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Fox's Butter Crinkle Crunch Review
|Dear Nicey and Wifey |
I turn to you having searched long and fruitlessly for the chief biscuit of my childhood, the Treacle Crunch Cream. It came into my life in the late 80s/early 90s and despite being treacle-based, I recall that the cream was reasonably light in colour and clasped by buttery, rivuleted biscuits, similar in taste if not in texture to the biscuits used in that Bar of Sunday Teatime Glory, the Classic. I believe it eminated from the Kings of Crunch-named biscuits, Fox's. I also recall that in that bastion of 80s film, Honey I Shrunk The Kids, the afore-mentioned kids encountered what looked suspiciously like a Treacle Crunch Cream abandoned in the garden and hurled themselves at it with the wild abandon that would be expected when one encounters a biscuit that is many times the size of oneself.
Anyway, do let me know if you've seen my beloved anywhere or have heard tales of its return.
|Nicey replies: Its not in their current range as far as know, but they are always up to something with their crunch range so maybe it will get another chance one day. BTW They have just done a chocolate crunch which is very reminiscent of a biscuit I used to buy from Sainsbury's when particularly flush in the 1980's. Maybe its a harbinger for the Treacle Crunch. In fact you could come up with quite a convincing mythology around biscuits being harbingers for the coming of other ones. In a three weird sisters form Macbeth sort of way.. "When the chocolate crunch is once more upon the shelves of Sainsbury's and Huntley and Palmers arise fro their long slumber with their Olivers all chocolate covered, then shall ye seek the treacle crunch cream - or not".|
||Hi Nicey and Wifey,|
Long time drinker/muncher/dunker, first time typer.
Just thought I'd send this tremendous picture of the 'Welcome Tray' I received when visiting the Isle of Arran in 2005. Can't remember the name of the B&B where I experienced my tray of glittering delights, but I know it was up a steep road in the Whiting Bay area. Two nights B&B for £46, with everyone's granny as the proprietor, producing her own home made tea and biscuits, cake daily.
How I long for a return visit to the wild, inhospitable landscape again soon.
With all hearty wishes,
Steve Norris (no, not that one...)
|Nicey replies: Steve,
That's really terrific, almost good enough to take your mind off the clouds of blood sucking midges.
Just stumbled across your website, and its very interesting! I though i should ask you a question thats been nagging at me for a while.
We are a team of 12 students at Aston University in Birmingham, and we are designing, building and racing a single seater racing car against other universities next summer. What is the ideal amount of sugars we should have in our tea, and what biscuit should we use to dunk to get the most out of our team?
Thank you very much
Formula Student Team Manager
|Nicey replies: Yes very prudent of you to touch base with us.
Ideally you should have either 2 sugars or none. Our ISP Mr Borrill has the most annoying amount of sugar in the entire world, a third of a teaspoon, for which he has a special teeny-weany teaspoon at home. He says he can drink it without now, but really it's plain that he would still prefer a tiny little bit of sugar in it. If you are going to be awkward and have sugar at least make it worth while.
As for biscuits this is a good opportunity to do some team building. As engineers you can discuss the dunking merits of one biscuit over another through which you'll learn to respect and value the input and opinions of the other team members. You'll also quickly spot the clueless ones and assign them tasks accordingly. Given that there are 12 of you, you'll need to choose wisely avoiding things that come in packs of ten unless you want to buy 6 packs and everybody have 5 of them.
Mind you given that you are students you may be over-reaching yourselves financially to go beyond entry level biscuits. As a student I ate lots of Ginger Nuts, Digestives, Malted Milks and Fruit Shortcakes all excellent Dunkers and whilst I never built a racing car I did manage to loose all of my third year Molecular Biology project results which led to me being advised to try a career in computing instead.
|Nancy Bea Miller
||Hi Nicey and Wifey;|
Thought you might get a smile from this photo I posted today on my blog
Of course, I rarely drink from tea cups. It is mugs all the way around this house.
All the best,
Nancy Bea Miller
|Nicey replies: Wow Nancy,
That's utterly superb, you've got quite a Margrite thing going on there, I'm half expecting a train to pop along in a moment.
||Hello, I've not visited your site before, but have recently spent a few happy hours reading the book and having a giggle to myself.|
Just thought your correspondent, Gareth Williams, might like to know that when my young sister started school the first thing she had to do when she came home was eat half a packet of pink wafers dipped into luke warm, milky tea. Of course, most of them ended up in a slush at the bottom of the cup which our long-suffering mother then had to dispose of. Luckily we lived on my grandparents pig farm at the time! This was in 1963.
|Nicey replies: Thanks Lynn,
Pink Wafers sighted a year before my birth, and close to pigs, which somehow lends your account extra weight.