Arnott’s Salted Choc Slice

June 27, 2016 at 10:01 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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The Mint Slice is an Australian icon. Ysalted choc slice packes, perhaps slightly overshadowed by it’s better known Tim Tam brother, but to my mind actually a superior biscuit.

Arnott’s have taken this classic, and ‘twisted’ it, with an oh-so-trendy salted version, replacing the peppermint cream with what appears to be Tim Tam filling, enhanced with the addition of salt.

Salt seems to be the magic ingredient being added to all manner of confectionery and cakes at the moment. I suppose that making things even more unhealthy usually enhances the appeal. These biscuits rate a whole ‘0.5 out of 5’ stars on the Health Star Rating, so you know there’re going to be good.

salted choc slide biscuitAnd they are good. Smooth chocolaty cream, with just a hint of the salt at the end, on that rich biscuit base enrobed with thick dark chocolate. Oh yes, these are at least as addictive as the original. Eating a whole pack of these is waaaay to easy.

I’m giving them a nine and a half out of ten. Top stuff, Arnott’s.

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Choc Chip Scotch Finger

November 5, 2015 at 12:45 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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choc chip scotch finger packFor the most part, I avoid the whole internet slang and emoticons shtick, but just occasionally I see something for which they just seem perfectly apt. Which is why, when I saw Choc Chip Scotch Fingers for the first time, my reaction was simple.

OMG.

It’s all just so obvious, but so inspired. ‘Twisted’ indeed.

These biscuits, I felt, could be dangerous. You just say the words ‘Scotch Finger’ and ‘Chocolate Chips’ in the same sentence, and it begins. you just want some. You just want some really really badly. Before you’ve even tried them, you need more of them.

choc chip scotch finger biscuitI was trembling with excitement as I opened the packet. Here they were.

My first thought was actually that they don’t look very attractive. Kind of blotchy and a bit odd. Something to do with embossed lettering and choc chips, I think. Oh well, never mind that, let’s press on with the devouring.

And devour them I did. the whole packet was gone in a matter of minutes. They really are pretty good.

But but but. Note quite as good as I hoped. Somehow they just don’t quite hit the mark. Possibly a tough gig, given the high expectations. But the chocolate just wasn’t pronounced enough. They need larger chocolate chunks, I think. Not necessarily more chocolate, but fewer, bigger pieces (This is a problem I’ve had before; Arnott’s seem to struggle with larger-than-normal chocolate chips. Perhaps they could upgrade their chocolate-chip machine?). Overall, I’d probably say the Chocolate Coated Scotch Finger is actually better.

All of this is, on reflection, perhaps a good thing. Perhaps Arnott’s deliberately restrained themselves when creating these, knowing just how dangerous they could be in the wrong hands.

I’m going to give these a seven-and-a-half out of ten. They are good. But nowhere near Lemon Crisp territory.

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.

Arnott’s Monte Carlo Salted Caramel

May 6, 2015 at 13:31 | Posted in biscuits | 2 Comments
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montesaltedpackA week or so ago, we looked at the first in the new ‘Twisted Faves’ range. Today, we come to the next one – the salted caramel version of the Monte Carlo.

Salted caramel is certainly all the rage at the moment. It seems to be everywhere. Salted caramel popcorn, salted caramel ice-cream, salted caramel burgers, salted caramel latte – you can’t go anywhere in Sydney without seeing it. In terms of announcing ‘I am a cool hipster’ it seems to have taken right over from ‘artisan sourdough’ in the past few months, and no trendy cafe worth its, er, salt, seems to offer anything else. Of course, this is not the first time Arnott’s have jumped on the bandwagon – they already did it a few months ago in conjunction with that icon of hipsterism, Adriano Zumbo.

montesaltedbiscuitSo how does this new twist on the Monte Carlo work? Well, the first thing to note is that it does lose a great deal of its ‘Monte-Carlo-ness’. That strange, chewy centre is replaced by a much softer creme; so much does this change the character that it’s hard to believe they are the same biscuits either side if it.

But that said, they are very nice. Not overly salty (less salty than the Zumbo creations, for example), but quite luscious, with the crubly biscuit and rich creme. You can chow through a lot of these in one go; they are very moreish. Hurrah Arnott’s, you’ve redemmed yourselves again, and shown that this ‘Twisted Faves’ line has promise. I’m going to give these eight out of ten.

I wonder if how choc-orange Deltas will measure up? All will be revealed in a week or so…

 

 

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