31 August 2010
Review : Byron Bay Cookies
We didn’t really know what to expect, when the Postman brought what seemed to be an unfeasibly large box. Upon opening, we discovered a treasure trove of Cookiness! “Get the kettle on!”, the cry went up.
So, we settled down with our first choice - the Sticky Date, Ginger & Walnut Cookie.
What a triumph. Each individual flavour of date, walnut and ginger comes through, with the level of ginger being just right and not overpowering the other two at all. Even as you open the packaging, you know you’re in for a treat as the cookie just smells divine. Pleasantly dense without being over-sweet, it has the joint accolade of being able to melt in the mouth, yet also being able to be dunked in your tea, which if anything, enhances the flavour. There aren’t many cookies you can say that about!
We all ran out of tea at this stage, so let’s fast forward to the following day at tea-time.
Our son, who is 11 years old and pushover for a Smartie, immediately homed in on the “Dotty Cookie”. His professional opinion is that this is a wonderful cookie. I quote “Lovely crumbly consistency .. ~munch~ .. big chocolate chunks in it, too .. ~crunch~ .. chocolate really tastes fresh .. ~slurp~ .. it gets better when you dunk it in milk!”. Does a cookie get better than that, for a child?
Hubby had homed in on the Fig & Pecan cookie, forgiving it for being low fat. Although he found it quite hard work to chew, saying “you certainly know you’ve eaten one, it fills a hole!” as it is somewhat dense in it’s flapjack-like consistency, he certainly wouldn’t have turned down a second!
Last, but by far from least, came the Strawberry & Clotted Cream cookie. Moist and strawberryish with a creamy finish, the cookie isn’t cloying at all and every bite is a delight. As with most of the shortcake-style cookies, be prepared to be wearing any number of crumbs! The most memorable feature of this cookie, however, is the smell. Do remember to take a moment to enjoy the aroma, before taking that first delicious bite.
With a retail price of between £1.20 and £1.39 (for the gluten-free versions) I’d say that these cookies represent excellent value for money.