“ Brand: Freemans Confectionary / Biscuits „
Whilst at the back of a long queue at the checkouts in the Range (a store a bit like Woolworths or Wilkinson predominately in the South/Midlands) my eye was drawn to a display of chocolate chip cookies. I hadn't planned on buying them but feeling peckish I popped a packet in my basket.
These cookies, I thought from the packaging, were made by the Bentley Mill Biscuit Company who I have never heard of before. More about that later. They come in a clear plastic tray wrapped in a yellow and blue foil bag. Once the tray had been removed from the bag it was almost impossible to get it back in as the foil began to rip. I therefore had to transfer the contents to a proper biscuit tin to keep them fresh. The plastic tray did not have any compartments or divisions, so when I opened the packet the biscuits were all hickeldy-pickeldy, to say the least.
There were about 35 biscuits in the packet and about 5 broken ones. Each biscuit is more or lass round in shape, about 5cm across and a very agreeable pale brown colour. The best bits, in my opinion, are the chocolate chips. The packaging says there are 18% chocolate chips and I can well believe that. There are far more chocolate chips than you get with many other similar biscuits. It would seem each biscuit has a dozen or so chips in it.
The biscuit itself has a crunchy crumbly texture which makes a mess on the kitchen floor when you are quickly trying to sneak one into you mouth without anyone seeing, but once in your mouth the biscuit gradually softens and the chocolate flavour quickly bursts through making these biscuits rather moreish. It doesn't say anywhere but I would guess it is dark chocolate that has been used to make the chips. The overall taste is quite sweet and very chocolaty, but the slight bitterness of the chocolate prevents the biscuit from being too sickly sweet.
On the back of the packaging is, in very small print, the ingredients list repeated in nine different languages. I am not going to list them all here but they will not be suitable for those who are intolerant to wheat, cows milk, egg, gluten, Soya or nuts. There is no mention of whether of not they are suitable for vegetarians or vegans, indeed there is no nutritional information listed at all - but it is probably fair to say if you are on a calorie controlled diet then you should try to avoid these biscuits.
Then came the explanation for the breakages, again in very small print - apparently these biscuits are 'tumble packed' and breakages will occur during packing and transportation. I certainly didn't realise when I bought them that some would almost certainly be broken. While it didn't detract from my enjoyment of these biscuits it is nice to be forewarned... but ... as I always say to my children, you have to break them to eat them... so what's the difference? Apparently the biscuits are packed in the U.K. by the Bentley Mill Biscuit Company in Walsall in the West Midlands but where they are actually baked, and by whom, is anyone's guess. If you like to know the source of what you eat this may be a bit disconcerting.
I looked up the Bentley Mill Biscuit Company on the internet and there is very little information other than it is part of a larger company called Freemans specialising in, amongst other things, the repackaging of broken biscuits. This is probably why Dooyoo call them 'Freemans chocolate chip cookies' but I have to point out the picture used by Dooyoo is not the same as the packet I bought.
These biscuits are excellent for dunking. They are just the right size to fit in a mug and they hold their shape and form while absorbing the tea (or coffee if you prefer). There is nothing worse than half your biscuit breaking off and sinking to the bottom of your cuppa. My youngest liked dunking them in a glass of milk.
The use by date on my packet is 6 months ahead but in my household of teenagers still on their Easter break they did not last that long. Although a bit sweet I also liked these biscuits
These biscuits cost me 99p for a 500g packet in The Range (www.therange.co.uk). I have never seen them on sale anywhere else so I don't know how widely available they are.
Thank you for reading.
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