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      13.04.2013 23:43
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      Bourbon biscuits

      No, it's not an American type of Whiskey, it's an amazing chocolate biscuit that I used to love as a child and I've now rediscovered as an adult.

      A Bourbon biscuit is a rectangle sandwich biscuit consisting of two thin oblong dark chocolate biscuits with a chocolate fondant filling. It's sometimes called a bourbon cream but I just call them Bourbon biscuits. According to an article I read, "The biscuit was introduced in 1910 (originally under the name "Creola") by the Bermondsey biscuit company Peek Freans, ofLondon, originator of the Garibaldi biscuit."

      I am sitting here eating a few as I write this review, all in the name of research of course!! The cream in the middle of this biscuit is lovely and rich and creamy and has a wonderful chocolate flavour to it. The cream is quite thick but it does not cover the whole of the I side of the biscuit but I think that's the fun of this biscuit, you can nibble around the sides and break them off until you get to the creamy portion inside. What's nice is that its not too sweet or sucky and there is just enough to fill you up and satisfy you although usually for me one biscuit is never enough.

      Each biscuit finger is chocolate too and nice and crunchy. On each side the word Bourbon is printed on the biscuit in capital letters and for some reason there are also eight little holes on each side of the biscuit, four at the top and four at the bottom, not sure why these are here, but hey, they make the biscuit look quite nice.

      Each biscuit has 67 calories in it so not too bad when you compare it to some other chocolate biscuits and they are extremely tasty!!

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        17.08.2010 21:11
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        Good solid biscuit

        Bourbon biscuits are similar to custard creams in the fact that they are two pieces of biscuit making a sandwich with the filling being a chocolate cream. They are usually narrower yet longer than custard creams though and whichever brand they are tend to have their name "bourbon" pressed in to the top of the biscuit with a few holes for decoration as well.

        I have eaten several varieties of this biscuit over the years but the type I have eaten most recently were manufactured by Tesco and are presented in a brown plastic wrapping in which you find roughly 200g. The style of the packaging means that if you don't eat them all in one go you will need to put them in a tin or in a barrel as it doesn't re-seal.

        I really like the chocolate taste of these bourbons and the combination of the biscuit and cream is splendid, even though it is all chocolate it is not too much. I particularly like eating these with a mug of tea or a glass of milk and some people even eat them by splitting the biscuits apart and eating the separate components. These are suitable for vegetarians but do contain wheat and gluten.

        Each one contains 70 calories and 3g of fat so you would not want to be eating a whole packet in one sitting but that is easier said than done for me. These cost me 42 pence which is the normal price which I think is very competitive so they are a good everyday product to keep your biscuit tin stocked well with.

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          09.04.2010 18:53
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          Not my thing

          Having always been a big fan of chocolate, I will look for any excuse to purchase it. So having become aware that I could buy this in biscuit form I was very much intrigued and decided to purchase from from Asda.

          These are bourbon biscuits, small in size and comprising of a chocolate filling in between a dark chocolate biscuit. These came in a double pack, although you can purchase smaller packs to. Unfortunately I was not particularly impressed with these, because while they are quite sweet, the taste is a little over bearing to me. The dark chocolate does have a particularly pleasant taste to me and as for the filling itself, some people may enjoy it but to me it's very much on the sickly side and not something I can honestly say I enjoy.

          On the positive side for those that do enjoy this type of full on flavour and taste, depending on the brand, you can purchase these biscuits at very cheap prices. Though of course you would be looking at the no frills brands for this type of pricing level. Since those first bourbons I have tried others to but they essentially have the same taste, perhaps a little lighter or heavier depending on the manufacturer but certainly not something I could indulge in.

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          23.02.2010 11:31
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          A more exciting biscuit to do with your tea

          I was excited to discover this week that Morrisons Bourbon biscuits are animal product free! Since turning vegan I've been missing biscuits and until now had been stuck with the not very exciting Value Rich Tea biscuits so this is a big improvement. I've not yet looked at other brands ingredients so you might find that not all are suitable.

          Morrisons Bourbons come in a 300g pack which contains 24 biscuits. At 44p this works out as just under 2p per biscuit- great value! The packaging is a chocolate brown colour with a picture of the some bourbons on the front so you know exactly what you're buying. There's also a panel of nutritional information which lets you know amongst other things that these contain 67 calories and 3g of fat per biscuit. Not too healthy, but then biscuits especially chocolate ones are a treat.

          The biscuits themselves are about 6cm by 2cm and consist of 2 chocolate biscuits printed with "BOURBON" sandwiched together with chocolate cream. They taste quite rich and cocoay as opposed to a milkier chocolate. I found them quite salty but this doesn't take away from the sweet taste. Their texture is crunchy which nicely complements the filling. The cream filling is smooth, rich and chocolately. It melts on your tongue well.

          And now for the real test of biscuits: Dunking

          My dunking medium of choice today was green tea. On a two to three second dunk the biscuit became softened and picked up a hint of tea flavour, and the filling melted slightly. On a five second dunk it became mushy but remained intact. I was left with pretty much no biscuit crumbs in my mug. I think this is an excellent dunking biscuit.

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            14.02.2010 02:50
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            love buying them and will continue

            Bourbon Biscuits Are a favourite in my house , they are the first biscuits i decant from the packet to the barrel and they are the first biscuits to leave it everyone in my house love a Bourbon not only as an compliment to milk or a simple cup of Tetley tea but also used in an easy recipe.

            I have taken to using the Asda Bourbons priced at 23p basically because they are a cheap alternative to some of the expensive ones on the market and because they taste just as good and i can get more for my money.

            The Asda smart price ones are admittedly high in calories per 100 grams but if you are like me and can not stick to a diet then you may as well put a stop to a diet in style and opt for these
            On a typical packet of biscuits you will find this information which will help if you have the will power for a diet

            Nutritional Values per Biscuit
            Energy kCal 65 ( Which i do not think is too bad compared with some)
            Protein 0.7 g
            Carbohydrate 9.0 g
            of which sugars 4.1 g ( Admit this is high)
            Fat 2.9 g (also high)
            of which saturates 1.8 g
            Fibre 0.5 g
            Sodium Trace

            The biscuits are oblong in shape which are ideal if you like to dunk them in a brew and biscuits is have air holes on the top it is a sandwich kind of biscuit and in the centre of the two biscuits which are a chocolate colour there is a nice smooth chocolate cream centre, the biscuits to me have a savory sweet taste but don't let that put you off as everyones tastes buds are different.

            Bourbons have many uses and i tend to use mine as a substitute for digestive biscuits in a cheese cake they really do add a great crunchy cholaty taste i have also used them in banoffee pie and that has to be the best that i have discovered a use for them , they really do compliment the caramel in a pie and all the textures do make for a great pudding.

            I think bourbons are way better than any other chocolate based biscuit as they do not only have a great taste but are also a challenge for me as i try to take of one layer in whole , i have mastered it a couple of time but not always ,

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              22.12.2009 17:18
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              great biscuit

              What a great biscuit! Chocolate bourbons have been around since the first world war when it was calld the 'creola' biscuit, yet still it continue to impress.

              Chocolate bourbons are formed of two plain rectangular chocolate biscuits with a chocolate cream sandwiched between them. There are lots of different variations of the biscuit for example some are sprinkled with sugar on top to give the biscuit a sweeter taste.

              What makes this biscuit is simply the taste. You bite into it and get a sudden crunch then it moves it to a thick yet smooth and rich chocloate cream and then finally into the second biscuit. The cream and the biscuit sandwich have been around for a long time and they never fail to impress for example another sandwich biscuit is a custard cream. The bornbon really is a fantastic biscuit.

              Overall, i love this biscuit and i think it is fantastic. It tastes great. If it has managed to be around for nearly a hundred years then surely it can't be bad.

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              27.10.2009 17:30
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              This is the poor mans chocolate biscuit.

              The Classic Poor mans Chocolate biscuit...

              This is what you always find in the bottom of your biscuit tin along with a few custard creams and broken rich tea.

              The Bourbon is chocolate in origin although it doesn't have chocolate in the name which is strange.
              It is 2 layers of chocolate type biscuit with a chocolate creme paste filling.
              It is a distinct oblong shape with the word BOURBON engraved along the top with holes.

              This classic doesnt belong to any specific company and it a free for all when it comes to manufacturing it.

              Everyone that produces a bourbon will have their own individual recipe and packaging but each one looks very similar and is distinct by its style.

              There is of course many way to each this classic. Every shop will stock bourbons and they are usually found it packs and usually under 50p.

              THE DUNKER
              The biscuit is dunked into a hot cup of tea, coffee or even hot chocolate. The biscuit will become soft and then eaten half soggy. There is of course a fine line in the sogginess as too long a dunk will result in the biscuit breaking up and dropping to the bottom of the cup never to be seen again.

              THE LICKER
              The biscuit is pulled apart and the soft chocolate paste is licked off the biscuit. Now it is only ever on one side... how..?? who knows why this happens but it does. After the paste has been licked off, the rest of the biscuit can be consumed.

              THE NIBBLER
              The biscuit is nibbled all the way round till only the choclate layer is left then the top layer is nibbled off. The choc paste layer is licked off then the left of the biscuit is eaten.

              The licker and the nibbler can also be a dunker...

              So the main question is which one are you?

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                19.10.2009 17:22
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                Buy Custard Creams instead

                Looking at the other reviews here on Dooyoo, the Bourbon biscuit seems to be a firm favourite, with 5 stars awarded by most people. Unfortunately my recent experience with Tesco's own brand of Bourbon Creams leads me to write a much less favourable review.

                First, I should just point out that these are Tesco's standard Bourbon Creams, & not the ones from their Value range.

                I don't generally buy or eat a lot of biscuits, but was recently tempted into buying a pack of Bourbons, having fond memories of them as a special treat in my childhood. 40p seemed a small price to pay for a trip down memory lane.

                When it came to eating these biscuits, however, I was very disappointed. The pack promises a "chocolate sandwich biscuit with a chocolate flavour filling", however the reality was a very bland biscuit, with only a tiny hint of chocolate flavour. They also seem to be particularly dry, as if they don't contain quite enough filling. There was a vague, unpleasant after-taste, & I was left with a strange, 'heavy' feeling in my stomach, even after just one biscuit.

                I did find one way of making them slightly nicer, which was by dunking them in a cup of tea, which seemed to itensify the chocolate flavour, whilst mixing it with the much nicer flavour of the tea. It also solved the problem of the biscuit being very dry.

                For those who are interested, each 14g biscuit contains 67 calories, 4.3g sugar & 3g fat. You get about 14 biscuits in one pack. At 40p per packet, these biscuits are cheap, but in my opinion not very good value.

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                  03.10.2009 14:03
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                  great biscuits

                  I'm a massive fan of most biscuits and just biscuits in general really and I love to have biscuits in just in case any one pops round and fancies a tea of coffee and some biscuits.

                  These bourbons biscuits are among my favourite of the cheaper biscuits that you can get in the supermarkets. You can get a packet of bourbons from most supermarkets own make brands for about 40p so and you get a lot in a pack as well.

                  They are basically made up of two rectangular layers of chocolate biscuit which are quite crispy and taste really chocolaty and fresh when you bite into them, but the real good bit of the biscuit is the middle chocolate cream part. it's a thin layer of chocolate flavoured cream which tastes really great especially when mixed with the two biscuit layers on top.

                  These are great biscuits, they are also good for dunking in tea although they do sog up really quickly and can leave some chocolate parts floating around in your tea which doesn't look great buy hey they taste good and I make sure these are always something I consider when buying biscuits on my weekly shop.

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                  07.09.2009 15:27
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                  The yummiest chocolatey biscuits in the world (except for the Tesco Value ones)

                  I like to think of myself as a bit of an expert when it comes to biscuits. Some people are chocoholics, some are cake-addicts but I firmly believe that there is nothing better than a good biscuit. I can tell you which supermarket sells the yummiest chocolate digestives and which has the nicest Nice biscuits. I regularly get addicted to a particular type of biscuit for several weeks, consuming packets and packets of them before getting bored and switching to something else. Currently my addiction is for bourbon cream biscuits which are a perennial favourite of mine.

                  In case you're wondering what I'm on about, bourbon creams are those chocolatey biscuits which consist of two rectangular biscuits about 2 inches long sandwiched together with a chocolate flavour cream. Just like in the picture at the top of this page. Yummy!

                  Today I did my weekly supermarket shop at Tesco and as usual made my way down the biscuit aisle in search of the aforementioned bourbon creams. When I had tracked them down I noticed that Tesco seemed to have done away with the double packets of own brand bourbons and the only ones available were the single packet (200g) which at 40p worked out more expensive per biscuit than even the Waitrose version (62p for a double packet of 400g).

                  Now my preferred bourbon cream has always been the Tesco one. It has by far the best chocolatey taste with a nicely textured biscuit. Waitrose comes in a close second whereas Sainsburys and Asda aren't even in the same league. As I went to pick up two packets I noticed Tesco Value bourbon creams lurking just below the standard own brand packet. And at 46p for a 400g double packet I thought to myself, why not give them a try, they're probably just the same as the regular ones.

                  Big mistake. My morning tea and biscuits has been ruined by these sub-standard bourbon creams. They just don't taste chocolatey enough and leave a strangely salty aftertaste in your mouth. And the worst thing about them, for me at least, is that the cream is stuck so tightly to the biscuit that I can't pull the biscuits apart and scrape out the cream with my teeth as I usually do. Instead I have to eat in the normal fashion and consume the biscuit and cream in the same mouthful.

                  In terms of nutritional information, I'm not sure how they compare to the regular bourbons but can't imagine that they would be very different. Values per 100g are as follows:

                  Energy ...................... 70 kcal
                  Protein .......................... 5.5g
                  Carbohydrate ...............66.2g
                  of which sugar.............. 30.0g
                  Fat .............................. 21.4g
                  of which saturates ........ 12.8g
                  mono-unsaturates .......... 6.4g
                  polyunsaturates ............. 1.9g
                  Fibre ............................. 3.4g
                  Sodium ......................... 0.1g
                  Salt equivalent ............... 0.3g

                  Actually, in typing that out I've realised that maybe I ought to curb my biscuit intake. They're really not very good for you at all are they?

                  So here's my recommendation of where to get your own bourbon cream fix from in order of preference:

                  1. Tesco own brand
                  2. Waitrose essentials
                  3. Sainsburys own brand
                  4. Asda own brand
                  5. Spar own brand
                  6. Anywhere else
                  7. Tesco value

                  The rest of my packet of Tesco value bourbon creams will remain in the biscuit jar until my husband polishes them off. I'm now off to buy a packet from Waitrose.

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                    23.08.2009 14:50
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                    Really tasty biscuits with a lovely texture and a sweet chocolate flavour

                    Buorbon biscuits are one of the most delicious biscuits you can buy as they are really addicting and have a fantastic taste as well as varying textures of hard biscuit and soft cream, but they all have a chocolate taste to them, which makes them so great. The two most common, which I tend to buy are the Tesco normal bourbon biscuits, which cost 40p for 200g worth and the Tesco Value ones, which cost 46p for 400g. Personally, I cannot tell the difference so I'd recommend the Tesco Value ones as you get twice as much for only 6p more!

                    Unfortunately, my dog likes these too and it's obviously bad for them as it's chocolate and also contains cream so we limit him to one every now and then, but he's built up a tolerance to chocolate so it's not so bad. The biscuits contain a soft chocolate cream in the middle. The outer pieces usually have some sort of pattern on them and say 'buorbon'. They aren't overly crunchy, but when you bite into them, the texture is both hard and soft, which blends together to produce a lovely sensation within your mouth.

                    They have an intense chocolate flavour as both the biscuits and cream inside are made of chocolate. I usually eat them whole, and I can get carried away, eating a biscuit in just one bite and then helping myself to a few more. It's sometimes fun to take off the biscuit on top and scrape away the cream inside with your teeth before layering the biscuit back on top and eating the rest. They are like chocolate sandwiches and just have an amazing taste. They are sometimes sprinkled with sugar too, but they will contain sugar in the cream and biscuit, which is why they aren't excellent for your health. They can be quiet filling and I think two are substantial to go with an afternoon tea.

                    Thanks for reading,

                    Dan ©

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                    05.08.2009 18:27
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                    Yummy and cheap

                    Bourbons are my favourite biscuits.

                    They consist of two layers of rectangular chocolate biscuit with the word bourbon inscribed, and in between these is a layer of chocolate cream. I normally eat these by twizzling the biscuit apart so that I can eat one layer of plain biscuit and then the other layer with the chocolate cream separetly.

                    It takes a while to master, you may get some of the chocolate cream on both layers of biscit at first, but for me there's really no other way to eat them. The chocolate cream is definitely the sweetest part of this, not too sickly sweet, but just right to compliment the slightly bitter biscuit.

                    Bourbons can be bought cheaply from Sainsburys. A 200g pack is 40p and a 400g pack is 59p.

                    Each biscuit is 67 calories and has 3g of fat, but I'm too in love with these to care about my poor arteries. And on that note, I think I will see if I can put these into a blender with milk and ice-cream to create a bourbon milkshake.

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                    24.07.2009 19:11
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                    A classic biscuit and rightly so, but why no modern luxury versions?

                    These biscuits are real classics, and I can see why. I do kind of wish someone would update the concept though, because although they are nice I think they are half what they could be given that luxurious ingredients are much cheaper now than when this biscuit was created.

                    The filling is tasty, slightly chocolatey and like a firm cream. It's not that thick unfortunately, and not a flavour that stands out against the rest of the biscuit. I'd prefer deeper filling because one of the joys of this biscuit is the contrast between the brittle biscuit and the smooth chocolate cream.

                    The biscuit is pleasant but is clearly made with cocoa powder rather than true chocolate, so it has a slightly powdery taste to it that I think could be refined.

                    But the size and shape of the thing is just perfect. Like anyone else I like eating them in all sorts of different ways, and the biscuits hold together if you want to separate the layers, and are long so they can be dunked well.

                    But I can't complain too much, they are a classic and are normally one of the first to disappear on a mixed plate.

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                      18.07.2009 21:29
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                      I wholeheartedly recommend this biscuit to any fans of the Oreo or Custard Creme. Ideal for tea.

                      Since 1910, the Bourbon Biscuit has been a staple of family confectionary. Millions of houses nationwide are home to a packet of these delicious chocolatey snacks. A sandwich biscuit, much like its aenemic cousin, the Custard Creme, or its campy American nephew, the Oreo, the bourbon is simply an elipse of fondant chocolate between two brown biscuit slices, with sugar crystals sparkling majestically atop.

                      This is an incredibly popular biscuit and as a result, there is much consumer demand for them. They are available very cheap in all supermarkets and almost all corner and convenience shops. They accompany tea and coffee very well and are perfect for casual social occasions.

                      I have seem people eat these in many ways, but the most popular seems to be removing one biscuit slice, eating it, and then licking the fondant from the remaining slice before consuming that too. Also, many people find that they go well broken up in trifles, as a kind of dark chocolate biscuit surprise.

                      They are, however, very fattening for a tea biscuit and are extremely moreish. Best to limit your consumption of these sugary snacks so as not to get too chubby. Nutritional information follows.

                      100g of Bourbon Biscuit (One biscuit.)

                      Calories 482
                      Protein 5
                      Carbohydrate 66
                      Fat 22
                      Fibre 3.4
                      Alcohol 0

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                        ==BOURBON==


                        My brother is perhaps the biggest _bourbon_ biscuit fan in the whole world. This, fortunately or unfortunately means that there are pretty much always these variety of biscuits in our cupboards and biscuit tins. I can't say I'm the biggest fan of these biscuits, and there are definitely other chocolate biscuits I'd rather have, however on the occasion I do have one, or two, or three of these little biscuits I have found it to be an all round enjoyable experience.

                        ===What are they?===
                        What are the species that are known as bourbon biscuits. Well let me en-lighten you. The bourbon biscuit was first introduced in 1910 by the Bermondsey company Peek Freans.
                        The biscuit is known as a sandwich biscuit. Basically what it is, is two thin chocolate biscuits, with a creamy chocolate fondant filling in the middle. I think these are quite similar to the Oreo cookie, but I think Oreo's are nicer. The two chocolate biscuits are normally 3cm x 6cm in length.


                        ===Availability===
                        Bourbons are an extremely popular biscuit, and from past experience you can find them almost anywhere. We usually buy ours from Tesco. I for sure know that you get them in Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Co-op, and some newsagents and smaller corner shops. I presume you can get them in most places which sell biscuits and sweets.



                        ===Cost===
                        Most supermarkets have their own brands of Bourbons. These are usually fairly cheap and wont break the bank balance. I have done my research (good girl, huh?!) and come up with a few options.
                        *Tesco- 200g- 46p
                        *Asda- 400g- 49p, 200g- Asda smart price, 14p
                        * Sainsbury's- 200g- 46p- 400g- 56p
                        *Waitrose- 400g- 49p- 200g- 45p.

                        In my opinion these prices are quite good for the Bourbon biscuits because firstly you get a lot in a packet, and I have found the biscuits are always of good quality, no matter what the brand.



                        ===Nutrition===
                        If you want to be healthy, why are you eating biscuits? I often get annoyed with people who ask how many calories are in this cake, or is this biscuit fatty and so on. If you wanted to be healthy and cut back on the cals, you shouldn't have even looked at the treats, let alone be about to consume them. Anyway, a typical bourbon contains around 65-90 calories. For a single biscuit this is rather a lot, but if you are not on a diet or you are not watching what you are eating it is probably worth it. A typical bourbon contains about 3 or 4 grams of fat, of which roughly 1.5-2g saturates. Again pretty bad for a little choccie biscuit, but after all, like I said, what can you expect?



                        ===Taste===
                        The taste of bourbons, in my experience, have been pretty much the same no matter what the price. However on the occasion I have had an older biscuit, in which the pack has been opened for maybe a few weeks, i do find them to be chewy and pretty bland tasting. However when these biscuits are fresh out the packet they can be very enjoyable. The plain chocolate biscuits do not have too much of a strong taste of dark chocolate, in my opinion they taste more of milk chocolate but thats my opinion. The fondant cream in the middle is usually quite hard, but almost always creamy and smooth and melt in the mouth type material. Although these arn't my favourite biscuits, I would probably never turn one down and on the occasion I do have them I make sure I enjoy them.



                        ===Would I recommend?===
                        Yes, in a word. Because these aren't too sweet, you can often find yourself scoffing more than one. It is well known that people like to dunk these into there coffee and tea, but i have tried this and I personally don't like the biccies soggy, crunchy is the only way for me.

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                        The Bourbon biscuit is a sandwich biscuit consisting of two thin rectangular dark chocolate biscuits with a chocolate fondant filling. The Bourbon was introduced in 1910 (originally under the name Creola) by the Bermondsey biscuit company Peek Freans, originator of the Garibaldi biscuit. It is apparently named after the House of Bourbon, an aristocratic French and Spanish family. It is similar in construction to the circular Oreo and the slightly smaller custard cream.