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|Dear Nicey and co, I heartily agree with Henry Morgan – Garibaldis are the unsung heroes of the biscuit tin, always there when you need them, and surprisingly satisfying even without a cup of tea. In our house they are known as ‘Uncle Jack’s Biscuits’ in honour of my long departed great uncle Jack from Bristol who would consume nothing else (apart from Black Magic chocolates and whiskey. Three cheers for the Garibaldi!|
|Having read your review on the famous, or to some, infamous, garibaldi. I must say that I agree with the fact that they are a sub section of their own in the biscuit world and as they come in the alleged `kit form`(i.e. you have to break them up), you really feel like a true veteran biscuit muncher, as it requires a little bit of effort to maximise the potential of said biscuit. One might suggest that you could eat all six (the normal amount in one line before broken apart) as a single string, to simply propose such an idea is animalistic and barbaric, would you tackle a leg of lamb before slicing it up into pieces? I think not.|
However, I feel that I must point out from past experiences, that not all garibaldis, once in their singular form, have the abundance of currents that I like. Perhaps it`s just my luck, but I tend to find that one or two from the set are blessed with currents, so much so they could be compared to an eckle`s cake, where as others are hard done by and are always left until last by which time they have often become a little dry and hard, but one does the right thing and eats them, although a little grudgingly.
To conclude, the garibaldis deserve applause for their individuality and praise for their long held domination of the biscuit tin, but continuity in the input of currents in the biscuit is something that it lacks, some say `familiarity breeds contempt,` i might agree in certain circumstances, but here, it would be nice to have the abundance of currents in every single bit, that so many of us love.
Henry Morgan, an avid consumer of biscuits and tea.
|Nicey replies: Henry,
I've never found current distribution to be a problem. Either, I'm eating different Garibaldis to you or my expectations of dried fruits in biscuits are much more relaxed than yours. Surely there is the thrill of getting the odd really currenty one. If they were all like that it would take away some of the fun, not that I'd notice perhaps.
At the risk of being shot down in flames of derision and contempt, I'm finally sticking my head above the parapet and expressing my astonishment at finding on your estimable site no mention of two extremely toothsome treats of my close acquaintance. Made by some esoteric outfit calling themselves The Biscuit Collection, and seemingly fairly widely available in supermarkets, (local branches of Sainsbury & Aldi to name but two widely diverse extremes of the retail spectrum) the treasures to which I refer are Apple Pie Cookies and their slightly less memorable stablemate Brownie Cookies.
Yes, I'm aware the unfortunate presence of the C word does them no favours with you and your many discerning contributors, but it's hard to avoid in a climate of US Cultural Imperialism and Carpet Marketing. However I truly believe these to be little gems and deserving of your attention. I'd defend their undoubted biscuity qualities before the highest court in the land.
I may of course have entirely missed an extended correspondence on the matter, and I can't help an uneasy qualm arising at Adam's oblique reference to 'those bloody awful Apple and Cinnamon jobbies from Asda', but I would welcome your expert assessment of these unsung delights at some juncture.
I can't imagine you'd have a problem tracking them down, but just in case the packet states that they're produced in the EC for JP Associates, St John's House, Exton, EX3 0PL. I very much look forward to the type of balanced and objective review on which your devoted readers can always rely.
Yours in hopeful anticipation
|Nicey replies: Hi Mart,
The things Adam was referring to were something else. A small batch of experimental biscuits which were so troubling that they even made it into our book, getting a mention in the section about keeping strongly flavoured and experimental biscuits away from innocent and law abiding biscuits. They were only around for about eight months.
As for the ones you mention, we have not had them yet so I'll keep a look out for them.
||Please help me restore my reputation, so I can show my work colleagues that I'm not a fantasist. Growing up in the Midlands in the 50s/60s I am absolutely positive that my mum used to buy - loose from Woolworths in Mansfield, I think - digestive biscuits that had a mild pineapple flavour. I used to love them, but I can't imagine why . Anyone else out there remember them ? Please put me out of my misery. Best wishes - Mary Evans|
|Nicey replies: Mary,
Luckily for you I just had an email from Peter Gilbert who out of the blue said "One biscuit that I can recall from my youth in the mid '50's, was a digestive type of biscuit, I recall it being a little larger than the general digestives then available, but flavoured with and marked out like pineapple. Suited my sweet tooth!"
Tunnocks Wafer Review
My first time on your site and I read the Tunnock's wafer review with great interest as I believe my
scottish partner Alan must have contributed considerably to the 4,000,000 consummed each week over the years. Every morning before leaving for work he makes the same packed lunch. Two cheese (extra mature cheddar) sandwiches on Warburton wholemeal bread, one banana and two plain chocolate Tunnock wafer biscuits. One for his 10.00 am break and one for his lunch at 1.00 pm. I try to get him to vary his diet - but he he says "You know where you are with a cheese sandwich and a Tunnock biscuit. I can't cope with any hassle first thing in a morning!"
|Nicey replies: You could try him with the occasional pear I suppose.|