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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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