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|After years of craving Toffypops imagine my joy that not only are the the biscuit of the moment but that in Glasgow there is a shop which has a regular shipment of Toffypop biscuits. The shop in question is McGees on Sauchiehall St, up in the pub area next to the pub Firewater. I hope other Glaswegian biscuit eaters will be excited by this news and I shall see you there.|
It is good to see the ToffeePop once more, if only in pictoral form. As a 'cake person', almost literally thanks to the cake-fuelled belly I have grown, I do like a biscuit with something resembling cake to it. In this case, the presence of a squidgy layer.
What the ToffeePop means most to me is pathos. It means after-Sunday-dinner bloating at Nanna's watching Bullseye in the 1970s. Then, it was a luxury biscuit, and actually more than that, it was a modern, groovy, funky, down-with-the-kids, anti-traditional biscuit. It harks back to an era when
all manufacturers had to do to be youth-minded and anti-establishment was to insert the word 'pop' as a suffix or prefix. Or to have Cheggars play it. The irrational capitalisation of the 'p' in the middle of a word, that was just crazy man. In the '70s, pop was the new rock. Adults didn't understand it. It was to be a new way of life. David Cassidy definitely ate ToffeePops. Probably before his dinner. With a PandaPop.
And now you can only get them in Spar. If they had classic status to fall back on, like the coconut cream, they could stand their ground, but in their gaudy packaging it's like they persist in pretending they represent youth, like Roger Daltry singing 'My Generation'. They have charm, like the British seaside resort, but their once-great significance is now only pathos. Like the beach at Selsay lined with residential homes, the ToffeePop has beauty only to those who remember it as it once was.
|Nicey replies: Very moving, but as I said you can now get them in Asda.
|Hello once again Nicey,|
At last the Toffypop has taken it's rightful place on your site, for which I congratulate you. As m'colleague Siobhan has attested, the furious debate of Toffypop vs. Malted Milk began anew as a result of this topic, though being a little older (and I like to think more cultured), I believe I now have room in my heart and cupboard for both biscuits. The Toffypop is still a delicious, if rarely found treat (I have to make a 30 mile pilgrimage to the nearest Safeway to get mine), though the malted milk is one of the sturdy biscuit foundations on which the giants of the biscuit world have been able to evolve these more intricate comestibles.
This being the case, I must admit that the radical in me has been overtaken by a hint of traditionalism - I firmly believe that for dunking and general purposes the malted milk should remain untarnished by chocolate - I feel it's rather like trying to play an lovely old Bing Crosby record with a phat jungle remix - an unnecessary variation on a soothing classic.
Thank you for your time and well honed biscuit acumen.
Your humble servant,
PS. On a side note, two years on and I still haven't seen an Iced Shortie in the shops. I find this both distressing and deeply moving.
|Hey Nicey, |
It has been brought to my attention that you currently have the Toffeypop as biscuit of the week. This has now brought a debate from over a year ago (which took place on your site between Mr Mark Daszkiewicz and I) back to the forefront, and feel it would only be fair for the malted milk, or my personal preference, the chocolate malted milk, to take centre stage as not only biscuit of the week, but the biscuit of the new generation of bic-aholics.
I remember when you joined in my malted crusade Nicey. Don't let me down in my hour of need.
|Nicey replies: Yes I remember it well. I probably would still give it to the chocolate malted milk in a fair fight as its such good value very tasty and has pictures of cows. I also noticed that Asda are now stocking Toffypops which is good. Maybe we'll do|