Salada Wholemeal

August 24, 2013 at 14:23 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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saladapackAnother day, another cheesy biscuit review – this time the Salada Wholemeal. I think Mrs Chillikebab bought them for me because she thought they might be healthier than Cheds, a biscuit that I eat far too many of. The pack for some reason has a slightly budget look about it – all a bit gaudy. Perhaps they are cheap; I have no idea as Mrs Chillikebab attends to important matters such as biscuit buying – and no, dear readers, not out of some gender stereotyped oppression on my part, but because she knows that if I did the biscuit shopping we’d end up with a cupboard full of Mint Slices, Sultana Chocs and Cheds, but no milk for the kids and no chocolate for her.

Each Salada is large, at a full 95mm across. However, if the thought of such a gargantuan biscuit troubles you, fear not as it is helpfully perforated allowing you to break it into four pieces. You can see the wholemeal flecks embedded in the biscuit, and they have quite e high bake, so are nice and crunchy.saladabicuit

They are actually quite tasty – plain, but quite acceptable to eat on their own, as they don’t have the mouth-drying qualities of say a Sao. That high bake also means they retain their crunch even in the presence of a tomato slice or some cucumber – which perhaps is why they are called ‘Salada’, The wholemeal pieces also add some nice texture, even if they do get stuck in your teeth.

But are they healthy? Well, one other thing you will note if you try them is that they are quite salty. Now, I’ve nothing against salty snacks, but these are somewhat saltier than you might expect. They have more sodium in them, for example, that the aforementioned Cheds – even though those taste superficially saltier. This saltiness means they go better with a buttery, mellow type of cheese (think Gouda or double brie) than with with say a Danish Blue or a tangy mature cheddar.

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

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Cheds

October 6, 2012 at 12:52 | Posted in biscuits | 1 Comment
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This is something of a departure, but I hope you will indulge me. As I mentioned, I’m fast running our of sweet Arnott’s biscuits to review – but I am also aware that without them my blog is descending into just another ranty cyclists diatribe. So I have therefore decide to spread the biscuit net a little wider, to cover those savoury biscuits Arnott’s bake to have with cheese. Of course, there is some overlap between the two; there’s nothing better than some sharp cheddar on a Granita, for example, and I’ve previously suggested the Shredded Wheatmeal might be better with cheese. But for this review I’ve gone right off-piste with a look at the Ched.

Cheds are ‘crisp crackers with a baked on cheddar cheese flavour’. They come in a handsome box, with the crackers packed in cellophane inside. The box is presumably to protect the somewhat fragile crackers – although it fails to do a perfect job as invariably many of them are broken when you come to eat them.

The biscuits themselves can be divided into two thanks to perforations down the centre, and they are generously sprinkled with the cheddar cheese flavour. This combination of crisp (but often damaged) cracker, serrations and cheese sprinkles inevitably means that a lot of crumbs are generated when you eat them.

So what do they taste like? Well, they are definitely cheesy. They are also quite salty, which means they go very well with a soft, mild cheese, such as brie or cream cheese.

But they are also good on their own, and this is the real selling point of Cheds. Unlike many biscuits for cheese, you can quite happily sit down with a pack of Cheds and just nosh through them as they are. The cheesy flavour is very satisfying, the saltiness makes them very moreish and they are not the type of crackers that dry out our mouth – they are very easy to eat. I think they are yummy, and eat far too many of them. As such I’m going to give them an eight out of ten.

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