The newest member of our Kids' Review Panel gives his feedback on Organix Goodies Alphabet biscuits
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Let's get straight to the point here. These biscuits are always going to be a winner with kids because of the possibility of being able to spell a rude word with the letters.
Parents will applaud their organic ingredients, and appreciate that they come in just the right-sized little packets to go in a lunchbox, or have as a mid-morning snack without ruining the appetite. You can buy them individually, to quell the 'I'm huuuuuungry' wail in the supermarket - or buy a box of five and get more biscuit for your buck.
Organix Alphabet biscuits are intended for toddlers aged 12 months and over. But they have the potential to appeal to a fairly wide age range, which is especially useful if you have two or more kids, and they insist on having exactly the same thing to eat, in that weird way when hero worship meets competitiveness, and usually results in wrestling or crying.
Logan (who prefers to be known as Logie) is four and a half, and has recently been having phonics lessons at nursery. He quite often wants to read a word from his storybook at bedtime, or asks if cheese rhymes with seat. But we haven't done a huge amount of reading and writing at home, because he'll get plenty of that when he starts Reception in September.
He is, however, at the age when he finds saying rude words incredibly thrilling and funny. Calling someone a wee-bum-head is the wittiest thing he and his friends can imagine. The other day, Logie sang 'Scooby dooby doo, where are POO' which made him and his two-year-old brother Felix laugh so hard they actually fell over.
First off, Logie was chuffed to be offered a biscuit as a snack in the first place. He usually rejects a low starting offer of an apple and somehow negotiates his way up to a biscuit. Also, a snack in this shape of packet in our household is usually some sort of dried fruit that we try to pass off as 'sweeties', so it's nice to have another option of duping him into eating something healthy that he thinks is a treat.
We opened the pack eagerly. I let him eat a broken one straight off (first time he hasn't complained bitterly about having a broken biscuit) and he described the taste as 'nice'. I tried one too - a bit malty, with a nice snap to them, as Mary Berry would say. Overall, a good staple.
I quickly played Countdown in my head, and realised that we could make no easy phonetic words that he would be able to read.
Apart from, you guessed it...
I'll let the pictures tell the story. Here are photos as he slowly realises what the word spells:
Overall, I think Logie would give these alphabet biscuits a positive review. He certainly wolfed them down, then through a mouthful of biscuit gave another succinct pronouncement: 'Good'.
Alphabet biscuits are a good staple to have in the cupboard, and we plan to stock up. I can imagine Logie's one-year-old cousin, who's teething at the moment, having a good chew on them too.
They'll go in his packed lunch the next time he goes on a school trip, though his teacher may find herself both praising their educational and nutritional value, and wondering what on earth all the giggling is about at the back of the coach...