodgers and Custard Creams.
I just thought I'd drop you a line to ask for your standpoint on Iced Gems.
There is a concensus here that they are amongst the worst kind of biscuit
imaginable. It is just too small to be filling and too bland to be satisfying, whilst the lacklustre dollop of icing on each one is so haphazard that you get the impression no care has gone into it's presentation at all. Due to the size it also lacks dunkability, which surely undermines it whole status as a biscuit. The only thing I can see of any value in the Iced Gem is the intricate biscuit graphics that have gone into it, but this in no way makes up for the finished product, which ranks alongside the dreaded Nice in the pits of Biscuit Hell.
On a sidenote, I would like to say how much I miss the 'Iced Shortie'. These are of course a shortcake biscuit with a generous smothering of icing on the underside. Simple, but superb, and an example to Jacobs of how an iced biscuit should be done. Has anyone out there seen these fine biscuits recently? Whilst Party Rings are admittedly similar, I would still like to get in touch with this old friend.
Thank you for your help, and your biscuit advice.
|Nicey replies: Mark,
Glad to hear that you Siobhan have come up with a biscuit rotation scheme, this very sensible, there are a lot of biscuits out there many of which are worthy of attention, Perhaps you could have a wild card for a fifth biscuit.
Now on to iced gems, they are indeed regrettable. Due to their size, taste and texture, they seem to be a more related to something that you would get from a builders merchants, such as quarter inch chippings or dry walling. I certainly would not advocate eating them not least due to the nasty sharp spikes on the icing.
there's this sort of factory-shop-for-biscuits place in this town in scotland.
i've been to scotland a few times and each time i go here to get the nicest biscuits ever. they are fresh, cooked on the premises, and amazingly tasty. they even have gypsy creams. yum. they also sell nice cake and gingerbread and other fondant fancys.
if you are ever in the castle douglas area of scotland, i reckon u should go there.
|Nicey replies: Yep, sounds very useful, I've committed that to memory. It didn't say on the web page but if they were to do big mugs of tea as well, I think people could go there for a weeks holiday, and camp in the car park.|