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|Dear Nicey and Wifey,|
I am delighted to inform you that Dark Chocolate Hob-Nobs have at last returned to Waitrose in Frimley, Surrey, after a long absence marked by occasional requests to the staff.
|Nicey replies: Mark
Thank you for that heads up on the Dark chocolate HobNob situation in Frimley.
Club Milk Review
|The cutaway profile of the legendary Club Milk does look like the biscuits I remember from Days of Yore|
But your review fails to mention whether it is still possible to nibble away at the chocolate and “Free the Biscuit” I recall that freeing the biscuit from its chocolatey coffin was the sole purpose of Club biscuits perhaps you can enlighten us on the viability of this technique today.
|Nicey replies: Indeed as I mentioned the biscuit is moulded differently from the old Liverpool built Clubs. Old style biscuits had round edge implying that they had been moulded on both faces, the new ones seem to be moulded on one side then scraped thus giving the flat bottom. This does mean that the chocolate seems to bond a bit tighter on the new ones but I still managed to bite off chunks as I mentioned. I didn't have enough of them under ideal circumstances to attempt the complete de-chocolating, but I would think it is possible.
Also the one in cross section was one of the few to make it out of Ireland. We had to leave in quite a hurry due to the weather, in fact there were floods in central Dublin the day we left. This meant that my strategic and comprehensive last big biscuit buy up didn't happen. The rather lob-sided one here made it out in the top pocket of my ruck-sack.
Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
Your lovely website has caused quite a stir here at the University of Cambridge.
We were wondering if you could settle a long-standing argument and help us find out which chocolate tea cakes were the ones which had a bit of jam in them?
One of our Scottish staff proudly announced that it was Tunnock's, but the evidence on your site disproves this. Another colleague reckons it was Burton's but they no longer have the bit of jam, another swears that is was Marks & Spencer's own brand but they also no longer contain the jam for some reason, possibly the egg white / gelatine makeup of the mallow.
We would dearly love to source a supply of any tea cakes which still contain the jam, irrespective of manufacturer, egg white/gelatine mallow or real/imitation chocolate casing.
It's the jam that's important to us historians.
|Nicey replies: Well I had a lovely bike ride through the collages the other day so if you had spotted me you could have asked me then. Burton's definitely have red goo inside them I wouldn't exactly call it jam I've always thought of it as part of an alliance which includes the red stuff that goes on top proper ice creams. Having said that you don't see that as often as you used to. I haven't had a Burton's for a little while now but did look at a pack the other day and it still depicted jam in them.
Lee's a Scottish brand also definitely has jam in them too.
I have never encountered a Tunnocks tea cake with jam in it and personally as I said in the review I don't see that it is possible, but would happily be proved wrong.
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
I recently read your review of the Tim Tam, comparing it with the Penguin. A most enlightening read indeed. I am an Englishman who has temporarily moved to Australia for a year, and I have been able to purchase and consume a large number of these delicious Antipodean biscuits, especially making good use of the local custom, the Tim Tam Slam.
I have tried two varieties: Original and Double Coat. The Double Coat has a thicker layer of chocolate covering it, and is available for the same price per packet. Why bother with the Original, then, you ask? Well, the problem is that the Original Tim Tam comes in a pack of eleven biscuits, or a "share pack" of twenty, whereas for the price of the standard original pack, the Double Coat variety comes in a pack of just NINE.
That's 81% of the number of original biscuits. The question, then, is:
Is the Double Coat Tim Tam at least 19% better than the Original? Can its extra choc make up for the difference in biscuit quantity, and crown it The Best Tim Tam?
I leave it up to you to test this.
I remain, Sir, yours sincerely,
|Nicey replies: I thought he Double Coat ones were certainly better as it gave more of an opportunity to study Arnott's unique chocolate coat, which has a slight caramel flavour. They possibly were 19% better actually.
Given that recently we were be told by advertisers about shampoos which could make your hair 81% more shiny or something then I think its fair to measure 'better' in percentage points.
Also talking of adverts last night Wifey and I saw an old video of Heart singing their hit that goes 'How do I get you alone?' which always makes me think of adverts for bank loans. Then I realised that with the credit crunch there are no adverts for loans or credit cards right now, and no credit card junk mail landing on NCOTAASD's HQ door mat. That's got to be saving some trees.
I've digressed haven't I.
|Hello Nicey, Wifey & YMOS,|
At last! Sainsbury's are stocking the elusive dark chocolate HobNob- at least a certain branch in Greater Manchester is (I should probably keep the exact location under wraps to avoid a stampede- I don't want to be responsible for the M6 being even more gridlocked than usual). Anyway, I managed to show remarkable restraint and only bought one packet, although considerably less when I got them home and ate 3 in one go. They'd just sidled back onto the shelves as though they'd never been away- no attention drawn to them at all. I would have thought the least they deserved was a label saying "back by popular demand" or something, perhaps even their own end-of-aisle display. I've also noticed that Sainsbury's, at least the couple of branches I frequent in the Greater Manchester area, seem to have stopped selling Tim Tams, although I've had reports of branches in the South still selling them. Maybe it's a whole new North/South biscuit divide: the South gets exotic foreign biscuits, while the North gets flat cap-wearing HobNobs. I'm already picturing surreptitious meetings in a service station cafe (probably with rubbish tea in chipped mugs) somewhere in the Midlands with people from opposite ends of the country swapping packs of DC HobNobs and Tim Tams under the table before smuggling them back home and opening biscuit-speakeasies. But that's probably just my imagination running wild.
|Nicey replies: Thanks for the Dark Chocolate Hobnob tip off. Will we all start showing our age by calling them Plain rather than Dark I wonder, much in the way my Nan used to call our 1970's Sony Music centre with its pre-soft eject top loading fling it across the room cassette eject - the radiogram. Actually I'm showing my age just divulging that. Some of you are probably wondering what a cassette is.
You make a good point about the TimTams the've not been catching my eye recently either.