If you are an american living in the uk........

(27 Posts)
MamaMimi Fri 05-Feb-10 22:13:35

....are you aware of an equivalent over here of 'Nilla' wafers? Or even something that would be similar?

I'm wanting to do a recipe I did in the US that had Nilla cookies in it and I'm not sure what to use as a replacement.

I thought about trifle sponges but I'm not sure they would be quite right - not thin enough.

So any suggestions would be most welcome.

TIA. smile

ByTheSea Fri 05-Feb-10 22:20:53

I've been here 13 years and I've never seen or tasted anything like Nilla wafers here. Sorry not to be of more help. Your post has certainly made me nostalgic for my childhood though.

differentID Fri 05-Feb-10 22:24:40
MaryMungo Fri 05-Feb-10 22:37:51

I'd probably use a cheap shortbread biscuit like this

EmilyStrange Fri 05-Feb-10 22:44:11

I have found that many of the posh delicatessens stock American goods such as Nilla. But that is in London and I don't know where you are based.

MmeBlueberry Fri 05-Feb-10 22:58:48

I'm sorry to say that the closest thing to Nilla wafers are Farleys Rusks.

MamaMimi Fri 05-Feb-10 23:29:07

Thanks for the ideas and links so far.

Nice one diffID - I have just bookmarked that site, expensive tho' no? Obviously cos they have to ship them over specially. It's like the prices I had to pay for things like Branston pickle when I was in the States!

I live in the dark depths of Cumbria, about as far from London as you can get in this country. Don't have a Waitrose any where near although I could get similar biccies at any other supermarket I'm sure.

I fear you are probably right MmeB but rusks just wouldn't cut it in this recipe (I don't think!)

differentID Fri 05-Feb-10 23:32:53

I'm thinking of doing an order for some bits for curiosity's sake. anything you would suggest I avoid like the plague. I already know about Hershey's vomit so-called chocolate. And I don't touch Nestle stuff anywaygrin

mathanxiety Fri 05-Feb-10 23:34:35

You could try Marie biscuits, though they're dryer than Nilla wafers and a bit different in texture and taste, and they wouldn't crush the same if crushing is what you intend to do with them. But they're plain. What's the recipe?

MamaMimi Fri 05-Feb-10 23:43:30

Oooooh, I was just having a look thinking the same thing diffID but dd1 has just woke up with ear ache so I'm cutting my nostalgia trip short for now.

Can't think of anything to avoid (apart from what you've mentioned) at the mo' without checking it all out, but Teddy Grahams are great biscuits, specially for young kids - well tasty and moreish anyway. Not great in a healthy way!

MamaMimi Fri 05-Feb-10 23:47:24

It's banana pudding math so they really have to sort of melt and dissolve a bit into the banana-ry goo (sounds lovely doesn't it?).

Sorry gotta go now, shall check to see if there are any more suggestions tomorrow.

differentID Fri 05-Feb-10 23:53:54

what's the jell-o choc pudding like? anything along the lines of Angel delight?

expatinscotland Fri 05-Feb-10 23:54:28

I haven't found anything like Nila except rusks so that's why I use, too, because getting hold of Nila is too £££ most of the time.

mathanxiety Sat 06-Feb-10 02:48:26

Lady fingers then? (If you dried them out a bit...)

MamaMimi Sat 06-Feb-10 18:22:10

what are lady fingers? Never had them. Are they like trifle sponges?

MmeBlueberry Sat 06-Feb-10 18:28:20

How about making your own?

If you Google 'homemade nilla wafers' you will get plenty of hits. They look pretty simple, and I am sure are miles tastier than the real thing.

mathanxiety Sat 06-Feb-10 18:39:18

Here's a picture and a recipe using them They're also called Savoiardi. I use them in Tiramisiu, which made me think of banana pudding to some extent.

MamaMimi Sat 06-Feb-10 19:51:56

Great suggestions - make my own, or lady fingers if I can't be arsed haven't got time.

Thanks guys smile

MmeBlueberry Sat 06-Feb-10 20:05:31

I remember back when we were still living in the USA seeing something on TV (possibly on CBS morning news, or equivalent), a cookery segment where they made Oreos, Little Debbies, HoHos, Twinkies....

The homemade varieties are so much better, and not particularly hard.

If you need Nilla wafers as an ingredient for something you are making 'from scratch', then do the decent thing and make the wafers from scratch too.

fufe24 Wed 07-Nov-12 13:30:44

hello there,

I live in London and i need to find Nilla Wafers, can anybody help?

NettoSpookerstar Wed 07-Nov-12 14:03:42
EdwardtheEagle Wed 07-Nov-12 14:33:34

How about langue du chat biscuits?

fufe24 Fri 16-Nov-12 09:18:57

thank you for the suggestions, i tried Amazon but i actually need to buy 4/5 boxes and this is going to be very expencise due to delivery costs, any idea of any actual shop?
have a great day

Teapot13 Fri 16-Nov-12 22:45:37

fufe24, you could check out Panzer's Deli in St. John's Wood, but I doubt it will be the less expensive option.

OP, what about digestive biscuits? They would be more like graham crackers than Nilla wafers, but I could picture that with banana pudding. I mean, banana cream pie with graham cracker crust would be nice, no? So it might work melted in as well. . . might have to add cinnamon.

sashh Sat 17-Nov-12 08:06:14

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