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Your review of Lincoln biscuits stirred a almost lost memory which involved summer days a long time ago, a tent in the garden and super hero comics. Lincoln biscuits played a large part in this as they seemed to be the only buscuit that my mother ever bought. She must have secured a job lot of them. The key element to all this was that orange juice was the liquid companion to the Lincolns and I seem to remember that we used to dunk the buscuits in the juice. They were delicious.. I often wonder if this started me on the road to serious dunking in later life.
Love the site and all the best to Wifey
|Nicey replies: A bit of good news on the Lincoln front, despite McVities discontinuing them we have just spotted Jacob's Lincolns in Ireland. The Jacob's Lincoln's I've had in the past have been very nice indeed and are a little bit more golden than the pale McVities ones were.|
Personally, I've never been a fan of the Lincoln. A bit bland for my tastes. Yet I've often wondered why I have such an aversion to the dotty one.
Only yesterday I was talking to my sister about them and she revealed a dark secret that may well account for my dislike. When we were kids, the family used to travel every year to the west country for our summer holidays. En route we'd stopover at our aunties, as you do. Unfortunately, I’ve now discovered that my sister told auntie on the quiet that she loved Lincoln biscuits. As a result, for the next decade or more, we always arrived to a biscuit tin heaving with Lincoln's and absolutely nothing else. What kind of biccie tin is that?! There wasn't even a rogue Rich Tea lurking at the bottom – although that would have been much consolation.
I am now mentally scarred and wonder if any other people have stories about how biscuits have been the cause of family rifts.
|Hullo Nicey, I have only recently read your cuddly paperback book, which I think is an oasis of wonderfulness in an otherwise batty world, and came to page 66 and did indeed worry for a minute and a half about a snappy name for the measurement to denote the amount of biscuit production measured in years, months and days to reach the moon when the biscuits are laid end to end. As I have come to your book so late on, I trawled your lovely website for previous answers to this dilemma, and couldn't find anything about it, so humbly I offer my solution, the BALETE. I was going to do a clever anagram of the whole sentence, but on reaching the end,' Biscuits Are Laid End To End', it jumped out at me and I just felt I should send it to you just as it is. |
My memory was deeply jangled by the picture and blurb about the Lincoln biccy - my Mum used to bring us a cup of tea first thing, in bed, and ALWAYS the biscuit in the saucer was a Lincoln. I haven't bought them for years - Aldi do scrumptious biscuits and you can fool people that they are homemade....
Warmest wishes, Lizzie Scammell
|Nicey replies: Hullo Lizzie Scammell,
You are as far as I'm aware the first person to actually give this matter some/any consideration so well done. It's certainly a good go at a new SI unit for biscuit to moon type measurements. Most SI units seemed to named after pioneers in the field such as the volt or watt, so maybe it should be the tunnock or some thing.
As for Lincoln biscuits, biscuit enthusiast Mandy (Mrs B) says that her mum used to bring her a cup of tea in bed with a Lincoln when she was growing up too. So perhaps you two are dopplegangers
|Hello Nicey and Wifey,|
Just read your book and it was brilliant. My husband was relieved I had finished it though as I kept reading bits out to him which didn`t go down too well if he was watching any cricket
To name all biscuits would have been too much for you to do I agree but I seem to remember a biscuit called \" Duchess\" they were oval shaped with a criss cross pattern on top and the name on? Some of my friends think I am mistaken, hoping you may have heard of them?
Thanks J Ward
|Nicey replies: Hello Joan,
Well those are two very distinctive features yo mention. From time to time people mention a shortcake style biscuit with a raised pattern of square ridges on and I recall these too. However these were round, very much like a retooled Lincoln.
Perhaps some of our readers recall your biscuit.
|I've just stumbled across your website whilst searching for the elusive Lincoln biscuit that I miss so much but the reason behind this e-mail is to inform you of the stunning biscuit by Fox's called Malted Milk Creams. They are what the title says, two malted milk biscuits (cow, grass and all) sandwiched together by a nice layer of cream. They are so fantastic and unfortunately quite hard to find. I can only seem to get them every now and then in my local Morrsions and as far as Lincoln biscuits go I can't get them anywhere! Have they stopped doing the Lincoln biscuits?|
|Nicey replies: Yes the noble Lincolns are on their way out, although still listed on McVities web site as current product. It was announced last year that they would be discontinued in Spring 2007.
The demise of the Lincoln can be attributed to the River Eden in Cumbria, and Tescos and the others. The river burst its banks back in January 2005 and flooded United Biscuits historic factory in Carlisle causing biscuit manufacturing havoc. Many biscuits suffered including the Gingernut, Bourbon and Morning Coffee. It wasn't clear for a long time if the factory would actually fully repoen, or whether UB would take this as an opportunity to relocate.
By the time the Lincoln was back in production many large supermarkets had assumed it had gone for good and taken it out of their scheme of things. This is the kiss of death it would seem for most UB biscuits, which seem unable to survive unless they are serving a huge market place. Having said that we stopped close to Carlisle on our way to Ireland a few weeks back and in a local Spar bought a pack of Crawfords Fig Rolls. I have never seen these in a major UK supermarket and yet UB manage to keep making them without the patronage of Mr Tesco.
As for your cream filled Malted Milks they sound very useful. Fox's acquired Elkes biscuits in Uttoxeter some years ago who seem to specialise in Malted Milks and Custard Creams so I wouldn't mind betting they emanate from there.