Husband's son-in-law, in his weekly column in the newspaper he edits made mention, some weekends past, of Oreo cookies (biscuits to any passing British readers). I quote:
In 1912 in Manhattan, New York, the National Biscuit Co. made the first Oreo, and cookie monsters all over the planet are now snorking down about 25 billion of the habit-forming lil’ beggars a year.
1. They are addictive, but subtly so. Really. Think about how many times you’ve sat down with a package of Oreos and a glass of milk to watch a TV show or read the paper or play a video game. It’s almost a mystical moment when you look down and suddenly realize: Oh, I just ate a whole row!
2. Oreo eating is ritualistic and individualistic; there are a dozen methods of devouring the combo of chocolate wafer and white goop inside........ Of course, dunking an Oreo into whatever liquid is at hand is extremely popular.
McVitie Price, Scottish biscuit makers established in 1830, were originators of the Digestive, created by one Alexander Grant in 1892, and so named because it was thought that its high baking soda content served as an aid to food digestion. The biscuits are grainy, coarse textured, semi-sweet and crisp. Wikipedia reports that "Over 71 million packets of McVitie's Chocolate Homewheat Digestives are eaten in the United Kingdom each year, giving an average of 52 biscuits per second."
The loss of Digestives was almost as devastating as the loss of Marks and Spencer incurred by my emigration across the pond. There are thousands of cookie varieties here, surely I could've found a substitute? No. I find American cookies far too sweet. But...last Christmas-time I spied some familiar red cartons on the cookie shelves of (sorry!) Walmart.....McVities' Digestives, both plain and chocolate!! I stocked up! We make a point of shopping mainly at the other supermarket in town, but I will enter Walmart's doors to re-stock Digestives occasionally, and in each town we visit when away from home, if we happen to wander into a Walmart to use the loos, I'll make a detour to check the cookie aisle for stray Digestives.
I will not write about politics....I will not write about politices....I will not write about politics...