Dark Chocolate Royals

March 21, 2010 at 17:36 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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The Royal is Arnott’s version of a teacake; soft mallow on a biscuit base covered in chocolate. They come in two varieties; milk and dark. As is usually the case, the dark version is much better, and it is those we will consider here.

The first thing to say about the Royal is that it must be kept in the fridge. A Royal at room temperature is most unsatisfying; it becomes a soft, sticky, over-sweet mess that is really not very enjoyable. If someone offers you a non-chilled Royal, do yourself a favour and refuse. However, from the fridge they are a different beast.

As you bite into it, the chocolate dome cracks in an extremely satisfying manner; your teeth then sink into sensuous soft mallow before reaching the soft biscuit base which yields to the bite without cracking. The different components reach a kind of harmony as you chew; the sweet mallow coupled with the rich dark chocolate, with the base providing a contrasting texture. It really is very good. For something so sweet they are extremely moreish; it’s not out of the question to polish off a whole packet in one sitting. (Unfortunately this is what happened to the review pack before I had got around to measuring their size or counting the number in the pack, which is why this review is rather light on the hard data).

Great stuff. highly recommended – a 9 out of 10. Just remember – go for the dark variety, not the milk, and put them in the fridge.

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