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Although my daughter is three and a half years old now, I still occasionally buy baby food products, mainly snacks. Heinz biscotti biscuits are something I buy occasionally as both me and my daughter enjoy these biscuits and it's nice to have a change once in a while.
The gingerbread biscotti biscuits are available to purchase from the usual places that sell baby products, Asda, Tesco and Boots for example. Each packet normally costs £1.15 or thereabouts and contains 12 biscuits.
The product loses a star straight away for the packaging. Although the silver foil like packet seems like a good idea for keeping the biscuits fresh, there is no way to reseal them or keep them fresh so once open, you really need to eat them. Another point with the packaging is how flimsy it is, in the years I've been buying these I don't think I've ever opened a packet and the biscuits have all still been intact. They crumble in the packet and you are left with different sized bits of biscuits and a load of crumbs in the bottom corners.
The biscuits themselves are smallish finger biscuits, each one measures roughly an inch and a half (when they are intact!) and half an inch wide. On the top the Heinz is scored into the biscuit and on the back is a criss cross pattern. They seem like the perfect size for little hands to hold if you can find one still in shape. I originally bought the gingerbread flavour to introduce that kind of flavour to my daughter, I love normal gingerbread biscuits and wanted to try these ones too. Of course, the gingerbread properties aren't as strong and overpowering as normal biscuits but you do get the gingerbread hit from these, just not as in your face. They have a melt in the mouth type of consistency to them which makes them perfect for younger babies as well as toddlers. My daughter loves these biscuits as they are and when she was younger, used to like it when I crumbled them up on her cereal too. My friend mixes these up with baby cereal for her son and he likes them this way too.
In terms of nutrients, of course these biscuits aren't the best of snacks for young children but they aren't as bad as normal biscuits. They contain no artificial colours or flavours and there are no preservatives. Heinz state that these are recommended for babies over the age of nine months but I can't see any reason why slightly younger babies can't try these too, they are perfect for hand eye coordination!
I'd definitely recommend these gingerbread biscotti biscuits from Heinz, they taste great for both me and my daughter and are nice to purchase once in a while for a treat. The packaging is quite annoying and I feel like it could be improved to keep the biscuits intact! The biscuits are a little on the pricey side but if you are only buying them occasionally it shouldn't matter too much.
Originally written Aug 2013
Spotting these in Asda's the other day looking for an alternative to rusks for my little boy (they're too big for him to hold and put in his mouth), I thought I'd give them a go. They cost 95p and you get 12 in a packet.
The packet is like a silver foil plastic wrapping which keeps the biscuits fresh. They are shaped like long thin biscuits (like a rich tea finger) with a criss cross pattern on them, and they are scored on the back - I imagine this is so baby can grip them. As soon as I held one out to my son, he snatched it and instinctively stuck it in his mouth. As soon as the biscotti gets wet it goes like a smooth pasty consistency, that is extremely messy - so you definitely need a bib when feeding these.
Organic, which is supposed to be good. ( although I do think sometimes that there is too much hype about organic foods, there has been much press lately saying that actually it isn't that much better for us. The word organic just seems to add to the price.)
No added preservatives, artificial flavours or colours.
Designed to fit into little hands.
Dissolve easily in the mouth, reduces risk of choking which is alwaysa worry when your little one starts eating.
They are suitable for vegetarians and are egg free ( but do contain wheat, gluten and milk)
Per 5g biscuit is 21 calories.
Contain added vitamins and minerals.
Price, 95p for 12 is quite expensive when they are essentially a flavoured rich tea finger.
There main selling point for me is that they are shaped to fit small hands, but once they've sucked/chewed half the biscuit down - they can't get to the other half because they are holding it, meaning half the biscuit essentially goes to waste.
Heinz make three varieties of biscotti biscuits; Organic Biscotti; Chocolate Biscotti and Organic Ginergbread Biscotti, which is the 'flavour' I will be reviewing.
Heinz Biscotti are available in supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, and Morrisons. I have also seen them stocked in Boots stores. They selling for around 95p for a pack of 12 biscottis, with Boots regularly having multibuy offers at 2 for £1.50. I bought a box of 6 packets of 12 biscottis from Asda at their last Baby and Toddler event for £3.00 - working out at 50p a packet.
The twelve finger biscuits are packaged in a foil wrapper, which is easy to open (but sadly does not have a reseal tab).
They are recomended for babies and toddles aged 9 months and onwards. I fed these to Jake from aged 6 months with no problems at all. The finger shaped biscuits are great for babies who can feed themselves (Jake has been doing this for many months - with finger foods - as a matter of survival - LOL joking!). They can also be crushed with milk and spoonfed.
For those who may be interested in calorie counts (I personally am not for a baby - I am sensible with what I feed him and do not want to become obsessed with calorie counting for a now 10 month old) - each 5g biscuit contains 21 calories and 0.4g of fat. Something that I will not of importance is the 'trace of sodium'. We all know that giving babies and children too much salt is dangerous and so I am satisfied to see 'trace' on the nutritional information on the packaging. The biscuits are also egg free and are suitable for vegetarians.
The biscuits are easily crumbled into milk, without difficulty or the need for a crushing implement. And also, due to the 'airy lightness' of the biscuits are easy dissolved in baby's mouth for the self feeders.
Ginger is definitely present in both smell and taste of these biscuits. In my opnion it is just the right amount for a baby or young child, not overpowering, yet introducing a new flavour and taste (ginger being one which is good for you) to your babys palate.
I have fed these to Jake as a dessert crushed with milk and also crushed into his cereal when it has been a bit bland to add a bit of flavour. He also has these as a snack and I generally use them as a decoy - If he sees sometime else with 'propoer food' he will want a chip, so I fob him off with one of these. It keeps him happy and he seems to enjoy them.
The two bad points, for which the product loses two stars, are the lack of reasealability and the normal selling price being high. That said, I will definitely buy these again but when I see them on multibuys at Boots, or even better on the same offer at Asda again!