TeeVee Snacks – Malt Sticks

August 16, 2011 at 13:04 | Posted in biscuits | 1 Comment
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If you are British, or otherwise were educated in the British Empire, you would probably know that teevee was invented by Scotsman John Logie Baird in 1925. If you are American, or educated in the US Empire, you would instead know that teevee was invented by Philo Farnsworth in 1928. (In a strange way both are right, unless you were educated in the Soviet Empire, in which case you would instead know that teevee was invented by Hungarian Kálmán Tihanyi.)

I should probably admit something, given that I’m on I think the third variety of TeeVee snacks. I actually do not own a TeeVee. Yes, I’m sure that completes the picture you have of me; a stereotypical inner-west-living, bicycle-riding, organic-veg-buying loon who spends the evenings playing ludo by candlelight. Well, actually, you’d be dead right, I do do all of those things, and I am aware that it might put a degree of bias into my review of Arnott’s TeeVee snacks. However, you can rest assured, dear reader, that I settled down in front of some of my favourite YouTube clips to sample the Malt Stick variety, in order to test these biscuits in the manner for which they were designed.

And they work really quite well. Nice and crunchy, but not too much so that you can’t hear the sound. A good size for chomping on, with the shape being easy to pick up and eat without needing to take your eyes away from the screen. And quite tasty, but without being too challenging or unusual such that your concentration might be drawn away from the entertainment.

Not bad at all. I’m going to give these a six out of ten.

TeeVee Snacks Original

July 3, 2011 at 11:32 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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Today we look at the Original TeeVee snacks, as opposed to the wafer version we looked at previously. They consist of small, crunchy biscuits covered in milk chocolate. The major excitement is that each biscuit is a different shape; there are dozens of different ones that defied all my attempts at categorisation.

I notice from the packet that the name ‘Tee Vee’ is trademarked. I wonder how far Arnott’s have gone to secure that trademark internationally; as it also appears to be the name of a Chinese manufacturing company that manufactures, amongst other things, beauty items, massagers and ‘battery operated items’. Hmmmm. I may never look at a TeeVee snack in the same way again.

For all that, they are quite nice; the biscuit is nothing special but they are quite chompable, and I can see that they would go down well whilst watching a movie or something. I’m going to give these a solid seven out of ten.


TeeVee Snacks – Wafer bites

March 20, 2011 at 10:37 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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Representing a kind of foray into the no-mans-land between biscuits and chocolates, these small square biscuits are designed for snacking, presumably whilst watching the teevee. They come in a rather smart box reminiscent of the packaging those miniature version of chocolate bars come in, so it’s a clear assault on that category that Arnott’s are making, rather than the regular biscuit market.

I did for that reason ponder whether to review them or not; however I was heartened by the small print which declares ‘160g net biscuits’. Arnott’s might be trying to confuse the issue with the ‘snack’ nomenclature, but it seems the legal department insisted that they were indeed biscuits, and had to be marked as such.

The variety that I sampled was ‘wafer bites’ . This may seem odd when you consider my prejudices against wafers, but this slightly damaged, dented packet was 30% off at my local supermarket and I am a sucker for a bargain.

They are packed in a cellophane bag inside the box, and I recommend that you empty this bag out into the cardboard prior to eating. Partly because it makes the whole business of reaching in to take out a teevee snack much easier and more fun, and partly because it means you then have to finish the whole box.

The teevee snacks in my sample box looked a little the worse for wear; certainly not as smooth and rounded as the box artwork suggests. This may be to do with the rough handling the box had endured. However, it didn’t affect the eating quality of the teevees. I have to say, I thought they were rather good. They are a lot like small pieces of Gaiety, but actually I think nicer for being smaller. It’s certainly very easy to chomp through a whole boxful. In fact, I think these are one of the nicest wafer biscuits I have had recently. I’m going to give them an eight out of ten.

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