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Following on from my Tesco Value Shortbread experience, I will now review the brand and perhaps type of Shortbread I eat the most. Walkers and Dean's seem to be the 2 brand named Shortbreads out there. My bargain Tesco ones cost 9p for 150g whereas these cost about £1.30 for the 150g. Big price difference, and is it worth it? There is more to the packaging of these. The Shortbread is in a tray and in a box. I don't want to feel I am paying extra for the packaging, but I probably am. The box looks pretty Scottish with the colouring and Tartan on it. These are thick, quite large rounds of Shortbread. You get 9 in the box, which doesn't seem like much for the money. This is a world of taste away from the cheaper ones. The Shortbread tastes fresh, buttery, salty, sweet and malty. There is plent of flavour in this, and it tastes just how you would expect Shortbread to taste. It doesn't disappoint and although I can come across as a miser when it comes to spending a lot of money on a certain thing when there is cheaper alternatives out there, this is worth the money, but 20p cheaper would probably make all the difference. Although I like the Triangles and Fingers from this range, I think the rounds are nicer as they also seem a bit more crumbly as well. A great choice for a good Shortbread experience.
I don't know whether it's the bright red box or not, but I find something so Christmas-sy about Walkers shortbread! Hence why a box snuck in with other festive supplies in my trolley a week or so ago. I was restrained and did get the 100g box for the sume of 85p! - justified as a treat! They also have a 150g packet for around 1.50 and larger selections varying in price. Walkers have been producing varieties of shortbread since 1898 in Speyside Scotland. They are a limited brand, mainly retailing shortbread and cake products although I did get one of their Christmas puddings this year! They are quite distinctive and are available in most supermarkets and department stores as well as online and in the Edinburgh Wollen Mill shops. The boxes/packets are always themed in red tartan - almost serving as a logo as well. The main bulk of the writing is white and there is a soldier logo usually featured somewhere. These rounds came in a plastic packet with the biscuits on a clear plastic tray inside. The rounds are simple, but pretty with a scalloped edge and circular dip in the centre. The shortbread has no colours or preserves and is suitable for vegetarians. For the full 100g there are 550 calories. Still, not too bad, unless you eat the lot. The 'finest' ingredients have clearly not downgraded to a low gi cooking spread. These are proper sugary, floury, BUTTERY shortbreads. They are rich and quite sweet and have a lovely melt in the mouth quality. They are quite porous , helped no doubt by the holes going through as part of the biscuit design, this makes them much easier to eat as it stopes the sweetness being too overwhelming. I find them a great sweet snack on their own, but I do know people who like them with ice-cream and fruit! One thing I think I can safely say is I doubt you need to make them any sweeter!
My mother recently gave me a 320g box of Walkers Homebake Recipe Shortbread Rounds. She had found them at the back of the cupboard left over from her Christmas hamper, and because she is diabetic she thought I would appreciate them instead. Walkers have been baking shortbread in the Scottish Highlands since 1898. They still use only the finest pure ingredients with no artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives. Baked in the traditional way, Walkers shortbread rounds retain a home baked soft crumbly texture and rich buttery taste. The box itself is instantly recognizable with its bold red tartan background and a Scottish Highland scene depicted in the foreground. The wording on the box describes the contents as Walkers Homebake recipe melt in the mouth shortbread rounds. Inside the recyclable cardboard box there are two individually sealed sectional plastic trays, each containing 8 biscuits. Upon opening the packet, you are greeted with a delightfully appetising buttery shortbread aroma. Each thick round biscuit measures approximately 2" in diameter and is pale and golden in appearance. No patterns or markings - just simple appetising shortbread with a very light dusting of caster sugar on the top. In my opinion, the taste of Walkers shortbread is second to none. The texture of the shortbread is such that it is firm enough to retain its shape when bitten, yet soft and crumbly enough to melt away in the mouth without any cloying. The overwhelming taste is a rich sweet, butteriness that lingers in your mouth long after you have finished the biscuit. On the down side, they are very more-ish and before you know it, half of the packet has gone. It isn't possible for me to list any nutritional information because surprisingly, the box doesn't contain any! The only information given relates to the ingredients and their unsuitability for nut allergy sufferers. I found this omission of information strange but in an odd sort of way quite pleasing. The reason being that because I had no idea how many hundred (possibly thousand) calories I had consumed, I didn't experience that pang of post face-feeding guilt I normally get immediately after scoffing vast quantities of things that I know are bad for me. To conclude, I would say that Walkers melt in the mouth shortbread rounds look nice, smell great and taste delightful. However, even though Walkers don't provide any information on the box, I'm guessing the biscuits have an extremely high calorie content. Best eaten in moderation.
The unmistakable Tartan packaging of the irresistible Walkers shortbread. Nearly every households Christmas shopping list will include a box of shortbread, a biscuit that many people enjoy. Walkers pure butter shortbread is baked in the Highland village of Aberlour, Speyside to an original recipe that was perfected by Joseph Walker in 1898. The shortbread is made entirely with natural ingredients, no preservatives, artificial flavouring, colouring or preservatives. Though shortbread is available all of the year round, a Christmas just wouldn't seem the same without it. The rich butter biscuit is so good to offer to family or guests as a treat, a perfect biscuit for a cold winters evening. Walkers have their fingers in many pies, pardon the pun, they produce fine Scottish Oatcakes, cookies, crackers and magnificent Christmas puddings. Last year we made sure we had a Walkers Christmas pudding, it was delicious, set aflame with a drop of brandy it was the talking point of our Christmas lunch. Walkers have many intriguing ideas on the market, shortbread fingers come in two finger packs to give as wedding favours, they also offer a good selection of tinned shortbread and cookies for corporate gifts. Walkers biscuit tins now come in limited edition, so they will have appeal to any biscuit tin collector! We love the Fine Oatcakes as an accompaniment with cheese especially and often have buttered oatcakes with a bowl of hot soup too. Many prefer the oatcakes at breakfast with honey or preserves. Although Walkers have variations on their shortbread, orange, choc chip, Raspberry thins, Stem ginger and almond, I always head for the plain butter variety. If you have any gourmet ice cream the shortbread is perfect to serve along with it. Somehow they have cleverly managed to produce a shortbread that is suitable for those who are dieting. If you want to recreate the home baked taste of your Walkers shortbread then just before serving pop it into the microwave for a couple of seconds, you could almost pass it off as your own home cooked! A 4.2 oz box of shortbread rounds will cost you about £2.50. One Walkers shortbread finger contains around 100 calories. I have compared them to other brands, I have even bought supermarket own brand shortbread, but they lack that certain something, missing out totally on that extra special buttery flavour.