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Fox's Rocky Chocomania Limited Edition

Sunday 20 Oct 2002

This week we have dipped into our Fox's review box again to give you another chance to find out about some of the leading edge biscuit engineering being done by our friends at Fox's. As we saw with the sprinkle crinkle crunch, Fox's will happily push the envelope of biscuit design, and the Rocky Chocomania is an exercise in extreme chocolate usage.

The Rocky bar already has a well deserved reputation for being a very well thought out chocolate covered biscuit. At 28mm by 80mm its quite diminutive but its real milk chocolate covering makes up for its small size by being one of the nicest we have tried. With the Chocomania Fox's have put no less than four distinct chocolate based components together. A crunchy chocolate biscuit base, with raised sides holds a small tablet of chocolate cream. On top of this is balanced a strip of chocolate sauce and finally the whole lot is covered in the chocolate we have already spoken of. This level of attention and detailing in a small biscuit bar demands respect.

What does it taste like? Well with this level of chocolate action, unsurprisingly it tastes like a crunchy chocolate, and is perilously close to ejecting itself from the Venn diagram of biscuits altogether. Perhaps Fox's recognise that this is indeed a biscuit at the very limits of the biscuit world, and have decided to limit its production, as the public may not be ready for such a thing. Or maybe they ran out of Chocolate.


Lotus Caramelised Biscuits

Monday 14 Oct 2002

This week we turn to Belgium for our biscuit of the week. When we think of Belgium we tend to think chocolate, beer, chips and possibly that detective chap with the little moustache. Do we think of biscuits? No not really.

So it came as a bit of a surprise to find that Lotus Caramelised biscuits came from Belgium, as their packaging has a bit of an oriental vibe to it. In fact they have been knocking them out since 1932.

Using lots of syrup in the recipe lets the biscuit take on its deep brown caramel colour and flavour during baking. It also makes for a light and crisp biscuit, and the cinnamon gives it a distinctly continental taste. Very tasty and quite easy to munch your way through half a dozen with out a second thought.

Now for the slightly dissapointing bit, the embossed picture on the top of a lotus flower. You should be able to make it out on the picture here, but if the packet is to be believed then it should be a vivid three dimensional relief. The wording on the packaging lays it on thick about how if the product does not meet your expectations then return it for a full refund etc etc. They should probably put pictures of the biscuits it actually contains on the out side if they took this bit really seriously.

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Griffins Sultana Pasties

Sunday 6 Oct 2002

We are grateful to Fraser of blogjam for providing this week's review biscuits all the way from New Zealand. Now New Zealand is known for a great many things - rugby, lamb, mountains (hang on is this Wales again?), parrot based fauna that eat your windscreen wipers (oh no that doesn't sound like Wales), its indigenous Maori culture, making Lord of the Rings, we could go on and on - but not for its biscuits.

So it was with a certain amount of raw excitement that we opened our review packet of Griffin's Sultana Pasties. Declaring themselves to be exotic and covered in dark chocolate we were, however, instantly attracted by the name noun 'pasties', which is not something you would normally associate with biscuits. So what is the agenda for these antipodean treats? Well, small biscuit pockets filled with moist sultanas and covered in dark chocolate just about sums them up. At roughly 53 mm by 30mm these guys are quite diminutive, and there are sixteen to a pack, so it would be quite possible for two people to see the pack off comfortably.

All in all I was put in mind of a fusion between chocolate raisins and garibaldi biscuits, and this would probably be a simulation that you could try should you be unable to get hold of these rare southern hemisphere treats.

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