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Romany Creams Review
Just found your site and saw your review of Romany creams. I remember as a kid during the 60's, here in the UK, wolfing down packets of 'Gypsy Creams'. I can't remember who made them or what they were like and I don't know if they are still about. A Google search for 'Gypsy Creams' will yield some interesting results. Apparently they are the favourite biscuit of TV quizmaster Richard Whitely (channel Four's 'Countdown') and recipes for them abound. I suspect that Gypsy Creams are the non-PC equivalent of the South African 'Romany Creams'.
Regards, Jim Williams
|Nicey replies: Yep, we are up to speed with all of that including the dodgy Google search outcome. Typically when using Google to search for biscuit stuff it either brings up dubious stuff or our site. Interestingly Arnotts in Oz make Romany Creams under licence from Bakers, and call them Kingston. I picked up a pack a little while ago in the Australian shop in Covent Garden.|
|Hello there Nicey.|
If that subject header didn't attract your attention, I don't know what will. Yes. Yes, the long lost Hobnob 'bar'.
I'm not sure of exactly when this McVitie hybrid made it's debut, but I have fond memories of holidaying in Cornwall and buying them individually for 12p a pop. And I was hooked.
1986 was the year, and it's one for the books - McVitie's had only gone and created an oblong Hobnob biscuit which was perfect for both sandwiching a butter-cream-like filling and having itself wrapped in a milk chocolate coating. The wrapper was blue and, if my memory serves me right, was a precursor to the then non existent milk chocolate covered Hobnob which we today accept as normal teabreak practice.
Now, I know this all happened 18 years ago, and some of my 'facts' may be childish fiction but, damn it, I can't forget how good they were - they must have been; I clearly remember a 'six pack' lasting only ten seconds at home.
It was one of the best summers of my youth. And every now and then I stop and wonder what in the world what became of them.
Nicey. Maybe I haven't looked properly on your site, but I can't find reference to them. It's like they never existed. And I know they did (they're no doubt to blame for any one of my habitual/ritualistic
tendencies). So maybe you could help me.
What did happen to them? Can you remember them and, (one can only dream) are they still available anywhere in the world?
Whatever you do, don't mention 'Gold Bars'.
Same holiday, same emotions, different biscuit.
FYI: This may be irrelevant, but I also came back from this holiday with a maverick chocolate bar (a little off the biscuit tracks, I know) by Cadbury, called a 'Spira'. They never appeared in my hometown of Colchester for a few years, so I wonder if Cornish folk had something over us East Anglians?
|Nicey replies: Ahh in 1986 I was destitute having recently graduated from University, so these HobNob bars were probably a bit too extravagant for me. At the time I think I was subsisting on Gingernuts and Digestives. Still they do sound vaguely familiar. As for Spiras they seemed like flakes that had suffered some kind of melting accident and didn't seem to me to advance the state of the art. You can still get Gold bars though last time I looked.|
|Mrs Betty L. Garrison
||Hello, i just returned from your country and found it very clean and beautiful....i had a very tasty cookie there and even brought some back to the usa with me........i would like very much to order some from you, but do not know how.....please let me know.|
betty garrison in evansville indiana
united states of america
thank you, mrs betty l. garrison
ps.....the cookie i would like to have is the choco vollmilch
|Nicey replies: Betty,
Several problems here. First we don't sell biscuits we just review them. Second it appears from your mail and your desired biscuit that you visited Germany, and we are based in the UK. Good luck with your quest, perhaps if you have the wrappers left you can contact whoever makes them and see if they have a US importer.
||Please try to pursue the re-creation of Chocolate Olivers.|
I was just thinking about them today (while drinking my afternoon cuppa) and decided to hunt for them on the internet..... which is how I found your splendid website.
The last time I got hold of some Chocolate Olivers was probably over ten years ago, in a very upper class grocers in Oxford. Unfortunately they'd been on the shelf too long and were not fit for consumption. I wrote to express my extreme disappointment and horror, and all I got was a voucher. I
guess they'd already disappeared by then. I see that you've put in a plea with the newly re-emerged H&P people to put these magnificent creations back into production. Christmas morning ritual (hot chocolate and endless Chocolate Olivers for elevensies while opening presents for the next few
hours) hasn't been the same these last few years! So please renew your efforts to persuade them to re-create their finest.
It used to be a case of "There are Chocolate Olivers.... and then there are the other biscuits!"
Your comments represent one small flickering candle of hope......
Please try (again......... a lot!)
|Nicey replies: Well Jenny Barnet who presents Good Food Live on UK Food, which I appear on from time to time, always goes on about Chocolate Bath Olivers as being her favourite biscuit. I've never had one and so I'd like it too if somebody made them. To be honest I think its Jacobs who make the Bath Oliver under license who would be the chaps to pester.|
||I've never had Barmouth biscuits (I think I must be too young!) but I served up some Sunburst biscuits (I think they are Foxes) and a friend thought they were Barmouth biscuits! I haven't seen them in many shops - the last time I bought them I got them in Sainsburys.|
Thought this might be of interest to any Barmouth biscuit fans!
|Nicey replies: A lady at Foxs told me the other day that they discontinued Sunbreaks last August. Oh dear.|