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Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
|Fab website- I just love it!|
I have had a long relationship with the incomparable Tunnock's teacakes. As children my sister and I would take one out of its foil & dramatically smash it against our foreheads- that aim was for all of the chocolate on the top to smash into little pieces, with the minimum of mallow on forehead.
Needless to say tricky & lots of fun, but did (un)remarkably often result in sticky forehead.
So in my university years when secretary of Edinburgh University Ballroom Dancing society I KNEW the way to get people to sing up to our society was to entice them with a Tunnock's tea cake. So I wrote a nice begging letter to the factory (down the road in Uddingston) asking them for sponsorship money. They of course did not give us money- but wonder of wonders- they donated 50 catering size boxes of Tunnock's Teacakes. wow! were we pleased or what?! So the society's IT guy and I trundled off to the factory in his teeny 2CV to pick up our treasuerd 50 boxes. I never did get sick of them & still buy them for a treat.
By the way, since leaving home to go to university (in the cause of staying slim) I have never walked down the biscuit aisle of any supermarket- ever! So I still love the toffypops, uniteds and trio's of my childhood. However my fiance does not understand this! So for the sake of our future marriage & with the tutoring of ncotaasd I am going to re-ignite my interest in biscuits. Probably to the detriment of my waistline, though. Though I do work for Cadburys, so I dont have much hope really!
all the best,
|Nicey replies: Yes Tunnocks are utterly brilliant really, and they were very nice and helpful when we were writing the book. Be careful in that biscuit aisle, you have a lot of pent up biscuit tension there and it might get a bit graphic if you are suddenly re-exposed to them, especially in a public place.|
||Hi Nicey and Wifey,|
Just wanted your feedback on adults eating the Farleys Rusk, still a big biscuit by any standards and obviously huge to a child.
When i was a baby, apparently i was a little overweight (lost it is a teen but by god it's back now!) and had to be put on the sugar free variety. But i still remember how delicious they were as biscuits, and how rank they were when mushed.
Skip 16 years and me and a bunch of my friends in sixth form used to buy a box of rusks at lunchtime, and sit and munch away. I recall how wonderfull they tasted and how i could pretend with all the vitamins in them i was actually doing myself some good.
Now i'm not saying we should have them with tea (although they could be quite good dunkers) but i think your readers should try them again. I think they are fab.
What are your thoughts? Is it a biscuit? Should they be for babies only?
All the best
|Nicey replies: Personally I view the Rusk as a training biscuit. Obviously some people require more training than others. Curiously the younger members of staff required no training what so ever. As to if they should be for babies only, I think that is a matter for an individuals conscience, unless of course you are actually in some way stealing them from babies, which would be a bit out of order.
Actually I've never understood that expression 'easy as stealing candy from a baby'. I recall when one of the younger members of staff got hold of Wifey's box of handmade Belgan Chocolates, I had a hell of job rescuing the remains and it took a couple of j-clothes and a bath to clean up the mess.
|Mrs N. Mott
McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive Review
I sent the following to the Daily Mail as a contribution to Answers to Correspondents,` but it wasn’t published, so I thought I’d forward it on to you for no other reason than because I like it, and I hope you do too.
Q: What is the correct way to eat a chocolate digestive – with the chocolate side up or down?
Further to earlier answers, I find the best method is to do both, at the same time, that way you sandwich the chocolate in the middle and get a larger 'hit' of chocolate with every bite.
Alternatively, if limiting yourself to only one at a time, (or if your host is on the stingy side) then I would recommend eating it chocolate side up, making sure that you hold the biscuit with at least 3 of your fingers gripping the chocolate side, and your thumb on the digestive side.
That way, by the end of the biscuit, you should have a nice load of melted chocolate on your finger tips ready to lick off. Of course if you don't want this experience, then my advice would be to
hold the biscuit chocolate side down….
...but then you might find yourself sucking your thumb in public.
- Mrs N. Mott
|Nicey replies: Well it can only add to our stature to publish the Daily Mail's cast offs. Anyhow the subject you raise has been debated many times on NCOTAASD and we think they should be eaten choc side up and that the biscuit has its polarity or 'up-ness' inverted by the addition of chocolate. McVities tell us that they consider the biscuits up-ness to be immutable and so it is technically upside down.
As for grips we advocate holding it by the edges with the thump and first three fingers spaced at 8,11,1 and 4 o'clock positions. Eating commences from the six o'clock direction. It also leaves the little finger free for elegance, always a consideration when demolishing packs of chocolate biscuits.
||The fig roll, my favourite biscuit of that there is no doubt. But does anyone recall Jacobs attempt at launching chocolate fig rolls? They were the normal ridged ones of the time that had been propelled through a shallow (c. 1cm?) river of milky chocolate, resulting in the bottom half of each biscuit getting coated. Ooooh! These were fantastic, I was a real fan, but they lasted only about 2-3 months, maybe 6 as I recall, living in the East Midlands of the UK at the time. My favourites now are the extrusion variety you get at large supermarkets and find they improve for a bit of drying out. |
|The Lovely Rebecca
Mint Viscount Review
|Can I ask you to settle a dispute? My stupid boyfriend thinks that there's a layer of something between the mint and the biscuit in a Mint Viscount. I've told him that I've eaten enough of them to know there's nothing else in there and it's the contact of mint on biscuit that creates that slightly darker line when you bite into it, but am I wrong?!|
|Nicey replies: Well if there is something else in there they don't list it on the ingredients which is illegal. Here is a close up cross sectional picture of a Mint Viscount, clearly there is no 'third' layer. A very small amount of chocolate seepage can be seen in the bottom left at the extreme edge of the mint cream biscuit interface but this no more than about 1-2 mm.
We'll be generous and say that his thinking may well be confused by the effect seen in Marshmallow teacakes where the gelatine based mallow interacts with the biscuit to give a shiny and darker surface when the mallow is peeled off.