Chocolate Butternut Snap

June 1, 2011 at 17:35 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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I sometimes wonder how Arnott’s choose which biscuits to put chocolate on. I imagine there is a ‘coatings department’ up in the rarefied atmosphere on the top floor where skilled biscuiteers gather to discuss whether the Milk Coffee is worthy of a chocolate coating, or if there is a market for an Iced Marie. Each time they meet I imagine the factory going quiet, each worker waiting in anticipatory silence to hear the latest pronouncement. And then the Head of Coatings would come out onto the balcony, and clear his or her throat as the workers crane forward to see. ‘The new biscuit will be…:’ By now you would hear a pin drop, as every man, woman and child in the factory holds their breath – ‘the Chocolate Coated Butternut Snap!’. The factory erupts into roars of approval, flat caps are thrown high into the air, and the workers dance and clasp one another, tears of joy streaming down their faces…

Ahem. Sorry, got a bit carried away there. Still, the idea of putting a chocolate coating on the Butternut Snap is no doubt a good one. It all goes together quite harmoniously with the topping adding chocolatey richness to the biscuit without overpowering the flavour of the original.

I’d give these nine out of ten. Definitely a good one to pull out when you have guests.

Butternut Snap Cookies

May 29, 2010 at 16:14 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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The Butternut Snap Cookie is, I think, the companion biscuit to the Choc Ripple. It comes in the same sort of packaging, and is the same size and texture. Rather than cocoa, however, this biscuit is flavoured with coconut and golden syrup. It’s made with a good proportion of butter, giving it a rich, butterscotch flavour.

However, it does share the Choc Ripple’s bizarre tendency to going stale within about two minutes. Not that they are unpleasant when they do so, however they quickly become rather less ‘Butternut Snap’ and rather more ‘Butternut Chew’.

They dunk into tea rather well, changing to a slightly gooey, chewy richness.

There’s not a lot more to say about them, really. I actually rather like them – they are a great everyday biscuit that hold up well against other more expensive varieties of ‘cookie’ that one sees sold in boxes.

Why is it, by the way, that ‘luxury’ biscuits are sold in boxes? It seems to be a universal rule. In the UK, for example, the McVities Digestive is a very everyday biscuit, and is sold in a normal pack. However, McVities clearly saw an option to play on the heritage and ‘importedness’ of them in Australia, and they are sold here in a box (with a criminal price mark-up, I might add).

Anyway, the Butternut Snap is very nice. Eight out of ten.

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