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Just started on a new packet of hobnobs and noticed they tasted different. They seem more airy and less dense, which is the same thing really. Inspecting one closer it seems slightly fatter, I haven't got a previous one to compare it to but I'm sure you record this kind of data. I needed backup on this so got one out for the Mrs, who had to finish off her chocolate magnum first. She said they seem more airy and dense, in no way influenced by my observations of a few minutes earlier. They also taste less sweet and had fewer oats in them, and definitely more brittle on the bite.
More air, fatter, different taste, glad I'm not cynical. I checked your website and there doesn't seem to be any other comments on this. Can McVities do this without explaining it on the packet. Or have I become nostalgic in the 2 months since my last pack of hobnobs, like rapid old age. Can you get your experts onto this [I don't need an opinion on the old age bit].
|Nicey replies: Hi Steve,
All manufacturers reserve the right to change their recipes, however, they don't do such things lightly as it can drive away loyal customers. Hobnobs cut out their hydrogenated fat content a good while back now, using just vegetable oil which is something that McVities can be rightly proud of. This made them a bit crumblier and crispier, and subtly altered the flavour although most people will not have noticed. I haven't had one recently, although of course I now fancy one.
My husband just bought the soundtrack to “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.” As you probably know, Hob-Nobs are mentioned in the liner notes of the CD, as being an important part of the creative process necessary to write the unforgettably lilting opening song “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.”
Being American, we didn’t know exactly what a HobNob was, although I guessed that it might be a popular British candy. Fifteen seconds into our google search on the VERY FIRST link I clicked on, you folks provided us with not simply an accurate definition of this delicious-sounding cookie, but an actual life-sized photo. I call that “instant gratification.”
Thanks for doing what you do. Cookie lovers everywhere are grateful. This is what the internet was invented for, no question!
|Nicey replies: Yes a rousing Hoorah! for the internet. Now you need to get hold of some HobNobs and a big mug of proper tea to complete your research.
I'd just like all your readers to know that HobNobs are not only the king of biscuits, they're also an important part of the running of Britain's infrastructure.
I am a cop and I get to drink a lot of tea in old ladies houses. Needless to say, I'm often presented with an array of biscuits and consider myself an amateur connoisseur. I know many colleagues in similar positions and HobNobs are always the biscuit of choice. I was overjoyed when McVities produced the Chocolate HobNob, many years ago now, and a shift wouldn't pass without me and my colleagues sitting around dunking and munching Chocolate HobNobs.
Had it not been for a Chocolate HobNob, I wouldn't have caught a nasty burglar escaping an old dear's house. I genuinely believe that the extra calories in that very biscuit gave me the energy burst to catch the naughty villain.
Most weekends, especially on night shifts, I have to visit the local hospital to see road accident or assault victims. I usually manage to sneak a pot of tea with the pretty nurses and, I know this may come of no surprise to you now, they too favour HobNobs.
Many of my colleagues are ex-military, some from special forces. They all swear that the HobNob plays a very important part of military life and is the choice of most regiments. After all, the HobNob is the marine of biscuits!
Do you see where I'm going with this?? I could evidence my argument with more witnesses, however I chose to rest my case at this point. The HobNob is vital to the running of the country, so lets give it the respect it deserves.
|Nicey replies: Sidders,
Thanks for that fascinating in glimpse in to the reality of law enforcement in this country. I'm sure you are absolutely right about the important role of the HobNob in keeping our Police, Nurses and even Armed forces going although I do think the forces actually have their own military strength biscuits called biscuits - brown and biscuits - fruit, as well as the oat block. I haven't tried any of these alas.
Presumably the lack of HobNobs in the US explains why their Police have to resort to carrying guns.
|Firstly, hello very much.|
Secondly, I was never really a big biscuit eater. My first memory of biscuits was from when I was 6. We had Abbey Crunches with our milk, at milk and biscuit time; [and these are probably my favourite biscuits.] When milk and biscuit time ceased to exist, however; my interest in biscuits dissappated. Apart from the occasional party ring, I ate none.
I'm quite a healthy eater now and until very recently, biscuits were out of the equation, and so after discovering your website, I became simply a biscuit enthusiast. Rather like a better on racehorses who doesn't actually like horses. Anyway, after time, I decided to eat one with my tea, it happened to be a HobNob. And I haven't looked back since, well, now actually. I have a biscuit with my tea whenever I feel like it now, and encourage those around me to do so also.
As for tea, I like; Lapsang Souchong, Green tea, peppermint [whilst not strictly a tea], and jasmine. Infusions: camomile and spiced apple, cranberry,rasberry & elderflower and lemon. I always add a smidge of honey to my tea-like beverages as it is simply exquisite.
To conclude; thank you very much for your delicious website.
|Nicey replies: That's good news. Now you just have to start drinking proper tea and everything will be tickty-boo.
|Hi Nicey and Wifey,|
My hubby bought me your book for Christmas as I’m such a biscuit monster. Anyway I was rather freaked out by your comments on chocolate hobnobs and attracting the opposite sex. Our relationship began with nights of passion followed by a nice cuppa and chocolate hobnobs. We always had a thing about them! Thought I’d let you know so you know you are right! We now have two gorgeous little boys thanks to hobnobs!
PS I’m missing homeblest chocolate digestives. The ones in the big long blue roll. My local Asda used to sell them but they have now disappeared. Has anyone seen them about?
|Nicey replies: That's very nice to hear. Chocolate HobNobs are the most romantic biscuits.
Those Digestives are made by Burton's, I've seen them in Iceland as well as Asda.