All for one, and one for all biscuits
Released on: 2013-10-03

So the moment of truth has arrived?.… (It has)

The quest began with a chocolate biscuit that reminded me of a biscuit from my childhood. A year later, having memorized the name and look of the packaging, I went to buy this biscuit and quickly realised that in fact, I had not memorized the name and look of the packaging.

There is a strategy in the programming world called brute force, where you try every single possibility. This is typically the slowest option and thus generally avoided if pretty much any other way is available. However we are talking about a chocolate biscuit. It could be any of them, riiiiight? So I bought every type of chocolate biscuit that was in the supermarket. This event marked the beginning of the quest. However the quest would be likely to end badly if I ate all of those chocolate biscuits by my self. So this in-tern led to the "Exercise in the wrong biscuit" where I'd bring in a few packets to work a maxiumum of once a week. Of course, my co-workers were terribly upset at this prospect, but participated just to help out. ;-)

The biscuit of my childhood is the squiggle top (not this type of squiggle top). I think it was in the early 90s when TV ads really started to get creative and colourful. *Every* kid wanted to try the squiggle top biscuit and for me this became a reality at my next birthday party when someone (mum?) put these biscuits with the other party food. I think their life span was around about 2.5 minutes. [Edit: The biscuits, not the person!... Though these biscuits really were that good.]

So looking at the biscuits I have brought out over the last few weeks, it would be easy to assume that the biscuit I was looking for is the Chrunchie biscuit. It certainly tastes similar. But it's not the one that I was looking for.

But before I tell you which biscuit it is, let's digress:
The brute force strategy can be optimised. As soon as you find the result you're looking for, you can stop looking. It would be kind of silly to continue, wouldn't it? So when I planned the whole thing, I kept this in mind and ranked the biscuits based on the packaging and name. The least likely ones came first, therefore we'd have the highest chance of hitting the one at the end. Trouble is... It actually turned out to be one of the packets in the second week!

This concludes the quest for the one true biscuit. It's been a good exercise in testing out various bits, like "Is the phone camera good enough for this type of stuff." In the next coupe of weeks or so, this blog will come alive again. Until then, I hope you've enjoyed this somewhat pointless, but fun exercise in finding a biscuit that reminded me of a biscuit I tried in my childhood.

(If you have a moment, watch the related video. You can really see why people loved that presenter.)

Good day to you, good sir! :)

PS There were 8 packs this week.… but I already ate some. ;)

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