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I was somewhat dismayed on reading your Jaffa Judgement article in that I never got to see the Limited Edition McVities Berry Blast Jaffa Cakes which featured a mixture of raspberry and cherry. I live in the channel islands and we are often left out in the cold with regards new things, sometimes taking months before they might filter through to our shores, if indeed we get to see them at all. Seeing as how I'm quite partial to all things raspberry I feel they would have gone down a treat. Does anybody still have some, or does anyone carry sufficient persuasive skills so as to encourage the great McV to re-introduce such marvels?
Keep up the good work.
|Nicey replies: Hello Stefan,
Yes I think Jaffa Cakes have settled back down again. Actually I'm not sure, but the new flavours were certainly around for a few months. They be due a another fiddling about with in another month or two. You can often find Raspberry style Jaffa cakes in Lidl's which emanate from Germany, and certainly their Jaffa cakes are well worth a go. I don't know if that expands your options in any way.
Last year we were close enough to the Channel Islands whilst in Brittany to pick BBC Radio Jersey. We had the great privilege of listening to almost a days phone in devoted to issue of seagulls and what they get up to.
||Hello there. In response to your new feature on the worlds of jaffa cakes and its varieties, i would like to ask if anyone in your team remembers a variety called pimms. These were based around a three part structure like todays jaffa cakes but had, i think, strawberry or maybe cherry filling with white chocolate on top. I must have had these about ten years ago at least but can remember their flavour as vividly as though i had just had one. Surely this was no fevered dream? what has become of these beauties? Please help me!|
|Nicey replies: Sure they were made by Jacobs and had a Cherry Jam filling. The white chocolate had fine lines of plain chocolate which had been raked. I haven't had one since the late 1980's so I'm not sure when they ceased production. Given that Jacobs would have been owned by Danone who also own LU who make the Pims in our multi-review one has to suspect this had something to do with it.
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Great work on the site, I've been following it for about 8 months now. It was great to see you on Richard and Judy, and I've been quoting you regarding Jaffa Cakes.. "The clue's in the name".. I got a biscuit barrell for my birthday (with a proper knobbly handle on the lid and all..), with lots of fantastic biscuits, including Golden Syrup, Golden Crunch and Caramel Crunch as well as Jaffa cakes and Maryland Cookies.
Anyway, recently people have been asking where they can get Prince biscuits in the UK, and you've suggested "Hit" as an alternative, but I have found these elusive biscuits here! These rare specimins come from that most strange place known as Lidl. That's right, that odd, cheap, forgien supermarket sells Prince biscuits, as well as some other French biscuits. I bought a pack, as when we go to France, I make sure we get some as they are brilliant. By the time we had driven the 5 miles or so home, I had eaten half the pack.
Well, so long, and thanks for all the biscuits,
Fido Dido [Peter]
(biscuit fanatic and your humble fan)
|Nicey replies: Yay Peter,
Thanks for the Lidl tip off, we have one about 20 miles away, but my Mum who lives in South Wales has one dead near by so we raid that whenever we are there.
I have been enjoying the biscuit reviews and letters on your site for a few months now and have noticed many references to Australia, New Zealand, and "America" (the United States, we call it) -- is there no interest in your site from Canada? I, like many other Canadians, love a good cup of tea (or coffee, I admit) and a biscuit. Thus I am pointing you to this untapped biscuit-exploring opportunity. Here are a couple of Canadian biccie facts, based on my experience, of course:
- even though we generally call them cookies, the word 'biscuit' is printed on every package anyway because that is the french word for cookie. Thus, we respond positively to both terms.
- for some reason you can buy Rich Tea biscuits in Canada but not in the States. Sadly, I have heard of Canadian expats stocking up on these (along with particular chocolate bars, etc. that you can't get south of the border) when home for the holidays. argh.
ok, that's all for now, I should get back to work anyway. One last thought: I do enjoy the french "Lu" biscuits -- have you thought of testing Jaffa and Lu's Pims (orange flavour of course) head to head? This would be quite a contest.
|Nicey replies: We are aware of Canada, it is a good source of wheat, a staple ingredient of biscuits.
We are mounting a fact finding mission to France at the end of this month when we hope to secure some of the Lu Jaffa Cake analogues of which you speak.
Been out the country for a week and am shocked at the tea heresy on the site. All things in moderation I say. Anyway on a more positive note, I have been in Andorra and while over there indulged in a packet of the French equivalent of Jaffa Cakes. I think they were made by a company called "Lu" but unfortunately an oversight on my part while cleaning the apartment resulted in the empty packet being chucked out. I must say that they were superb. Thicker chocolate, jelly out to the edges with an orange tanginess the like of which only dreams are made of. McVities need to pull their finger out.
|Nicey replies: Jim,
That sounds about right. Those Lu blokes are one of the few hopes the French have, indeed they make the Figolu from the Fig Fest. I'm off on a fact finding mission to high altitude France in early February so I'll keep an eye out for them.