Milk Coffee

June 7, 2011 at 20:11 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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Just how many biscuits do you need to go with your coffee? We recently looked at the ‘Morning Coffee‘ biscuit, and now the ‘Milk Coffee’. And why is there no ‘Afternoon Tea’ biscuit? These are the things that keep me awake at night.

I actually think that this biscuit is the slightly upmarket version of the ‘Morning Coffee’. This one sports the full Arnott’s livery, and is available from the supermarket, as opposed to the ‘Morning Coffee’ which seems to be aimed at institutions.

And that is exactly how it looks and tastes. Slightly thicker than the Morning Coffee, with a classier scalloped edge, but essentially the same kind of thing. Perhaps a slightly lighter bake, with a more open texture; a slightly richer taste. But we’re talking graduations of a few degrees here, so it’s nothing to get excited about. I gave the Morning Coffee four out of ten, and these deserve the same rating. Or perhaps a 4.1 out of ten…

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Malt’o’milk

February 2, 2011 at 14:24 | Posted in biscuits | 1 Comment
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What do the apostrophes in ‘Malt’O’milk’ represent? If they represent missing letters, then presumably the un-contracted name of these biscuits has a middle word with an ‘O’ in the middle. Malt More Milk? Malt Sour MIlk?

Or perhaps they are quote marks rather than apostrophes, perhaps referring to someone’s name. However, I only know of one literary character called ‘O’, and it seems very unlikely that Arnott’s would name a biscuit after her.

Or perhaps the type of malt that finally was considered perfect and ready for production during development of these biscuits was the fifteenth variety, after ‘Malt ‘A’ Milk’, ‘Malt ‘B’ Milk’ and so on.

Anyway, they are quite a thin, dark biscuit, with the words ‘Malt’O’Milk’ written on them in wavy writing. (If you are from the UK, these biscuits will not be what you are expecting. This is because in the UK there is a biscuit called ‘Malted Milk’, which is actually kind of like a thin Scotch Finger, bit with a picture of a cow and a pig and a milk churn on it. These are not at all like that, as you will see.)

They are quite crunchy with a high bake, with a sort of slightly spicy taste; the maltiness is also quite distinct. For some reason they remind me of those little biscuits you sometimes get in foil wrappers when you order a coffee in France.

The shape, high bake and taste lend themselves admirably to dunking; this is a biscuit that was just made to be dipped into a cup of tea. (I suppose, given my earlier comment, they might also go with coffee, but as everyone knows you don’t have biscuits with coffee. Not unless you are in France.) It’s very easy to polish off a while pack in this way, although you do get a lot of biscuits in a pack so it takes a while and the tea can go cold in the process.

I’d give these a seven out of ten. Really quite good.

Milk Chocolate Royal

September 7, 2010 at 08:24 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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Some time ago we looked at the dark chocolate Royal, a biscuit I spoke highly of, and gave a nine out of ten. I did in that article counsel against the milk chocolate ones, but a friend bought me a packet anyway, so I thought I’d take a look at them.

I have to say, I was deeply shocked, and to explain why I have to admit to something. When I wrote my dark chocolate Royal review, I had never had a milk chocolate one. You could therefore quire legitimately call me to task for recommending the dark ones over the milk-  how could I make such a recommendation, you might ask, if I had never actually tasted both varieties?  It’s a good question; however one that is ultimately moot as the dark ones are much better –  much much better in fact, as we shall see.

Back to the matter at hand; why was I so shocked? Well, I had naively imagined that the milk chocolate version differed from the plain chocolate version in chocolate coating alone. How wrong I was! The milk chocolate version is a completely different beast. It has a thin layer of raspberry (or possibly strawberry, or perhaps just ‘red’) jam  between the biscuit base and the mallow, and the mallow itself is pink. The pack itself gives little indication that this is the case; the artwork does depict this, but this is easy to miss, and indeed the pinkness of the mallow is much more pronounced in real life than on the pack. But there is nothing in the description on the pack that mentions the addition of jam.

So what does this do to the taste of the milk chocolate Royal? Well, it exacerbates the sweetness of the whole thing. This is further enhanced by the milk chocolate begin sweeter (the cause of my initial reservations) and just makes the whole thing too sweet, and somewhat over-engineered.

So in summary, I stand by my original conclusion. Go for the dark chocolate Royal, and avoid these. They are way too sweet to enjoy properly; after just one or too you have overloaded on sweetness and can start feeling bilious. And what use is a biscuit that you can only eat one or two of in one sitting? These merit only a three out of ten.

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