“ Brand: Fortnum & Mason / Type: Biscuits „
Fortnum and Masons Lucifer's Ginger and Chilli Biscuits.
I was recently presented with an unusual and delightful gift of Fortnum and Masons Lucifer's Ginger and Chilli Biscuits. These are quite a unique and flavoursome biscuit with a surprising warming kick.
Who are Fortnum and Mason?
Fortnum and Masons are a prestigious department store found in Piccadilly and were established in 1707. They have over three hundred years of providing quality merchandise mainly food to the public. Items can be bought in the shop or on line for delivery. They offer some really good quality food and hampers and generally are quite competitative.
They are packed in a sealed tubular brightly coloured orange tin about 15 inches long with a tasteful raised picture of Lucifer in gold. At the top of the tin is the Fortnum and Mason Logo. Inside the tin are two packets each containing 16 biscuits in a sealed packet further protected by a plastic dish like container. The weight of the biscuits is 300g.
The inscription on the front of the tin reads Lucifer's devilishly deceptive Ginger and chilli Biscuits and the inscription on the back reads.
'The ginger lures.
The chilli bites.
The palate recovers.
One errs anew.
They're so infernally tempting.'
Quite an appropriate slogan for these biscuits.
The biscuits are made to Fortnum and Mason's very own recipe and they are apparently one of their best sellers.
The ingredients are as follows:
Salted butter. 22%
Invert sugar syrup. (Whatever that is)
Stem ginger 9%
Ground ginger 1.9%
Chilli powder 0.2%
Bicarbonate of soda.
They are not suitable for those who have a wheat, gluten, milk or egg intolerance.
They are also manufactured in a nut environment so would not be suitable to those with severe nut allergies.
The biscuits are nice and buttery tasting and quite crunchy and hard to bite just like a nice biscuit should be. Once through the buttery taste of the biscuits your taste buds are gently woken by the subtle taste of ginger then a warming glow of the chilli creeps through which gets warmer and warmer and hot. It leaves the mouth with a slight tingling sensation which is not unpleasant but more of an afterglow!
Whilst they are very pleasant to taste I do not think you would want to eat more than a couple at a time as the chilli, although only 0.2%, is quite strong and gives quite a kick.
They would certainly not be suitable for children as the bite is quite strong.
As for the price they are sold for £8.25.
Would I buy them?
Well actually yes I would do as a special treat as at that price they are not an everyday biscuit but more for special occasions. I have also tried their other flavours of biscuits and they are certainly unique and they taste as they say they will. There are no artificial tastes in their biscuits.
Would I recommend them?
Absolutely yes especially if you have people who are difficult to please these would make an alternative and yet surprising little gift. (By the way I am not difficult to please or at least I don't think I am!).
As for the Dooyoo rating I would rate them as a definite five stars.