Choc Chip Scotch Finger

November 5, 2015 at 12:45 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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choc chip scotch finger packFor the most part, I avoid the whole internet slang and emoticons shtick, but just occasionally I see something for which they just seem perfectly apt. Which is why, when I saw Choc Chip Scotch Fingers for the first time, my reaction was simple.

OMG.

It’s all just so obvious, but so inspired. ‘Twisted’ indeed.

These biscuits, I felt, could be dangerous. You just say the words ‘Scotch Finger’ and ‘Chocolate Chips’ in the same sentence, and it begins. you just want some. You just want some really really badly. Before you’ve even tried them, you need more of them.

choc chip scotch finger biscuitI was trembling with excitement as I opened the packet. Here they were.

My first thought was actually that they don’t look very attractive. Kind of blotchy and a bit odd. Something to do with embossed lettering and choc chips, I think. Oh well, never mind that, let’s press on with the devouring.

And devour them I did. the whole packet was gone in a matter of minutes. They really are pretty good.

But but but. Note quite as good as I hoped. Somehow they just don’t quite hit the mark. Possibly a tough gig, given the high expectations. But the chocolate just wasn’t pronounced enough. They need larger chocolate chunks, I think. Not necessarily more chocolate, but fewer, bigger pieces (This is a problem I’ve had before; Arnott’s seem to struggle with larger-than-normal chocolate chips. Perhaps they could upgrade their chocolate-chip machine?). Overall, I’d probably say the Chocolate Coated Scotch Finger is actually better.

All of this is, on reflection, perhaps a good thing. Perhaps Arnott’s deliberately restrained themselves when creating these, knowing just how dangerous they could be in the wrong hands.

I’m going to give these a seven-and-a-half out of ten. They are good. But nowhere near Lemon Crisp territory.

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Farmbake Chocolate Chip Cookies

April 19, 2011 at 11:11 | Posted in biscuits | 3 Comments
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The choc-chip cookie. An international classic, apparently invented in the 1930s in Massachusetts. Arnott’s evidently want to bring a kind of rural idyll to mind with these biscuits, as they form part of the ‘farmbake’ range. They also come in a bag, rather than the more usual packet. This means that there are always some broken morsels to be enjoyed from the end of the bag which is fun, but also means the biscuits are generally covered in a light dusting of crumbs which form as they are transported.

As far as I can tell, they are identical to the mini version Arnott’s also make, with one exception. The mini version has 24% chocolate chips, whilst the grown-up version has only 13%. This is because there is an international standard that states that Chocolate Chip Cookies have to contain at least 12 chocolate chips, meaning that smaller cookies often end up with more chocolate in order to comply with the standard.

In any case way they taste just like their mini counterparts, except they last longer. The bag is also quite large  at 400g, which is very welcome after the rather spartan portions found in the mini ones.

For some reason we always seem to have these when on a long car journey, so usually arrive at our destination with crumbs all down ourselves. I’d say a solid seven out of ten.

Mini Choc Chip Cookies

December 15, 2010 at 09:09 | Posted in biscuits | 1 Comment
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Well, here’s something new. Arnott’s have created mini version of their Farmbake Chocolate Chip Cookies, and then put them in a bag, and then put the bag in a bag. Clearly designed for snacking, you can grab a small packet of bite-sized cookies from the bag to take with you as you choose your own adventure.

There are eight packets of cookies in the bag, and there are only six cookies in each pack. This means it is necessary to have at least three small packets to get a decent serving, so your big bag may not last as long as you thought.

The cookies themselves are indeed very mini – perhaps even verging on ‘micro’. They are not much bigger than an Australian twenty cent coin, as as such are eminently chompable. Indeed, with so few in each small packet, it’s easy to finish the packet before you’ve even realised you’ve started it.

They are quite tasty biscuits nonetheless, and as expected they taste exactly like chocolate chip cookies. It’s a strange thing; whilst most biscuits vary somewhat by manufacturer there just seems to be a universal recipe for chocolate chip cookies that is followed internationally be every biscuit manufacturer, as they all taste exactly the same. They all have that light dusting of crumbs on them; they all are quite crunchy with a kind of brown sugar taste, and they all seem to have about the same amount of chocolate – notwithstanding that fact that Arnott’s are keen to proclaim that their version contains ‘24% real chocolate’. Why twenty four, I wonder. Why not just tip in one more choc chip to get it to a round 25%?

I’d give these a seven out of ten, with a bonus point for being interesting, but minus a bonus point for the portion size being so small.

 

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