Chocolicious Bites – Gooey Caramel

December 17, 2013 at 11:28 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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chocolicious_caramel_packHaving looked at the Dark Chocolate variant of this new line a few weeks ago, I thought it was time to turn my attention to one of the others in the range- in this case the ‘gooey caramel’ version.

Now, as you may recall my previous encounters with caramel Tim Tams has not been all that successful in large part because what was gooey caramel was falsely advertised as ‘chewy’.

I’m glad to say that Arnott’s have clearly been reading my blog, as this new range casts no illusions – we are told up-front that the caramel is going to be gooey.

But just how gooey will it be? Well, as it happens, not especially gooey. Yes, it is gooey, but I’d say no more gooey than in the aforementioned Tim Tams. In fact, these biscuits taste pretty much identical to the regular Chewy Caramel Tim Tams – which I take as an admission that Arnott’s got it very wrong with the whole ‘chewy’ thing.

chocolisiouc_caramel_biscuitOverall, then, quite pleasant, but nowhere close to the sophistication and decadence of their Dark Chocolate brethren. Yes, the packaging might be fancy, but these are pretty much common-or-garden caramel biscuits wearing a posh frock. Which makes the whole thing a bit of a disappointment, really. It just seems that Arnott’s have a bit of a blind spot with caramel biscuits. I’m going to give these a five out of ten.

 

 

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Chocolicious Bites – Dark Chocolate

October 9, 2013 at 20:11 | Posted in biscuits | 1 Comment
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chocolicious_packArnott’s continue their no-holds-barred-full-frontal assault on the snack biscuit genre with the launch of yet another new range – the ‘Chocolicious Bites’ range. To be honest, I’m underwhelmed by the name; it seems very derivative and try-hard. Whilst the frankly awful ‘BigTedz‘ was designed for kids, this new range is aimed squarely at the more sophisticated adult palate – think dark chocolate squares in luxurious packaging.

So what do you get in your packet? Well, the main pack contains a number of beautiful small squares which look all the world like the thing you might find on the pillow in a four-star hotel, or on your executive meal tray in your not-quite-the-front-of-the-aircraft seat. Intriguingly, inside each little packet (which measure about 35mm across) are two small biscuits – somewhat like miniature Tim-Tams, which this range is also branded with. (Arnott’s last attempt to leverage the Tim-Tam name was a rather poor effort, btw). I rather like this – it feels like you get a little bonus inside each refined yet diminutive package.

One other thing worth mentioning is the extremely strong smell of spirits that assaults your nose when you open the main packet. There is a distinct aroma reminiscent of rum or whisky, which makes these feel even more grown up. It has nothing to do with the biscuits, which are not in any way flavoured as such – I can only presume it is the glue that Arnott’s have used to seal the packet. Just a coincidence, or smart subliminal marketing?

chocolicious_biscuitThe construction of the biscuits themselves is a crunchy biscuit base, which as far as I can tell seems to be the same as used in a regular Tim-Tam. On top of this is what is described on the packet as ‘chocolate cream’, but this is nothing like the chocolate cream found nestling inside your everyday Tim-Tam. This is much richer and less soft – more akin to a chocolate truffle than a cream filling. The layer of cream is at least as thick as the biscuit. There’s no biscuit on top (so surely not really a Tim-Tam then?), but the whole thing is enrobed in a thick dark chocolate.

And it’s actually petty good. Very good, in fact. It’s very dark, very rich, and very sophisticated. To be honest, it comes close to crossing over from ‘biscuit’ into ‘confectionery’, but we’ll not quibble. They are very good indeed – although so rich that it’s hard to each all that many in one sitting. Which is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your point of view, I suppose.

This is a hard biscuit to score, as it defies categorisation somewhat. However, I’m going to go out on a limb and give it an nine out of ten. Good work Arnott’s – it seems you have redeemed yourself. I’m going to have to try the others in the range too – ‘Original’ and ‘Gooey Caramel’. I actually doubt they will be as good as these Dark Chocolate ones – but I’ve been surprised before…

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