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Griffins Sultana Pasties Review
|I was hoping that, given your knowledge of all things biscuit-like, you would be able to assist in tracking down a confection from my mother's New Zealand youth. She claims they were called something like 'Chocolate Raisin Pasties' and comprised a sort of pastry case filled with raisins, and the whole covered in chocolate. Apparently they were small and dunk-able, as she remembers her father indulging in this habit. Any ideas?|
|Nicey replies: Sultana pasties, follow the link to our review.|
Bahlsen Crumblys Review
|Hello again Nicey!|
Just returned from holiday to find that I'm mentioned in the September Newsletter! Yay! Delighted that the Yoda Mug Story had such a happy and successful ending...
You might be interested to know that whilst in Corfu we managed to pick up a couple of packets of the chocolate Bahlsen Crumbly's! Woo! They are fantastic - well done to the little supermarket in Kassiopi for stocking them; we were most excited to find them on the shelf! Pity they didn't have the other two flavours, but it's still a good introduction to the species!
I managed to bring a packet back for the delectation of my colleagues - although we did have to pack it in the suitcase to prevent in-flight biscuit cravings getting the better of us... I am pleased to report that the chaps in the office also heartily approved (although of course their recent rapid consumption of the weird cranberry cookies from America does suggest that they are not too choosy in the biscuit department!) and the Crumbly's disappeared pretty quickly. Looking forward to finding the other two flavours soon!
|Nicey replies: Wonderful,
If nothing else Joanna your lovely message gives me an excuse to use my Holiday icon, Woo.
Tesco's Finest Soft Eating Orange and Cranberry Cookies Review
Now here's a very strange coincidence.... my boss returned from a trip to Cape Cod this weekend, and as is customary, he brought into the office for our delectation some of the local produce - in this instance, a box of Cape Cod Cranberry Cookies. I was just tucking into one of these when I thought I would check out your site to see what was on offer for "Biscuit of the Week" and was quite spookily surprised to see that you too had been reviewing cranberry cookies!
The Cape Cod variety, unfortunately, bore little resemblance to any cookie I have previously eaten and in fact bore a marked similarity in texture and flavour to over-sweetened sawdust - no attempt here to "balance out any potentially overly sweet taste" as Tesco's evidently achieved so successfully. In fact, there were no large pieces of anything, least of all cranberry, in the cookie at all to give any degree of interest whatsoever, despite the picture on the box, to which the cookies bear no resemblance... (in fact they looked like semi-digested dog biscuit... trust me on this!) The back of the box claims that "our cookies will carry you to the clear, sunny beaches of Cape Cod, giving your senses a long deserved vacation from the average fare..." Actually, this is curiously apt, given the fact that my poor boss endured a week of continuous rain during his stay in Cape Cod last week, so in both instances the promise did not live up to the reality!
However, despite my harsh words on the subject of these cookies, the 10 chaps with whom I work researched them so thoroughly that they soon put paid to the entire contents of the box, so sadly there are now none left for me to photograph for you - you will have to be content with a picture of the empty box! It just goes to show what people will eat when there is no other choice.... Unfortunately we don't have a Tesco on Guernsey, so we can't compare the two varieties; have to see if Safeway have anything similar to offer!
I cannot believe I have only now discovered your site. What a relief to find that there are so many true and dedicated aficionados.
Last spring a friend and I walked a painful pilgrimage to the birthplace of our beloved Eccles Cake. It took us from my doorstep in Nottingham to the epicentre of cake production in Church Street, Eccles, a total of 79.3 gruelling miles in three days. During our crusade we took a vow of abstinence that no Eccles (nor any other fruit based) cake should pass our lips. On our journey we passed many heathen souls as we ventured through areas of heritical cake production (Bakewell), but we did not weaken.
The suffering was more than repayed as we sat to savour six of the finest cakes on this good earth. I lost a toe nail and Big Al several pounds in weight, but we were both richer men for it.
We're thinking of Chorley next.
Orange cream biscuits can still be bought this day in Tesco's. Unfortunately they do come in a multipack with a packet of coconut creams and bourbons but I throw thos others away and just eat the orange ones.