Monday, June 25, 2012


Profits from Their Sales Will Benefit Charities through The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation

All-natural Duchy Originals from Waitrose cookies from the brand founded by HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, are being introduced in the U.S. this month. Traditionally baked by Walkers Shortbread in the Scottish Highlands, they will be available initially through and then in gourmet and natural food stores. The new line adheres to the brand's commitment to produce a product that "Is Good, Does Good, Tastes Good." 

Ideal as an anytime snack or for entertaining, the four elegantly thin and crisp distinctive delicacies are embossed with the Duchy crest. Original Oaten Biscuits are savory, sweet and perfect on their own or served with cheese. Highland All Butter Shortbread is luxuriously smooth and delicious. Stem Ginger All Butter Shortbread is delicately balanced with spicy sweetness from Australian Buderim Ginger. Sicilian lemons contribute the refreshing zest to Lemon All Butter Shortbread

All Duchy Items:
  • High Quality, Great Tasting Ingredients
  • All-Natural
  • Non-GMO Ingredients
  • OU Kosher & Suitable for Vegetarians
  • No Bovine Growth Hormones Used to Produce Butter (If included)

The shortbread and biscuits are made using wheat and stone-ground oats from U.K. organic farms, including from The Duchy Home Farm, The Prince's estate in the beautiful Cotswolds region of southwestern England. The Duchy Home Farm became fully organic in 1986, and is now an internationally-recognized model of best practices in organic farming. 

Duchy Originals from Waitrose are all-natural, OU Kosher and suitable for vegetarians. The brand does not support the use of GMOs in its products. No bovine growth hormones are given to the cows that yield the milk that is used to produce the butter. The Duchy Originals from Waitrose items have a suggested retail price of $5.99 and each reflects the quality of the ingredients and the bakery expertise of Walker Shortbread. A donation from the sale of Duchy Originals from Waitrose products is given to The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation. The foundation funds worthwhile causes throughout the world and in the U.S. it has helped fund education rebuilding initiatives in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, urban regeneration projects in Atlanta, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, the Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and the Harvard AIDS Institute.

The Duchy Originals Good Food Charter assures that every Duchy product "Is Good" by using a smaller environmental footprint as a result of more locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and less packaging; "Does Good" by providing a fair deal for the people who grow and make the food and generating funds for good causes; and "Tastes Good," being made from the finest natural ingredients. The cookies are produced in partnership with Waitrose, the foremost purveyor of premium food in Great Britain and a division of the employee-owned John Lewis Partnership.


 My Thoughts:

After having worked with many entrepreneurs from the U.K. through my previous virtual assistant services, I was introduced to Waitrose and Walkers Shortbread products, as I would receive them as holiday gifts.    If you follow my blog, then you know I love having both coffee and hot tea in the mornings and evenings, along with a cookies or shortbread to dip.  So, when I heard that Waitrose was introducing a new line of shortbread cookies, Duchy Orginals, I couldn't wait to try them with my morning tea.  

I was sent a box of each of the four new Duchy Originals flavors, Original Oaten biscuits, Highland All Butter Shortbread, Stem Ginger All Butter Shortbread and Lemon All Butter Shortbread.  I began by sampling the Stem Ginger Butter Shortbread cookies, as I was eager to see how ginger, paired with butter would taste in a cookie.  I was pleasantly surprised at the spicy, yet sweet taste of this thin, crisp cookie.  It was hard stopping at just one, as they were so good.  But, I wanted to try the other flavors, and was glad that I did, as the Lemon All Butter Shortbread cookies were out of this would.  With just the right amount of lemon zest to give these buttery shortbreads a kick, you are left with a refreshed pallete.  As for the other two flavors, they were equally as good..  My husband's favorite was the Original Oaten biscuits, because of the stone ground wheat and oats.  He ended up eating the whole box in a single sitting, but didn't feel as guilty as if he had eaten a small box of tea biscuits.

I will definitely be stocking up on these four Duchy Originals, to have on hand to serve family and friends who come to visit.  I can't wait to hear their thoughts on these great tasting, all natural cookies.  If you love shortbread cookies, why not give Duchy Originals a try?  You will not be disappointed.  These would also make for a great addition to a tea basket, or give as a hostess gift.

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Right now Walkers Shortbread is offering a discounted price per box of Duchy Originals.  You can pick up each of the four new flavors for only $4.99 a 5.3 oz. box.  Click here to visit the Walkers Shortbread online store, to place your order today.

About Duchy Originals: Duchy Originals was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1992 to promote organic food and farming and to help protect and sustain the countryside and wildlife. Today, in Partnership with Waitrose, it is one of the U.K.'s leading organic and sustainable food companies, producing a range of over 250 products from biscuits to preserves and gifts to garden seeds. A donation from the sale of Duchy Originals products is given to The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation. More than $1 million is raised annually in this way for distribution to charitable causes all over the world. Duchy Originals from Waitrose shortbreads and cookies are baked by the world famous Walkers Shortbread in the Scottish Highlands.

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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