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Click pic to view comments Confirmed sighting: Unibic Anzac Biscuits
Posted: 11:25 Thu 06-11-2003. Price: 99p/ 300g. Location: Sainsbury's, North London. Sub-flavours: None. Nutritional unusualness: "Golden syrup (Partially inverted refiners syrup)".
Snackspot reports: Their colleagues may have made the ultimate sacrifice, but have The Royal British Legion made the ultimate coconut cookies? As previously covered on NiceCupOfTeaAndABlahBlah, these "hark back to a simpler age of biscuit eating", and are based around a traditional WW1-era recipe involving "flour, oats and desiccated coconut in equal proportions as well as butter sugar and golden syrup". Amazingly, to my modern palette, this results in something like a big version of the plain Maryland coconut cookie - by no means unpleasant, but a bit bland for today's sensation-seeking biscuit fan. Still, it's an fascinating flashback into "How We Used To Eat", while "4% of sales" goes to The Royal British Legion, who don't let you put that poppy symbol on just anything, you know.

...In other chocolate/ biscuity news: The Grocer magazine was recently going on about the new sweet and savoury Altu Bars (available in Peach, Apricot and Almond, Cranberry and Boysenberry, Sundried Tomato, Olive and Parmesan); and also announces that, in London and the south-east, this week's Observer Food Monthly magazine will be commemorating Remembrance Sunday (November 9th) with a free 20g Green and Black Milk Chocolate Bar, which should certainly ensure a "minute of silence" round my house, if you know what I mean!


Posted: 23:03 Thu 06-11-2003 by "Adrian" # permalink comment
Comment: Unfortunately, the answer is no. The Royal British Legion have not made the ultimate coconut cookie. The Returned Services League started it off with Unibic in 1999: http://www.globalsupermarket.com.au/snackfoods.html and also http://www.unibic.com.au/hm_rsl.asp

Looks like they've just repackaged it for the UK.

As previously hinted at on Snackspot, this is our revenge for Maralinga: http://www.sea-us.org.au/thunder/britsbombingus.html

Posted: 01:29 Fri 07-11-2003 by "Flameproof" # permalink comment
Comment: But they're a bit... bland, aren't they? (the biscuits, not the Royal British Legion)
Posted: 11:54 Fri 07-11-2003 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: Hungry biscuit lovers? I wish them all fed.
Posted: 18:52 Sun 09-11-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Fascinatingly, I borrowed that opening sentence off my all-time favourite Australian TV show, the Drop The Dead Donkey-alike (but better) "Frontline" - in which anchorman Mike Moore introduces a piece about sweatshops with the line:

"They say clothes maketh the man - but in Australia, it's women that maketh the clothes..."

Posted: 03:45 Mon 10-11-2003 by "Adrian" # permalink comment
Comment: Good Lord, I had no idea there are literary references in Snackspot's product introductions! Wheels within Wagon Wheels...

Frontline was a top show. I have the complete scripts at home - they're so good you can read them again and again. "Mmm, a very shady character..."

Back to the topic at hand. I once made my own ANZAC biscuits. I didn't have any oats in the cupboard so I used instant porridge, and I didn't have any dessicated coconut so I used the inside of a Bounty bar. Unfortunately I didn't give them enough cooking time so they were still a little bit raw. But I ate them anyway.

Posted: 03:30 Fri 21-11-2003 by "Roger Kaputnik" # permalink comment
Comment: Never liked bounties as a kid, but aquired the taste as I grew. How did they taste with the bounty coconut?
Posted: 06:24 Mon 24-11-2003 by "Adrian" # permalink comment
Comment: They tasted fine with the Bounty coconut, but then again I've always liked the Bounty bar. Probably the only thing was that the bisuits came out a bit sweet, but I think that was also because there was a lot of sugar in the instant porridge.
Posted: 14:30 Mon 03-05-2004 by "Aidie" # permalink comment
Comment: I bought some in Sainsbury's Belfast on Saturday
Posted: 02:02 Sun 12-Sep-2004 by "tori" # permalink comment
Comment: hi
Posted: 05:47 Wed 02-Nov-2005 by ""dude"" # permalink comment
Comment: i like lollies 92951 2 73
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