Ingredients: Wheat flour, vegetable oil, wholemeal, sugar, cultured skim milk, partially inverted sugar syrup, sodium bicarbonate, tartaric acid, malic acid, salt.
These are biscuits in the British “cookie” sense, not the American “bread-thing” sense. They don’t have graham crackers in the UK. They pretty much don’t even know what they are. In things that have graham cracker crusts, they use digestive biscuits instead. They have some things in common with graham crackers, but there are a lot of differences.
In contents, these are probably kind of similar to graham crackers, in that they are not excessively sweet and are made of whole grains. They kind of straddle a line between crackers and cookies, but I personally would rather not eat mine with a big slab of cheese. Although some chocolate spread wouldn’t be completely wrong.
Now the tasting. They aren’t dense and crunchy like a graham cracker. They’re more crisp and flaky like a good sugar cookie. The flavor is light and only slightly sweet, with a tiny bit of a buttery finish, even though they contain no butter. They’re extremely versitile in their relative blandness, making them a tasty partner for custard or ice cream. I’d even be willing to try some makeshift Smores with them.
Here, digestive biscuits are often eaten with tea. So I’ll try dunking one in tea, against my better judgement. (It isn’t a flavor thing. I just don’t like crumbly bits of cookie in the bottom of my tea cup.) It’s not bad. It doesn’t effect the flavor of the tea or the cookie that much, and doesn’t immediately crumble to the bottom of the cup. But it does moisten an otherwise fairly dry cookie. It probably would do okay in coffee or hot chocolate too.
Overall, I like digestive biscuits. They don’t have all the great kindergarten snack time associations for me that graham crackers have, but they are a tasty light snack with a cup of tea. Last night I had some dipped in vanilla yogurt. They were tasty and not too unhealthy.
Note: You can also get these with one side coated in chocolate, either dark or milk. They are also fabulous. My friends at English Tea Store stock plain and chocolate ones.
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