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|Mrs N. Mott
McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive Review
I sent the following to the Daily Mail as a contribution to Answers to Correspondents,` but it wasn’t published, so I thought I’d forward it on to you for no other reason than because I like it, and I hope you do too.
Q: What is the correct way to eat a chocolate digestive – with the chocolate side up or down?
Further to earlier answers, I find the best method is to do both, at the same time, that way you sandwich the chocolate in the middle and get a larger 'hit' of chocolate with every bite.
Alternatively, if limiting yourself to only one at a time, (or if your host is on the stingy side) then I would recommend eating it chocolate side up, making sure that you hold the biscuit with at least 3 of your fingers gripping the chocolate side, and your thumb on the digestive side.
That way, by the end of the biscuit, you should have a nice load of melted chocolate on your finger tips ready to lick off. Of course if you don't want this experience, then my advice would be to
hold the biscuit chocolate side down….
...but then you might find yourself sucking your thumb in public.
- Mrs N. Mott
|Nicey replies: Well it can only add to our stature to publish the Daily Mail's cast offs. Anyhow the subject you raise has been debated many times on NCOTAASD and we think they should be eaten choc side up and that the biscuit has its polarity or 'up-ness' inverted by the addition of chocolate. McVities tell us that they consider the biscuits up-ness to be immutable and so it is technically upside down.
As for grips we advocate holding it by the edges with the thump and first three fingers spaced at 8,11,1 and 4 o'clock positions. Eating commences from the six o'clock direction. It also leaves the little finger free for elegance, always a consideration when demolishing packs of chocolate biscuits.
Tunnocks Wafer Review
My first time on your site and I read the Tunnock's wafer review with great interest as I believe my
scottish partner Alan must have contributed considerably to the 4,000,000 consummed each week over the years. Every morning before leaving for work he makes the same packed lunch. Two cheese (extra mature cheddar) sandwiches on Warburton wholemeal bread, one banana and two plain chocolate Tunnock wafer biscuits. One for his 10.00 am break and one for his lunch at 1.00 pm. I try to get him to vary his diet - but he he says "You know where you are with a cheese sandwich and a Tunnock biscuit. I can't cope with any hassle first thing in a morning!"
|Nicey replies: You could try him with the occasional pear I suppose.|
|Mrs Ann Day
||Good afternoon Nicey,|
Love the site. Anything that keeps me off of eBay is a good thing!
Where do you sit on the subject of date slice? Is it a biscuit or a cake or something else? I have made loads of these as they go well at a cricket tea along with the jam and cream scones, chocolate cake and strong tea. I always know when to start brewing the tea....it's when my husband goes in to bat.
As an addition to my extensive cake repetoire I have invented the bakewell slice and the mincemeat and marzipan slice. Basically the same constrution as the date slice but filled with marzipan and mincemeat/jam of your choice. I especially like making them as my husband hates marzipan and I get to eat them all ;-)
On the subject of tea I have been to India on a number of occasions and they can't make tea worth a damn. what with the hot milk and boiling everything up together in a saucepan. What is it with Lipton's Yellow label tea? It seems to be all you can get in hotels. I've travelled extensively and the only hotel where it wasn't on the breakfast table was in The Dominican Republic where they served proper Twinings Breakfast tea.
|Nicey replies: Ann,
We had a discussion on this very topic not so long ago and agreed that 'slice' should be a recognised term deserving of its own circle in our mighty Venn Diagram of the baked goods world. It has the significant advantage of neatly solving the 'Flapjack dilemma' that has plagued cake biscuit taxonomy theory for years.
Of course the only problem in all of this is that I had just got the diagram looking very nice for the book and I'll have to redo it.
I got your book for Christmas. I'm glad that there's someone out there pushing forward the frontiers of english leisuretime.
I thought you might be interested to see my website. I made it a few years ago to explain the Ultimate Biscuit Combo (UBC) in all it's glory. To this day, I still draw great pleasure from the UBC, and hope that maybe others can share in my biscuit-related joy.
Continue your good and noble work
|Nicey replies: I'm assuming you choose the Sainsbury's biscuit based on its complementary diameter.
||The fig roll, my favourite biscuit of that there is no doubt. But does anyone recall Jacobs attempt at launching chocolate fig rolls? They were the normal ridged ones of the time that had been propelled through a shallow (c. 1cm?) river of milky chocolate, resulting in the bottom half of each biscuit getting coated. Ooooh! These were fantastic, I was a real fan, but they lasted only about 2-3 months, maybe 6 as I recall, living in the East Midlands of the UK at the time. My favourites now are the extrusion variety you get at large supermarkets and find they improve for a bit of drying out. |