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||Please help me restore my reputation, so I can show my work colleagues that I'm not a fantasist. Growing up in the Midlands in the 50s/60s I am absolutely positive that my mum used to buy - loose from Woolworths in Mansfield, I think - digestive biscuits that had a mild pineapple flavour. I used to love them, but I can't imagine why . Anyone else out there remember them ? Please put me out of my misery. Best wishes - Mary Evans|
|Nicey replies: Mary,
Luckily for you I just had an email from Peter Gilbert who out of the blue said "One biscuit that I can recall from my youth in the mid '50's, was a digestive type of biscuit, I recall it being a little larger than the general digestives then available, but flavoured with and marked out like pineapple. Suited my sweet tooth!"
||Hi Nicey and Wifey,|
Just wanted your feedback on adults eating the Farleys Rusk, still a big biscuit by any standards and obviously huge to a child.
When i was a baby, apparently i was a little overweight (lost it is a teen but by god it's back now!) and had to be put on the sugar free variety. But i still remember how delicious they were as biscuits, and how rank they were when mushed.
Skip 16 years and me and a bunch of my friends in sixth form used to buy a box of rusks at lunchtime, and sit and munch away. I recall how wonderfull they tasted and how i could pretend with all the vitamins in them i was actually doing myself some good.
Now i'm not saying we should have them with tea (although they could be quite good dunkers) but i think your readers should try them again. I think they are fab.
What are your thoughts? Is it a biscuit? Should they be for babies only?
All the best
|Nicey replies: Personally I view the Rusk as a training biscuit. Obviously some people require more training than others. Curiously the younger members of staff required no training what so ever. As to if they should be for babies only, I think that is a matter for an individuals conscience, unless of course you are actually in some way stealing them from babies, which would be a bit out of order.
Actually I've never understood that expression 'easy as stealing candy from a baby'. I recall when one of the younger members of staff got hold of Wifey's box of handmade Belgan Chocolates, I had a hell of job rescuing the remains and it took a couple of j-clothes and a bath to clean up the mess.
Wagon Wheel Review
My Mother-in-law was born and bred near the Burton’s factory in South Wales. She tells of the time that she took a holiday job in the factory working on the Wagon Wheels production line. A huge Italian man was responsible for topping-up the container of the gooey middle bit, once he had poured out as much as he could he would wipe around the inside of his bowl with his very hairy arms and flick the extra into the container supplying the production line. My Mother-in-law has never eaten a Wagon Wheel since. I wonder how many biscuits contained a black hair?
|Nicey replies: All part of their unique charm. I'm still rating the new ones highly though.|
McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive Review
|Dear Nicey and co,|
The amazing response to this poll is clear evidence (if evidence were needed) that the Great British biscuit eating public has a mind of its own – what do we care that McVities say the chocolate is on the bottom of the biscuit, in our hearts and minds, we know they are wrong. I mean, just saying something is a particular thing does not make it so, if that were the case, I would be 5’8”, when in fact the tale of the tape reveals that I am actually a smidge under 5’3”!
I don’t know about anyone else, but it feels quite British and a little subversive to disagree with major public companies in this manner – the public has spoken – the chocolate is on the top!
McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive Review
|Dear Nicey and Wifey,|
As an English tea drinking addict marooned in deepest Pennsylvania [due to husband's job] it was a delight to discover your website detailed in a precious copy of the Sunday Times brought over to me from deal old blighty. Tea and biscuits in hillbilly country here are virtually non-existent and we rely on friends to bring these necessities to us in bulk when they visit. There are one or two small shops scattered over this vast country that sell UK goods at vastly inflated prices so I can survive to a degree - I have been known to pay $6 for a small packet of Choc Digestives...consumed in one go I might add. The yanks don't do biscuits - they do cookies which are vile. We can buy 'British' tea here but you know, it doesn't taste the same - it's all down to the water I think. Reading your article on kettles made me chuckle as well - it took me months to find one here as everyone drinks coffee and use percolators. So enjoy your tea and biscuits and give a thought to us folk over here who are deprived of these basics!