Finishing up the taste testing of these twelve varieties of biscuits (See part one for the entire list and part two for the tasting results of the rest), finds us nearly carbohydrated out. Even dividing the packages into two groups of six, after the first or second bites of crumbly dry cookies, we never wanted to set eyes or teeth on another one of any type. However, there were some clear winners. Let us get right to the brilliant diatribe offered by testers, M, W, G and F.
7. McVitie’s Digestives-dark chocolate-tasty wheat cookies half coated in plain chocolate (UK)
M-Dry. No real taste.
W-True digestive aid. One taste and you are through eating.
G-Forget the cookie, just scrape the chocolate off.
8. Schuhmann chocolate coated spice cookies with apricot filling (Germany)
M-Apricot toe jam-same cookie as the berry filled, still not great but liked the spice cookie flavor
W-You can change the filling bit I still don’t like this biscuit
G-Bad chocolate, just wrong, I don’t like this one
F-Yuck. And I love apricots.
9. Arnott’s original chocolate coated biscuits with a chocolate cream center (Australia)
M-If you like bad milk chocolate, you will like this, however, this one gets extra points because it calls itself a biscuit. Still not a tasty biscuit, but a biscuit.
W-Dry, stale chocolate shell and wafer. Okay.
G-No! Wrong, wrong taste like a really cheap cookie.
F-I liked this one. Must be really hungry.
10. Gille Galletas de Narahjas-orange oat crisps (Sweden)
M-Like store bought chocolate chip cookies with the chips
W-Kind of like Pillsbury slice and bake
G-Love the crunch, hate the orange. Needs more chocolate.
F-A little too chewy, not bad.
11. Dean’s Oat Biscuits-Sultana and Heather Honey (Scotland)
M-Finally a great butter cookie, but can’t taste the honey. What is a sultana?
W-Taste like it was made in America
G-Love the butter taste and the fact it is made with oats.
F-Very buttery, good.
12. Arnott’s Mint Slice chocolate biscuits (Australia)
M-Good mint, good wafer
W-Like girl scout cookies
G-Needs better chocolate
F-Pretty good actually!
So. A couple of things need to be mentioned here, for the sake of honesty. After the first night of cookie tasting, we could not bear to go through the torture again, so M volunteered to do all the tasting and write all of the reviews. His rendition of W was pretty close to what he probably would have said. His rendition of G, his wife by the way, made me laugh. He must think all she cares about is chocolate or something. He left the F on each sheet blank, to be filled in by the true F, me. I really did like both of the Arnott’s offerings, but my number one favorite was the Mints. In fact, I ate the whole box. Those get the Big F Award for best biscuit/cookie.
We now feel a stronger kinship to the mother country across the pond. It seems perfectly understandable that eating cookies or biscuits if you like, is an associated memory, wrapped up in nostalgia for people, places and moments in time. Pure taste testing is not really what the extraordinary Encounters with Remarkable Biscuits blog is about, it seems to me. Remembering happenings in our lives that included certain brands of confectionary goodness are painted as happy or sad, depending on the circumstances surrounding them. I get it. For now all of these biscuits will be remembered with the filter on the lens of the fun we enjoyed with friends that certain weekend.
The *croun* in the earlier tastings was referring to the packaging of the Daelman’s Dutch caramel wafers. When the top was opened to expose the treats inside, the upper edges were scalloped to suggest a crown. Very clever.