Being largely active in seeking out European treats, we realised we have been missing out a lot on one of our closest neighbours, Australia. A random visit to Candy Empire marked our fateful encounter with this Australian gem.
Yes we know that shortbread originated in Scotland, and not Australia, but after doing some research, we found many people across the world who love this product line from Butterfingers as much as we do!
Out of the huge variety of flavours, we have tried Pure Butter, Macademia, and Lemon Myrtle.
What's standard across all flavours is a solid, compact texture on your first bite, but that soon turns smooth and creamy over the palette. Pure Butter, as its name suggests, is the classic, non-flavoured one, but nowhere near plain and ordinary. As how its texture plays on an interesting twist, Pure Butter smells of a wholesome buttery scent, but tastes light of wheat, which will have you wondering, where did the rich (and to some, greasy) butter notes vanish to?
For Macadamia, another popular flavour in Butterfingers' shortbread line, it has a similar texture to Pure Butter, with less of a buttery taste, and more of the texture and smell of macadamia goodness. Especially for those on a gluten-free diet, you'd be pleased to know that the Macadamia shortbread comes gluten-free. And it is as delicious, if not more, as shortbreads containing gluten. Often we hear gripes about gluten-free cakes and cookies being dry and crumbly. But with Butterfingers, as its name suggests, the rich butter within the shortbread ensures that texture doesn't get compromised. It's so tasty, you will even forget that this product is actually gluten free! Our only peeve is that the nuts appear in tiny pieces, such that we feel it doesn't do justice to the much-raved crunch. Generous macadamia chunks will make us bigger fans of this flavour compared to the small little bursts of nutty glory.
Lemon Myrtle, our personal favourite, strikes as a big ?? at first, cause we weren't sure what exactly to expect of a shortbread that reminds us of a character in Harry Potter (the things media can do to you, seriously). But back to the facts, lemon myrtle is one of the well-known bushfood flavours and is sometimes referred to as the "Queen of the Lemon Herbs" that indigenous Australians have also long used in not only culinary, but also for its healing abilities, having a sweeter aroma and citral purity than lemongrass -- a nice Australian reference to the classic Scottish desert. We were rather surprised that the citrus flavour of lemon myrtle does not overpower the buttery taste of the shortbread. Instead, there's a zesty aftertaste that blends perfectly with the buttery tones in the shortbread.
- Contains wheat and dairy
- Made on equipment that also manufactures products containing free nuts, soy, and milk products
Start trying your pick of Butterfingers and its variety of flavours at Candy Empire, our go-to candy shop!