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|I have never seen a Nice Cream before and I had a quick look on your site to see if it was something you had reported.|
The Nice were revealed in a Tesco triple-pack alongside a packet of Custard Creams and a pack of Malted Milk.
I am not a fan of the Nice biscuit as I don't like desiccated coconut, I dislike the flavour and the way the little bits stick in the teeth. However, in the name of research I had to have a taste. The biscuit was familiar, and unpleasant, but the cream was difficult to place, soft and fluffy but not very coconutty which was a relief.
I am not adverse to a little experimentation and I am sure Nice fans will be delighted with the innovation. However, this is the second time in a week that I have experienced the phenomenon of biscuits changing shape for the convenience of packaging. The Nice was reduced to the proportions of a Custard Cream to suit the packaging- again I'm not too upset about the fate of the Nice. However, last week I experienced the same shape tampering with the Bourbon Cream which was most unwelcome. The bourbons in question lasted way longer than usual simply because people were not happy with the shape.
I have attached a photo of the Nice Cream.
PS I have been a huge fan of the site for a while now and finally, after some serious hinting, I have the book (a valentines present- paperback so I clearly under performed this year) and mug (a birthday present from work). Keep up the good work.
|Nicey replies: Hi Will,
I like the moody backlighting on that Nice-cream. Although I think it might have a case of small dog/man syndrome making up for its small size by being all fighty and short tempered. Notice its rudimentary attempts at bearing its name, a bit like a home made tattoo. Also its sugar crystals are a bit sparse and haphazard like most of them have been knocked off in a fight with a bigger biscuit, possibly those malted milks.
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One theory which you have omitted to mention is that the mice running the biscuit machines have taken their annual holiday, or maybe gone on strike (after all no one else is satsified with a below-inflation pay rise, so why should they be?) The biscuit machine in Bagpuss was run by mice, and I won't have anyone telling me that iconic TV programmes from my childhood aren't true. Admittedly this machine made chocolate biscuits rather than fig rolls, but I'm sure the original design could be tweaked to produce whatever biscuit you wanted. Or the mice wanted, which could be a different thing entirely.
|Nicey replies: Good reasoned thinking, however, the mice in Bagpuss were a dodgy bunch and were not really making Chocolate Biscuits out of Butter Beans. They kept producing the same chocolate biscuit from round the back over and over again. They probably pinched this too. (I go into this in some depth in our book)
BTW Bagpuss has just won a poll or something You can see the mice in the picture. They look a bit shifty, I think its the eyes.
Been temping for a very nice firm of solicitors who put their staff’s cuppa needs at the heart of the operation. As such they have a seriously good brew station with as fine a mix of teas and coffees as you could imagine. I found a small sachet of Chai and report thusly: if you brew a really weak cup of black tea, dunked a ginger nut for not longer than disintegration, you would still get a better cuppa than the muck I drank. Ugh. Won’t be drinking another one I can tell you!
PS Why isn’t the fig crunch headline news?
|Nicey replies: Don't know why the Fig crisis isn't making the mainstream news. Maybe SKY would go with it if there was some kind of riot as a consequence of Fig Roll shortages. Given the scant coverage of the GingerNut / Morning Coffee crisis of 2006 I don't hold out much hope.|
I stumbled across your website today, and while at first, I really couldn't be bothered looking, I felt this urge of curiosity creep in and thought, oh what the hell, what’s the worst that could happen? I actually quite liked your site, refreshingly amusing and fun to read after a mind bogglingly boring and repetitive day at my desk in work.
I particularly liked your statement to spelling geeks!
As to your tea policy, tad disappointed, tea experts you might be, but please please please, milk first, THEN tea (show some dedication to the cause and pour the water onto a RAISED tea bag (and your fingers while holding the tea bag aloft) or better still, just use leaf tea in a pot and strain it into a cup with milk already in it! Ceramic, before you ask. Canadians have a thing for using tin tea pots - philistines! ;-)
Ok, not I am sounding like a geek (a mad tea geek, I can’t spell for toffee!).
All fun aside, I really liked clicking through your website, it was written with great humor – thank you
Good work, and keep it up!
|Nicey replies: Fighting our corner I think pouring water over a tea bag to rinse the tea from it is definitely errant and slightly dangerous behaviour as tea needs steeping not washing.
Other than that ideological difference we seem to be on good terms and thanks for dropping by.
Please - we need your help asap. We are sitting in the office with lots of different fruit tea options... We went for camomile, honey and vanilla and that has put us slightly over the edge! What is your take on fruit teas - where should we go from here?!
Yours in anticipation
|Nicey replies: Our advice is to stop mucking about and have a proper cup of tea.|