Review: Mr. Christie’s Arrowroot Biscuits

A box of Mr. Christie’s Arrowroot Biscuits. Can you taste them yet?

Who in Canada doesn’t have childhood memories of chomping on Arrowroot cookies, possibly while sipping from a plastic tumbler of apple juice? For some reason, Arrowroot cookies have become the toddler snack of choice. How this connection between children and Arrowroots came to be is beyond me, but the sweet, simple flavour is tasty enough that adults have been known to sneak a few cookies, too.

By the time you read this, I may be a daddy. Or not. Who knows. The due date was roughly a week ago, so I’m going by that. In keeping with my new fatherly duties, I’ve had to post some of these stories in advance. In the next several months, don’t be terribly surprised if a post shows up a day late. I expect to be operating on several hours of sleep a night, which I assume is all I’ll need. Right? Any fathers in the house care to confirm?

In any event, I know I’ll be eating plenty of these cookies over the next decade, so I’d might as well get reacquainted with them, no?

The Pitch: From the box: “You may give Mr. Christie’s Arrowroot biscuits to your baby as soon as he or she is ready for solid foods. We advise parental supervision when this product is given to infants and young children.” From Kraft Canada’s Arrowroot website: “A household favourite since 1906, Arrowroot cookies continue to delight kids and moms alike.” Delighting moms might be a stretch, but I’m not a mom, so what do I know?

One of two plastic packages inside the box of Mr. Christie’s Arrowroot Biscuits. Seriously, can you taste them yet?

The Look: Box features pictures of adorable babies, both with and without Arrowroot cookies in their mouths. So cute! The yellow box is instantly recognizable. The cookies are an oval shape with rounded and triangular patterns printed on the surface, along with the words “CHRISTIE ARROWROOT BISCUIT.”

The Taste: Quite crisp and hard at first, they crunch down quickly, dissolving  into pasty mouth-mush. They have a smooth and lightly scratchy mouthfeel, and a flavour that’s a touch sweet but mostly bland. They’re sort of like digestives on training wheels, if you will.

If these Arrowroot cookies look familiar, it’s because you probably ate 2,967 of them as a kid. Just an estimate, of course.

RATINGS AND DETAILS

Cost: $4.69 for a 350 gram box.

Value for cash money: Good.

Availability: Widespread. Maybe in the cookie aisle, and maybe with the baby stuff. If not in one spot, check the other.

Nutrition?: Per cookie (7 grams): 30 calories, 1 gram of fat, 45 mg of sodium, 0 grams of fibre, 0.4 grams of protein. Also (in % daily value), some iron (2%), thiamine (6%), riboflavin (4%), niacin (4%) and folate (8%). But are those daily values for adults or kids?

The verdict: Simple, but just fine. As a parent, I imagine wine and cheese socials will transform into mild cheddar and Arrowroot play dates. And you know what? I’m cool with that.

Tea time with daddy? Yup.

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32 Responses to “Review: Mr. Christie’s Arrowroot Biscuits”

  1. Has the baby arrived? Boy or girl?

  2. Congrats!!

  3. MOI JE VEUX SAVOIR POURQUOI LES RITZ AU LEGUME NE SOT PLUS SUR LES TABLETTE DES S.M

    • Aucune idée. La meilleure solution c’est probablement de contactez les gens de Kraft Canada directement. J’ai trouvé deux numéros sans-frais sur leur site web: Pour le service en anglais, essayez 1-800-567-KRAFT (5723). Pour le service en français, composer le 1-888-572-3806. Merci d’avoir visitez mon site!

  4. Congrats; I am a recent dad, too! Grew up with Arrowroots. Been feeding them to my daughter as soon as she was old enough to eat ‘em. President’s Choice Value Pack is a better price per 100g; the quality and texture of the PC cookie vs Mr Christie is a matter of personal taste.

    Arrowroots are my go-to cookie!!! (we eat healthy so there are never any chocolate chip cookies in our house) My daughter being born gave me a reason to have a full box of Arrowroots on hand at any time. My favourite way to enjoy them is dipped in coffee — the slight flavour of the Arrowroot cookie pairs nicely with your coffee, regardless of how bold a roast you prefer.

    Other options to enjoy an Arrowroot or dozen: paired with a slice of old cheddar cheese, spread with peanut butter, spread with nutella, and even tuna salad (i.e., tuna and mayo)! If any of these sound unappetizing to you, don’t knock it ’til you try it.

    Happy fathering!

  5. The Christie Arrowroot Biscuits that I bought today do not taste the same as usual. They are are always in our house, but these new ones are harder and sweeter and taste more of wheat and less of arrowroot flour, I think.
    Has anybody else noticed any difference in their taste recently?

    • Yes I notice a difference sweeter and harder, not the same Arrowroot I’ve been eating for years.

      • I just opened a box 15 min. ago. First of they were in a clear sleeve instead of the opaque sleeve. They do not taste like the arrowroots at all. I am going to complain to Christie’s.
        I do not want these new ones! The other coolies were delicious,

        • We feel the same way….these are my husband’s favorite cookies, different shape, taste texture and color ….where can we complain?

  6. I wish you had put the list of ingredients for these copies!! Did you know they have Beef Broth in them! Not good for us Vegetarians!! Thanks

    • Beef broth? Where did you hear that? There’s absolutely no mention of it on the ingredient list, which means I don’t believe that claim for one second. Given religious sensitivities, that’s something they would certainly note if it were true.

  7. Should say Cookies!

  8. I agree with Kelly, this is not the same as the last one I bought. These taste sweeter and are harder. I enjoyed the old ones, There sure is something different about this new pack I bought. I have been eating Arrowroot for years and know the exact taste and these are not the same. The packaging inside the box has also changed. Bring back the old taste.

    • Me too …saw your message about arrowroot’s they are not the same …thinner too.as I had one from previous package to compare …dont know what is going on ..will have to check another store for a older dated one maybe …will compare the dates…I want my old ones back

  9. I buy Arrowroot biscuits for myself,I bought a box yesterday opened today and they are thinner….WHY are they thinner..thought it was just me at first so still had a couple left from previous box and they are THINNER.

  10. Sorry Mr Christies but you have totally lost a good customer. Been eating these arrowroot(baby) cookies all my life and now the last box is or must be a fake as they are wrapped differently, clear plastic, the shape is off, harder, they are sweeter, no taste, unless you count cardboard as a taste, not even close to the original we grew up with. Just what have you done Mr. Christie, sabotaged your business. It is my opinion even the babies who never ate one of your cookies before will spit it out.

  11. box coding is 2014 AU 11 XBS 307L

    I ONLY ATE ONE AND IT WILL BE THE LAST ONE, MAYBE THE BIRDS WILL EAT THEM.

    • I’m with you. Very disappointed and am returning this product. They have deviated from the original recipe and can no longer claim that this is an arrowroot cookie! Cookies are thin and tasteless. Predominant ingredient is wheat flour. Box code 2014 AU 08 XBS 107

  12. Why have you changed the recipe? Your new Arrowroot cookies are cloying sweet. There is no arrowroot taste. I will purchase Presidents Choice in the future. They taste like your cookies used to.

  13. box coding is 2014 AU 11 XBS 2071

    The taste isn’t the same. Much sweeter, different shape, wrapped in clear plastic and nothing like the original.

    What happened????? Don’t like anymore.

  14. I have been eating and enjoying arrowroot cookies for 50 yrs. and even taking them where ever I travel, I cannot leave home without them, so friends brought some down for us when we ran out and you can imagine my disappointment when I saw the wrapper and knew right away it was different, then opened it up and the cookie was thinner and had ridges around the cookie and it did not bite the same and is sweeter. I am very disappointed.

  15. These new imitations are wack! Why mr. Christie?……why?

  16. I have just discovered this site via my search for comments on Arrowroot cookies. My husband enjoyed starting our morning coffee and a guilt-free cookie. I checked our previous box: the cookie is smaller, which means that they can claim that the sugar content remains the same. They are sweeter, and, I feel, more likely to encourage a baby’s love of sugar at a young age. BTW, the box still says “Original”. This is all very misleading.

  17. I bought a box of arrowroot cookies and both sleeves are broken and that means every cookie. I am disappointed . I am on a sugar reduced diet and must count calories and with broken cookies it makes it very hard to do. What happened to the banana flavor and if it is still in stores WHERE

    • Glad to know I am not going crazy and that others agree that the current boxes of Arrowroot do not taste or look the same. As recorded above I don’t like them either – will be returning my large unopened box to Safeway for a refund and not buying any more Mr Christie products.

  18. So glad to know I wasn’t loosing it – the recent arrowroot cookies ARE NOT THE SAME and I don’t like the new version. They don’t look or taste the same – so will take my large unopened box back to Safeway for a refund. Why can’t companies leave good things well alone …….no more buying of Mr Christie

  19. What the big boys have failed to realize is that Christie Arrowroot Cookies is a classic product! It had fed every single one of us! To think of altering this product shows lack of vision. It is a poor management decision. Why? Probably financial reasons. THey thought no one would notice? Well they are wrong about that too. This product only has the imprint of the logo baked into it but the rest of it is a huge deviation from the original classic cookie recipe. Our family has made the epic decision to stop buying them.

  20. My comments simply echo all of the above comments of 2014!!!

    I keep Christie arrowroot beside my bed every night, everywhere it go!! When I travel to the USA I take them with me, as I have not found them available!
    I eat at least 4-8 cookies EVERY night! Sometimes a couple before sleep, and definitely when I wake in the night….and I go right back to sleep!!!

    Something has changed! And I don’t like them! The box I bought (I always buy the biggest case…with 8 packages in it… And this last one last week was the first that was different!!!

    Mr Christie…you have made a terrible mistake by changing the taste, texture, size and shape of the cookie I so love! There is nothing arrowrooty, unique or appealing to these new packages of sugar and flour!

    I too found this site while looking for a place to lodge a complaint….I will write an old fashioned “letter” to Christies if need be.

    I’m 67, and Christies arrowroot cookies are my only sleep aid and have been a life necessity for many years!!

  21. Arrowroot cookies used to be my favorite since my childhood,not any more they are not the same.

  22. I too, am very disappointed with the new Arrowroot biscuits. The taste, texture and size are not the same as I have given to all my babies. I am taking the large box I bought the other day at Superstore back for a refund and will not buy Mr. Christie cookies anymore. I don’t know why the company could not leave a good thing alone. Very unwise move on their part.

  23. The taste of the baby cookies – arrowroot cookies have changed. They taste like there is more sugar in them. They used to be so good. Now I will not buy them again and I will let people know this.