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Bahlsen Orange Choco Leibniz Review
|Following on from Alan Bromley’s heartfelt – if slightly un-British – review of the Choco Leibniz, I would like to add my own thoughts on this most affecting of daytime delights.|
As I am now resident in New Zealand, these thoughts may seem a little rose-tinted for your usually objective reviews pages, but please bear with me as I relive the pleasures of frivolous tea-dippery denied to us expats.
Before leaving England I worked for a video games developer in Guildford. Although the work is probably of no interest whatsoever to those of even a moderately sound mind, the company bonus scheme was inspired. When we as a team had worked especially hard or achieved another “milestone”, as these things were called, we were sometimes treated to a packet of biscuits by our producer – an especially nice chap called Geoff, whom I will always imagine sitting in an old armchair with a mug of tea in one hand and a half-eaten Pims biscuit in the other.
Most of the time these biscuits were fairly run-of-the-mill affairs – custard creams or bourbons, occasionally even sleep-inducingly stodgy donuts from a well-known supermarket chain – but on ocassions when we’d been especially deserving, our producer would reveal… the Choco Leibiz.
As Alan hinted at in his review, the secret of the Choco Leibniz, I feel, is its density. The Rich Tea portion is slightly small, with rather pretentious frills at its edges, but it is combined perfectly with a thick wedge of either milk or plain chocolate welded to its underside. Had the chocolate totally enclosed the biscuit, or had a pair of Rich Tea biscuits sandwiched the chocolate, I feel the balance would be lost. As it is, the devotee can see exactly what they’re getting: a Rich Tea biscuit offset with beautiful-tasting and beautifully-crafted chocolate.
Like a Patek Phillippe watch or a Mont Blanc pen, anyone even setting eyes on such a thing can immediately see that they are dealing with a product on a different plane from those they are used to dealing with on a day-to-day basis. The chocolate, which resembles a gold ingot in both its solidity as well as its shape, looks and feels as though it has been chiselled by a master chocolatier. Its smooth sufaces and chiselled edges cannot but inspire confidence – and respect. Biting into it is like biting into a bar of the finest chocolate: firm at first, then gracefully yielding; rich, but not overpowering; solid and yet oh-so fleeting.
It is, you might say, a biscuit befitting the finer moments in life. If I ever get to an age or maturity when I can justifiably sit by a roaring fire with a glass of fine red wine and a gently smouldering cigar, I will have at my side a plate of Choco Leibniz.
||I just read your news item about model cities out of biscuits. I know of an artist who uses biscuits in her sculptures and thought you might be interested to see|
|Nicey replies: Hi Tim,
I'm feeling ever more vindicated about the Hanzel and Grettle section in our book now.
I took these pics of a strange mutant chocolate fudge biscuit. (Farmbake brand here in NZ) At first I was taken aback by the shear cruelty of mother nature, but soon found an inner beauty and elegance I could have only imagined. This "evolutionary freak" gets to the bottom of the tallest mug. Is this oddball a freak of the dunking world, or an evolutionary step?
|Nicey replies: Tim,
I'm sure you're right and these hapless freaks represent some sort of giant leap forward. It's a such a pity that they look like dog turds.
Fox's Brandysnaps Review
Just wanted to share my thoughts on the brandy snap - although I like them crispy like you, my favourite is when they have been left in in the open air for a day or so and they go a bit 'off'. This leaves them with a nice chewy consistency.
Mmmm - but only at Christmas. It's very naughty to eat them at any other time of the year!
By the way I live in New Zealand now and I really miss our biscuits from home. The biscuit aisle here is very short and not very imaginative. What I wouldn't give for a hobnob or two! It's not that their bad -there's just not much selection really and we miss the simple perfection of things like chocolate digestives.
But I'm pleased to report that the long-lost tradition of morning tea is still alive and kicking in the workplace here. Kiwis love nothing more than an excuse to stop work and have a cuppa and an Anzac (now there's a nice biscuit for you!) or a cake.
Dad's Cookies Review
I was an avid eater of Dads Cookies as a child in the 1950’s and until they went AWOL in the 70’s. Imagine my delight when I re-discovered them on a recent trip to Canada. I had intended to buy a load before coming back, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, and a distinct lack of time, it just didn’t happen. I just read a write up that you guys did about them a couple of months back. However is there a grocery organisation, or indeed the company themselves, to whom I could write in order to obtain some more. Not just a packet, but a whole box will do for a start! ( my sister also remembers them and also wants some if we can get them into the UK). The tourist shop in Covent Garden sounds not the best move!
Any help very much appreciated,
|Nicey replies: Paul,
Really the shop in Covent Garden seems to cater for all those Canadians, Kiwis and South Africans who are resident in London and prepared to pay for some reminders of home. It's a bit like a horrendously expensive cornershop that sells tee shirts too. There is one in the next street that caters exclusively for Australians, and is a good place to get hold of exotic Tim Tams. Apart from this though we haven't come across another source of Dad's cookies in the UK.