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||Hello Mr and Mrs Nicey,|
Firstly, if I may, a nice big thank you for a refreshingly brewed web site; it doesn't get much better than this.
Secondly, I would like to be a bit contentious, and put my two pence of input into the raging debate that is pink wafers.
Simply: they are great, should be compulsory in schools and must be included in any decent biscuit selection; or what kind of selection is it?
I would, however, concede that they do have a fundamental flaw, and, as much as I hate to draw attention to it, it is only fair if we are to undertake a true discourse on the subject that it be mentioned. So, here goes: you can't dunk them without ruining the drink (preferably a nice refreshing cup of tea) that they are being dunked into.
Now, while I can sympathise with those that do not like them for that reason, I feel we must stand back and look at the bigger picture, or selection if you will, because there are obviously many biscuits that can also ruin a perfectly good cup of tea if dunked into it.
I myself have been prone to the odd "hidden fault line" problem of digestive biscuits on many occasions; and we all know that a soggy quarter of a digestive in the bottom of our favourite brew will have a tendency to ruin the brew entirely, despite our frantic efforts with a tea-spoon to the contrary.
After much research, however, I have devised a cunning and dastardly plan to "solve" this situation, and in the interest of international biscuit relations, I feel I should share it here, with your wonderful readers at nicecupofteaandasitdown.com (not to be confused with that roguish pretender with the co.uk domain name!) And the solution is this: Don't dunk them.
Now, I know what you're thinking: he started that sentence with an "And." I'm sorry, I know it's wrong, as are contractions, but sometimes we have to do and say the radical so that we can get through these biscuit problems together.
So, in conclusion: don't deride the humble, if ever so tasty pink wafer. It's had a place in my heart, and in my assortment collections for all these years, and it would be a sad, sad situation were it to be allowed to disappear forever.
I know it has problems with dunking; but occasionally so do all biscuits, and that shouldn't be a reason for biscuits to be excluded from an assortment, especially one that has served us so long and well.
OK, that's me done. I wish you all, even you non-pink wafer loving biscuit eaters, a very merry festive season and a very happy, pink wafer filled, new year.
|Nicey replies: That's all right Justin you stand up and be counted. As for for biscuits with hidden flaws a few taps on the side of the biscuit barrel should sort the wheat from the chaff. Actually Nanny Nicey is at NCOTAASD for Christmas and has asked me to point out that she likes Pink Wafers. I'm scared it might skip a generation and that the younger members of staff might force us to start buying them.|
I'm slightly disturbed by the fact that nearly half of the population in your poll claim to be missing the pink wafers, yet surely no one in their right mind liked them anyway? Is the elusiveness of the pink wafer all part of some sneaky advertising scam by the people who make Rover tins- I'm thinking back to Heinz's 'threat' to get rid of salad cream, which seemed to encourage people to start eating stupid amounts of it just in case it was their last chance and starting petitions and campaigns (personally I was never that fussed about it anyway)- and they didn't exactly miss the opportunity that arose from the threats of a Christmas shortage of Branston pickle either. (Since when has it been a traditional Christmas food anyway?! It doesn't contain alcohol, chocolate, brazil nuts or brussels sprouts!) Hmmmm...I'm probably ranting because I feel threatened and paranoid on behalf of the humble coconut biscuit. I won't let any of the bigger biscuits pick on it!! And certainly not the Evil Pink Wafer. Which is evil just because it's pink (food that pink is wrong).
Hope you have a well earned nice cup of tea and a sit down over Christmas!
|Nicey replies: That's a fairly well thought out rant. However, Strawberry blancmange, Taramasalata and Salmon must be feeling a bit aggrieved.
||Hello Nicey and Wifey, |
Just thought I'd drop you a line to let you know about the excellent tea, cakes and sitting down that we had today at work as part of the Macmillan fundraising effort. Some hard-working employees of Devon County Council were up late last night, baking all kinds of delicious cakes, buns, and fairy cakes (all with wings stuck in the butter icing on top - ref earlier debates on your site), and the resulting tea, cake and sit-down fest has been a wonder to behold.
Don't worry, council tax payers, we made sure all the school buses and meals on wheels were going OK before we began the sitting down.
All the best,
|Nicey replies: Very good. We just back from our local one, which had a lovely spread too. Mind you my homemade ginger nuts were perilously close to a plate of pink wafers.
Have just converted to shopping at Morrisons. Nice and cheap and a large biscuit selection. One of the main bonuses is that they always have loads of buy one get one free offers all around the store. The downside is that these shelves are normally empty or close to empty unless you're lucky with your timing. Not last night however, when I spotted a shelf dedicated to giving you double the value in pink wafers. It was rammed, fit to burst with the nasty things. The nation has spoken.
||Thought you would like to hear some view on this from our man in Boston, in the good ol' US of A, and perhaps share them with the entire biscuit community:|
Well, wafers are the workhorses of the biscuit world and do not get anywhere near the recognition they deserve as they are so frequently hidden by chocolate, Kit Kat being a prime example. Enjoyment of wafer based snacks should not preclude one from other more solid snacks such as digestives or ginger snaps, although the pink wafer has done the community no good in the long run, still being the image most have of the wafer in general. There have been concerted efforts over the years by the progressive, modernist wafer movement to have the inclusion of pink wafers in biscuit selections limited (a total ban was seen as impractical). These have had limited success, the biggest coup to date being the removal of all pink wafers from Asda's family Deluxe assortment in the late 90's.
Live and let live, really. Let us not be filled with hatred for these wafers....let us not use them as scapegoats for all that is wrong with the world, let us embrace them......and dunk them carefully for they are fragile when soggy.
Alex "Garibaldi" Levovich