Feeling so left out by all of these wonderful biscuit encounters, it was decided that we would search high and low at grocers and specialty shops for the wonderful delicacies to taste for ourselves. There won’t be romantic memories of sweet times gone by involved in this posting, neither parts one or two. This will be a scientific taste test.
First the goods must be located. Our local markets were woefully short of stock in the foreign foods sections. Lots from Mexico however. A trip through the larger city of Knoxville, Tennessee, USA recently took us to the World Market, a purveyor of imported foods and merchandise.
The shopping cart was loaded with one each of every biscuit from across the pond available. These are not little individual lunch box sized cartons, but each contain a dozen or more of the sweets. Here is the list of what was found. The descriptions, if any were what was written on the front of the packaging, followed by the country of origin. In no particular order, just as they were withdrawn from the shopping bag:
1. Dean’s Oat Biscuits-Sultana and Heather Honey (Scotland)
2. Arnott’s original chocolate coated biscuits with a chocolate cream center (Australia)
3. Arnott’s Mint Slice chocolate biscuits (Australia)
4. Cadbury Finger originals-cookies covered with Cadbury milk chocolate (UK)
5. McVitie’s Digestives-dark chocolate-tasty wheat cookies half coated in plain chocolate (UK)
6. Daelmans-the original Dutch caramel wafers-delicious wafers filled with sweet cream caramel (Holland)
7. Dean’s shortbread fingers (Scotland)
8. Schuhmann chocolate coated spice cookies with apricot filling (Germany)
9. Schuhmann chocolate coated spice cookies with berry fruit filling (Germany)
10. Gille Galletas de Narahjas-orange oat crisps (Sweden)
11. Bahlsen choco Leibniz-dark chocolate-butter biscuits and dark chocolate (Germany)
12. Walkers Ginger Royals-luxury ginger shortbread with smooth, dark chocolate (Scotland)
Well, there you have it. What about this motley crew? Are there any warnings before these packets are opened and my family is exposed to the contents? All had a date stamped on the wrapping of 2010 except the Arnott’s Mints which we purchased for half price. They should still be edible even though the date was April of 2009. That was just for selling, right? Eating can take place later with safe results. Safe but perhaps stale. We fully expect all of these to be on the less than fresh side of the aisle. Are there any recommendation? Eat this one firsts? Don’t dare bite into this ones? We have never tasted any of them before, being biscuit virgins.
Stay tuned for the findings by our impartial panel of family members.
Hooray. Frances is the second of our contributors to earn the accolade plain.She is also the first American to be rewarded. Whoop de doo and Yee-hah (as they say in cowboy films).