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My husband just bought the soundtrack to “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.” As you probably know, Hob-Nobs are mentioned in the liner notes of the CD, as being an important part of the creative process necessary to write the unforgettably lilting opening song “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.”
Being American, we didn’t know exactly what a HobNob was, although I guessed that it might be a popular British candy. Fifteen seconds into our google search on the VERY FIRST link I clicked on, you folks provided us with not simply an accurate definition of this delicious-sounding cookie, but an actual life-sized photo. I call that “instant gratification.”
Thanks for doing what you do. Cookie lovers everywhere are grateful. This is what the internet was invented for, no question!
|Nicey replies: Yes a rousing Hoorah! for the internet. Now you need to get hold of some HobNobs and a big mug of proper tea to complete your research.
Animal Biscuits Multireview Review
|Seeing your review of animal-shaped biscuits brought back fond memories of the Barnum animal ‘crackers’ of my youth in the good ol’ US of A. I 'm sure the animals inside were secondary to the play value of the box, and I even remember giving a box with my own homemade cardboard animals inside as a birthday gift one year! I have no memory of anticipating the scoffing of the crackers, or at least not until they had been thoroughly mangled and softened in my sweaty little hands and there was nothing better to be done with them. I’m sure they taste vile, as do most of the manufactured biscuits in the US that I have eaten when I visit friends and rellies over there; it's always disappointing to find the foods that you loved as a child are actually quite horrible. With the sterling exception of Fig Newtons of course!|
In reference to John Osmotherly's message to you on Malaysian wafer biscuit.
If it is the wafer I know. Yes, that's the way they are. I don't 'eat' them like a snack. My family don't eat them at all. I remember playing with them when I was a kid. We, the kids will stick them onto our lips or tongue. Then showed one another like we did something really 'smart'. Then maybe eat them or spit them out. Or we will put a bunch in our mouth and 'crash' them in our mouths then start talking with our mouths open and all the pieces will 'fly' out and mess the other person up. We thought it was funny. I still think it is funny .... LOL.
Mr Osmotherly, I'm sorry you had such a bad experience. There are a LOT of good tasty biscuits in Malaysia that you can simply pick up anywhere. The one that I especially enjoyed is the peanut biscuit. They are similar to the peanut butter cookies in America but these have more peanut taste to it because they are not made from peanut butter but grinded peanuts. They are shaped like a ball with a small piece (quarter) of real peanut in the middle. The best ones are the ones that melts in your mouth. You will find a lot of these during Chinese New Year season (January and February).
|Nicey replies: Annie,
It's not very nice to play with your food.
My husband and I went to see Acorn Antiques the musical last weekend - screamingly funny!
Just thought you might be interested to know that in the souvenir programme, each of the stars was asked to name their favourite biscuit. They were:
Victoria Wood: plain Digestive dunked in tea
Julie Walters: Garibaldi
Celia Imrie: Langue du Chat
Duncan Preston: Jaffa Cakes
Sally Ann Triplett: Fox's Golden Crunch
Josie Lawrence: Choc-chip cookie dunked in hot
builder's tea (hot tea or hot builder I'm not sure!)
Neil Morrissey: Fox's Crinkle Crunch Creams
That's got to be worth mentioning somewhere on your site, surely!
|Nicey replies: My mate Ray has always insisted that Julie Walters is his Aunty, something to do with being married to his Dad's brother or something.
Animal Biscuits Multireview Review
Have just logged in to my pc and given that my homepage is set to nicecupoftea and that I have two children under 5yrs old, I was immediately distracted by your Animal Biscuits review. I must say that I totally agree with you about the Cadbury's ones. I remember a far grander version of this biscuit from my own childhood and, having all too easily succumbed to the refrain "can we get some of those Mum?", have been disappointed by the incarnation that's around today. They don't seem to be nearly so big, well defined in their animalness or as chocolatey as I remember. Still, the children like them though even they can't recognise some of the animals and I don't think that's anything to do with their development stage! As for the Barnum's Animals Crackers, I haven't yet come across these but after your review don't feel that the children, or myself for that matter, are missing out.
Anyway, I digress, what I really wanted to mention was a friend recently brought them a packet of animal biscuits from M&S which are lovely and which they have devoured with relish. They look to me, very much like the Bahlsen ones in your review, great shape and taste and are definitely very moreish, I know 'cause I snaffled a few myself! Can you confirm whether they are from the same manufacturer?
Ps. I recently contacted you about Fox's Gingers. I took your advice and bought a pack of M&S ones - they were spot on! Soon after that I found a packet of the Fox's ones; they have changed the packet, it is now green (British Racing?) and the biscuit is largely the same, or should I say small-ly as it has certainly decreased in diameter!
|Nicey replies: Yes its a shame about those Animal Crackers, I really did want to like them especially given the success of the Graham Crackers with us. To be fair to them and through no fault of their own they were a couple of weeks past their best by date, which is not good for any biscuit let alone a shortcake style one. I would be prepared to give them another crack in the future. What I did find interesting was how similar the designs were between the Bahlsen and Nabisco biscuits were in terms of how the animals were facing and their postures.
I would need to investigate a pack of the M&S biscuits to make a judgement. The clincher in these situations apart from the appearance, taste and packaging is often the ingredients list. This runs in descending proportions from greatest to least, and acts a bit like a biscuit fingerprint. If this is the same and has some fairly exotic ingredients such 'sweetened whey powder' as in the Bahlsen ones then its fairly conclusive evidence. It's also much more fun than simply asking them which is cheating really