Welcome! Log in or Register

Island Bakery Organics Lemon Melts

  • image
£3.32 Best Offer by: amazon.co.uk marketplace See more offers
3 Reviews

Brand: Island Bakery / Type: Biscuits / Food quality: Organic food

  • Sort by:

    * Prices may differ from that shown

  • Write a review >
    How do you rate the product overall? Rate it out of five by clicking on one of the hearts.
    What are the advantages and disadvantages? Use up to 10 bullet points.
    Write your reviews in your own words. 250 to 500 words
    Number of words:
    Write a concise and readable conclusion. The conclusion is also the title of the review.
    Number of words:
    Write your email adress here Write your email adress

    Your dooyooMiles Miles

    3 Reviews
    Sort by:
    • More +
      13.05.2013 15:16
      Very helpful
      (Rating)
      9 Comments

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      Try them. Just not too many all at once.

      *** Updated 26/6/2013 due to now having much more consumer experience of this item ***


      ~~~ The Background ~~


      These biscuits are possibly the best that I have ever tasted. This is no mean feat, as I like biscuits (most biscuits) so much, that I rarely buy them as they wouldn't last for more than 30 minutes in the house.

      I first discovered these delicious lemon melt biscuits in the BA airport lounge at Heathrow nearly two months ago. I have since bought several packets for both myself and as gifts, in addition to purloining a few extras on each subsequent visit to the airport lounge to help sustain my transatlantic flights.


      ~~~ This Product ~~~

      These Island Bakery organic biscuits are produced by a Mull-based husband and wife team who apparently appeared on Dragon's Den. (I say apparently, because I don't watch television so I never actually saw this TV program.)

      The biscuit is a simple product comprised of a flour-based lemon dough which is baked and then dipped in a lemon flavoured icing that hardens on cooling.

      The company website lists the ingredients as:

      Wheat Flour, White Chocolate 25% (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk Powder, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, Vanilla Powder), Sugar, Butter, Palm Fat, Lemon Oil, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Sea Salt.

      Nutritional values (per 100g)
      Energy 525kcal(2192kj)
      Protein 6.2g
      Carbohydrate 58.7g
      (Of which sugars 30.4g)
      Fat 29.4g
      (Of which saturates 16.5g)
      Fibre 1.1g
      Sodium 0.2g

      The biscuit box confirms the allergen information as: contains gluten, dairy, lactose, soy.

      Finally, the company claims that these biscuits are free from genetically modified ingredients, artificial colours, artificial flavours and artificial preservatives


      ~~~ My Experience ~~~

      The first thing I noticed about these biscuits is the obvious contrasting textures of the smooth lemon, light yellow icing with the sand-coloured textured plain part of the shortbread biscuit. I have no idea if there is a correct etiquette surrounding holding and eating biscuits when in public, so I simply eat the in the same manner as I would at home. My first bite is usually a large nibble that encompasses the area where the coated meets the uncoated part of the biscuit. I particularly love the iced half of this biscuit and the fact that the icing is made from white chocolate.

      In my opinion the lemon flavouring of this sweet biscuit is perfect. In the style of Goldilocks, this biscuit is neither moist nor too dry but just right.

      There are two downsides to this product. Firstly, they are incredibly more-ish. Perhaps why they are only sold to the public in packs of three. This leads me to the second downside: the high price.

      They are available at many UK supermarkets and Amazon £8.50 - 9.00 per packet of three (June 2013).


      ~~~ Recommended?~~~

      I highly recommend these biscuits, obviously in moderation and as part of a balanced diet ;)

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        11.12.2009 21:24
        Very helpful
        (Rating)
        1 Comment

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        These are good biscuits and should be tried at least once.

        I first discovered these gorgeous gems, when a friend of mine who works in a health food store gave me a pack. I had never heard of the brand but it looked pretty edible when I opened them and boy oh boy were they good!

        About:

        Island Bakery is located on the Scottish Island of Mull and is strictly organic and concerned about the environment and sustainable agriculture (kudos to them!) They have six different biscuits in their range all of which are scrumptiously good (the chocolate limes are worth a try)

        The Lemon melts come in a cardboard box which holds a neat plastic holder with three compartments, each compartment holds four cookies and the whole thing is plastic wrapped for freshness.
        The cookies are like shortbread but infused with lemon oil and dipped in white chocolate a winning combination!

        The flavor of these cookies are really good, the texture is firm yet crumbly and since they are organic you don't have to worry about any chemicals or pesticides getting into your body.
        Just a little warning though, and that is organic does not equal healthy, by this I mean that these are essentially biscuits, and biscuits have a high percentage of sugar and butter and while organic are still high in cholesterol.
        So although it may be tempting these are better eaten over a longer period of time rather then giving in and scoffing down the whole pack over tea. (Guilty as charged I'm afraid...)
        One thing that should keep you from eating the whole pack is the price tag, these biscuits cost a whopping 3.40 pounds, ouch!
        These are however one of the more expensive cookies in their range and the ones not dipped in chocolate are 2.80.
        But if you can afford them you can rest assured that you are helping the environment and supporting small enterprises rather then the Nestle conglomerate.

        Island Bakery products can be bought in health stores across Ireland and the UK or online at http://www.realfooddirect.co.uk

        Conclusion:

        In taste and texture these biscuits are a winner but the price is a drawback so four stars from me.


        Ingredients:

        Wheat Flour, White Chocolate 25% (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk Powder, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, Vanilla Powder), Sugar, Butter, Palm Fat, Lemon Oil, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Sea Salt.


        Nutritional values (per 100g)
        Energy 525kcal(2192kj)
        Protein 6.2g
        Carbohydrate 58.7g
        Fibre 1.1g
        Sodium 0.2g

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
        • More +
          02.04.2009 12:44
          Very helpful
          (Rating)
          8 Comments

          Advantages

          Disadvantages

          A delicious biscuit from a beautiful part of the world.

          One of my great passions is trying to buy products which are organic. If the company also originates from a place where it is harder to find employment, and to make a success of a business idea, due to transport costs and employment issues in rural isolated communities, then so much the better.

          It was with great delight that I recently discovered the tasty biscuits which are produced on The Isle of Mull, which is off the cost of Oban in Western Scotland. One of my favourite flavours of these is Lemon Melts which are one of the most delicious biscuits I have tasted in a long time.

          The company was set up by husband and wife team Joe and Dawn Read who met at university. Joe was raised on Mull and so together they went back with their geography degrees in their hand to set up an organic bakery from scratch. Initially this consisted of setting up a unit in the back of an empty garage, and here they would make products for their newly created deli and bakery shop in Tobermory. At first this was mainly bread and it was the aim to supply neighbouring islands, but later the business expanded filling a gap in the market which they had identified to create biscuits with a home made taste from natural ingredients.

          The lemon melts I purchased from an online fair-trade company called Simply Fair but you can obtain these from many local farm shops, health food stores, and online whole foods companies. Also from www.realfooddirect.co.uk. I paid £3.40 for my box which is pricy for a biscuit but as I only eat these occasionally I think they are worth it for the treat factor!

          The box looks lovely with a little highland cow logo, and the rest is a vast expanse of bright sunny yellow with a picture of the biscuits inside. The biscuits are half coated with a white chocolate icing, and each one looks slightly different to the next reflecting their home baked production methods. The packet contains 12 of these little beauties in three separate baking cases. The smell is divine due to the lemon oil (which they extract from the peel of organic lemons) they use which gives an intense lemon flavour. The taste is absolutely wonderful. Melt in the mouth shortbread with a half covering of this lovely white chocolate icing. These taste like they have never seen a commercial setting in their lives, but could have just come out of your oven this afternoon.

          What I love about these biscuits is that they are organic, none of the ingredients have ever seen a pesticide, or a chemical in their lives, and because of this you know that the farmers who grew the ingredients have also got a responsibility towards preserving wildlife habitats for birds and insects. I think it is also important to note that these are made by sourcing ingredients as close to home as possible, and that if anything is needed from abroad such as in the case of these biscuits lemon oil, which they obtain from Sicily, it is never air freighted but goes by surface. They have to include palm oil which you may know has had a bad press lately due to the way its production has been threatening parts of the rain forest, where deforestation in places like Malaysia and Indonesia have threatened the habitat of the orang-utan. The company state that they need to use some palm oil to make their biscuits as they need a solid vegetable fat and want to avoid hydrogenated, so they buy this from sustainable sources, grown on plantations that have not been created from tropical forest clearance.

          The only ingredients in these are wheat flour, white chocolate, vanilla powder, sugar, butter, palm oil and lemon oil and a little sea salt. So this is a simple list with no E numbers in sight.

          An added bonus is that inside their packets is an ongoing competition to win a weekend on Mull each year so you might just get a treat a bit more than a biscuit. You'll have to photograph yourself eating them in a stunning or different location though!

          Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Awards 2006 saw them winning two awards so the company goes on from strength to strength.

          The biscuits are also available in handy packs of two which I also buy as I think this really provides a lovely treat without having to store the rest reducing the temptation to tuck into too many!

          So now all that remains for me to do is to work my way through the rest of the range and I have made a start! Next on the list Organic Chocolate Lime Biscuits........that's another review!

          Comments

          Login or register to add comments