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    This Blog is built - not, as some might expect, on a flimsy whim but on a strong and single minded principle.

    That principle concerns Biscuits and their position in the world.

    We are really very keen on biscuits.
    As are many of you out there.
    We think.

    We wish to create an archive of Arrowroot, a backlog of Bourbons and a catalogue of Chocolate Fingers. Anybody can contribute an entry - or dispute somebody else's - provided they are not dull.
    Even Americans who perhaps don't really have the heritage of biscuitry that we are fortunate to have here.

    Or maybe they do and we are unaware of the full glory of the cookie.

    We realise that this whole subject is admirably and concisely dealt with by that excellent and unbeatable website A Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down. Our feeble efforts will be as the kicking of a gadfly in the face of their wisdom and experience but we hope that we may have a small contribution to make.

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    He does sterling work growing many inappropriate plants in Devon. He dedicates a great deal of time and effort nurturing a plethora of plants that are (mostly) totally unsuited to our climate. His is a life of such extreme eccentric dedication that to start a Blog about Biscuits seems perfectly normal. He treads gently in the footsteps of people like the great William Buckland,a professor of Geology who claimed that he could tell location by tasting the local topsoil.

Biscuit or Candy ?

While out and about, shopping for chocolate goodies for family and other guests, the name on this package was recognized as one mentioned in a previous post and/or comment on the Encounters Blog. It was snatched right up and tossed lightheartedly into the cart.

Back at the house the wrapper was studied. The expiration date was good, it should be fresh. The first ingredient listed was chocolate, another plus on the grading scale of plus and minus used here for all things of importance. Fiber-two grams, protein-two grams, calcium-two percent of the daily requirement, iron-ten percent. This was positively a health food. Let us skip the calories, fat and carbohydrate numbers for they are irrelevant, as is the portion size.
How thoughtful of the manufacturers to show us how to break this bar apart too. They think of everything, those German biscuit makers. But there’s the rub, is this a biscuit or a candy bar?  Shall we give it the taste test? Let us open the package and give it the once over.
Following the helpful instructions on the packet, a section was broken off. The chocolate looks like the high quality stuff. The marzipan looks to be the right consistency and color.  It smells chocolatey.
Mmmm. Chomp, chew, chew, chew, continued for nineteen more times. My grandmother taught that each bite of food should be chewed twenty-three times. That rule is followed religiously to this day. It does make for some slow eating, but each bite is truly savored.

The results of this taste test give the Ritter Sport dark chocolate with marzipan high marks. If one likes marzipan, one does, and this is made with 100% finest marzipan, it says so right on the label, and if one likes dark chocolate, ditto, since these are the two ingredients in this confection, one will agree with the tester. Bring on the next goodie!

Frances Garrison. plain.

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13 Responses

  1. This is not a biscuit. It is a bar of chocolate.
    One with marzipan.
    It fulfills not even one of the many criteria required by a biscuit.
    Or the slightly less stringent requirements demanded by a cookie
    No matter how many times you chew it.

    • Oops, I must have been typing at the same time you were, just noticing the tag of not a biscuit!

      Number of chews not a criteria? I am sticking with the lack of baking, although that might have exceptions, a cookie recipe in another as yet unpublished post does not get baked. We need some rules about this, please.

  2. Not a biscuit you say? I agree, it seems more like a candy bar since there is no baking involved. Is that the criteria, she wonders?

    Very tricky in the tags!

  3. Major faux pas there Francis. It is most definitely and obviously a chocolate bar to anyone who cares to look. I swear a blind man on a galloping horse would shoot by that bar and still know , ‘nope that wasn’t a biscuit’.. *shakes head, sighes and walks away*

    • Once again we have stepped on the fragile toes on the islands. Will we never learn? Maybe a little clarification on those elusive criteria? Mea culpa.

      • your apology is accepted. Further research is necessary, I suggest you start with the English Oxford Dictionary and slowly build from there. Best of luck xx

  4. Agreed it’s not a biscuit, but my cold befuddled head is demanding to be fed at least one of these right away!

    • So sorry you are not feeling well, VP. The high quality chocolate in this non cookie would be just the thing, with a hot beverage in which to not dunk it.

      • Thank you Frances. I have the hot beverage, but sadly not the non-biscuit. I may have to send NAH out a-foraging…

  5. Whatever it is…it looks delish! Just mentioning 2 packages of shortbread arrived for Christmas and sadly all gone!

  6. This is as much a biscuit as it is a space ship. No where near.

    They are tasty though!

    Ryan

    • Oh Ryan, I appreciate the space reference! Something we across the pond sort of know about, even if we don’t know about baked goods. Well not me personally, but we once took the girl scout troop to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in southern California. The Ritter was very good, the chocolate especially.

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