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Iced Gems Review
Very excited to see Earl Grey and Iced Gems making it on to the site in the same week. But you omitted to mention 2 key features of the Iced Gem:
(1) At least half the biscuits lose their icing in transit. The bad news is that every other Gem you pull out of the bag is thereby reduced to an 1850's original and tastes desperate. The good news is that when you get to the bottom of the bag there is a cluster of loose icing 'crowns' to be devoured: a sweet-toothed dream.
(2) I seem to remember that as a kid there was a definite protocol to eating Iced Gems - which basically consisted of biting the icing off the top, and throwing the biscuit away, or putting them back in the bag before offering them to your 'mate' in the playground. See point 1 really - the biscuit part just doesn't taste nice. But they wouldn't be the same if the biscuit suddenly became desirable in its own right - the whole point of it is to provide a platform for the pure sugar of the icing, and to conceal the teeth-rotting truth about Iced Gems from a nation of health-conscious Mums. You might want to check that the junior staff actually ate the biscuits....... a close look might reveal a stash of icing-denuded Gems under the sofa, or in the pot plant....!
PS - saddened by the total lack of festive content on the site. How about reviewing a few seasonal assortment tins?
|Nicey replies: Excellent points on the Ice Gems, you are quite right, I was unconsciously creating a fluffy utopia where the tops and bottoms of iced gems where always attached.
As for Christmas selection tins, I had to look at 5 or 6 the other week. I liked the McVities 'Baked to Perfection' because it has a superb retro oval tin with pictures of old 1930's tins on it. The biscuits are Boasters, Hobnobs and Shortbread. I've also popped up the yuletide Holly up on the site.