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|Hello there Nicey.|
If that subject header didn't attract your attention, I don't know what will. Yes. Yes, the long lost Hobnob 'bar'.
I'm not sure of exactly when this McVitie hybrid made it's debut, but I have fond memories of holidaying in Cornwall and buying them individually for 12p a pop. And I was hooked.
1986 was the year, and it's one for the books - McVitie's had only gone and created an oblong Hobnob biscuit which was perfect for both sandwiching a butter-cream-like filling and having itself wrapped in a milk chocolate coating. The wrapper was blue and, if my memory serves me right, was a precursor to the then non existent milk chocolate covered Hobnob which we today accept as normal teabreak practice.
Now, I know this all happened 18 years ago, and some of my 'facts' may be childish fiction but, damn it, I can't forget how good they were - they must have been; I clearly remember a 'six pack' lasting only ten seconds at home.
It was one of the best summers of my youth. And every now and then I stop and wonder what in the world what became of them.
Nicey. Maybe I haven't looked properly on your site, but I can't find reference to them. It's like they never existed. And I know they did (they're no doubt to blame for any one of my habitual/ritualistic
tendencies). So maybe you could help me.
What did happen to them? Can you remember them and, (one can only dream) are they still available anywhere in the world?
Whatever you do, don't mention 'Gold Bars'.
Same holiday, same emotions, different biscuit.
FYI: This may be irrelevant, but I also came back from this holiday with a maverick chocolate bar (a little off the biscuit tracks, I know) by Cadbury, called a 'Spira'. They never appeared in my hometown of Colchester for a few years, so I wonder if Cornish folk had something over us East Anglians?
|Nicey replies: Ahh in 1986 I was destitute having recently graduated from University, so these HobNob bars were probably a bit too extravagant for me. At the time I think I was subsisting on Gingernuts and Digestives. Still they do sound vaguely familiar. As for Spiras they seemed like flakes that had suffered some kind of melting accident and didn't seem to me to advance the state of the art. You can still get Gold bars though last time I looked.|
|Are Hobnobs not actually biscuits at all, but oatcakes?|
I consider them biscuits, because I think biscuits can be oat based. But a colleague disagrees.
|Nicey replies: Your colleague has plainly lost the plot. As it happens I'm about to have some HobNobs now with my cuppa because they are biscuits, oaty ones.|
I was just wondering where you stand with this king of biscuits?? A few years, the 'tube' appeared, and we were forced to buy these fine biscuits at an elevated price, simply cos those marketing people think that people 'need' a cheap cardboard tube to keep their Hob Nobs fresh. Are they complete fools? It is a scientific fact that it is not possible to eat just one Hob Nob, you have to finish off the whole lot. And anyway, the type of people who aren't that greedy probably have a special receptacle for their biscuits. Luckily, our local Tesco have started stocking them in normal packaging again, so I now have the joy of unzipping the top off the packet and watching the first 2-3 biscuits fall out in a shower of crumbs.
Christ, this makes me sound like a 50 year old Daily Mail reader who fears 'change' and 'new-fangled' things
Have a good week now.....
|Nicey replies: Oh I'm with you on the tube thing. If you trawl through the messages at the bottom of the review, where this will shortly go aswell, you'll find a good bit about it.
As for fearing change, I peaked the attention of the Daily Mail so much they came round to our house and interviewed me last year, and I'm still only 39 at least until Saturday.
|Hello my dearest Nicey & TW|
Hearty congratulations on your recent "moving experience".
The current NCCTAASD survey intrigued me as though both Tea and Coffee stayed on the menu throughout four pregnancies, Sugar was permanently ditched at the onset of the first after religiously taking two teaspoons per cup since childhood.
This left a substantial calorific vacuum in my diet to be filled with an extra dip into the biscuit barrel, which was my ragged excuse for taking liberties with the family Hob-nob & Abbey Crunch quota ...hurrah for "eating for two" :-)
all the best, as ever
Well, under Doctor's orders I'm cutting wheat out of my diet for a while, which, as I'm sure you can imagine, leaves a biscuit-shaped hole in my diet. No more Lotus caramelised for me. It saddens the heart I tell you. Imagine my joy when I discovered the fact that Hob Nobs don't in fact contain wheat! I almost danced round the supermarket.....do you have any recommendations on other biscuits that are suitable for my wheat-free existence?
Regards to the wife
|Nicey replies: I hadn't actually realised that about HobNobs, although they aren't listed as wheat free on the United Biscuits special diets page.
You might also console yourself with some Nairns Oat cakes and maybe a pot of nice jam, it could help keep you sane. I've also heard some good reports of wheat free Bourbons stocked at Holland and Barrett I think.