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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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