When I moved from Queensland down to Canberra many years ago, I had quite a shock. No, it wasn't the freezing cold temperature, or the hoards of public servants. It was the Gingernut biscuits. Arnotts Gingernut biscuits.
These little brown discs of yumminess are my all time favorite biscuits (if you leave them out a couple of days they go chewy and lovely). HOWEVER. On my arrival to Canberra, having that first hot cuppa tea with said biscuits I almost packed my bags and flew home again. OK, perhaps I am exaggerating a little, but it was a rude shock to find the gingernuts in the ACT (and NSW) were hard little buggers that almost broke my front teeth first bite.
I should add here that the gingernuts in Queensland are lovely thin, dark biscuits with a hint of spiciness and a complex flavour. These impostors were not my beloved gingernuts. At first I thought Arnotts had just changed the recipe, until I realised, on a visit back north, the biscuits in Queensland were still the same.
I dealt with this as best as I knew how - having my boyfriend at the time send me packs of Queensland gingernuts in the mail when I had run out. I moved to Victoria a couple of years later. And almost fell off my chair when I realised the gingernuts in Victoria were different again. What the hell?
Years later, bored at work one day, I emailed Arnotts with all the important philosophical questions: why are your gingernut biscuits having an identity crisis? I was pretty surprised when they actually emailed me back with a big spiel around why they were different from state to state: