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Crisp banana-flavoured mini-minion cookies. Made with natural flavours, preservative-free.
• Contains wheat (gluten), milk (dairy) and soy.
• May contain traces of oats, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.
We all loved these little biscuits, from Miss Five right up to the tallest adult there! They are just the right size for a mouthful and the banana flavour is strong and very pleasant. We started off eating a few each to get the first impressions, but not one person had anything negative to say - adults and kids alike, we all liked them. My daughter thought the texture was similar to that of Girl Guide biscuits, so that was the clincher as we always buy a few packets of that particular biscuit when they are available.
Mr Seven thought they would be ideal for a party. He thought he might even like them for his own when he becomes Mr Eight at the end of the year. His father was interested in doing something creative with them rather than just offering them round, and said he thought it would be fun to sandwich them back-to back in pairs with some banana flavoured icing and then stand them up. We did not get the chance to try that out as the packet was fast disappearing, but it is something we will try at some stage as the children could do it themselves.
Mr Seven said it would be dangerous to find them in a supermarket because he could be forced to buy some just because they are so cute. Everyone found this extremely funny, but it is nice to see things from a kid's perspective as the product is undoubtedly aimed at younger people. Everyone with children in their lives has experienced that moment when the kids see something on the shelf and ask for it. We think it is the adults who make the purchasing choices, but we are all driven by the prime consumer who will eat it if it is pleasant and leave it in the cupboard if it is not flavour of the month! Advertisers know this so they direct their sales campaigns at the young consumer.
The adults present (daughter, son-in-law, and two cousins) all said they would buy it, not for themselves, but for the children - especially if they were planning a party or a playdate. They liked the flavour and crisp texture themselves, but would prefer a larger biscuit if they were buying for an older group. I don't think that is necessarily an issue: you can always stuff three or four in your mouth at a time if you are really hungry.
As far as I can see, the consensus was that this is a really nice product. Several of those present had also tried the chocolate variety in this range, but the banana was thought to be far superior in terms of authentic banana flavour and kid appeal. The package actually lists natural flavour as one of the ingredients so I can only assume that the natural flavour referred to is banana. Other than that, it is preservative free which helps to make it a reasonably healthy snack.
As a mother of two primary school aged children I am always on the outlook for lunchbox ideas. Since my girls both love the Minions I knew the mini cookies would appeal to them. I chose to get the banana flavoured ones as there aren't many banana flavoured cookies around. Another thing that appealed to me was that it wasn't individual packages as so many mini cookies are. This meant that it was able to control the portion size. It also meant my girls could take some in their lunchboxes as their school is an Enviro-School and encourages nude food.
My girls both enjoyed their Minion cookies. They also used it as an excuse to say banana a lot just like the Minions do. They noticed that the cookies came in a few different Minions characters so they got the different ones talking to each other. the cookies had a distinctive banana smell and flavour which didn't appeal to me but did to the girls. The cookies weren't too dry like many of the other types of mini cookies are which I found a nice change.
I told the girls that they also make a chocolate flavoured version of these and they are keen to try them too. Imagine the conversions the cookies will have with each other if they have both flavours.
Everybody is cashing in on the minions craze. The packaging itself has plenty of great picture of minions that will no doubt appeal to most children, and have them begging to eat the minion food. The "cookies" come inside a plastic packet, which itself sits inside a cardboard box. With 10 servings worth of cookies, I was a little disappointed to see there was no proper way to reseal the box or plastic pack after use. You would think that something that has 10 servings would be resealable, or have individual packages to keep the product fresh.
The cookies are cute. They have a similar size to that of "dunkaroos", a staple of my own childhood lunches, although these biscuits do seem a little bit more crumbly. The crumbly nature of the cookie does mean it gets stuck in your teeth quite a lot more than usual, but that is a difficult thing for a cookie to avoid.
The aroma of the biscuits is quite subtle, but the flavour is reasonably strong. Rather than tasting like artificial banana milkshake flavouring, it tastes like the dried banana chips you can get from the supermarket. Good flavour, but also a natural flavour. Feeling nostaligic and missing dunkaroos, I decided to eat these in the same way; simply dunking them in a chocolate dip. Pretty easy to do, when you have a jar of nutella at home, and it worked together well.
That is really what would have made this product that much better. Rather than just making a large box of minion shaped cookies, If they had packed them into seving sizes, with something to dip it in (chocolate, strawberry, or banana flavoured perhaps) then this would easily make a great kids school snack. They are still good, but on their own there is a lot less excitement to it.
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