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Your otherwise insightful review of the Breakaway omits an important historical fact. The original( ie. pre-Nestle) Breakaway was famed for it's astonishingly high frequency of 'rogue' biccies. Approximately one bar per six-pack would exhibit either a partial or, frequently, a
complete absence of biscuit - the crunchy void being replaced by chocolate. Even more thrilling was the 'twice-wrapped' rogue - an accidental *two* layers of silver paper resulting in double the
foil-embossing pleasure. This amazingly slack quality control persisted for a curiously long time. Without wishing to sound too conspiritorial I suspect that RM knew full well that the rogue Breakaways were a large part of the brand's appeal & allowed, maybe even encouraged, the faulty biscuit-forging processes to continue for all those years.
BTW I note that you have yet to summon the courage to review the Taxi. Perhaps you are delaying in the hope that it will finally be discontinued. A vain wish as this exceptionally nasty biscuit has inexplicably endured all 30+ years of my biscuit eating life & looks set to spoil schoolkid's lunchboxes for many years to come.
|Alan (Fred) Pipes
I must admit I do like a nice Breakaway. In your Biscuit of the week review you didn't mention the strange exhortations in bubble writing on the backs of the sachets. Such racy slogans as: taste it!, enjoy it! Mmmm... Chocolate, Delicious (can't remember what the others are cos I've eaten them). What are these for then? Some start with a capital; others are all in lower case. Some with exclamation marks; others without. Very odd, cos you don't actually see them until you've already purchased the packet and opened it!
Also, I was wondering about the origin of the tea towel? Was it originally used solely to dry the tea things? Surely they're better for drying glasses... Me, I let things drain -- much more hygenic. Apparently there are more germs on the average tea towel than on a public lavatory seat.
|Nicey replies: Yep I noticed them. I thought it was all a bit, inappropriate and tragic really. If someone chooses to eat a chocolate biscuit then that is a personal matter for them. I wonder how many people have been persuaded to go through with it due to the message on the back.
Tea towels, perhaps they were designed specifically to smear a layer of germs on your tea cup. Tea has antiseptic properties and so anybody making it wrong would quickly succumb to terrible tea cup borne diseases, and be effectively removed from polite society. Loo seats were simply too unwieldily for germ smearing and broke too many tea cups in the process.