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|Hello Nicey and Wifey,|
Just read your book and it was brilliant. My husband was relieved I had finished it though as I kept reading bits out to him which didn`t go down too well if he was watching any cricket
To name all biscuits would have been too much for you to do I agree but I seem to remember a biscuit called \" Duchess\" they were oval shaped with a criss cross pattern on top and the name on? Some of my friends think I am mistaken, hoping you may have heard of them?
Thanks J Ward
|Nicey replies: Hello Joan,
Well those are two very distinctive features yo mention. From time to time people mention a shortcake style biscuit with a raised pattern of square ridges on and I recall these too. However these were round, very much like a retooled Lincoln.
Perhaps some of our readers recall your biscuit.
||Dear Nicey, |
I think tea is wonderful and can cure many ills, a subject not to be taken either lightly or here at the moment. What I would like to relate is a great mystery. We recently had a biscuit from a vending machine, I appreciate that individually wrapped biscuits may miss the target a little as a biscuit but it is worth remembering that they have a description on the wrapper, are usually of a decent size and are often well up the "nice" scale. These were I think called "Gold" made by Terry's! and resembled a long, thin club with a plain biscuit centre. They were very good but have resisted every effort to be located elsewhere. I am beginning to think we may have wandered of into a distant ethos when we found them, although the place was called Glossop and it was during August this year. Any other sighting been reported?
Yours, very nicely thank you
|Nicey replies: There is a Gold bar made by McVities but I'm sure that's already been ruled out.|
Café Noir Review
I stumbled across your web site whilst googling for "Fox's Chocolate Creations" and was immediately hooked. As a Brit who has been living in that biscuit wasteland known as Canada for the last 10 years I have to admit that it made me feel quite homesick.
I wonder if you could help me identify a biscuit that I remember from my early childhood which has almost certainly been discontinued now. During the late 60s/early 70s I looked forward to visits to my Grandparents' house where the class of biscuit was always a cut above that served up in our own household. Cafe Noir was often on offer, but there was also another biscuit (most probably made by the same company as Cafe Noir). It was an rectangular iced biscuit, but the interesting aspect of it was that the icing on the top was in 3 different coloured stripes (one pink, one pale yellow and one brown). An odd combination of colours you may think, and indeed, it was an odd combination of flavours too. The brown icing was definitely coffee flavoured and I imagine the pink was strawberry (though I can't remember for sure). The pale yellow icing must have been lemon I guess, since I don't remember it being anything as exotic as banana or pineapple. As the coffee flavour was my favourite, (Yes - I am one of those strange people who always ate the coffee creams out of the boxes of Milk Tray first) I always consumed the biscuit by nibbling along it's length and getting rid of the pink icing first, then the yellow, until I was left with a long thin strip that just had the coffee icing on it. Yum!
Anyway, I would be most appreciative if you, or some of your readers could jog my memory for me and remind me what this biscuit was called.
On the subject of other biscuits that have probably been discontinued, another childhood favourite was sports biscuits. These had a stick figure embossed on them in some sporting stance, often the stick figure was holding a ball or a golf club or some other piece of sporting equipment. Am I imagining it or do I also recall an iced version called iced sports? The stick figure bore a strong resemblance to those on some of the playbox biscuits. So perhaps they were made by the same company.
|Nicey replies: Hello Ruth,
Our next door neighbour is Canadian, and feels he is living in an Ice Hockey wasteland, so may be that goes some way to restoring balance in the universe. Anyhow many many iced biscuits have fallen by the way side and are perhaps the Sauropods of the paleolithic biscuit world. I say perhaps as the existence of the Cafe Noir however a specialised a beast it may be would need us to have a Brontosaurus or Diplodocus knocking about some place (maybe the Congo)
Anyhow back to my point, there used to loads of them and they were all fairly similar and now they all gone. Titans of a bye gone age, now just the Party Ring and Cafe Noir grace our supermarket shelves.
However the Sports biscuit is very much still alive and kicking although it has suffered terribly in that all its little sports people are no longer proper stickmen and have plumped up to at least sausage men. Foxs who you mentioned at the start of you mail make them and used to make them too for M&S, which is where you may have seen some iced ones. I spoke to a nice lady at Foxs just before the stick men were put out to pasture who said that they were up to something with their Sports biscuits but wouldn't elaborate. I think she knew we wouldn't be impressed. Playbox biscuits were made by Peek Frean, and I would instinctively attribute many bygone Iced biscuits to Peek Frean and Huntly and Palmers, although this is pure guess work.
||I've just discovered your website and am particularly interested in the biscuit info. Do you remember the 'milk and honey' biscuits that used to appear in biscuit selections in the 1950s (or aren't you that old?)? They may have appeared in their own packets too. They were a sandwich biscuit, rather like a custard cream, but oval shaped and with a 'window' in the top layer, which revealed the 'honey' element, which may or may not have consisted of real honey. I'd love to know if they still exist, or when they disappeared.|
I totally agree with the pink wafer being the worst biscuit - I can never understand why anyone, ever, eats a wafer biscuit of any sort. What is the reason for the popularity of Kitkat? It's so disappointing. Give me a Club anytime!
|Nicey replies: Hello Anne,
The Milk and Honey appears in our missing in action section. We think they didn't make it beyond the 1970s. We have heard tale that it is still produced in the Far East by manufacturers who licensed the biscuit in the 1950s, but have yet to substantiate that.
As a family man can you please help out an expectant father? In order to keep his wife happy in her current, interesting, condition he needs a supply of wafer biscuits filled with orange cream. We've found the Tunnock's Florida ones in your reviews, but the ones he needs are chocolate free.
The biscuit experts on the team haven't been much help, so we are turning to you, the biscuit meister.
|Nicey replies: Very tricky Sue as you know Orange Cream is a difficult thing to find in most biscuits, but take chocolate out of the equation its like hens teeth.
OP just down the road from you do an uncovered Lemon Wafer as their nearest.
Not sure if a trip to France to retrive La Paile D'Or would find an Orange version, I don't recall one and LU's websites are woeful so I can't tell from there.
I only had to go on one quest for food for Wifey, which involved digging up a stray and rather gnarled spinach plant that had established itself in the front garden and presenting it to her on toast. Relatively easy in comparison to this task.