“ Brand: Tate & Lyle / Type: Biscuit „
Deep in the heart of The West Country the bakers at The Dorset Village Bakery also known as Fudges, are beavering away making these biscuits. They need a medal, because tasty and delicious these are without any doubt! Made under licence from Tate and Lyle these are no ordinary biscuits. They need a plate, maybe a doyley, and a large pot of tea. Fudges are the third generation of a family who have been making biscuits since 1926. I love this, another family run business where all the contacts on the website have the name Fudge-brilliant! Have a look they are at www.fudges.co.uk. I picked these up in Tesco and they are currently on offer at £1.79 (normal price £2.29) and it is good to remember these are artisan biscuits, so are from the luxury end of the market. Lyle's golden syrup always reminds me of my childhood, especially the tin, which always needed a fork or a spoon handle to prize it off. This would reveal the amber flowing nectar beneath, which would make up the recipes of that era with ease. These biscuits carry the Lyles logo, with the emerald green and the lion, representing a company which has been in existence since 1883. In fact in 2007 The Guinness Book of Records named this as the oldest recorded packaging, as it has changed little since the beginning. These biscuits are not just made with the syrup, they are half dipped in Belgian chocolate too so are very moreish! Very similar in style to the biscuits from Mull "Island Bakery" I reviewed earlier this week. Lifting one from the box and smelling it the aroma of syrup replicates exactly the smell from the green tins of syrup. Sweet and child like! The biscuits themselves are like a crisp toffee flavoured hobnob -absolutely delicious with creamy Belgian chocolate, utterly divine, and completely deserving of their place in the luxury biscuit category! Now to the bad news. They are 26% butter, no wonder they are so rich and delicious! The milk chocolate is also 25% of the biscuit so a generous amount here. Each box contains 10 biscuits and the box weighs 200g, so by their figures I make each biscuit worth 105 calories. Just a niggle here, I think that high calorie foods should have the amount quoted per biscuit on the packet, as it makes it so much easier than having to work it out. I suppose, however, that as biscuits are fattening anyway, and not really healthy, you shouldn't be too obsessed by this, and should be avoiding them, but if you are planning to have one every now and then it helps to know the score. These are no good for anyone who is allergic to milk or gluten, and no good for nut allergies as they are made in a bakery which handles nuts. I don't like the ingredients as much as the biscuits I reviewed from Island Bakery on Mull as they have sneaked in Glyceryl Triacetate E1518 a moistening agent, and acacia gum E414, and also these are not organic, but everything else presses my buttons. I will certainly buy these again and enjoyed them immensely-bit of a blast from the past really for me, and a lovely change to see a new product being made by a family baker, even if it does have a large multi national hovering in the background.