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McVities Boaster

Sunday 9 Jun 2002

Many events have conspired to bring you this biscuit review, a bit like the recent alignment of planets. Maybe this was even one of them! Having never before eaten a Boaster I had a certain inexplicable adversion to them, perhaps due to their name, which seemed somewhat self assured. However the main contributing factors were a big recommendation from biscuit enthusiast Mandy, several tip off emails, and mainly the fact that the Wife (email her as thewife) bought a pack.

So what are we to say of these biccys? Well they are clearly luxury jobs and have the inevitable air that you are going to eat the lot in one sitting. One of the most impressive things about them is surely their individual shaping, with each biscuit looking like its been hand made. Generous large chunks of Belgian chocolate embedded in their crisp buttery biscuit, just contribute to the systematic consumption of the whole packet, which after all only contains a paltry nine biscuits. There were a few raisins in there as well which would have worked well on their own regardless of the choc chips.

So all in all a very tasty treat, but certainly not an everyday biscuit.



Sunday 2 Jun 2002

Technically the Lincoln is a short dough biscuit, and belongs to the larger family of shortcake biscuits. Its a very serviceable biscuit, not so nice that you would want to eat a truck load, but not so bland that you can't cheerfully tuck several away in a session.

What is really exciting about the Lincoln is the pattern of dots on the top. Now it appears that the pattern of dots can take two forms, concentric circles as shown on the McVities one here, or a tightly packed pattern a bit like the pattern formed by the ends of pipes which have been stacked up. So what are the dots for? I like to think that they give the Lincoln superior traction affording the eater a great non slip grip. As is their custom, McVities have also tried to emboss the word 'Lincoln' on to the biscuit, which shouldn't be necessary, given the distinctive dots. However, the Lincoln refuses to embossed even by the mighty McVities, I had to go through a whole pack to get this one and its writing is iffy to say the least.

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Jam Sandwich Creams

Sunday 26 May 2002

I'm joined for this weeks nice sit down and biscuit review, by biscuit enthusiast Mandy. She's helping me review the much revered Jam Sandwich Cream.

Now lets get the confusion cleared up once and for all these are not Jammie Dodgers. Jammie Dodgers are a brand by Burton's biscuits, these are an example of the generic Jam and Cream Sandwich biscuit. Now normally such biscuits are to found in assortment packs with their numbers strictly regulated to single figures, making them highly prized. So its a boon to biscuit lovers to know that you can get packs of 15 of them from Sainsburys.

The first thing that strikes you about these biscuits is their relatively small diameter, so straight away you know that you'll need at least 3 just to get the measure of them. That said these biscuits are very engaging inviting the eater to toy with them rather than just scoffing them down. Sticking both halfs of the biscuit together is a team effort between the jam and cream, with the jam occupying the bit below the hole.

Separating the two halfs is trivial as the jam is quite pliable, being made from actual raspberries, unlike its cousin the Jammie Dodger. Pulling the biscuits gently apart creates a small well in the jam, a bit like one of those visualisations of the gravity field around a black hole. Mandy comments that "Its nice to eat all the edge off and save the jammy bit to the end".

The sugar crystals on top of the jam create an air of opulence as do the refined biscuit graphics with the underside bearing a passing resemblance to a sunflower. All very elegant.

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