Jammie Dodgers are a remarkably popular biscuit in the UK, known for the rich red sticky jam filling. The biscuits have a bit of an iconic status, particularly as the new Doctor Who seems to rather like them too. Last season he tried to convince the Daleks that a Jammie Dodger was the self destruct button on the Tardis, and just last week, during a crisis, he stated that he needed "a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, 12 Jammy Dodgers and a fez." as his itinerary.
Although I digress the point is they are a well loved biscuit over here, and are famed for their jammie content. These are the first Dodger editions that I have seen that don’t actually contain any jam! It’s quite exciting, new editions of Jammie Dodgers don’t come out that often anyway and I found two on the supermarket shelves.
Choccie Dodgers - Double Chocolate
The double chocolate in the title, refers to the fact that not only is there chocolate in the centre of these biscuits, there is also cocoa in the biscuit base. Having said all that, the chocolate flavour wasn’t really very strong at all. The biscuit was pleasant, but the cocoa was a little mild for my tastes and expectations from a chocolate biscuit. The filling in the centre was smooth, creamy and really quite soft – there was none of that classic stickiness that you associate with Jammie Dodgers. If I had one of these biscuits in a mixed tin, I’d think it was a nice chocolaty biscuit, but I wouldn’t associate it with the beloved brand.
Toffee Dodges – Sticky Toffee
When I opened the packet I immediately had more hope for this new version as there was a lovely toffee smell emancipating from the wrapper. The biscuits were made with the usual shortcake base and had a fresh baked flavour. The toffee filling was gorgeous, rich with hints of caramel, brown sugar, and butter. The texture was spot on too, it was soft but sticky and needed pulling away when you took a bite - perfect.
I honestly thought I would prefer the chocolate version of these biscuits, as I am quite a chocolate fiend. However the rich flavours of the toffee blended so well with the creamy biscuit base that it was hard not to love them. Toffee Dodgers are a new variety of the biscuit but they still kept to the Jammie Dodger ethos, where as I felt the chocolate ones stepped away from this and became more of a generic biscuit.