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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
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|Hello Mr. Nicey,|
I have just had a dig through your archive and found the “Tim Tam vs Penguin” debate.
After living in London for several years, I do have to say that co-workers who tried to convert me to penguins were unsuccessful. Whilst they are pleasant enough (if tim tams aren’t immediately at hand), for me it is still like comparing pot noodles to a lovely home cooked lamb roast. National pride (being Australian myself) has nothing to do with it. The flavour is simply superior in a tim tam.
As a little bit of an update, I thought you might like to know that there has been (yet another) product extension on the range. Amongst the several new flavours available in Melbourne, I saw black forest. According to people that I have spoken to, this is one of the best flavours they have released to date.
Also, to throw a slight spanner in the works over this debate, my lovely wife, who hails from distant New Zealand shores, introduced me to chit chats (produced by Griffin’s). Looking a tad fancier than either penguins or chit chats, they have a zig-zag chocolate line running across the top. I have tried them and reckon that they do give plain tim tams a run for their money. Unfortunately I haven’t found any shops around Melbourne that stock them.
Anyhow, keep up the good work.
|Dear Nicey ,|
I am from India and it was fabulous to see Parle G o. We eat it at office all the time . The Chaiwalla(guy who gets us tea) brings these and they are quite cheap . We just love it . Now they have made them wheat and removed refined flour from it so Parle G is more healthier too . Most of us have grown up on it . It sure is good and i having the 5 th one yummy !
|Nicey replies: Your office sounds terrific.|