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Great little dunkers!
Fox's Crinkle Crunch Butter
Member Name: jo1976
Fox's Crinkle Crunch Butter
Date: 17/11/08, updated on 08/10/13 (142 review reads)
Advantages: Ideal consistency for dunking, nice appearance, buttery flavour.
Disadvantages: Made me feel thirsty. Perhaps best reserved for dunking into a fresh brew!
I picked up a packet of Fox's Crinkles Butter biscuits in Waitrose at the weekend. (Two things there; Fox's seem to have dropped the word 'Crunch' from the name of these biscuits. Otherwise they are absolutely identical to the image of the biscuits shown above. The second thing is that I don't shop in Waitrose as a general rule. If only!)
I chose this as an emergency 'pudding' option for my one year old as we were out and about over lunchtime and I thought a few biscuits to follow the cheese and onion pasty I'd purchased for him would be a meal to make Annabel Karmel envious! Oh well, needs must when you're shopping and the little ones are starving! My own personal preference is for biscuits that are either (thickly) coated in chocolate or have some sort of filling. To my way of thinking, if you're treating yourself to a biscuit you may as well go the whole hog! These 'crinkles' were chosen specificallly because I thought my son was less likely to make an almighty mess with these so I was deliberately avoiding chocolate and messy fillings. Luckily, I chose well as these retained their shape and didn't produce much crumbs or mess at all, even when clutched in a toddler's greasy little fist!
Naturally, I had to have a taste of one at the same time - just for quality control purposes, you understand. I was struck by the appetising golden colour and the pleasant cracked appearance of the biscuit. (By that, I mean the little lines across the surface of the biscuit which gave it a sort of homemade appearance - not that the biscuit was snappped in half!) It smelled pleasant enough and my little man had tucked into his without any complaints so I followed suit!
On first taste, I could appreciate the genuine buttery taste of the biscuit. The packaging informs me that these are made with real butter (in fact comprising 10% of the product!) The good news there is that 90% of the biscuit isn't butter so I think you can justify having another one. As for calorie content, if you're having a biscuit, just enjoy it, don't stress about the calories! Shall we just say with 10% butter, even more sugar and vegetable oil high on the list of ingredients, it's perhaps not one to overindulge in if you're on a diet and if you aren't, then enjoy. They do contain rolled oats though and I'm sure that adds a healthy dimension to these biscuits! They are certainly very moreish with a delicate flavour and a satisfying crunch as you bite into the biscuit.
The only drawback that I noticed once I'd finished my biscuit was that it was quite dry and left me needing a drink. Little one also demanded refreshment to wash his biscuit down with. At home, I decided to test the crinkle biscuit's suitability for dunking. It performed admirably, I have to say. The consistency of the biscuit is perfect for dunking as it doesn't dissolve into pieces before it reaches your mouth and it didn't leave any unpleasant floaters behind either! In fact, it kept its shape and just absorbed the tea making the perfect dunker! Sizewise, it fits into a mug perfectly without needing to be broken into pieces either. Used in this way, even the slightly dry texture of the biscuit is counteracted and it just melts in the mouth. In fact, I might just have to raid the biscuit cupboard again now!
I paid 90-odd pence (!) for a 250g packet from Waitrose (although they sell for 83p at Tesco) and I would certainly stock up on these if I saw them on offer.
Edit: May 2009. These have now become a regular addition to the shopping basket!
Summary: Best with a brew!