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Doubtless you are on top of this piece of breaking news, but my panic is such that I cannot wait for a posting from your good self, and so am e-mailing you in a state of urgent breathlessness.
I, along with many other keen followers of the biscuit world, have noticed the change in packaging on boxes of Family Circle (surely the populists choice of selection box). However, has anyone noticed the subtle, indeed unreferred to, change in content? The Orange Cream biscuit has disappeared from the box altogether! Previously two of these citrus beauties could be found on each layer, bringing a total of 4 in each box (a handsome total, to be sure, but still not enough to satisfy all at the society. Along with their berry-based cousin and all-time classic, the Jammie Dodger, the Orange Cream was always first to disappear at the society's gatherings).
Is this a temporary change, or due to a rogue batch? That would be serious enough, but if you were to confirm the complete withdrawal of this satisfying and hugely underrated biscuit, my devastation would be such that I may be forced to consider my position.
This leads me to ask several questions: On what legal basis can a company simply delete a much-cherished biscuit from a selection pack? Surely some kind of tribute would have been appropriate? Most importantly of all however- why the Orange Cream? There is a coconut-based monstosity of a biscuit that has survived in the Family Circle for many years, much to my bewilderment (this is surely favoured by only the most avid dunker).
The attitude of Family Circle's manufacturers toward the heartless betrayal of this core member of it's selection pack is mystifying, and disappointing. I intend to table a motion to the society to withdraw our support for the Family Circle with immediate effect. Any light you could shed on this disturbing and perplexing issue would be most welcome.
I'm going for a lie down.
Acting Host-in-Chief (while the wife is pregnant)
Bristol Guild of Biscuits Appreciation Society (North West and Westbury-on-Trym Division)
Founded 1996 (at Dave's house)
|Nicey replies: Geoff,
The orange cream is indeed a rare and much underrated biscuit. However I did encounter a triple pack of cream biscuits, in Iceland (not the country) about 2 years ago containing Orange Creams, unfortunately there was a pack of Coconut creams keeping them company.
||When at home I've been using very large tea cups, you know the really big wide ones, for years, and I think the tea in said cups cools at just the right pace for sustained tea enjoyment. Infact when I visit my parents or other old people and am offered tea in traditional "tea cups" I sometimes|
defer. (I do note that some older tea cups do have a splayed flange or rim which I believe was an early attempt at what modern day big tea cups are so good at.) I have also noticed that tea served on trains (Great Western/Penzance line)in those tall ribbed plastic cups stand NOT A CHANCE
at proper heat dispersal. (Hot enough to blister your lips for a frustrating 15 minutes then stone cold all of a sudden. Well within 5 minutes anyway.) I might add that Great Western sell a bloody good 4 pack of Fruit Shrewsbury biscuits however, even they're a little delicate for dunking.
The Germans are bloody good at biscuits aren't they.
|Nicey replies: Yes we are hearing good things about the Fruit Shrewsburys on trains.
As for the Germans I find them a bit fixated on Ginger and Spice in their biscuits which is fine just a bit samey. Still I've only been there once so what do I know.
||Re: biscuit dilemma|
Hello, thank God I found your site, just as I was beginning to give up hope. I am sure someone can help me track down the elusive, but delicious, fruit Shrewsbury biscuit. These biscuits have it all, from a lovely crunch to the health-giving fruit cleverly mixed in. In fact it could probably qualify as one of the 5 portions of fruit & veg we need each day!
Anyhow, the only place I know to get 'em is on board First Great Western trains, and this is getting expensive. So-called "Supermarkets" are no use, although I am also partial to the humble digestive.
Please, please, can anyone help? And it IS my birthday!
After unanimously voting the Garibaldi the title of 'Most Underated Biscuit', my colleagues and I inevitably moved on to the link between the biscuit and the Italian hero of 19th century liberal nationalism. Here things became more fractious as two rival theories emerged. The first that
Guiseppe Garibaldi instructed his cook to create a robust, lightweight, durable and high energy foodstuff for an army on the march and the second that an english biscuit manufacturer created the biscuit to celebate Garibaldi's visit to London. My questions to you are therefore:
1. What is the true link between liberator and biscuit ?
2. Are you sure you have spelled Garibaldi correctly in your review ?
3. Is it true that the Garibaldi is the only biscuit certified for space
travel by NASA ?
4. As the Garibaldi is dead fly biscuit and the eccles cake is dead fly pie,
are they somehow related and why are we calling a cake a pie (or vice versa)
Must rush as my tea seems to have cooled.
|Nicey replies: 1) Don't know the interweb didn't help me much either
2) I'm sure I spelt it incorrectly as most people tell me that
3) No I think the fig roll is cleared for use in zero G
4) Yes they are related, and you called it a pie not me
||CAN I HAVE A NICE CUP OF TEA AND A BANANA PLEASE NICEY? JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I WOULDN'T BE BREAKING ANY RULES.|
|Nicey replies: Of course, as you're pregnant you have a license to eat anything at any time and I'm sure biscuits will get a look in at some point.
When the Wife was pregnant with younger member of staff No 1, she had a big Spinach craving, and I was sent to get the only Spinach growing in the garden, a gnarly looking specimen which randomly had appeared from some compost placed under the privet bushes in the front garden. This was boiled up and she had it on toast, Hoorah!