Arnott’s Cheeseboard cracker assortment

December 29, 2017 at 17:08 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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Christmas. Cheese. Those two words are intimately associated in my mind. When I was growing up, Christmas was that time of year when the fridge was piled high with more then just the usual economy Cheddar or Cheshire – delights such as mellow Stilton, rich Camembert, tangy Danish Blue. Later other more exotic offerings were also included – Shropshire Blue, Stinking Bishop, soft goats cheese. Mmmmmm. And, being Christmas, you were allowed to eat it – normal rationing was suspended for the festive period.

This is a tradition that Mrs Chillikebab happily has adopted, so as I speak the fridge is groaning with a cornucopia of cheesy delights. And to go with such a feast, you need crackers.

Arnott’s to the rescue – or more specifically, the Arnott’s Cheeseboard Assortment to the rescue. So how does this selection work out? Is it a worthy partner to my festive cheeseboard?

The selection features six different crackers – Sesame Wheat Cracker, Water Cracker, Harvest Wheat Cracker, Sesame Water Cracker, Stoneground Cracker and Entertaining Cracker.

Keen followers of either this blog, or Arnott’s biscuits (or perhaps both) will immediately realise that most of these crackers are not ones you can actually buy on their own. It’s a bit odd. ‘Entertaining Cracker’, but not Savoy or Jatz? ‘Harvest Wheat’, but not ‘Country Cheese‘? ‘Stoneground’, but not ‘Multigrain‘? Indeed, the only bone fide variety from the main range is the water cracker – probably the most boring one of the lot.

When Arnott’s make sweet biscuit selections, they include ‘all your favourites‘. But here, it seems they have taken a different approach. Rather  that giving a selection from their rather wonderful range of crackers and savoury biscuits, they seem to have baked some lower-quality alternatives and served them up all together the hope we won’t notice.

Boo, hiss, Arnott’s. These are not up to your normal standards. They are dry, flavourless, lacking in texture and boring. I’m going to give them a three out of ten. This is not worthy of accompanying my cheeseboard.

Oh, and ‘Entertaining Cracker’ is a terrible name. And it isn’t.

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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.

 

 

Tim Tam White

August 9, 2010 at 14:31 | Posted in biscuits | 1 Comment
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Having reviewed the dark Tim Tam, today we go to the opposite end of the spectrum (in the interest of balance) to look at the White Tim Tam.

These are called ‘Tim Tam ‘White’. Not, you will note, ‘White Chocolate’. And this is for a reason – there is absolutely no chocolate in these at all. That white coating is primarily vegetable fat, flavoured with milk solids. Hmmm, not an auspicious start, and somewhat surprising for a company that prides itself on the quality of it’s chocolate.

When you open the packet, the first thing that strikes you is that White Tim Tams are thinner than their dark and milk-chocolate counterparts. It’s quite noticeable; they feel thinner in the hand, and rattle around somewhat in the plastic tray. Overall, the packet is lighter (165g vs 200g), so clearly something is going on here.

So struck were we by this that we had to compare them to the pack photography, on which they look thick and plumped up. I don’t know; even allowing for the artistic license of the ‘perfect bite’ that’s been taken out I think the picture looks thicker. However, I did measure the biscuit and the pack images, and the proportions match exactly. So we’ll let Arnott’s off on this count.

However, I’m less keen to let them off on the overall quality of this biscuit. It’s really not that good; it’s just super-sweet but lacks flavour. The ‘white’ coating is insipid, the cream filling just tastes of sugar and the whole thing just lacks the refinement you expect from Arnott’s – especially in one of their iconic lines.

Sorry fellas, this one only gets a three out of ten.

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