Saturday, 18 September 2010

Byron Bay Cookies

I have never been so pleased to see my postman. Paul from Beyond the Bean kindly sent me some Byron Bay cookies to try out and they arrived, snug and safe in a sturdy white box. I left my postman, shut the door and went off to brew a cuppa.

I'd never heard of Byron Bay cookies before but apparently they are available in stores around the UK, as well as department stores such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.

On opening the box, I discovered the following cookies:
  • Sticky Date and Ginger with Walnut
  • Triple Choc Fudge
  • Milk Choc Chunk
  • Dotty
  • Fig and Pecan
  • Lemon Macadamia Nut Shortbread
  • Strawberries and Clotted Cream
The one I was most excited about was the Strawberries and Clotted Cream so I ripped open the packet and got nibbling.



The Strawberry and Clotted Cream cookies are a special edition cookie, especially for the season. They scored big on flavour - chunks of real strawberry, white chocolate chunks and you could really taste the decadent clotted cream. It was all a bit much for me though - very filling for a cookie and the texture not as crumbly as I would have liked. I tried them out on my children, my sister and my husband and they all agreed - flavour-wise they were spot-on, but we wanted more crumbs and crunch! (I cannot believe I am complaining that a clotted cream cookie is too creamy but there you go).

My children went mad over the Dotty cookie - a milk choc chip cookie covered in what are, essentially Smarties - although I realise that they may not be real, actual Smarties used, but you get the idea. The Milk Choc Chip was crumbly where the Strawberries and Cream wasn't, and studded with chunks of - yes you've guessed it - milk chocolate.

We all went mad for the Lemon Macadamia Nut Shortbread. It was refreshing, lemony and (hooray!!) super crumbly and gave away little niblets of macadamia. This was my husband's favourite, who waited until I wasn't looking and schnaffled up the rest of my half.

The Sticky Date and Ginger with Walnut and the Fig and Pecan cookies were of a similar vein - chewy and moist and you could taste the spices. These cookies felt almost healthy - like one you might grab with your morning cappuccino from your local café and not feel too guilty. Big juicy chunks of dates and figs (respectively) in these cookies. Really yum. 

However the Triple Choc Fudge was my all-time favourite and I have been looking for these in the shops ever since my first bite. Mmmmm.... Triple Choc Fudge all the way, please! It's moist, rich, chocolatey with white and dark chocolate pieces and nice sweet lumps of fudge. I loved it. And I'm still on the hunt.

Each biscuit is wrapped individually for freshness, and presumably so it can be marketed to cafés so people can grab them and go. Each cookie weighs around 60g and they are filling enough that you don't need three or four of them to keep you going until dinner/lunch/breakfast.

There is more information on Byron Bay Cookies and, incidentally Beyond the Bean on the internet.