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A friend of mine emailed me the link to your site with a little title "You will LOVE this site"
She was right - it's great! For a long while I have been a campaigner for many more 'nice cups of tea and a sit down' than are currently deemed feasable.
Anyway, I noticed that in your 'Biscuit Quiz' page, there were a disproportionate number of Bourbon pieces left - this is always the case in my house as I can't stand them - never the less, they are always included in my favourite asortment packs.
I am considered a wee bit strange by my friends & family as, even though I do like chocolate, I really hate the taste of chocolate biscuits(chocolate flavoured - chocolate covered (ie milk chocolate hobnob) are fine), chocolate cake, chocolate milkshake etc etc.
I was wondering if THIS might be the community to delve into this affliction and maybe come up with some answers - maybe I'm not alone?!
|Nicey replies: Sean,
I'm going to go out on a limb here, but you are probably very odd in regard to this chocolate biscuit aversion. Perhaps there was a traumatic event in your formative years that included a chocolate biscuit? Given that most people especially those with whom you share a biscuit tin, would see your passing over of the decent chocolate biscuits as a bonus, I wouldn't be rushing out to seek regressive hypnotherapy.
Great site – keep up the good work as I need your vital information to keep me sane at work.
Last night as I was polishing off a packet of Crawfords Bourbons I suddenly realised how little sugar was stuck on the outside – now, I hadn’t eaten any in a while so it could be my memory playing tricks on me but I’m sure that there used to loads more sugar granules on them before.. On one particular biscuit I counted just 4 or 5 granules.
Perhaps it was just a dud packet? I even checked at the bottom of the packet to see if it had all fallen off before reaching my mouth – alas, no sugar was hiding there..
What has happened to bourbons? Or is it my memory failing?
Love and biscuits,
|Nicey replies: You do indeed seem to working in France so I'm assuming you are shipping in the Bourbons yourself. I'm with you on this one, I'm sure that Bourbons used to have a few more sugar crystals on them, not hugely so, but this would have been quite some time ago (10 years maybe).|
If you had asked, we Canadians can get plenty of Bourbon biscuits. As happened more than 60 years ago, the forces and resources of Canada could have been put to use saving the Mother country from the tide of Evil ... or, er, biscuit riots at least.
Thanks for the great website,
I received a call at work the other day from Mr Liveinabin to say that he had been to the supermarket but had forgotten to buy biscuits! Him and his friend where busy playing on the Atari and there were only three biscuits in the house!
So off I went to Sainsburys to see what I could find. All I could see on the whole were lots of signs saying that due to flooding biscuit supplies were low. I had warned Mr Livinabin of this and the lacking of bourbons but he wasn't too worried. What I did find though (and the reason for this long winded e-mail) were plenty of Bourbons, Custard creams and malted milks made by Elkes. Mr Liveinabin was very excited as they were the custard creams he had as a child being a local company to his folks. In fact he tried to convince me that Elkes had invented the custard cream.
Just thought you might like to know that all is not lost and this little known company are getting a shot at the big time!
|Nicey replies: Evening Mrs Liveinabin,
Yes I had factored in that Elkes would still be knocking out their various cream filled biscuits. They do however make those wonky 3:2 ratio bourbons and a good few years ago we had a run in with a pack of them which were truly non-standard in all aspects. This has meant that I have afforded Elkes biscuits a wide birth since then. However in the meantime they have become part of Northern Foods who own Fox's, and so there have been quite a few new brooms at work. I may pluck up the courage to re-investigate.
Woah. When I could only get a small pack of Bourbons in our local Sainsbury's this week, I was a little miffed, but not unduly concerned. Now I pop to your site, as I do from time to time, and find there may be something more serious afoot. What I would like to point out is that in recent weeks, Aldi has stopped stocking bourbons. They used to keep packs of mixed bourbon/custard creams, which were in perfect proportion for my families biscuit preferences. However, they now only stock custard creams. Has the bourbon problem been in the pipeline for some time? Will it be solved before, indeed, crisis point?
|Nicey replies: I possible explination for the problem lies near to your goodselves with the United Biscuits factory at Carlisle that was damaged by flooding. I'm sure I was once told that Bourbons were made up there. Custard Creams are made at Ashby in the Midlands.|