Wagon Wheel Double Choc

July 26, 2011 at 12:30 | Posted in biscuits | 1 Comment
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Here’s a thing you might not know about Wagon Wheels. You can’t flush them down the toilet. I know this because when my mother was small, she was given a Wagon Wheel at a party, and she was too polite to say that she didn’t like them at all. So she took it, and them attempted to dispose of it by flushing it away. Flush after frantic flush, the Wagon Wheel kept floating back into view in the bowl, as my mother attempted to hide the evidence of her ingratitude.

I never did find out what happened in the end, but evidently it scarred her for life, as she never bought Wagon Wheels for us when we were kids.

Nowadays, there are more varieties on offer, of course – such as Mini Wagon Wheels, and the Double Choc version – which we shall look at here. I have not looked at the flushability of the modern Wagon Wheel, however, as it seemed like the waste of a rather good biscuit, so apologies if you were hoping to see a video re-enactment of my mother’s shame.

The Double Choc moniker is actually quite understated, and shows admirable restraint on the part of Arnott’s biscuiteers. For the Double Choc Wagon Wheel contains no less than four choc components – the chocolate-flavour coating, choc marshmallow, a thin scrape of choc fudge and, to top it off, choc flavoured biscuits. Perhaps Arnott’s should re-launch them as ‘Quadruple Choc’.

The ‘choc’ part is important, as no self-respecting Wagon Wheel contains any actual chocolate. No, as the pack proudly proclaims, they are legendary since 1952, and back in those days chocolate hadn’t been invented – so instead various other substances were used to create the chocolate flavour.

However, the Double Choc version of the Wagon Wheel is quite different to its conventional brethren. The regular one is a symphony of choc flavour, stale biscuit, weird mallow stuff and artificial jam – and is really exceptionally good. The Double Choc one, however, is quite different. The biscuit is far more crunchy, and the mallow more conventional. And they really do taste chocolatey – a bit like a chocolate desert, perhaps one of those ‘death by chocolate’ things you get in low-class eateries.

It’s not really what you expect, but it is quite good – the spirit of Wagon Wheel still shines through, but the Double Choc version stands tall, delivering its own, modern interpretation of Wagon Wheel-ness. I’m going to give these seven out of ten.

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  1. Hello,

    Your fun story about your too polite mother reminded me one of my elementary school days.( Your mother was /is thoutful girl/lady)
    One of my friend left a small pouch of teeny dried fish snack served at school lunch
    After school lunch time, she released those dried fish into the well inside the school saying:
    “I am returning these tiny fish to where they should be. ”
    She was a really unique friend.
    If there were sea near the school, she might have released those fish snack into the sea.

    A few weeks ago, I had a lovely time in Seoul Korea enjoying Korean-style wagon wheels called “Orion Choco Pie”, which is also a chocolate covered marshmallow sandwich biscuit.
    I am a large fan of Orion choco Pie biscuits despite the cheap and thin chocolate covering.
    I love its cheap flavour, but I would buy if the double choco variant would be released.
    Somethig with more chocolate sounds wonferful.
    I am happy that the Wagon Wheel Double Choco seems to be rather improved
    into something like a chocolate dessert.
    No doubt nobody will see a Wagon Wheel Double Choco in a toilet any more.

    Thank you .

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