Arnott’s Mini Jatz

May 25, 2018 at 11:34 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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Arnott’s have been expanding their range of ‘mini’ biscuits, perhaps driven by the glowing review I gave to the Mini Scotch Fingers. There’s quite a few now, so this week we turn our attention to the Mini Jatz.

First of all, is there also a mini Savoy? The whole Savoy / Jatz thing intrigues me. It would be cool to have a selection pack with both mini Savoy and mini Jatz in it. It would facilitate very easy comparison tastings, for example.

As it is, we get the mini Jatz in a pack together with Mini Scotch Fingers and Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies. They look, well, like mini version of regular Jatz, They are crispy, salty, and quite moreish. So moreish, in fact, that I ploughed through them forgetting to count the number of biscuits in a pack. There’s enough there for a small snack. But you will want more after you finish them.

A solid eight out of ten for this mini contender.

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Arnott’s Jatz Cracked Pepper

April 13, 2018 at 14:01 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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What is it with snooty Italian waiters and pepper grinders? You know, when you go to a trying-to-be-upmarket restaurant, and you want some cracked pepper on your pasta. So you ask for some, and the waiter disapprovingly comes over with a huge wooden grinder (surely he’s compensating for something?). You smile weakly, and gesture at your plate. Whereupon he gives a cursory twist of the top, leaving a  homeopathic quantity of pepper on your dinner. Forcing a smile, you ask for more, and another half turn is grudgingly given, before the pepper is whisked away, never to be seen again.

The whole charade drives me nuts, which is why I take my own pepper grinder out to dinner with me. I furtively pull it from my pocket to administer a heavy dusting when required. I guess it could also come in handy if I were to be mugged, sort of as a middle class pepper spray. I’d just grind it into the muggers face.  Although muggers in the Inner West of Sydney would probably complain it’s not single-origin tellicherry.

Anyway, I’m glad to say that Arnott’s have not been measly with the pepper in the Jatz cracked pepper. It has a good peppery flavour, and goes well with rounded cheeses, or indeed as a snack on their own. Indeed, the only criticism (which is not really a criticism per se) is that they make a less good snack than the original Jatz simply because the pepper becomes a bit overwhelming by the time you reach the fifteenth biscuit or so.

One interesting aside – those black bits you can see aren’t peppercorns. They are poppy seeds. I’m going to give them an eight out of ten. Very tasty.

 

Arnott’s Savoy

October 6, 2015 at 13:02 | Posted in biscuits | 1 Comment
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savoy box arnottsSavoy. When I hear that word, I immediately think of the posh hotel in London, probably because I used to live there. (London, that is, not the Savoy).

When Google hears the word Savoy, it thinks of a cultural region in France. I’m not exactly sure what a ‘cultural region’ is, but I sense there are not many of them in Sydney.

When those oh-so-uncultured Sydneysiders see a pack of Savoy, though, I sense they think ‘Jatz’. Because, you see, they bear an uncanny resemblance to the Jatz biscuit. Even the packet is identical, right down to the piece of cheese.

Actually, they are not quite identical. The Savoy pack has the biscuits every so slightly lighter in colour, like they have been over-exposed; perhaps printed at an inferior print-shop.

But what of the Savoy biscuit? It is the same as the Jatz?

Well, dear readers, I can reveal that they are not the same. Not quite. You see, it’s one of those regional things, a bit like the Ginger Nut. Savoys hail from Victoria, where they were baked by Brockhoff. Arnott’s merged with Brockhoff back in the 1960s, but kept the Savoy recipe and name. For this reason, you’ll find mostly Savoys in Victoria, and Jatz in NSW.

savoy biscuitI guess it’s now all in the past, but I do suspect some sort of 1960s shenanigans with all this. Which came first, the Savoy or the Jatz? Well, my extensive research indicates it was the Savoy. Which I think means Arnott’s must have blatantly tried to copy them when they created the Jatz. I mean, look, even the packet looks the same! Even Aldi wouldn’t be so bold. Perhaps they had to buy Brockhoff simply to close off any possible litigation by the former.

Anyway, enough of all that ancient history. What do they taste like? Well, rather like the Jatz, I suppose. They are a tiny bit crunchier, with a bit more ‘snap’, and yes, they are a bit paler in colour. So that pack artwork is quite correct.

They are also a bit saltier, and a bit less sweet. Indeed, checking the ingredients, we find more salt in the Savoy, and more sugar in the Jatz. Holding to the general rule that anything white and crystalline is probably going to kill you, albeit after you’ve enjoyed the experience it offers, both salt and sugar come with some caveats.

According to this learned Professor, salt is going to lead to heart attack and stroke, whilst according to this learned Doctor, sugar is going to lead to liver disease and diabetes. So I guess you could take your pick from those, and choose the Savoy or the Jatz accordingly. Or just take the ‘everything in moderation’ approach, and have some of each. That’s what I do, including doing the ‘moderation’ bit in strict moderation.

So if you usually eat Jatz, try some Savoys for a change. And if you’re a Savoy habitual, branch out with a Jatz. That way, we can all stay healthy, and also support the multitude of almost-the-same-but-different product lines that Arnott’s do so well.

I’m going to give them an eight out of ten, making it an honourable draw with the Jatz.

Arnott’s Jatz Clix

September 7, 2015 at 19:09 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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jatz clix boxThe ‘Best Tasting Melt In Your Mouth Cracker’. Goodness, I didn’t realise there was even a category called ‘Melt-In-Your-Mouth-Crackers’. I wonder which melt-in-your-mouth-cracker is the second tastiest?

With such questions buzzing around my brain, I took home my latest Arnott’s biscuit purchase to sample them. A derivative of the normal Jatz line, these biscuits are slightly paler in colour, and have a much lighter, more open bake. They also have more fat, salt and more sugar than the original, which I suppose is a pretty sure-fire way to get them to taste better. More of the bad stuff is always good. Oh yeah.

jatz clix biscuitYou get two individually wrapped packers of Clix inside the box. Which, I have to say, is a waste of time, as these are so addictive that you’ll probably eat the lot in one go. They are light and easy to eat, perfect for snacking on on their own, and all that fat, salt and sugar does it’s magic. Oh yes, once you start, you can’t stop eating them. They would have to rival Lemon Crisps for addictiveness.

I do fear the name could cause some problems, though. I took these to the office, and having staff calling out ‘I’m sorry, I just can’t stop eating your clix’ can, well, be misconstrued, shall we say. Or perhaps that’s just my mind in the gutter as usual.

I’m going to give these a highly commended 9 out of 10.

 

Jatz

December 30, 2012 at 17:27 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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Arnott's Jatz  boxChristmas. A time of good cheer, over-excited kids and, in our house at least, cheese. All sorts of cheese bulging out of the cheese box – blue veined, soft rinded, hard crumbly. Maybe it’s just us, but we always overdo the cheese.

Still, that at least gives me a chance to test some cheesy biscuits – and I’m going to start with the Arnott’s Jatz. The Jatz is a small round cracker that comes in a smart box, and is to all intents and purposes exactly the same as the Arnott’s Savoy, which comes in an identical box (and before the pedants jump in, yes, I know they are different – the Savoy has golden syrup vs malt extract in the Jatz. But still, to have two such similar lines in similar packaging is really the kind of thing only Arnott’s would do. We’ll return to the Savoy at some point in the future).

arnott's jatz biscuitThe Jatz is a small, round cracker with a sprinkling of salt on the top. This salt, together with the slightly sweet, crispy biscuit, makes them very munchable even without cheese. I’m a big fan of such snackable cheesy biscuits. In terms of cheese pairings, I suggest a soft cheese with chives, or perhaps a creamy blue. Yum. You get a good serve of Jatzs in the box, but it’s quite easy to much through the lot. Even my young daughter agrees, carefully selecting the last few Jatz from the cheese biscuit barrel whilst eschewing the rest.

The Jatz is a solid contender for Arnott’s. Highly snackable, tasty, moreish and good both with cheese and without. I like them, and am going to give them an eight out of ten.

Merry Christmas!

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