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||Does anyone apart from me consider crunchy (the uninitiated would say "stale") Jaffa cakes far superior to the mushy spongy ones you get straight out of the pack? And does anyone know of any reliable technique to help elevate them from tiny pointless squishy cake to lovely crispy biscuit|
without melting the chocolate? All (sensible) advice welcome.
||Being a society devoted to having a little smackeral of something, we were pleased to discover your site. We bears of little brain have had a little difficulty finding the hunny, but we did find all the biscuits...|
...oh yes, and biscuits of course.
we therefore thought you might be interested to learn about our biscuit league. At each of our weekly meetings we are putting two of the finest biscuits available in a head to head competition against each other. Their aim is to pleasure the tastebuds of our members more than any other biscuit (although other factors like dunkability have to be taken into consideration too, because they are ultimately important). At the end of the meeting we vote on which we thought was best and it goes into the next round. The current league table is on our website.
Also you may appreciate the letter we sent to McVitie;s (and the reply we got back) a couple of years ago concerning Jaffa cakes and Hobnobs. This was the main inspiration for our current league.
Yours in tea, cakes and biscuits
|Nicey replies: Owen,
Being based in the same city as your seat of learning, I'd be interested to know where you're are getting those 'Sprout Biscuits' which you plan to eat in your head to head heats.
|MessRoom P2 South Croydon
||We at the London Ambulance Service have recently discovered your site and were amazed to find other people with the same love of biscuits that we have. After extensive research we have found that you can apply psychology to groups of the community and guess their favourite biscuit. People generally fall into 3 groups these are...|
There is also another group of philistines who always say "Jaffa Cakes" this usually results in an explanation that theJaffacake though tasty is not a biscuit but a cake. If they still continue to complain we then take actions to remove them from the Ambulance.
We have also invented an exciting new game which involves gaining biscuits from various households that we go to and then awarding points for biscuits gained, e.g. rich tea 1 point and the Garibaldi is a mighty 10 points due to its rarity with the general public. Bonus points are awarded for Mcvities branding.
Thanks for what you have done for us
W.H. Warlord and R. Mellie.
|Nicey replies: Its good to know that Ambulance service have such a well grounded and common sense approach to biscuits. I'm pleased to see that you hold the Garibaldi in such high regard.|
|A T Lewney
not sure if this has been debated before, or not, but do eccles cakes have ANY essential cake type components? surely like so many others (jaffa cakes et al) they fall in the misty region between cake and .... ummm well who knows, i disagree with the cake icon, perhaps a more fruity icon for those things with high fruit content (fig rolls, some flap jakes, but primarliy eccleses) could be brought about?
a matter for consideration
|Nicey replies: The Eccles cake is essentially a small fruit pie, and as such is a member of the cake kingdom. The fruit icon can be used against such things that merit it. However, I might need reminding from time to time to use it.|
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.