TO A PROSPEROUS AND BISCUIT-FILLED 2018
Happy New Year Everyone!
2018 starting on a Monday feels so serendipitous, I feel like I can handle anything that comes my way, albeit with lots of coffee and biscuits to prop me up, but I’m feeling really positive about this year and I hope you are too.
This post represents a first in more ways than one. Not only is it the first post on the first Monday of the year, it is also Elizabeth Shaw’s first (too many firsts?) foray into making biscuits and if you read further, you can read my thoughts on whether it was a good one.
Spoiler alert: It was!
Elizabeth Shaw branched into luxury biscuits in October last year (gosh that feels weird to say) citing a gap in the market for “an innovative premium and indulgent offering for adults, from a trusted British brand.”
Their luxury biscuits comes in four flavours; mint & cocoa (which I did not review), raisin & hazelnut, coconut & hazelnut, and raisin & cocoa. See below for their individual breakdowns. Hold tight, this is a long one.
RAISIN & HAZELNUT
I must admit, out of the three I taste tested, this didn’t wow me. Now don’t get me wrong, they taste good and the raisins and hazelnuts complemented each other beautifully but they reminded me of Thornton’s Caramel Crisp biscuits and I expected something different. I would still recommend it but it wasn’t my favourite.
COCONUT & HAZELNUT
Who knew that a coconut and hazelnut combination would bang like this? I loved this, milk chocolate and hazelnut is a winning combo for me on an ordinary day but when you add coconut to the mix,,,
RAISIN & COCOA
I was pleasantly surprised by this, I expected the dark chocolate to be overpowering. If you compare the pictures below to the ones above, you can see the difference in the colouring. This was sinfully sweet, the raisins lingered in the background and the caramel really came through.
Texture; a crispy biscuit base with a chewy caramel topping, they all have rice crispys in them so you have little balls popping in your mouth.
Packaging; These come in an embossed box with gold lettering. The biscuits itself are in a plastic container with white packaging to retain its freshness.
Price; I got these at the introductory price of £1 when they first came out at Tesco. There were 9 in a pack which comes up to about 11p a biscuit. At the time, I definitely thought they were worth more than £1 and I was right because they retail at £1.79 now (about 20p a biscuit)
Crunchability; If 10 is jaw-breaking crunchiness and 1 is the texture of a cake masquerading as a biscuit (like a softer jaffa cake, clue’s in the name people), I’ll give these a 5, it’s the perfect blend of crispiness and chewiness.
Dunkability; Some biscuits are not meant to be dunked, these are one of them. Dunk at your own peril.
Nutritional Value; There are 9 biscuits in each pack and each pack weighs 140g. The nutritional breakdown below is per biscuit.
Coconut & Hazelnut;
Raisin & Cocoa;
Raisin & Hazelnut;
Accompaniment… the biscuits are decadent so you need a drink that won’t send you into sugar overload, I recommend a glass of milk (cashew, almond, hemp, oat, go nuts with it, no pun intended, dairy is also an option)
Reminds me of… Thorntons Caramel Crunch biscuits
Raisin & Hazelnut; 6.5
Coconut & Hazelnut; 7.5
Raisin & Cocoa; 8 These were my favourite, I love when the taste of something surprises me.
I would definitely recommend all of these biscuits, they taste amazing!