Delta Cream Jaffa Orange

May 25, 2015 at 19:29 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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jaffachocThe last of the ‘twisted faves’ range is finally here to take a look at – this one an attempt to ‘twist’ the Delta Cream with the additional of Jaffa Orange. So far we have one hit and one miss in this new range – so does this biscuit tip the balance to the positive, or the negative?

It’s worth noting that the biscuit this is based on is rather unprepossessing. I”m not a big fan of Delta Creams, and it has to be said my correspondents are not much enamoured either. “We only eat them if we have a desperate need for sugar’ comments Vanessa. So given that, I have to say my expectations for these was rather low.

jaffachocbiscuitWhen you open the pack there is quite a strong orange scent, which is actually rather attractive. The biscuits have the same cocoa outer biscuit as the original, but the filling is replaced by an orange cream. It seems more orange in colour than the filling in the Orange Slice, although this might be an illusion owing to the darker biscuit. At some point I really must get a pack of Orange Slices and these new Jaffa Deltas to see if they are actually the same. And how about the filing in the Choc Orange Tim Tam? And can you still even get Choc Orange Tim Tams? Goodness, the mind boggles.

Anyway, the upshot of all of this is that these biscuits are really quite good. Certainly a huge improvement on the original. As I proffered them around at work, there were various nods and ‘umms’ of approval as they were munched. The orange is nicely done, not to overstated, and blends well with the cocoa biscuit. Overall they are less sugary and sweet that the original, and are much more sophisticated. Well done Arnott’s. They do seem rather good at creating orange-flavoured biscuits.

I’m going to give these a six out of ten.

Tim Tam Choc Orange

February 20, 2013 at 19:04 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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tim tam orange packHold the front page! News alert! There is a new Tim Tam in town – and if that wasn’t enough excitement, there’s also a new packaging format! Oh my goodness, I can barely contain myself. After months of boredom in the biscuit department (that led me to start looking at cheesy biscuits) this is exceptionally exciting. Well, for me at least.

Let’s start with the new packaging. Arnott’s have taken it upon themselves to create a new ‘treat pack’ size, containing five Tim Tams. This seems to represent part of their continuing drive to break into the snack market – you will remember this innovation from a few months ago, which doesn’t seem to have been a great success, given that it is now rarely sighted in supermarket aisles.tim tam orange inner tray

I think this new idea could be a winner; small enough to grab as a snack, probably thinking you will share the biscuits with someone, but few enough in the pack that in reality you’ll just scoff the lot yourself. Apparently the launch of this new size has been supported by a bus roaming around Australia handing then out. Unfortunately it doesn’t appear to have stopped in my street yet, but I’m hopeful that I’m on their agenda.

tim tam orange biscuitAnd now to the real news – the new flavour. It seems the Choc Orange flavour is available exclusively in this new size, so you can’t buy a standard pack of them. Further research shows that this is not really a new flavour; more of a revival of an older model. Prior to 2006 you could buy Choc Orange Tim Tams in regular packs, but they then vanished off the shelves. Whether these are exactly the same recipe as the ones sold nearly ten years ago I can’t be sure, but I suspect they could be. I wonder why they were withdrawn, and what makes Arnott’s feel now is the time to bring them back? So many questions!

So what do they taste like? Well, they are made with dark chocolate, which is a promising start, and flavoured with real orange oil. And they are quite good; dark chocolate and orange is a classic combo, and these do capture that kind of 1980’s retro feel. However, if I have one complaint it is that they capture it a bit too well; they certainly take you back to a land of restaurant sweet trolleys and frozen gateaux but they also capture a bit too much of that 80s brashness. The orange creme is a bit sweet and full on and rather overpowers the smooth chocolate.

Still, definitely worth a go for the novelty value. I’m going to give these a six out of ten.

Orange Slice and Assorted Creams

January 1, 2011 at 16:05 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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The assorted cream selection pack consists of the Monte Carlo, Shortbread Cream, Kingston, Delta Creams and Orange Slice. ‘Five of your favourites’, as the pack proclaims, although I’m less sure. The Delta Cream, for example, isn’t a great biscuit. The Lemon Crisp would be a much more worthy contender; however I suspect that its lemony goodness might taint the other biscuits in the pack. Such are the difficulties of putting together a selection like this.

The real excitement of a selection is, of course, the ability to move from biscuit to biscuit as fancy takes you. It always feels a bit rude to not sample at least one of each biscuit at each sitting, but this is somewhat complicated by the fact there are a different number of each in the pack. There are a full eight Shortbread Creams, for example, but only four Kingstons. I’d like to think this imbalance is the result of endless research into the optimal ratios for maximum satisfaction, but I have a sneaking suspicion it’s to do with the fact that Kingstons are more expensive to manufacture.

As Orange Slices are the only biscuit not already covered elsewhere, I thought it would be worthwhile taking a good look at this biscuit. I am assured that you can buy whole packets of Orange Slices, although I’ve never seen them anywhere. In any case, who would buy a whole pack of them? For some reason a biscuit called ‘Orange Slice’ just starts out behind the eight ball. It’s a bit like the coffee creme in a chocolate selection; you just have this gut feeling that it’s going to be a disappointment.

There is supporting evidence for this too, as in general it’s the Orange Slices that are left at the end of the Assorted Creams. The Kingsons are the first to go, then the Monte Carlos and the Shortbread Creams. Sometimes a solitary Delta is left until the end, but usually it’s the poor Orange Slice that has to endure this ignominy. Indeed, I’ve even seem packs where all five of the Orange Slices have been left when all the other biscuits have been finished.

The biscuits are patterned with an elaborate design which hints at orange blossom and ripe fruit; it also has a dividing line that looks a little as if the biscuit is designed to be divided into two and shared. This is a purely decorative effect, however, and indeed the dividing lines on either side of the biscuit do not line up. Needless to say any attempt to break an Orange Slice in two will result in a lot of crumbs and several uneven pieces.

So what is the Orange Slice like? Well, the biscuit has quite a high bake making it a bit harder then you expect (this is also what makes it impossible to break neatly in half). It actually crunches quite satisfactorily to the bite, and is more substantial in terms of mouth-feel than you might expect. The orange-flavoured filling is quite tangy, and not too sweet. It does have a slight hint of that strange ‘dirty’ taste that for some reason seems to bedevil orange flavoured confections, but it’s not at all pronounced and only a minor fault. For the most part the tangy orange flavours come through quite nicely.

In summary, the Orange Slice is a much nicer biscuit than you expect. It’s like the slightly geeky looking guy at the party that you try to avoid, but when you get to know is actually rather good company, but just a bit shy. So next time there is a pack of Assorted Creams on offer, why not jump straight on in there and go for the Orange Slice? You might be pleasantly surprised. I’m going to give this a seven-and-a-half out of ten.

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