Wagon Wheel Double Choc

July 26, 2011 at 12:30 | Posted in biscuits | 1 Comment
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Here’s a thing you might not know about Wagon Wheels. You can’t flush them down the toilet. I know this because when my mother was small, she was given a Wagon Wheel at a party, and she was too polite to say that she didn’t like them at all. So she took it, and them attempted to dispose of it by flushing it away. Flush after frantic flush, the Wagon Wheel kept floating back into view in the bowl, as my mother attempted to hide the evidence of her ingratitude.

I never did find out what happened in the end, but evidently it scarred her for life, as she never bought Wagon Wheels for us when we were kids.

Nowadays, there are more varieties on offer, of course – such as Mini Wagon Wheels, and the Double Choc version – which we shall look at here. I have not looked at the flushability of the modern Wagon Wheel, however, as it seemed like the waste of a rather good biscuit, so apologies if you were hoping to see a video re-enactment of my mother’s shame.

The Double Choc moniker is actually quite understated, and shows admirable restraint on the part of Arnott’s biscuiteers. For the Double Choc Wagon Wheel contains no less than four choc components – the chocolate-flavour coating, choc marshmallow, a thin scrape of choc fudge and, to top it off, choc flavoured biscuits. Perhaps Arnott’s should re-launch them as ‘Quadruple Choc’.

The ‘choc’ part is important, as no self-respecting Wagon Wheel contains any actual chocolate. No, as the pack proudly proclaims, they are legendary since 1952, and back in those days chocolate hadn’t been invented – so instead various other substances were used to create the chocolate flavour.

However, the Double Choc version of the Wagon Wheel is quite different to its conventional brethren. The regular one is a symphony of choc flavour, stale biscuit, weird mallow stuff and artificial jam – and is really exceptionally good. The Double Choc one, however, is quite different. The biscuit is far more crunchy, and the mallow more conventional. And they really do taste chocolatey – a bit like a chocolate desert, perhaps one of those ‘death by chocolate’ things you get in low-class eateries.

It’s not really what you expect, but it is quite good – the spirit of Wagon Wheel still shines through, but the Double Choc version stands tall, delivering its own, modern interpretation of Wagon Wheel-ness. I’m going to give these seven out of ten.

Mini Wagon Wheels

October 26, 2010 at 17:03 | Posted in biscuits | 2 Comments
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The Wagon Wheel is a biscuit that has an international heritage. They were first baked by Westons in the UK;¬† when old Mr Weston died his three sons took over the business – one took the UK part, one the Australian and the other the Canadian. Subsequently Westons Australia were taken over by Arnotts. Interestingly the Australian full-sized Wagon Wheels are larger than the UK model (at 88mm vs 74mm). Perhaps this large size is what inspired Arnott’s to create the ‘mini’ version at just 54mm across.

The Wagon Wheel is a classic. It features a thin chocolate-flavour coating, a sort of stale biscuit, foamy mallow and cheap red-coloured jam. Really not a very prepossessing set of component parts. However, when they are combined, something magical happens; they meld together in some sort of quantum union that makes the whole thing a triumph.

Not everyone agrees, of course; they are a divisive biscuit that you either love or hate. I’m in the ‘love’ camp, however, and highly recommend everyone try them. It’s just one of those things you should do at least once in your life. I’d give these an eight out of ten.

PS My apologies for the poor quality of photography in some recent entries. I take the pictures for this site with my phone, and I have a new ever-so-up-to-date model that is far superior to the old one. Or so the guy in the shop says. That superiority does not appear to extend to the ability to take an in-focus picture, however…

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