Delta Creams

March 1, 2010 at 16:21 | Posted in biscuits | 6 Comments
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The Delta Cream. A biscuit that we are all familiar with, and yet would rarely go out and buy a packet of. Indeed, I was a bit taken aback when I was given this pack; Delta Creams are, after all, those not-very-popular biscuits that get left at the end of the Cream Selection pack (usually along with the Orange Creams). Seeing a whole packet of them just seems, well, a bit odd somehow. Evidently enough people buy them to make it worthwhile to Arnott’s to package them up, and seeing as one of those packs arrived in my possession I thought it was worth looking at properly.

The first thing that struck me about the pack was the strap line for the biscuit. ‘Delicious Rich Vanilla Cream Filled Biscuits‘, it proclaims. Arnott’s are evidently pretty confident about these; they are going to be delicious. It says so on the pack.

The biscuits themselves consist of a pair of cocoa-flavoured biscuits sandwiched together with cream. The top of the biscuit is decorated with a fancy floral design, and has the word ‘DELTA’ emblazoned in the middle. The pack image suggests that the cream extends right to the very edge of the biscuit; this is not the case in the actual biscuit. The biscuit is 46mm across, whilst the blob of cream only has a diameter of 37mm. Today’s question (which, as usual, wins a pack of these biscuits): what is the average width of the cream-free border on the edge of the biscuit?

So – the final question. Are they delicious? Well, the biscuit part has only the merest hint of cocoa about it, but is very sweet tasting. The vanilla cream filling (and I note that the use of actual vanilla is not noted on the pack, although it could be the ingredient simply marked ‘flavour’) really does not taste of vanilla at all. It actually tastes of sugar. Perhaps there is the tiniest hint of some candy-like flavour in there; however it is very faint and has an artificial tang. Taken together, this really makes these biscuits extremely sweet, but without much flavour to balance out the sugaryness.

In terms of looks, these biscuits are rather similar to American Oreo cookies; unfortunately they also seem to be aiming to be in a similar style too – loaded with sugar, but light on any real depth or complexity. Definitely not one of the stars of Arnott’s range, these probably only merit about three out of ten.

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