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A question of immense biscuit-related import. [20120127|21:37]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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After seven-plus years in this country, I still have little moments of cultural revelation. Last weekend, it was biscuit-inspired. A friend had brought over a packet of Hob Nobs. I somehow failed to notice them until there were only three left. I absent-mindedly removed one from the packet, dunked it in my tea, placed it in my mouth and experienced a shock.

There was no chocolate on it.

I had hitherto never eaten a pure, unadulterated Hob Nob. Like just about everything else, I assumed that because Hob Nobs came with chocolate coating, they were the better for it.

This is not true. Not at all. A Hob Nob devoid of chocolate is not only delicious, it is better than a Hob Nob coated in chocolate.

I had to eat the other two to make sure, of course.

What do you think?
Poll #1814528 A very British question

Hob nobs are

best left unadulterated
10(52.6%)
best with a thin layer of chocolate
9(47.4%)

By forcing you to choose between these options, I am

terribly cruel.
6(14.6%)
enforcing the fallacy of binary opposites.
8(19.5%)
committing a crime against chocolate.
2(4.9%)
failing also to provide the option that says "Hob Nobs are a travesty of a biscuit that should not exist."
5(12.2%)
forgiven because I have enabled the ticky here.
13(31.7%)
allowing you to tell me that you like your Hob Nobs any way they make 'em.
7(17.1%)
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[User Picture]From: purplecthulhu
2012-01-27 22:00 (UTC)
Hob Nobs are a dreadful latecomer to the biscuit universe whose creation was utterly unnecessary because perfection had already been reached when the great McVitie invented the plain chocolate wholewheat biscuit. All others are inadequate imitations and should be spurned.

So there.
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2012-01-27 22:14 (UTC)
Hob nobs are a good biscuit.
Chocolate hob nobs are a mediocre biscuit.

To improve a hob nob they must increase its robustness to ensure a second dunk and remove at least half the salt and a third of the sugar.

A very good biscuit is a McVities Ginger Nut. Other ginger biscuits are available and should be avoided at all costs.

Biscuits are an important part of our culture and this thread must be treated with the respect it deserves. My lifelong work is to find the BBITW (Best Biscuit In The World)
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[User Picture]From: grrr_arrrgg
2012-01-29 07:43 (UTC)
For you Alice try
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2012-01-29 21:46 (UTC)
oh ratty you know me so well :) that is indeed a contender.
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2012-01-27 22:31 (UTC)
For me, unchocolated hob nobs with tea are outstanding - but without tea, a single chocolated hob nob is preferable.

Custard creams are, if left unguarded, potentially extinct in my presence. Ginger nuts rapidly disappear as well. Most other biscuits I prefer to have with a cheese selection, mainly so I can go "OOh! (x) biscuit! With (y) cheese!" *Chomp* *repeat with different values of x and y until I start to worry about getting told off for using up all the tastiest x's*

Edit: DAMMIT I FORGOT THE JOY OF BOURBON CREAMS *weeps for the oddly chocolate biscuitness of them all*

Edited at 2012-01-27 10:32 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: imyril
2012-01-27 23:48 (UTC)
I think unadulterated gibbons (um, hello autocorrect. Gibbons are great, but we were talking about biscuits. Yes, well...) that is to say plain hobnobs are fabulous and perfect, but my chocolate cravings still make me buy the adulterated version. Mmm, chocolate.
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2012-01-28 01:57 (UTC)
I have no experience with Hob Nobs, but want to ask for the sake of pure scientific research, are they very buttery? Is butter the first ingredient? If so, then that may be the reason for the superior taste of the non-chocolate covered variety. You may have to purchase and consume more of these for the sake of scientific discover!
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[User Picture]From: belladonna_
2012-01-28 02:06 (UTC)
Man, Brits really ain't messing around when it comes to biscuits! I admire this in a nation. Please continue to provide reports on this topic. It's crucial for cross-cultural understanding.
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2012-01-28 13:14 (UTC)
Dear Belladonna,

We British definately do not mess around when it comes to biscuits. Currently one of the favourite TV programs in this country is called the The Great British Bake Off. We watch is awe and amusement as biscuits, pies, breads and cakes are invented and perfected or crucified in front of us. It is dignified, full of historical information and everyone wears a neat pinny. A pinny is a pinifore often called an apron. The pinny should match the decoration of the finished cake, well it should if I were judging. *Ahem*

Meanwhile may I direct you to http://www.nicecupofteaandasitdown.com/ . This should show that we do take things seriously. If you have any questions regarding the issues discussed please post :D

Alice
(who currently has batches of mince pies and maids of honour in the oven)
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[User Picture]From: belladonna_
2012-01-29 04:17 (UTC)
Rule Britannia! :) </p>

That biscuit spread sounds amazing. Who knew?

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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2012-01-28 02:26 (UTC)
are those like tim tams? I honestly have no idea I've never had either.
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2012-01-28 04:55 (UTC)
This is all academic to me, because what I REALLY REALLY love are the not as good, but more beloved and not available in America PENGUIN BARS. Oh, I love Penguin Bars.
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2012-01-28 20:30 (UTC)
Which of course means it's time for:

Q. Why don't polar bears eat penguins?
A. Because they can't get the wrappers off.
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