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|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.|
||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.|
||HI. Ok, I realise that you do not rate the Nice biscuit very highly ;-) but I love them. Well, actually I absolutely adore the half chocolate coated variety. But, horrors, I have not been able to get any for the last 12 months at least. Nobody seems to sell them anymore. Why? Ordinary Nice biscuits are available but not my very favourite chocolate ones. Worse still there are plenty of the absolutely awful chocolate rich tea variety and chocolate malted milk biscuits about. For heaven's sake they do not need any embellishment like chocolate!!|
So, does anybody know of anywhere in Staffordshire - preferable near Cannock/Wolverhampton as I'm disabled and unable to travel very far - who stocks chocolate Nice biscuits? I am getting desperate :-)))
Take care and keep on dunking regardless.
|Nicey replies: I'm sure I've seen them very recently, not sure where though..|
||Alan Smith is probably reminiscing about 'Thruppenny', a foil-wrapped biscuit exactly as described from our old friends Burton's. The name came, unsurprisingly, from the price that it was sold at, and it was a staple product of many a school tuck-shop. The snag was that with a name like 'Thruppenny', it was very difficult to ever take a price increase without destroying one of the brand characteristics, ie its name. So it was discontinued. It re-emerged in the early 1980's with a new name 'Bingo!', but never caught on and was discontinued again. The name 'Bingo!' was re-used on an aerated chocolate countline that can still be found lurking on the lesser-shopped reaches of the chocolate biscuit fixture.|
Looking forward to seeing you on TV tomorrow!
|Nicey replies: Once again Biscuit Man comes up with the goods. And yes watch out for me on Richard and Judy tomorrow 5/6/2003.|
My wife and I both remember from our childhood's a fully chocolate covered wheatmeal digestive biscuit that came individually wrapped in blue and silver foil (red and silver for the plain chocolate version). I used to be able to buy one during break-time at primary school.
Does anyone else remember these, if so can you remember what they were called and who made them?
Most importantly of all, can you still buy them?
PS. We're not talking Viscounts here.
|Nicey replies: Yes that definitely stirs my memory, but not enough to remember what they were.