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just to add on the bickie peg discussion , you can still buy bickie pegs today (of which I have a packet in my cupboard ), they have been going since 1925 and were desgined for teething babies to strengthen the jaws and sooth emerging teeth presumably in preparation for a lifetime of chomping biscuits . I gave them to my daughter and although she is only 2 has already developed a preference for bourbons and digestives depending on mood. Even at her tender age she splits the bourbon and licks the cream before eating the whole thing in two parts . This is not something I do but is obviously is instinctive and adds to entertainment value. She is a dunker of digestives however and I do admit she has learnt that skill from mummy.
Also any tips on how to keep fig rolls and the sponge in jaffa cakes fresh ?
ps anyone remember those really huge biscuits from the 70s that were like a large milk digestive the cholcolate was heavily ridged and was very sweet . It was of wagon wheel dimensions???
|Nicey replies: Yes we thought you could still get Bickie Pegs. As for keeping fig rolls and Jaffa cakes fresh we simply don't have that problem, as they all get scoffed so quickly. Other than that I would suggest a very small air tight tin.|
Bahlsen Hit Review
Great work on the site, I've been following it for about 8 months now. It was great to see you on Richard and Judy, and I've been quoting you regarding Jaffa Cakes.. "The clue's in the name".. I got a biscuit barrell for my birthday (with a proper knobbly handle on the lid and all..), with lots of fantastic biscuits, including Golden Syrup, Golden Crunch and Caramel Crunch as well as Jaffa cakes and Maryland Cookies.
Anyway, recently people have been asking where they can get Prince biscuits in the UK, and you've suggested "Hit" as an alternative, but I have found these elusive biscuits here! These rare specimins come from that most strange place known as Lidl. That's right, that odd, cheap, forgien supermarket sells Prince biscuits, as well as some other French biscuits. I bought a pack, as when we go to France, I make sure we get some as they are brilliant. By the time we had driven the 5 miles or so home, I had eaten half the pack.
Well, so long, and thanks for all the biscuits,
Fido Dido [Peter]
(biscuit fanatic and your humble fan)
|Nicey replies: Yay Peter,
Thanks for the Lidl tip off, we have one about 20 miles away, but my Mum who lives in South Wales has one dead near by so we raid that whenever we are there.
Abbey Crunch Review
I can only endorse your approving comments on the Abbey Crunch - the finest of biscuits. Instantly comforting, a great dunk and undeniably nutritious. The only real problem is that once you've eaten a whole packet (and it's difficult not to, after the first few) the massive sugar content hits your gums, puckering, shrinking and retracting them to the point at which premolars drop out.
Still, it's worth it.
My other point is another definition of the difference between biscuits and cakes. Put technically: biscuits are hygroscopic - cakes are hydrophilic. Put simply: biscuits need to stay dry, while cakes need to remain moist. Store a biscuit incorrectly, and it will go soggy (bad!); store a cake incorrectly, and it will dry out and become stale - also bad, but with the potential to be at least partially rectified by dunking.
Anyway, thanks very much for the site - Sports Biscuits, eh?
|Nicey replies: Yep, your biscuit/cake observation is of course one the tenants of the McVities Jaffa Cake defense in the famous case against the Inland Revenue.|
|Biscuit Enthusiast Mandy
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|I saw the mail from Tom Alred and can, indeed, confirm that I have tried M&S extremely chocolatey mini bites.|
They are extremely chocolatey, in fact exactly as described on the plastic tub in which they are packaged. and take the form of a growth stunted mini roll, coming in varieties of orange and milk chocolate. Very rich, very sickly; but very delicious. I'm sure there are all sorts of activities to which they might lend themselves! :-)
As for the totally chocolate covered Jaffa Cakes. I have never seen those, although they sound very good indeed.
Btw, Nicey. I have now eaten about four Tim Tams and am completely smitten. Were I not due to get married in three weeks, and in dire need of fitting in a posh frock, I might investigate some other flavours. Alas, that will have to wait. :-)
|Nicey replies: Yes whilst we were at the Tim Tam launch Biscuit Enthusiast Mandy, valiantly volunteered to supervise the younger members of staff. For her bravery she received a pack of Double Coat Tim Tams which we liberated from Australia House.|
||First things first; well done on your magnificent site. This is surely what the world wide interweb is all about.|
Secondly, I was wondering whether you could tell me whether the Chocolate-coated jaffa cake was still in existence. I remember coming across these indulgent treats a few years back and being incredibly impressed. The chocolate covered the whole cake/biscuit, not just one side as in a standard jaffa cake. I haven't seen one of these for a while and have begun to fear that they may have been discontinued.
On the subject of cakes, have you sampled the marks and spencer extremely chocolatey mini bites? They are the boaster to the cadbury's mini-rolls rich tea finger.
Keep up the good work. I think I'll sit down and have a nice cup of tea now.
|Nicey replies: Tom,
McVities did total chocolate covered Jaffa Cakes back in the nineties for a brief time to keep out the 'Orangy Tangs' who apparently were after the smashing orangy bit in the middle.
Not been to M&S for some time, but biscuit enthusiast Mandy keeps me appraised of their work, I will pass on your information.