September 13, 2010 at 11:01 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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A few things to say about the ‘Nice’ biscuit. Firstly, it is not names after the town of Nice, France – whatever Arnott’s may say on the subject. Secondly, the Arnott’s version is not ‘The Original’, as the packet notes; it was first made by British manufacturer Huntley & Palmers well before the 1922 introduction by Arnott’s. Thirdly, and most importantly, it is mis-named. it should be called ‘Quite Nice‘ for reasons we will come to presently.

The biscuit itself is rectangular, with a scalloped edge and sixteen small holes. It is embossed with the words’ ARNOTT NICE’, although the wording is less distinct on the actual biscuit than the packet imagery suggests. It has a coating of sugar crystals all over the front; indeed there’s a lot of sugar on these biscuits – more than other manufacturer’s version of this biscuit, and again more than the artwork depicts.

The thing that no-one relaly knows about the Nice biscuit, though, is what it tastes of. Sort of vaguely vanilla, or some say perhaps a hint of coconut. The packet doesn’t help much, as the ingredients, apart from the obvious flour, oil and sugar, just list it as ‘flavour’. So they do definitely have a flavour – it’s just undefined.

So what does it taste like? Well, it’s all a bit average, really. It’s a very boring biscuit that has been jazzed up by sprinkling a lot of sugar over the top. It’s a mediocre dunker (rapid withdrawal is required to prevent break-up), and all that sugar tends to make the tea go sweet as it washes off. Not really bad, though. Just, as I alluded to earlier, quite nice. Perhaps four out of ten.


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