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Waitrose Essential Ginger Nuts

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  • Dunk well
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  • Not gingery!
  • Too thin
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      10.01.2013 11:20
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      Not the ginger nuts for me!

      I do not shop very often in Waitrose however recently I joined their reward scheme and just for doing so I received a five pound off voucher to spend instore with no commitment to paying out anymore more than that if I didn't want to, so effectively it was free money and I must admit that although it only being a fiver I'm not used to getting money for nothing and really did enjoy spending it!

      I didn't actually need anything in either as I'd done my weekly shop already so it was nice to browse and get a few extra bits and pieces. I don't usually buy biscuits and cakes and stuff like that unless people are visiting me, otherwise I scoff the lot when I'm bored but I did on this occasion get myself a pack of biscuits which happened to be these as I usually love anything that is flavoured with ginger!

      These come in an long pack which is brown and white in colour and its very basic packaging, easy to tear open as its plastic and we are clearly told what they are and who they are by on it then on the back of the pack other information stated includes ingredients being given, nutritional advice is listed, the size is stated which is 300g and contact details for Waitrose are clearly given.

      The Biscuits:

      Golden in colour, rough textured, round and rather thin I have to admit I found these to be very disappointing indeed. These were really dense and in parts hard and way too crunchy for me. They were not very well sweetened and had a really dry feeling to them and not very much flavour at all. I found them hard going to eat and not worth the 46 calories each that they provide. Yes they dunked ok but the flavour was so bland I never bothered eating more than a couple out of the pack anyway and gave them to my mate Roy who will eat anything though he didn't seem overly impressed.

      Wont be buying these again even though they only cost me 60p for a large pack not good Waitrose!

      Only available from Waitrose.

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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      30.01.2012 15:54
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      Poor show from Waitrose.

      We love Ginger Nuts in our house so when shopping in Waitrose recently I stocked up on a packet of these Essentials Ginger Nuts. I paid 60p for a 300g packet of these ginger nuts and this was quite reasonable for a 'value' range label product. I have definitely seen cheaper packets of ginger nuts in the past but as I like the stuff in Waitrose I figured that they would probably be good quality anyway and so didn't mind.

      These ginger nuts disappointed from the first bite for several reasons. First of all the ginger nuts texture was just weird, it was very crunchy, too crunchy and incredibly hard to bite, I found that I had to use my strongest teeth to bite through these which is always a bit annoying.

      The taste of ginger in these ginger nuts is very minimal too and overall it just tastes like an incredibly average plain hard biscuit that has been overcooked and had a little bit of powdered ginger sprinkled on the top. These do not taste very sweet like they are lacking some sort of sweetening and they have a powdery, floury kind of texture as if they have not quite been mixed properly.

      It is probably easy to see from my review that I was not a big fan of these biscuits and I ended up throwing half of the packet in the bin as they were just not enjoyable at all and I knew that I wouldn't be able to palm them off on guests either as they were just not very pleasant and I would have been embarrassed to offer them to relatives or friends who were visiting.

      The only positive I can really think of with these biscuits is that they hold up very well when being dunked in a hot drink. This is probably because they are so ridiculously hard that they are incredibly absorbent before they start to break up. The packaging is not bad either just needing to be torn open at one end to allow access to the biscuits. The price seemed reasonable enough but I was very let down by the actual quality of these biscuits so I would not recommend them and I would not purchase them again, 2/5 from me.

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      19.05.2010 10:53
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      Give Them A Dunk..... But They're Dead Boring Dry On Their Own!

      I brought a pack of these Ginger Nuts because I knew we needed biscuits, I was already in Waitrose and didn't plan to go to another shop just for biscuits so thought I'd see what they'd got.

      These was about 70p for a 300g packet, Essential is Waitrose's idea of cheapo like Tesco Value but I don't think that's very cheap for a pack of ginger nuts. I didn't mind though because most other things I've tried from Waitrose have been brill so I was even looking forward to the cheap ginger nuts! lol

      They're disappointing though and not worth 70p! The Asda Smart Price ones are loads better and cheaper as well! These biscuits have got a weird texture, they're crunchy but too hard at the same time and you have to kind of use your teeth to snap through the biscuit. That does make them wicked for dunking in coffee though because you can hold them in for longer than most biscuits and they will soak the coffee up without breaking up and falling into the cup.

      There isn't hardly any taste of ginger in them and what IS there tastes majorly fake. It's like the biscuits have got a powdery flavour and it's not very nice, like I said they are LOADS better once you've dunked them in coffee because then they taste of coffee and not cheap ginger!

      Another thing is that it's like the sugar is missing out of the biscuits, they've got a weird savoury taste and even though ginger nuts aren't supposed to be sweet exactly, at least they should have SOME sugar in them I like. Gooooooood, I think I'll be eating the whole pack dunked in coffee because that's another wicked way to add some sweetness to them..... a coffee with 2 sugars! lol

      I deffo won't buy these again, they're boring ginger nuts and I thought they would be a lot better than they are coming from Waitrose. Honest, you can go to any of the supermarkets and buy one of their cheapo own brand ginger nuts and they will taste better than these.

      Not recommended.... a rip off!!!

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      01.03.2010 23:35
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      Think I'll give Essential Waitrose a miss from now on

      I normally shop at Sainsburys or Tescos and I won't bore you with all the details of my grocery shopping that led me to do a quick top-up at Waitrose this week, but there I was; milk, bread, sausages, biscuits.

      We like biscuits in my house and I like to buy them half price, bogof or value brand so I don't pay more than 50p a pack. With the absence of any of these things on Waitrose's biscuit aisle I opted for a pack of Essential Waitrose Ginger Nuts, one of the cheapest packs they did at 70p.

      They come in a very plain packet which is mainly white but with a picture of the biscuits, making them look a cut above the normal supermarket value brands. I opened the pack and it all started well, the ginger nuts are crisp, snappy (I had to turn the TV volume up), very, very gingery and very moreish. In fact, I ate half a pack in one sitting.

      Everything went wrong when I got the pack out to eat some more. I had felt when I opened the pack that there were a few that were a bit broken around the middle but I wasn't overly concerned about it. However now that I was down to that part of the pack I realised that these weren't actually broken biscuits but misshapen ones. They were also very black around the edges and had a distinct burnt taste. In fact there were a few more misshapen ones in the second half of the packet and most had at least a hint of charcoal.

      Now, if this were a pack of value brand biscuits for 20p or so I would think this fact worth comment but not a complaint but as this was a pack of standard price biscuits I don't think its acceptable. I had a look at the pack to see what it said about Essential Waitrose and found this "the quality you would expect at prices you wouldn't". I think in this case they got that the wrong way round.

      I then saw their guarantee of your money back and a replacement if you're not satisfied and thought I'd take the pack back for that, then realised that my credibility might not be very high as I had eaten all the biscuits!

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