Today we’re back reviewing Italian cookies from Mulino Bianco. They’re called Gemme and look like little flower heads. Shall we take a closer look?
These are, through the magic of Google Chrome Translate…
Soft soft flowers, with a heart of apricot jam. A special recipe for a sweet and velvety pleasure. | Mulino Bianco
And I’ve got to say, not only do I disagree… I’m also fairly unimpressed!
Shaped like flowers, these biscuits have an apricot jam centre (21.3%) which is made up of 41% apricot puree. They’re fine, I suppose. But when we’re choosing to eat something, do we really want “it’ll do” instead of “this is awesome!”?
These are very dry, crunchy biscuits that lack… something. Maybe many somethings. To start with I’m not all that keen on the texture. Sure it’s dry and crunchy, but it leaves a sort of grittiness behind on my tongue once the biscuit has gone. They’ve got a mild nondescript biscuitty sort of flavour but it’s fairly uninteresting. And I actually generally like plain biscuits, like shortbreads, digestives and even Rich Teas. It’s not a bad flavour, I should stress. It’s just far more bland than I’d like.
Next up, the jam. It’s very very firm. Like the consistency of Jammie Dodger filling, where the jam tends to feel like it’s been forgotten about in the cooker and it’s halfway to becoming a hard boiled sweet. I honestly can’t see the appeal of it in a Jammie Dodger and I don’t see it here either. It’s too hard and dry to add moisture to the cookie too, which I think is much needed.
The apricot flavour is also insipid. It has marginally more oompf than the biscuit itself, though I can’t say that’s much of a compliment.
Unfortunately, these just don’t work for me overall. They’re too dry and bland to make me want to bother buying them again – making Gemme my first ‘miss’ from this biscuit brand!
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