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Wagon Wheel Review
|Keith Andrews remembered:|
"Wagon Wheels, they're a treat for me [wagon wheels!]
They're the biggest biscuit, you ever did see! [wagon wheels!]
... .... ..... .... ... ... .... .... .
The biscuit thrill to beat the band!"
The line that Keith is missing from the Wagon Wheels theme is "Marshmallow filled, they taste so grand"... which is something of a scurrilous claim nowadays because they taste pretty iffy compared to their former glory. They have a stale and artificial flavour and there is no way on Earth that they are the same size as they used to be. And Jammie Dodgers are stale-tasting parodies of their former selves, too. How I wish I'd had the foresight, as a Wagon Wheel munching ten-year-old, to start a small biscuit museum so I could shame the manufacturers of today into admitting their corner-cutting by showing them tangible proof. Come to think of it, after thirty years they would probably taste much like their current incarnation. Now, here's a sort-of-related question; anyone remember Rondellos? They were big biscuits too, perhaps not quite as big as a Wagon Wheel, probably only four or six in a package...
|Nicey replies: Actually I don't think the taste of Wagonwheels has really changed at all, I think your own personal tastes have evolved / matured. I do think Jammy Dodgers have changed quite a bit with today's biscuit being a much softer bake. We have an entry for Rondellos in our missing in action section, which is looking a tad empty so I'll add in your comments.|
||My husband and I were reminiscing about a rather natty little biscuit called a toffee pop. Quite small, round and packaged in a similar fashion to a jammy dodgem, they were made up of a biscuity base, an absolutely MENTAL toffee filling and a chocolate topping. Quite awesome and super after an afternoon at the Bristol North Baths.|
We are currently living in Taiwan and therefore unable to conduct a proper search, but are anxious to know whether they can still be found.
|Nicey replies: Well they were made by Burton's but I haven't seen any in ages, 3 to 4 years I think. As you say they were a very close cousin of the Jammie Dodger, and yet another of those 'glam rock' sort of biscuits that Burton's are the undisputed masters of.
Its so happens that there is one place in the world where the Toffee Pop still makes a decent living and that is New Zealand. The NZ biscuit bakers Griffins produce them and there is also a white chocolate variant called the Snow Toffee pop. Biscuit Hunter Hazel brought me back a pack of the little know Snow Toffee pops but they are in fairly bad shape having been round most of the antipodes in a rucksack. I managed to get hold of the Milk Chocolate variety on Monday in the NZ shop in Covent Garden.