A swell Coynezaa present

Well, at least I think that’s what this is.  I got a call from the office downstairs that I had an Amazon package. I wasn’t expecting one, and when I got the box and opened it, I found these lovely comestibles: among the finest foodstuffs of Canada and Britain:

McVitie’s Dark Chocolate Digestive Biscuits happen to be my favorite among all “cookies,” as we Yanks call them, and Coffee Crisp, unobtainable at U.S. stores, is a Canadian candy bar of impeccable flavor and lineage.

I don’t know who sent these, and perhaps I was told and forgot, but many thanks to the super-kindly sender, and email me if you’re the one.

27 Comments

  1. Posted December 21, 2018 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Happy Coynezaa! Now that we know you like these…

  2. Frank Bath
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Bravo! McVities are hugely popular over here, especially the ones you dip in your tea.

  3. Jeff Morgan
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Well. The digestive’s are my favourite too but I was amazed about the coffee crisp. I am 65. When I was young in the 60’s coffee crisps appeared in Britain and I loved them. They still exist! I wish the canucks would start exporting them to us again.

  4. GBJames
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Let me know if you find a source for Weetabix here in the US. 😉

    • Posted December 21, 2018 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

      I buy Weetabix often at Trader Joe’s.

      • GBJames
        Posted December 21, 2018 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

        Thanks. I’ll give that a try!

        • Posted December 21, 2018 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

          I was also surprised when I discovered it a few years back. A box is surprisingly cheap – $2 if I remember correctly. Way cheaper than at British import shops. It’s actually made in Canada but they have a US website, http://www.wheetabixusa.com.

          • GBJames
            Posted December 21, 2018 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

            There’s an errant “h” in that URL… I got it to work at “www.weetabixusa.com” but the url only tells me to look at Amazon Prime (which doesn’t have it) and at a local store (not Trader Joe’s) which also doesn’t have it.

            I’ll try TJ.

            What part of the country do you live in?

            • Simon Hayward
              Posted December 21, 2018 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

              We have bought them at TJs in California, Tennessee, and Illinois, so I don’t think location should be an issue.

              • GBJames
                Posted December 21, 2018 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

                SCORE!

                A trip to a nearby Trader Joe’s yielded an ample supply. Many thanks for the pointer!

            • Posted December 21, 2018 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

              Sorry about the URL. I live in Long Beach, California. I live halfway between two TJs and both have Weetabix (no ‘h’).

    • Kevin
      Posted December 22, 2018 at 7:18 am | Permalink

      I tried to buy Weetabix in Milan 20 years ago.
      The lady asked what it was (in Italian).
      I described it.
      She said no, but that they had another similar thing and showed me a packet of Weetabix.

      She called it like ‘Vay-ta-bix’ compared to my ‘Oo-ee-ta-bix’. The difference was enough not to be understood.

  5. Serendipitydawg
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    The McVitie chocolate digestive has taken a severe turn to the dark (not chocolate) side. I couldn’t finish the last pack I had, very disappointing indeed. I have another pack to try and I sincerely hope that the previous one was some kind of abberation, otherwise my go-to biscuit is history…

    My favourite biscuit is the Chocolate Oliver, ridiculously expensive and hard to get.

    These days, the only chocolate I have comes from here. I was there today, in fact and if you get the chance I recommend it.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted December 21, 2018 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

      If ever you fancy a change from H&P’s I highly recommend FOX’S GOLDEN CRUNCH CREAMS first & their ginger version second. They are also marvellously cheap so it’s worth a punt to buy them blind.

      Trust me, I’m a biscuit doctor

      I liked the original Chocolate Oliver before the company went bust a decade ago. The resurrected Huntley & Palmers biscuit has less biscuit & more chocolate – sounds good many might think, but the balance has been lost. No longer a biscuit for nibbling alongside tea/coffee IMO. I also object to buying the souvenir tin each time when there’s only 14? 15? biscuits in the bloody thing – no biscuits only option is a scandal. I suspect they ‘make to order’ & cash flow ain’t great [supermarkets want 90 days or even 120 days credit] thus OOS too often.

      I notice biscuit makers have ‘pivoted’ [as they say now] to dark chocolate, but most of them strangely have just replaced the milk choc with the same quantity of dark choc – this is stupidity when actually it’s necessary to revaluate all the biscuit components if any one component is changed.

      Down with biscuit tin madness!

      • Posted December 21, 2018 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

        “I notice biscuit makers have ‘pivoted’ [as they say now] to dark chocolate, but most of them strangely have just replaced the milk choc with the same quantity of dark choc – this is stupidity when actually it’s necessary to revaluate all the biscuit components if any one component is changed.”

        I was doubting your “biscuit doctor” claim until I read this. Of course, the scope of this observation extends way beyond biscuitry. 👏👏

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted December 21, 2018 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

          It certainly does! 🙂

  6. Jenny Haniver
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Coynezaa hasn’t even begun and you already have two splendid gifts: an origami duck and snacks!

  7. Diana MacPherson
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Mmmmmm Coffee Crisp is my favourite chocolate bar.

    • Mark R.
      Posted December 21, 2018 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

      I love any candy with coffee flavoring (and ice-cream) so I’d love these. Very surprised they can’t be found in the US. I can’t even think of a “chocolate bar” sold here that has a coffee component. Just hard candies, and small chocolates you’ll find in a See’s candy box.

  8. Claudia Baker
    Posted December 21, 2018 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    It’s so weird that you can’t get ‘Coffee Crisp’ in the U.S. But then, we can’t get ‘Heath Bars’ up here. They are my favourite chocolate bar, and I have to stock up when I go to the States.

    The best chocolate that I have ever had is the Stilwell’s easter eggs we got as kids. Sadly, Stilwell’s doesn’t make chocolate anymore, just humbugs (another of Jerry’s favourite things). I have never tasted any chocolate to match it. Granted, I haven’t tasted all chocolate in the world, but I have given it a good try!

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted December 21, 2018 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

      Whitaker’s Chocolate in NZ is good as are Smarties from anywhere but Canada. They put artificial flavour in Smarties here while in NZ and Australia (and I assume England) they don’t and they taste way better. Though I think Canada is headed that way so maybe they are better now.

      • Claudia Baker
        Posted December 22, 2018 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

        Ya, I can’t eat Smarties. They just taste like chemicals to me. But, I haven’t tried them in a long time, so maybe they’re changed.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted December 22, 2018 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

          Try Whittaker’s. You can usually find it in some shops or online in Canada.

  9. Posted December 21, 2018 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Please be careful. I’m surprised nobody has already pointed out the obvious: these may not be from a friend, and they may be tainted or poisoned. There are a lot of crazy people out there. If I were you, I would throw them out uneaten unless someone you know and trust comes forward to take credit.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted December 21, 2018 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

      They are from me so you can chill 🙂


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