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Minivanman
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Taking the biscuit

There's an old saying, if there are always biscuits in the tin, where's the fun in biscuits.

Trouble is, except when the grandchildren come to visit the Mrs never buys them but they do seem to be going out of fashion - or is it just me?

As kids, now and then we'd be sent to the local grocers shop for a bag of broken ones. How they got that way I have no idea but then I don't recall them being in packets either, although some must have been I guess. 

It's a tough life, but thankfully the tin is not always empty. Wink


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Champnet
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Re: Taking the biscuit

Woolies was always good for cheap broken biscuits....

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I always have loads of different biscuits. The staple favourite being custard creams.

What's a cup of tea without a biscuit.Sad

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In the late seventies early eighties my next door neighbour worked at Elke's biscuits factory in Uttoxeter

He used to buy broken and misshaped biscuits from the factory shop many were made for major supermarkets 

We liked the chocolate biscuits like a Penguin

Happy days 

 

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I remember buying the big plastic bags of broken biscuits. Before they all got "special" packaging.

For some reason they always seemed to have loads of the penguin type in them.

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@Champnet 

I'd forgotten about them, but where did they and others get them from?

Maybe there used to be an actual broken biscuit factory somewhere just churning them out. Now of course they'd just be chucked away - or used as animal feed perhaps.

@billnotben 

Custard creams were always my favorite but I find them far to sweet now. 

 

 


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Anonymous
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A childhood friend, his mum worked at the Jaffa Cake Factory, Stockport....

 

Staff perk...

We used to get large boxes of mis-shaped Jaffa cakes, for just two shillings a box ! 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffa_Cakes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYoVeJGkRRo

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Re: Taking the biscuit


@Champnet wrote:

Woolies was always good for cheap broken biscuits....


Woollies was good for going broke!

I don't miss them, sharks in their final years.

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Roll_eyes

 

The biscuits used to be sold loose and the broken ones were the result of handling. Woolies were one of the biggest retailers in those days so naturally they had many broken ones.

How bout the large slabs of cake they used to sell and cut to order? I loved the cherry genoa.

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The days when they had counters and staff behind them. @artmo ‘s right, the biscuits were on display and sold loose and the broken ones were left at the bottom of the tins.

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Re: Taking the biscuit

Slightly OT, but ISTR some shops selling off dented tinned food cheap sometimes.

Just dent me a couple of tins of beans please, oh and a can of sliced peaches while you're at it please.  Wink

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Especially with fruit and maybe an urban myth, but I've always thought that buying dented tins was not a good idea - something to do with the lining being damaged allowing the metal to come into direct contact with the contents?


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When at school in the mid 70's in Blackheath we weren't far from the Chiltonian Biscuit Factory in Lee (I think they closed in 1980). We would walk past the factory and buy a large box of broken biscuits. We'd take them home and bag them up in two sizes using cling film then sell them the next day during breaks - 2p for a small one and 3p for a larger one. They sold like... hot biscuits.

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Many years ago, as a poor student, I bought a dented tin of peaches at full price and the tin was rusty on the inside.  The shop gave me a refund and I was able to afford the bus fare home that weekend.

@Minivanman "... used as animal feed perhaps."  I was wondering why Danish bacon was so sweet, it's the broken Danish butter biscuits the pigs are fed.

 

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@Mav 

Whereas now they sell wraps of a different kind and of the sort you don't want to know where they've been.Roll_eyes


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