After writing a recent review about the Polish chocolate biscuit sensation, Prince Polo, I felt inclined to set myself the challenge of tasting several wafer biscuits at once. In my review I mentioned the similarity between Prince Polo and the British Blue Riband biscuit. I also mentioned Kit-Kat, the king of wafer biscuits in the UK.
There are lots of chocolate covered wafer biscuits on the market, many of which contain layers of toffee or other flavours. If I were to attempt to include all of them in a tasting I would quickly feel a) overwhelmed and b) sick.
For this tasting, I decided to stick to basic wafer/chocolate combinations and chose the following five biscuits as my tasting treats:
Prince Polo * Blue Riband * Blue Riband Dark * Kit-Kat * Kit-Kat Dark
I hunted high and low for the Blue Riband Dark, which proved an elusive beast. After failing to find any, my original five biscuit list was reduced to four. Here are the biscuits, resplendent in their packaging.
A quick description of each biscuit seems prudent.
Prince Polo – 4 wafer layers interspersed with chocolate cream, all covered in a thin layer of dark chocolate.
Blue Riband - 4 wafer layers interspersed with chocolate cream, all covered in milk chocolate.
Kit-Kat Dark – 3 wafer layers interspersed with chocolate cream, all covered in a thick layer of dark chocolate.
Kit-Kat – 3 wafer layers interspersed with chocolate cream, all covered in a thick layer of milk chocolate.
To assist me with this challenge I roped in my trusty associates, the delightful assistants. Delightful assistant no.2 has a great passion for biscuits of all sorts and was enthusiastic about participating. Delightful assistant no.1, while less keen on biscuits is decidedly keen on chocolate and particularly partial to a Kit-Kat. Coffee was prepared and the biscuits laid out on a tasting plate.
We all sampled the biscuits in the same order: Prince Polo, Blue Riband, Kit-Kat Dark and Kit-Kat Original.
As we did this, we sipped at our coffees and made tasting notes.
After munching through the biscuits, we read out our notes and were surprised by each other’s comments. For example, we all mentioned the sweetness of our first biscuit, the Prince Polo, but our opinions differed significantly:
Delightful assistant no.1 – “rather sweet”
Delightful assistant no.2 – “not too sweet”
Me – “not sweet enough”
And so it went on, with disagreements aplenty and definite variations in preference.
We each ranked the biscuits from 1-4, with 1 being our favourite and 4 our least favourite. Here are the final results in order of preference:
Delightful assistant no.1: Kit-Kat, Kit-Kat Dark, Blue Riband, Prince Polo
Delightful assistant no.2: Blue Riband, Prince Polo, Kit-Kat, Kit-Kat Dark
Lorna: Kit-Kat Dark, Blue Riband, Kit-Kat, Prince Polo
One of the few things we did agree on was that the chocolate coating on Kit-Kats was noticeably thicker than that on Blue Riband or Prince Polo. As delightful assistant no.1 put it, the Kit-Kats were more like a sweet than a biscuit, whereas Blue Riband and Prince Polo were distinctly more biscuity.
I don’t suppose all this is of much use to anyone, but if it achieves anything it at least confirms that one really ought to try every possible biscuit for oneself rather than relying on the reviews of others.