I was looking at the UK Food Blogger’s Association website the other day and noticed that Beyond the Bean wanted food bloggers to sample their range of cookies and write about them. Well, never one to turn down the chance of eating a cookie I offered to do just that. Paul sent me a box of ten cookies, which arrived the very next day. This called for a cup of tea and some serious taste testing. I suffer for my art.
I had asked them to send me their gluten-free cookies as my sister is gluten intolerant so I have a vested interest in finding a good gluten-free cookie.
The Byron Bay Cookies are made in the UK, using free range eggs exclusively, which is a very good thing. The gluten-free cookies come single wrapped to make sure that they don’t get contaminated by any naughty gluten cookies. They are distributed to cafes, to have with your take-away coffee and are also available in mini cookie bite boxes from larger Sainsbury’s stores and health food shops.
Right to get down to business:
They are certainly substantial in size, so should satisfy even the biggest of appetites.
Gluten-free biscuits are always more crumbly than their gluten-y counterparts and I wish I had asked Paul to send me a sample of their gluten containing range so I could have done a comparison.
I received two of each of the White Choc Chunk & Macadamia Nut, Sticky Date & Ginger with Walnut, Triple Choc Fudge, Dark Choc Orange and Dotty Cookies to sample.
I shared them around. My girls jumped on the Dotty Cookies, the ones that I guess are aimed at children with their sugar-coated chocolate sweets on top. My adult nephew who is a big fan of chocolate and knows about gluten-free cookies, because my sister is his mum, tried the Triple Choc Fudge and the White Choc Chunk & Macadamia Nut Cookie. Mr OC got to try the Dark Choc Orange and the Sticky Date & Ginger with Walnut Cookie. In the interests of this review, of course, I tried a bit of each.
My favourite was the Sticky Date & Ginger with Walnut Cookie, which surprised me as I am a big fan of the chocolate cookie. But this has a lovely gingery zing to and is a really comforting biscuit. It is not quite so crumbly as the rest, or perhaps it’s because the crumbliness suits it better. There are good pieces of stem ginger in there and you can taste the walnuts and the cinnamon, but you can’t really taste the dates. If I see them in café, this will be my biscuit of choice from the range.
The Dark Choc Orange cookie has a powerful orange kick, which I am afraid I found just a little too powerful for my liking.
The Triple Choc Fudge Cookie is a sweet cookie, which found favour with my nephew. There are good-sized chunks of fudge in there and it has a strong chocolate flavour.
If I saw these cookies for sale in a café I would buy one to see how the cookies that aren’t gluten-free compare to these. I am always pleased to see that gluten-free biscuits are becoming more of a feature in our cafes and shops and so well done to Byron Bay for producing a range of gluten-free cookies. If I was to see them in a café then I would happily buy the gluten-free Sticky Date & Ginger with Walnut cookie to go with my coffee.
Disclaimer: I have received no financial reward for this review, but I did receive 10 free cookies to sample. The review is based on my honest opinion of the cookies and the information about them received from Beyond the Bean.