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Do you know if the Prince biscuit made by LU can be got in the UK? They?re round chocolate sandwich types. They come in cylindrical 330gm packets with a picture of some smiling kid prince in gumboots and a superman cape running healthily in front of a picture of the contents. He?s also embossed on each biscuit (not running, but looking like Henry VIII junior).Gout Chocolate, Partenaire Energie, it says, Cereales et lait.(sorry no accents available on this keyboard) But in spite of that I seek them out when in France as they are not too sweet, dunk well, and are very Moorish. And the chocolate filling seems to stay firm even in the heat of summer. They were on offer in triple packs in the Super-U this month but my wife wouldn?t allow me to get this as she?s gone onto a low carbohydrate diet. So I?m now almost through my souvenir of a delicious holiday.
There appear to be several varieties of them in French supermarkets: One has the filling divided- half is something whiteish, and there?s a strawberry one which doesn?t appeal at all. It wasn?t even in the triple special offer so can?t be all that popular.
Are they available in the UK? Or can anyone recommend a not-too-sweet chocolate alternative?
|Nicey replies: I know the biscuits you are referring to, we saw some the other week in an Auchan in Boulogne. They seem to be representative of a whole continental approach to round chocolate cream sandwich biscuits, we have had something very similar from Spain called a 'Principito'.
I've never seen Lu biscuits in any of the big stores, so I think you are probably best off working on a plan to convince your Wife of your legitimate right to by dodgy euro biccies for your next France trip. I find 'Oh they are are for the biscuit tin at work' seems to work well.
||Paris - it's the city of love, it's a stroll by the Seine, it's a wet afternoon looking at the masterpieces in the Louvre, it's a Depardieu film, it's a girl in a miniskirt offering to do all sorts of interesting-sounding stuff for not a lot of money.|
Yes, it's all these things, but it's more, much more. It's the place where there are lots of shops selling Lu Petit Beurre biscuits. With the appearance of a Morning Coffee on steroids, and the buttery smell of... well, a packet of butter, it's rich and crispy, it's dunkable and satisfying. It's a Brigitte Bardot of Biscuits!! It's a (someone beginning with "S") of Snacks!
And you can eat lots of them without having to point to stuff on menus and get condescended to by some garlic-smelling waiter with greasy hair.
|Nicey replies: Its a such a pity that Petit Beurre taste so completely dismal. I'm off to the land of Petit Beurre this week, with my stock of PG Tips bags in tow, fingers crossed I won't be forced to eat any Petit Beurre. Maybe if we find ourselves in a bizarre and contrived survival situation that involves them then I'll consider it.|
Thin Arrowroot Review
On the subject of Rich Tea Fingers, I should like to mention the idea of Biscuit As Medicine.
I suffer from migraines and when I get one, I can't bear the thought of eating. That is with the exception of the Rich Tea Finger. The trick is to nibble the whole biscuit at once resulting in a mouthful of crumbs (a favoured technique of mine especially with Digestives and Abernethys).
Somehow this produces a foodstuff that is both palatable and non-nausea-inducing, and I usually feel better after eating a few with a couple of sips of tea. For this reason, in our household Rich Tea Fingers are known as "poorly biscuits" and there is usually an unopened packet in stock, "just in case".
I was once struck down with a migraine whilst holidaying alone in Paris. Having no companion to send out for aid, and not knowing where else to go in the city, I walked like a zombie for several miles to Marks and Spencers, where my treasured medicine was purchased for a small fortune. It was worth every painful step and every centime as I felt almost instantly better upon opening that packet of Rich Tea Fingers!
The Round Rich Tea simply doesn't work. I don't think the taste or texture is as good, and the shape of the finger is better for nibbling. My Granny used to speak of the medicinal properties of the Arrowroot (your site has touched on this already), but for me it's the Rich Tea Finger ever time. Sainsbury's for preference.
|Nicey replies: I think your tale of Rich Tea fingers touches on the paranormal.|
I have been enjoying the biscuit reviews and letters on your site for a few months now and have noticed many references to Australia, New Zealand, and "America" (the United States, we call it) -- is there no interest in your site from Canada? I, like many other Canadians, love a good cup of tea (or coffee, I admit) and a biscuit. Thus I am pointing you to this untapped biscuit-exploring opportunity. Here are a couple of Canadian biccie facts, based on my experience, of course:
- even though we generally call them cookies, the word 'biscuit' is printed on every package anyway because that is the french word for cookie. Thus, we respond positively to both terms.
- for some reason you can buy Rich Tea biscuits in Canada but not in the States. Sadly, I have heard of Canadian expats stocking up on these (along with particular chocolate bars, etc. that you can't get south of the border) when home for the holidays. argh.
ok, that's all for now, I should get back to work anyway. One last thought: I do enjoy the french "Lu" biscuits -- have you thought of testing Jaffa and Lu's Pims (orange flavour of course) head to head? This would be quite a contest.
|Nicey replies: We are aware of Canada, it is a good source of wheat, a staple ingredient of biscuits.
We are mounting a fact finding mission to France at the end of this month when we hope to secure some of the Lu Jaffa Cake analogues of which you speak.
It deeply distresses me that, on your buiscuit taxonomy page, you call Nice biscuits "on of the nastiest biscuits ever". I always assumed they are called 'Nice' because that is axactly what they are - not 'amazing', granted, but still 'nice'. Also you dis pink wafers, which is most out of order.
|Nicey replies: Oliver, SIR,
You are entitled to your own opinion.