Christmas Biscuits

January 8, 2011 at 13:16 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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I finally got around to eating some of the biscuits I got for Christmas.

Arnott’s do a range of seasonal packaging for the festive period, and this year I was lucky enough to score this handsome porcelain jar. It contains several individual packets of the Scotch Finger / Nice combination, so as well as getting a nice jar you can also pretend you are staying in a hotel by putting a packet by the side of your bed each night.

The main label around the jar is simply a paper wrapper, so this can be removed, which I’m sure will make the jar even more attractive. I would say that I will then use it to store my unfinished packets of biscuits in, but having an unfinished packet of biscuits is such a rarity I doubt it will get used much.

The other biscuit I got was a packet of Tim Tam Fingers. These are the same as Tim Tam Originals, but made long and thin and sold in a snack pack containing two fingers. Sometimes a change in form factor can make a biscuit taste different; something to do with varying proportions of chocolate coating and the like. However, in this case I can report that Tim Tam Fingers taste exactly like Tim Tam Originals.

For a moment I did entertain the thought that the ‘Tim Tam Slam’ would be considerably more difficult given the extra length of these biscuits, and was tempted to give it a try. However, I actually think that the Tim Tam Slam is a waste of both good tea and a good biscuit, so I decided against it. Perhaps someone who has tried it could share their experiences via the ‘comments’ section below.




September 13, 2010 at 11:01 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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A few things to say about the ‘Nice’ biscuit. Firstly, it is not names after the town of Nice, France – whatever Arnott’s may say on the subject. Secondly, the Arnott’s version is not ‘The Original’, as the packet notes; it was first made by British manufacturer Huntley & Palmers well before the 1922 introduction by Arnott’s. Thirdly, and most importantly, it is mis-named. it should be called ‘Quite Nice‘ for reasons we will come to presently.

The biscuit itself is rectangular, with a scalloped edge and sixteen small holes. It is embossed with the words’ ARNOTT NICE’, although the wording is less distinct on the actual biscuit than the packet imagery suggests. It has a coating of sugar crystals all over the front; indeed there’s a lot of sugar on these biscuits – more than other manufacturer’s version of this biscuit, and again more than the artwork depicts.

The thing that no-one relaly knows about the Nice biscuit, though, is what it tastes of. Sort of vaguely vanilla, or some say perhaps a hint of coconut. The packet doesn’t help much, as the ingredients, apart from the obvious flour, oil and sugar, just list it as ‘flavour’. So they do definitely have a flavour – it’s just undefined.

So what does it taste like? Well, it’s all a bit average, really. It’s a very boring biscuit that has been jazzed up by sprinkling a lot of sugar over the top. It’s a mediocre dunker (rapid withdrawal is required to prevent break-up), and all that sugar tends to make the tea go sweet as it washes off. Not really bad, though. Just, as I alluded to earlier, quite nice. Perhaps four out of ten.

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