Arnott’s Shapes – Cheddar

September 1, 2015 at 17:28 | Posted in biscuits | 1 Comment
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arnotts shapes cheddar boxIt’s been a while since we had a savoury biscuit review, so when a packet of Cheddar Shapes happened into the Chillikebab kitchen I thought it might be worth a look at.

They are small, rectangle biscuits, quite crunchy, sprinkled with cheesy flavour.

Hmm, not sure there’s much more to say really. So instead, let me draw your attention to another cheesy change. I still eat a lot of Cheds, and back in 2012 when i reviewed them, the pack clearly stated ‘a crisp cracker with a baked on cheddar cheese flavour

arnotts shapes cheddar biscuitAt some point, however, that changed, and it now reads ‘a delicious real cheddar cracker, sprinkled with pecorino cheese and oven baked until crisp’. Pecorino cheese, eh? Now, I eat a lot of these biscuits, and I’m pretty confident that the recipe hasn’t changed. Was there always pecorino cheese in there? Did someone just realise, and decide the sex up the marketing? The ingredients just say ‘cheese (16%)‘. Which, I have to say, is a pretty good percentage. Cheddar Shapes can only muster up 14%. Although how much of that is actually cheddar is open to conjecture.

I’m going to give these a five out of ten.

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Cheds

October 6, 2012 at 12:52 | Posted in biscuits | 1 Comment
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This is something of a departure, but I hope you will indulge me. As I mentioned, I’m fast running our of sweet Arnott’s biscuits to review – but I am also aware that without them my blog is descending into just another ranty cyclists diatribe. So I have therefore decide to spread the biscuit net a little wider, to cover those savoury biscuits Arnott’s bake to have with cheese. Of course, there is some overlap between the two; there’s nothing better than some sharp cheddar on a Granita, for example, and I’ve previously suggested the Shredded Wheatmeal might be better with cheese. But for this review I’ve gone right off-piste with a look at the Ched.

Cheds are ‘crisp crackers with a baked on cheddar cheese flavour’. They come in a handsome box, with the crackers packed in cellophane inside. The box is presumably to protect the somewhat fragile crackers – although it fails to do a perfect job as invariably many of them are broken when you come to eat them.

The biscuits themselves can be divided into two thanks to perforations down the centre, and they are generously sprinkled with the cheddar cheese flavour. This combination of crisp (but often damaged) cracker, serrations and cheese sprinkles inevitably means that a lot of crumbs are generated when you eat them.

So what do they taste like? Well, they are definitely cheesy. They are also quite salty, which means they go very well with a soft, mild cheese, such as brie or cream cheese.

But they are also good on their own, and this is the real selling point of Cheds. Unlike many biscuits for cheese, you can quite happily sit down with a pack of Cheds and just nosh through them as they are. The cheesy flavour is very satisfying, the saltiness makes them very moreish and they are not the type of crackers that dry out our mouth – they are very easy to eat. I think they are yummy, and eat far too many of them. As such I’m going to give them an eight out of ten.

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