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||Dear Nicey and Co|
We will be despatching our younger daughter (aged 14) to the Cantabria area of Spain (Northern coastline) in a few weeks' time, and wondered whether there were any interesting biscuits she could look out for? She visited Washington last October, and returned with a suitcase almost entirely filled with different types of Oreo cookies (including a variety with double-thickness filling). Obviously there will be a distinct lack of nice cups of tea, which she will be unhappy about. Do any of your esteemed correspondents have any suggestions?
Many thanks in anticipation
PS: Had a very nice cup of tea made with fresh goats' milk the other day at a friend's goat farm. The choccy biscuits provided made an admirable accompaniment, apart from when they started to melt in the sun!
|Nicey replies: Alison,
Well everything I've ever had from Spain has been truly grim, so really I just hope hope she survives the episode with out too much biscuit trauma. If she finds something passable to eat in the way of biscuits that would be a major find indeed and worthy of further study.
I'm pleased to hear you know somebody with a goat farm. Wifey and I were once surrounded by goats whilst cycling in France, and I feared for the baguette strapped to the back of my bike, as I ploughed through them. Afterwards I thought that I may never experience that particular emotion (goat bread stealing fear on a bike) ever again.
I'm slightly miffed I don't have a goat icon.
||Thought you may be interested to know that in my local Sainsbury's I recently came across what was to all intents and purposes a Dundee biscuit. Made in the instore bakery, the biscuit had the same taste (so far as I can remember, it must be 15 years since I last had a genuine Dundee) texture, and ability of the chocolate to melt onto your fingers as soon as you pick it up. The only thing that was missing was the Dundee branding across the biscuit, not enough to diminish my enjoyment. The biscuit cost 70p. Quite expensive for a single biscuit, but well worth every penny for a trip down memory lane.|
what ever happened to Cadburys animal biscuits-does any one know if they
still sell them?
|Nicey replies: Well all the Cadbury's stuff is made by Burton's foods and they still make Cadbury's animals. However, present day animal biscuits aren't really comparable to those of old. Todays, are in mini-format in snack bags. The biscuit is quite dark for a shortcake. Old style Animal biscuits came in a box, the animals were proper zoo/circus type ones rendered in a rich pale shortbread. The chocolate had a distinctive wavy piped pattern, and I considered them to be a delicacy.
|Hello there Nicey.|
If that subject header didn't attract your attention, I don't know what will. Yes. Yes, the long lost Hobnob 'bar'.
I'm not sure of exactly when this McVitie hybrid made it's debut, but I have fond memories of holidaying in Cornwall and buying them individually for 12p a pop. And I was hooked.
1986 was the year, and it's one for the books - McVitie's had only gone and created an oblong Hobnob biscuit which was perfect for both sandwiching a butter-cream-like filling and having itself wrapped in a milk chocolate coating. The wrapper was blue and, if my memory serves me right, was a precursor to the then non existent milk chocolate covered Hobnob which we today accept as normal teabreak practice.
Now, I know this all happened 18 years ago, and some of my 'facts' may be childish fiction but, damn it, I can't forget how good they were - they must have been; I clearly remember a 'six pack' lasting only ten seconds at home.
It was one of the best summers of my youth. And every now and then I stop and wonder what in the world what became of them.
Nicey. Maybe I haven't looked properly on your site, but I can't find reference to them. It's like they never existed. And I know they did (they're no doubt to blame for any one of my habitual/ritualistic
tendencies). So maybe you could help me.
What did happen to them? Can you remember them and, (one can only dream) are they still available anywhere in the world?
Whatever you do, don't mention 'Gold Bars'.
Same holiday, same emotions, different biscuit.
FYI: This may be irrelevant, but I also came back from this holiday with a maverick chocolate bar (a little off the biscuit tracks, I know) by Cadbury, called a 'Spira'. They never appeared in my hometown of Colchester for a few years, so I wonder if Cornish folk had something over us East Anglians?
|Nicey replies: Ahh in 1986 I was destitute having recently graduated from University, so these HobNob bars were probably a bit too extravagant for me. At the time I think I was subsisting on Gingernuts and Digestives. Still they do sound vaguely familiar. As for Spiras they seemed like flakes that had suffered some kind of melting accident and didn't seem to me to advance the state of the art. You can still get Gold bars though last time I looked.|
Lidl's Choco Softies Review
|Your piccie of a Lidl's Choco Softie has tormented me all week so I wended my way to Derby's Lidl's and fitted me up with said confection. What can I say? Well, 12 for 99p is excellent value although by Lidl standards they are flippin' expensive. |
So, here's my thoughts? What are they? They are certainly not biscuits, nor cakes nor whatever.
And how should one eat them? I have the luxury of living alone so my eating technique (now scoffed 6 of 'em) is still in development. However, the choco shell is thin and tends to melt under your finger tips. It also splits in the manner of a Magnum so there is plenty of catching of cracked chocolate. The white fluffy bit gives the old tongue a work out (snickering, once more at the marketing idiot who named them Dickmans....) and the tiny wafer disk at the bottom is a lovely ending. The remaining 6 are in my fridge - I think they are probably at their best when served chilled.
As I am on a Weightwatcher's diet and the packet does not contain calorie or fat information I determined they were, to all intents and purposes, calorie and fat free. And that's my story when I get weighed tonight (and come home and scoff at least another).
Still does answer the question - what are they?
|Nicey replies: Trina,
Your pragmatic approach to calorie counting is an inspiration.