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||Alan Smith is probably reminiscing about 'Thruppenny', a foil-wrapped biscuit exactly as described from our old friends Burton's. The name came, unsurprisingly, from the price that it was sold at, and it was a staple product of many a school tuck-shop. The snag was that with a name like 'Thruppenny', it was very difficult to ever take a price increase without destroying one of the brand characteristics, ie its name. So it was discontinued. It re-emerged in the early 1980's with a new name 'Bingo!', but never caught on and was discontinued again. The name 'Bingo!' was re-used on an aerated chocolate countline that can still be found lurking on the lesser-shopped reaches of the chocolate biscuit fixture.|
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|Nicey replies: Once again Biscuit Man comes up with the goods. And yes watch out for me on Richard and Judy tomorrow 5/6/2003.|
My wife and I both remember from our childhood's a fully chocolate covered wheatmeal digestive biscuit that came individually wrapped in blue and silver foil (red and silver for the plain chocolate version). I used to be able to buy one during break-time at primary school.
Does anyone else remember these, if so can you remember what they were called and who made them?
Most importantly of all, can you still buy them?
PS. We're not talking Viscounts here.
|Nicey replies: Yes that definitely stirs my memory, but not enough to remember what they were.
||Re: biscuit dilemma|
Hello, thank God I found your site, just as I was beginning to give up hope. I am sure someone can help me track down the elusive, but delicious, fruit Shrewsbury biscuit. These biscuits have it all, from a lovely crunch to the health-giving fruit cleverly mixed in. In fact it could probably qualify as one of the 5 portions of fruit & veg we need each day!
Anyhow, the only place I know to get 'em is on board First Great Western trains, and this is getting expensive. So-called "Supermarkets" are no use, although I am also partial to the humble digestive.
Please, please, can anyone help? And it IS my birthday!
I can only echo David Branton's sentiments with regard to Royal Scot biscuits. I distinctly remember eagerly anticipating sitting down to afternoon tea at 4 o'clock with a cup of tea and some Royal Scot biscuits - lovely and buttery. My Mum even kept them in a separate tin from the other biscuits (which were considered inferior - even bourbons!).
I assume you have high level contacts within the McVities organisation given your elevated postion in the biscuit world - can we start a campaign to bring back Royal Scot? My Mum always said that they were eaten by Her Majesty the Queen - hence the name. Is this true?
Eagerly awaiting any RS news,
|Nicey replies: Your Mum could well be right. I expect the Queen is always getting offered biscuits of one sort or another, on a plate with a doily probably. You wouldn't want to offer Royalty a chocolate covered biscuit as that would be vulgar and would make a mess of the Queens gloves. Something with fruit in might cause an incident similar to when the Queen Mum got fish bones stuck in her throat. So a refined sort of shortbread would be ideal as a regal nibble.|
||I used to and visit my auntie, and have a nice cup of tea. She used to get out Royal Scott biscuits which were really nice, sweet and a bit salty. Anyway I have not seen any in the shops for ages. Are they still available? Please let me know.|
|Nicey replies: I've not seen them for years, but I think they were made by McVities.