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Morning Coffee Review
This is Mollie from Great Yarmouth, at last I have tasted Morning Coffee Biscuits for the first time in around 18 months. Your tip paid off I went straight to Asda and low and behold they had Morning Coffee biscuits on the shelf, I promptly bought all they had 20 packets in all, went home and ate a whole packet in one go with a cup of coffee made with milk and a drop of rum, ecstasty!. Thanks for info and may I wish everyone through your site a Merry Christmas and Happy Morning Coffee New Year.
An American colleague has suggested something called a cookie swap for the last week at work and I thought you might like to know about it (although you probably do already). Apart from the name, which should obviously be ‘biscuit day’ it sounds quite exciting. Apparently, it is a tradition in the US, whereby everyone brings in a tin of biscuits, which are put on plates on a big table. You then take your now empty tin and fill it up with a variety of biscuits that were brought in by other people.
Usually, the ‘cookies’ should be home baked, but it’s been agreed that we can just bring a packet in if we’re too busy. The only downsidesI can see, is that I might have to stand up to eat, which won’t do and I will also probably just bring in the pack that I want to eat, which might make participation a chore.
|Nicey replies: That does sound like a nice idea. We actually made some Brandysnaps last weekend which came out very well, and I brought some with me down to London in the week when doing a spot of radio chatting about the book. Only problem was wrapping them in greaseproof paper and bubble wrap so the could survive the journey in the travel biscuit tin in my rucksack. Actually there are still a few left in the main holding tin...|
|Far back in the dim and distant past (the late sixties and early seventies) I was in love with the most wonderful biscuit on Earth - the plain chocolate garibaldi. Now of course, the milk chocolate garibaldi was good, but the bitterness of the dark chocolate combined with the sweetness of the fruit made this, for me, the ultimate in 'sitting with my grandfather watching television' treats.|
Sadly, I have not seen such delights for many years, although a friend of mine once presented me with a Christmas gift of several packets worth of garibaldi over which he had carefully spread melted chocolate.
Ah... those lost biscuits of the past...
|Nicey replies: Nick,
Yes our best information on the Chocolate Gariballdi is that it was probably made by the now defunct south London biscuit manufacturer Chiltonian biscuits. Not only were they able to cover some in chocolate but theirs were much more moist than today's Gariballdis. When ever I'm in the presence of one of the powerful people in the biscuit world I habitually put in a plea to bring back the Chocolate Gariballdi. So far there is no sign of this happening.
|Dear Nicey, |
As one who fondly remembers the launch of the Breakaway ("nudge, nudge, wink, wink...") all those years ago, I'm sure the digestive innards have changed.
Tasting one now there seems to be a taste of coconut in there somewhere, which I'm sure wasn't in the original. Has anyone else noticed this?
Also, whilst writing, I got given some Peruvian biscuits and I put them somewhere safe, planning secret munching and a possible review for you.
Imagine my horror to find that ''Er Indoors' had found and scofffed them. Not only that, but she said she didn't enjoy them anyway!
|Nicey replies: Vic,
I'm sure that the digestive was much more Digestive like in Breakaways of old, it seems a little derivaive now but I wouldn't go as far as saying coconuty, although I haven't had one in a while.
As for your Peruvian biscuits this is the eternal problem suffered by those of us who thirst for biscuit knowledge, and I've seen it happen time and time again. They get eaten by the other half, and then they give you a hard time for getting in some strange biscuits that they don't like. One of the benefits of running NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown is that Wifey now actually observes and respects my review biscuits and holding tins. Unless of course I have more than one packet of something then its open season.
Fox's Butter Crinkle Crunch Review
|Dear Nicey, Wifey and YMoS,|
I have recently discovered that the office in which I work appears to exist in its own separate pocket of the universe, a pocket in which the usual rules of food decomposition do not apply. I am not sure whether to rejoice or be scared, and so I wanted to consult you on the matter.
You see, some time ago my boss bought me two packets of biscuits to have with my office-time cuppa (and you'll agree that this was kind when I tell you that he doesn't really bother with a cuppa, or biscuits, himself). Now as I've been doing my very best lately to get a bit slimmer (the lot of so many a female), I've been watching my intake of all things sweet, biscuits included. Thus I have stretched out the two packets for what I think is something like a month. The extraordinary thing is that despite a whole month passing, the biscuits are lasting really, really well. Incredibly so, given that they are not getting any special preservation treatment; they are not in any kind of Tupperware or tin box, they're just sitting on a shelf. I haven't even been giving them any special folding-the-packet-and-securing-with-a-peg treatment as I've seen my aunty do. Just a very light twisting of the empty part of the packet, which I believe is fairly standard.
Despite the lack of preservation efforts, there is barely any softening of the biscuits. One of the packets is Tesco's own-brand Ginger Nuts, and while the one I have just eaten is ever-so-slightly softer than a brand-new one, it is still much harder than a normal biscuit, which is what one comes to expect of a Ginger Nut. Bear in mind that this was the one off the top of the packet! Imagine the ones below! Stranger still is the other packet, which I'd been led to believe from your reviews, is a biscuit that can go stale extremely quickly - Fox's Butter Crunch Crinkle. A month old, and I swear to you, they retain full crunch. What, in the name of all things good, is going on??
I am obviously delighted that I don't have to throw any biscuits out (Heaven forfend!) and that I can still enjoy them after all this time, but I'm a bit confused by it and starting to wonder if I should be freaking out. I'm certainly racking my brain to come up with an explanation. This being Ireland, it goes without saying that the weather is not exactly tropical, and coldness probably helps preservation, but I don't think this explains it, so I hoped you would have some thoughts. Perhaps you know something I don't, e.g. that the biscuit manufacturers are going to town lately on the preservatives?
After that, my only thought is that it is something to do with my boss. My biscuits are not the only thing odd in the office - the other is that my boss is actually very nice, which I am fairly sure is quite a unique phenomenon. Not only did he buy me biscuits, he's also prone to saying things like "well it's Friday evening, you might as well scarper home a couple of hours early if you like". Amazing. I'm beginning to suspect that two such odd phenomena, in the one office, must be related - that the utter bizarre-ness of someone's boss being nice has thrown the Universe into confusion, a confusion which has manifested itself in everlasting biscuits.
What do you think?
Yours in confusion,
|Nicey replies: Dear Mrs Viscount,
Indeed it is very odd that your Butter Crinkle Crunch are not going all limp. There must be some powerful dehumidifying going on in your office possibly due to over-zealous air conditioning. Normally such dry air is a bit unpleasant as it actually dehydrates the people working in it. As you are in Ireland perhaps the very high tea intake you'll no doubt have and residual Irish weather permeating your attire protects you from this.
As for your Boss he probably want's to go home early too. Either that or he is an alien with some strange need for the moisture harvested from Irish people. Its probably the first thing though.