Product Type: Doves Farm Snacks
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Take a hint Doves Farm and give me some nuts!
Doves Farm Organic Hazelnut Cookies
Member Name: ryeb
Doves Farm Organic Hazelnut Cookies
Advantages: Taste great, really crunchy, vegan, suitable for a variety of special diets,
Disadvantages: Does not taste much of hazelnut compared to the orange flavouring.
My vegan sister is always bringing around delicious goodies for me to try. Her latest tasty find is Doves Farms Organic Hazelnut Cookies, which are vegetarian and vegan. She bought them recently in Sainsbury's where they were on a half price offer -75p for a 150g pack, rather than £1.49. I never need asking twice to try a biscuit so here's what I thought of them.
THE DOVES FARM ORGANIC BRAND.
I am familiar with Doves Farm as a producer of organic flours, and cereals, but this is the first of their biscuits that I have tried. They have their own Soil Association approved farm, and use other suppliers with the same accreditation or international equivalent. They also have a policy of using Fair Trade ingredients wherever possible. In these particular biscuits, Fair Trade products amount to 21% of the total ingredients used. Whenever I buy one of their products, I am reminded of their efforts to farm in a way that is beneficial to wildlife, thanks to the detailed information about the brand that is printed on their packaging. Their products may not be the cheapest, but I support their ethical stance, and I appreciate that sometimes this comes at a price.
The biscuits come in a cardboard box, open at the top and the whole is encased in a plastic sleeve. I like this relatively minimal packaging as it annoys me when biscuits come in a box, plastic tray and cellophane. You can see the cookies through the top of the box, and very nice they look too. There's 9 in the box, each one chunky and golden, with a rough textured top that makes them almost look home-made. Once you have opened the packet, the biscuits need to be kept airtight, in order to preserve their gorgeous crispiness.
These cookies are described as hazelnut with a hint of orange. I would describe them as orange with a hint of hazelnut myself! I can see pieces of nut inside, but I think the orange flavour is so strong that they can't really compete flavour wise. I tend to love nut flavoured biscuits, and none more than hazelnut, so I was a little disappointed at first. Having said that, these biscuits still taste delicious, only of orange more than anything else. It's a pleasingly natural orange taste, rather than one that leaves an artificial aftertaste. They have a great texture. They are crunchy, but light, with a base that is firmer than the crumbly top. This makes them satisfying to eat, and very moreish. I like the fact that they taste really fresh, as if they haven't been long made, even though obviously they have come from a factory. The few we didn't eat straight away kept well in a tin for a few days. They showed no sign of losing their flavour or going soft, and would probably have kept longer had we let them!
I went to Sainsbury's and bought a few more packs while they are cheap as the best before dates run 4 months ahead. These are one biscuit that I feel safe to offer just about anyone, nut allergy sufferers aside, as they are not only vegan, but gluten free, wheat free, GM free, and contain no hydrogenated fats. They are a great tasting biscuit for anyone to enjoy, regardless of any special diet you are on though.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THEM?
I would, providing you were happy to eat an orange flavoured biscuit and were not buying these chiefly for the hazelnut flavour. They taste like a good quality product, and have a perfect crispy texture without being too hard. The orange taste maybe strong but at least these aren't in any way bland. I feel I have to deduct a star because of the missing hazelnut taste though.
I have found these both with the regular biscuits, and with the "free-from" products in Sainsburys. You can also buy them in other supermarkets.
[This review also appears on Ciao, under my user name.]
Summary: A nice tasting orange flavoured biscuit, with a hint of nut.