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||Dear Nicey and the Wife,|
Iím glad to see that you have finally turned your attentions toward the doughnut which has been under represented on your site for some time.
Doughnuts are nut just something to have with a cup of tea (or coffee if you are American), but can be a good source of entertainment when things get a bit dull in the office.
Games such as eating a doughnut without licking your lips or a challenge to see who can polish off a bag of 10 doughnuts in the shortest time are, Iím sure, enjoyed by many people across the entire country.
I was recently informed of a new (to me at least) way to add an extra dimension to doughnut consumption.† The method is to take a jam doughnut (chocolate or custard doughnuts will do just as well) and locate the hole through which the filling was added.† Next, insert the nozzle of a squirty cream can into the hole and fill the doughnut to capacity.† The doughnut is now ready to eat.
Make sure that you use a doughnut of reasonable quality, some of the cheaper ones will give under pressure and the cream will squirt out through holes or cracks in the doughnut surface.† You should also use the thick squirty cream as the light version can be a bit watery.
|Nicey replies: Morning Keith,
Personally I can take or leave a Doughnut, even a really good one. However, re-inflating them with squirty cream does seem like a harmless passtime, providing its done in an environment high in wipe clean surfaces, perhaps the bath.
||Have you any information on the existence/availability of mug cosies? I like to drink my tea from a large mug (less trips to the kitchen) but hate having to wolf it all down before it gets too cold.|
yours in tea,
|Nicey replies: Well the purists would say get a pot and a cozy, others may simply point you at some of the new breeds of thermal cups like the one Adam acquired from Starbucks of all places
I'll leave it to your own conscience which one you pursue.
Bahlsen Orange Choco Leibniz Review
I was flabberghastered yesterday when I popped into my local Tesco (North London) and saw that Bahlsen's Choco Leibnitz are on offer at half price until May 17th. I snapped up several of the boxes at 62p a go.
Of course, I refuse to buy the orange version until it comes with dark chocolate. (A person's mouth can only take so much sugar).
Ginger Nut Review
|I have only lately come across your brilliant site, so I have probably missed a debate on this - here goes anyway. Has anyone else decided that the re-stlyed McVitie's gingernut isn't a patch on the old one? I bought some from Tesco the other week, and they were more like the original McVitie's one than their new style, which is now flat-topped instead of 'ingrained' with 'cracks', and has a blandness previously bettered by its slight spice. When at college I used to dip these into Newcastle Brown Ale - a sweet and yet slightly spicey snack!|
Matt Hewison, Epsom
|Nicey replies: McVities moved production of the Gingernut up to Carlisle in September of last year, and to my knowledge the Gingernut remained unaltered. However the flooding at the factory in January meant that production was shut down, and as we recently reported the factory was still only running at 20% capacity. Biscuits from other sites have been brought to Carlisle for wrapping as they await the reopening of their own lines. I think we can expect some irregularities as the situation gradually returns to normal.|
Marks and Spencer Dunking Cookies Review
I'm from Britain but I live in California, so I like to keep up with current events back home with your website. Anyway, I saw your Biscuit of the Week review about dunking cookies from M&S and I thought: Hello, cookies, dunking, I've seen that before somewhere ... and I had -- there's a chain called Trader Joe's around here that's sold these for a while now. From the suspiciously similar design and packaging, I think they might be one and the same. (Plus, the "cookie" thing is a bit of a give-away.)
Photos of same
|Nicey replies: Looks like a case of parallel evolution to me, as they are similar but not identical. It does, however, call into question the M&S claim to be the world's first cookie designed for dunking, which seemed a little presumptuous.
Oh nice mug by the way.