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Custard Cream Review
Like the sound of the Credit Crunch biscuit idea. It could be made more authentic by selling it at normal pack price but then reducing the price over the following couple of weeks until consumer nervousness results in a limited edition rescue package being launched. Do you think the government would step in as readily should McVities or Fox’s become in danger of going under as they have done with the banking sector? I rather think not, however, the average Brit would probably just as concerned with a lack of Hob Nobs as they would with their savings being in danger....or is that just me?
|Nicey replies: Hello Jim,
Surely biscuits can ride out the consumer downturn. We have heard it widely reported that McVities are selling more Custard Creams than this time last year as people downsize from more extravagant biscuits. Personally I think this is terrific news. Obviously people have been buying biscuits beyond their means on credit for the last several years, where as now they are making wiser and more sustainable biscuit decisions.
||Hello from California, USA! Do you know of any way I can order some Empire biscuits to get here? I love them, but haven't had any since I visited Glasgow about seven years ago.|
Both my parents were from Glasgow. When I was a child growing up in Brooklyn, New York, there was a Scottish Bakery called "Drew's Bakery" near our apartment. We used to get Empire Biscuits there. I do wish I could get them here. They are so lovely with a nice cup of tea!
Just happened to see your web site on "Google", and thought I'd drop you an email to see if you knew of some way I might be able to order some.
Thanks so much and have a great day.....Cathy
|Nicey replies: I don't think that's possible. They are the sort of thing that just turn up in small local bakeries and not the places accustomed to shipping things worldwide.
They are very simple things really, you should have a go at baking your own. Here is a charming blog page I found on just that.
Fox's Whipped Creams Review
|Dear Nicey,Wifey and YMOS|
I understand that Nicey enjoys D I Y, and your latest wonderful review brought me to FOX's website featuring an adorable panda (danda ?)
So, I'd like to introduce you a Korean biscuit in the shape of a panda's face, suitable for DIY lovers.
It consists of a blue pouch of some panda-faced biscuits, a yellow pouch of biscuits for base, two tubes of filling such as chocolate and strawberry flavour, and a sheet of stickers (maybe a free gift).
Here, we are required to complete the panda-faced sandwich biscuits ourselves, instead of the sandwich machine of the biscuit factory of HAITAI, manufacturer. The back side of the box, we can see the building instructions with diagrams. As you guess, it is very difficult for me to read Korean without the dictionary. As a grown-up, I know how to build up sandwich biscuits, so I skipped reading such a manual and made mine.
However, after tasting all panda biscuits,I finally found that I should have enjoyed them after freezing for 10-20 minutes, because on seeing the instractions well later, I mamaged to read a Korean language meaning "freezer" and a figure of "10-20".
Anyway, I was happy to have a lovely time completing sandwich biscuits myself, and that the lukewarm ones were good.
Sad to say, I cannot read the product name written in Korean printed on the box, yet, although I tried to look the Korean words in the dictionary. Therefore, I would like to call this biscuit "Banda" (biscuit/panda) by borrowing the idea of danda (dog/panda).
Thank you for reading,
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea).
|Nicey replies: Hello Special Biscuit Correspondent Miura,
They look like really good fun for YMOS parties and such. Perhaps the biscuits become super-conductive at low temperatures allowing them to hover in magnetic fields, perhaps that's what the Koreans are getting at.
||Good afternoon sir, I was recently browsing your "Missing In Action" section and came upon "Banjo" in the list. Coincidentally, a few days later I was visiting a friend in the Emsland area of Germany and chanced upon a biscuit of the same name in the local supermarket. As I remember the Banjo, it was a wafer based chocolate biscuit, a 2-fingers-in-a-pack format, and as I hope you can make out from the attached photo, the German bought Banjo does indeed adhere to this standard. I didn't ask my German friend what the German word for the English word 'Banjo' was, but I wished I had, because if I discovered it was a different word altogether, then this may have established some sort of common origin of the English and German banjo.|
This tribute/ counterfeit/ cousin is produced by Master Foods, (Austria 7091 BREITENBRUNN) and the chocolate covered wafer carrying a chopped hazel nut layer is delivered as 2 wafers weighing a total of 31g, and each 2 finger unit can come as part of a 5 multipack.
The colouring of the wrapper is different to as I think back on the Banjo, I get an image of a blue wrapper, but I admit I could well be confusing this with the "Blue Riband/ Blue Ribbon" ("I got those can't get enough of those Blue Riband Blues, Blue Riband's the wafer biscuit I always choose. When my woman......
I am relatively new to the site and I apologise if I am covering old ground here or opening up cases which have long since been closed.
P.S None of my Dutch mates have ever heard of the Siroop Wafel coming under a layer of chocolate (recent correspondence). I will ask a Belgian when I see one, there seem to be some regional differences in some biscuits in the Benelux countries.
|Nicey replies: Ian,
I have to cast my mind back to the very early 1970's for my memories of Banjos so I would have been six or seven then. I do remember that the cross section was very square, that the wafer was very light and quite deep with not many layers and that there was a layer of caramel on top with nutty bits in. Also there were two wafers per pack.
Now your German Banjos seem to match this memory in every detail, plus they are made by global food giant Masterfoods, who are well known for Twix, Mars, Maltesers, Milky Way and so on. So it seems that you have indeed found the Banjo's of old safe and well in Germany. This is very exciting news and could dictate our plans this summer as team NOCTAASD forages around on continental Europe.
||Dear Nicey, Wifey, YMOS and Nanny Nicey|
I wonder if you still remember Dr.You, who is a great professor of Seoul University and has been appealing to Korean People to eat bananas and milk with "Orion choco-pie" biscuits (Korean style "Wagon wheel").
And finally, Orion released Dr.You branded cake in Korea: "Dr.You Dark Chocolate Cake". They come in boxes of 12 / 6 / 4 ,as far as I know. Mine ships twelve cakes individually wrapped.
You may be able to see Dr.You's lovely silhouette printed on the outer box, and it makes me imagine that his cakes are baked in his laboratory rather than the Orion's biscuit factory. The cake is a maroon sponge with a layer of chocolate cream and crushed cashew nuts, and covered with a dark chocolate.
So, now appears to be the era of dark chocolate as Nicey said that Nanny Nicey was saying so.
( Have Plain chocolate Hob Nobs come back on the shelf as Dark Chocolate Hob Nobs ?) In fact I prefer milk chocolate to dark chocolate. Hence, at first I thought that I would have chosen milk chocolate as the covering if I were Dr, You. However it seems to me that he made the proper choice. That's because I guess that the modest, moderate sweetness of the dark chocolate does not spoil the fine, natural taste of the sponge cake made with 100 % wholemeal.
Here, Dr. You recommends us to eat oranges and yogurt with his cakes, but I feel sorry for not feeling like practicing his healthy menu so far.
By the way, recently I obtained a "hard-to-find item": Dr.You stationery set! I don't like to buy family-sized biscuits, and I am not a lady who is lured by free gift to buy biscuits, either. However I ended up purchasing a party-sized "Orion Choco-pie" shipping 24 biscuits in order to get the free gift of Dr.You statinery set.
It consists of an eraser, two pencils, a mechanical pencil, a ruler and a pack of mechanical pencil leads. Now, Dr.You branded "savoury biscuit", "rice chip", "nutrition bar" and "cereal bar" are also available in Korea.
I hope Dr. You will initiate his sweet biscuit project as soon as possible.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: Hello Hiromi,
I think any of us would have bought 24 choco-pies to get our hands on a genuine Dr You stationery set, so don't feel bad about that. I haven't spotted Dark Chocolate Hobnobs as yet I'm sure we'll see them soon though.
I think also we can see Dr You's basic plan, it involves fruit, dairy products and chocolate cakes. I hope he surprises us next time round with some strange combinations maybe involving fish or cabbage.