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Lovely site you've got there. Wondered if you could help me? A friend and I were reminiscing about a biscuit today that lots of people seem to remember but no-one can remember the name of, or even if they can still be bought anywhere. We have produced a mockup of the biscuit which is attached to this e-mail - it had frilled edges and two colour (or sometimes three) icing on the top.
Please help us!
|Nicey replies: Michael,
We now believe this biscuit to be the 'Iced shortie'.
Splendid graphics, I like the dropshadow. I wish we had more biscuit mockups sent to us of this quality.
||Hello there Nicey,|
In last Friday's metro, Kerry Shaw writes in, asking fellow readers if anyone knew what had happened to a biscuit she remembered fondly from her childhood. She described it as a slightly wider malted milk but decorated with pink, brown and yellow icing in stripes (or something like that, I no longer have the paper and can't find a letters section online). In yesterday's metro, three readers reply, one saying they are iced gems (not sure he read her description), another saying party rings (him too!) and the
third correctly identifying it as an ICED SHORTIE!
I think the iced shortie needs to go on the missing list. After Kerry's memory prompt, I remember being very fond of them, and now I'm aware that I've been deprived of them, I miss them!
P.S. Also, I don't think they make Sports Biscuits any more...they were good too!
|Nicey replies: Chris,
Thanks for this. First of all Foxs are still making Sports biscuits, I saw some yesterday so no problems there. In fact I was waiting for the controversy surrounding their new graphics to die down before we formally reviewed them in our informal manner. As this happened about four years back now we should probably get to it.
Right secondly a big thanks for the iced shortie stuff. There are many people out there who have been trying to put a name to this biscuit many of which have produced nice pictures. I shall put them up in the missing in action section now. As for those other two letters from people who thought she was going on about iced gems or party rings, it scares me that such people could in theory be charge of a motor vehicle.
||I found your site today and mention of Chiltonian Biscuits but why has nobody mentioned their Swiss Cream biscuits. As a kid in the 60’s and 70’s I can remember pestering my mother to always buy these. The biscuit use to melt in your mouth, was light as a feather with a light sugar coating and pure white fondant filling. Absolutely delightful! Any other biscuit with ‘Swiss’ in the title these days cannot match these – pure heaven.|
|Nicey replies: These have been mentioned before, but personally I never encountered them. It seems that Chiltonian biscuits were very special indeed, we always mention them when mourning the passing of proper Gariballdi biscuits. I shall create an entry for them in the MIA database.|
||Good afternoon sir, I was recently browsing your "Missing In Action" section and came upon "Banjo" in the list. Coincidentally, a few days later I was visiting a friend in the Emsland area of Germany and chanced upon a biscuit of the same name in the local supermarket. As I remember the Banjo, it was a wafer based chocolate biscuit, a 2-fingers-in-a-pack format, and as I hope you can make out from the attached photo, the German bought Banjo does indeed adhere to this standard. I didn't ask my German friend what the German word for the English word 'Banjo' was, but I wished I had, because if I discovered it was a different word altogether, then this may have established some sort of common origin of the English and German banjo.|
This tribute/ counterfeit/ cousin is produced by Master Foods, (Austria 7091 BREITENBRUNN) and the chocolate covered wafer carrying a chopped hazel nut layer is delivered as 2 wafers weighing a total of 31g, and each 2 finger unit can come as part of a 5 multipack.
The colouring of the wrapper is different to as I think back on the Banjo, I get an image of a blue wrapper, but I admit I could well be confusing this with the "Blue Riband/ Blue Ribbon" ("I got those can't get enough of those Blue Riband Blues, Blue Riband's the wafer biscuit I always choose. When my woman......
I am relatively new to the site and I apologise if I am covering old ground here or opening up cases which have long since been closed.
P.S None of my Dutch mates have ever heard of the Siroop Wafel coming under a layer of chocolate (recent correspondence). I will ask a Belgian when I see one, there seem to be some regional differences in some biscuits in the Benelux countries.
|Nicey replies: Ian,
I have to cast my mind back to the very early 1970's for my memories of Banjos so I would have been six or seven then. I do remember that the cross section was very square, that the wafer was very light and quite deep with not many layers and that there was a layer of caramel on top with nutty bits in. Also there were two wafers per pack.
Now your German Banjos seem to match this memory in every detail, plus they are made by global food giant Masterfoods, who are well known for Twix, Mars, Maltesers, Milky Way and so on. So it seems that you have indeed found the Banjo's of old safe and well in Germany. This is very exciting news and could dictate our plans this summer as team NOCTAASD forages around on continental Europe.
||Yes, clear memories of Duchess biscuits - but not oval, they were round with a serious serrated edge.|
Made by Scribbans Kemp near Grimsby - they were a staple `luxury` biscuit of my granny in the 60`s
|Nicey replies: Thanks Steve, this is all new to me.|