Digest of Biscuits
According to an article in the Guardian – you can tell a lot about a person from the biscuits they eat. Readers of tabloid newspapers like pink wafers, whereas readers of “The Scotsman” prefer shortbread and oat biscuits. There are regional variations also. Overall, though the top five biscuits are digestives, cookies, jam rings, chocolate fingers and rich tea biscuits.
So I am pleased for the jam ring making it into the top three, although deep down we know it is really the Jammie Dodger snapping at the heels of cookies. Jammie Dodgers always seemed so decadent and indulgent, as a child – with the sticky jam visible through the wee window. A good biscuit for dissecting and eating creatively.
Cookies make me feel old. I can remember life before cookies. When there were just biscuits. And then the St Enoch centre had a cookie outlet and that was that. Next thing, everywhere was making them. So, they’ve done well to make it to number two in the biscuit charts, even although they are cookies. (Are biscuits a subset of cookies? Or the other way around? Or does it depend on which side of the Atlantic you are standing on?)
Chocolate fingers. Meh. Always a bit melty and a bit insubstantial. But when I was wee my mum made me a Womble House birthday cake the exterior of which featured chocolate fingers – used to create a convincing log-cabin effect. And Madame Cholet stood at the door with Orinoco.
Rich Tea biscuits take me back to long sessions of playing cards as a child, playing Scabby Queen and dunking countless rich tea biscuits in luke-warm tea. But I don’t ever buy them. They are just not as delicious to dunk as digestives – and they fall off mid-dunk too too often.
My children like Iced Gems and Minnie Moos. But today they spied… Tunnocks Tea Cakes!
I’m having a half-hearted attempt at dieting today, so didn’t have the pleasure of sinking my teeth into the soft and delicious mallowy centre, perfect for complimenting a lovely cup of tea.
Now, Jaffa Cakes – there’s a controversial one! Cakes or biscuits? I’m sure “Europe” has an opinion on that one. Maybe they have the same trouble as banana jam.
So, what’s your favourite biscuit and why? What does it say about you?
As for me, I think it would have to be a Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer. But, as I say, I’m “dieting”.