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Now my son is old enough to cope with most proper foods I try to give him the same as us wherever possible. That includes snacks. Plain biscuits such as rich tea, malted milks and fruit shortcake go down as well as any "toddler snack" and, it seems, my son is more likely to take one because he's hungry than because he just likes the look of them. However, sometimes I think it's good to give kids food that's fun as a treat or reward but fun food needn't be bad food.
Hipp Elephant biscuits are designed with 1 to 3 year-olds in mind. They are plain biscuits which, to me taste rather like a hard shortcake or possibly even a rusk. Shaped like an elephant standing on a barrel, they are ideally sized for little hands yet are big enough that the younger child is not going to try to cram that whole thing in their mouth at once!
The biscuit is very firm and, although not as hard as a ginger nut, has that kind of feel to it when you go to bite it. Unlike ginger nuts, however, the biscuit crumbles when it breaks and so it makes it easy to eat. Like many toddler biscuits this one will go to mush if sucked or, dare I say, dunked. This can be a comfort to parents who want to give them to children who are not totally adept at harder foods as you know that this will just disintegrate in the mouth. Of course, children should always be supervised when they have food.
Like all of the products in the Hipp range these biscuits are organic. They don't contain any real nasties but are made in factories handling eggs, nuts and sesame, so, if your child is sensitive then these are not suitable.
The biscuits are sweet but not overly so and I don't really think twice about giving my little one a couple now and again. Unlike Organix biscuits these are sweetened with refined sugar rather than fruit juices though, so be aware. Because the biscuits are firm they are also ideal for putting in a handbag (obviously wrapped!) for those "shopping trip moments" as they won't break and go all crumbly. I've also noticed that you don't get many broken biscuits in the pack, unlike with the Organix Goodies Animal biscuits (smaller but similar in taste) which seem to end up with about 20% broken by the end of the pack. Broken biscuits can be a nightmare - for some reason kids won't touch them!
I'm not really a great one for discussing packaging in reviews but, in this case, I think it merits discussion. The biscuits come in a cardboard box with a cereal-packet style plastic bag inside. I've yet to open one of these bags without the bag ripping which makes it quite hard to keep the biscuits fresh without decanting them. I also find that, as I don't give them very often, a box will last longer than the 3-4 weeks that the biscuits will remain fresh once opened. I'd like to be able to buy these biscuits in smaller quantities or, perhaps, have two or more little bags of these inside. I know that upping the packaging is frowned upon these days but I find that I waste so much toddler food by having it go off before we've finished. Yes, I could decant, but children like the bright packaging and my son can see what I'm offering far more easily if the biscuits remain in the box.
HIPP Organic Elephant Biscuits
These have 451 calories per 100g, with 15g fat, 6g of which are saturates.
These are pretty chunky biscuits with a definite elephant shape. They taste pretty much like "Farley's Rusks" but less crumbly. I liked the taste of these, and so did my 3 year old daughter. She said the elephants looked "cool!"
These are aimed at "stages 3 & 4" which in children's food terms means approximately ages 10 months to 3 years. This is because they are big enough for children learning to eat to hold on to properly without losing them down the side of their high chair!
Although these taste good, i'm not very impressed with the fat and calorie content in them. 15% fat seems pretty high to me for a children's snack, even though they are Organic. I have found other biscuit snacks in the past which are also Organic, but have less fat and fewer calories. I probably wouldn't buy these again, but that's purely because of the amount of fat in them. The taste is good, and so therefore this gets a pretty mixed review.
These were £1.29 for a 150g box from Tesco.
I originally submitted this to www.yummyfood.net
These fun-shaped biscuits are suitable for babies from 10 months onwards and are made with the highest quality ingredients. They can be enjoyed by toddlers and older children as a delicious organic snack. Ingredients: organic wheat flour (33%), organic wheat starch, organic sugar, organic vegetable oils and fats, organic skimmed milk powder (6%), raising agent (potassium carbonate, tartaric acid (L+), salt, thiamine (vitamin B1). Their distinctive shape means that they are particularly easy for little hands to hold.