Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Walkers Shortbread - The New "Gingerbread" House! (Review and #Giveaway)

What do you think of, when you think of Scotland?  Cookies might not be my first thought:  I'd think of whisky, but we don't purchase or consume that.  But Walkers Shortbread?  I'll take that any day!

I received an assortment of Walkers Shortbread, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  I'd had it before, but I didn't know about all of these shapes!  For me, Walkers Shortbread is the gold standard of shortbread:  buttery, tender, and just sweet enough.

So, first, a little about the Walkers company and its products:
  • The company was started in 1898 as a village bakery in the Scottish Highlands.  It's still family-owned.
  • According to Wikipedia (but I can't confirm this), Walkers is Scotland's biggest exporter of food.
  • Walkers Shortbread is baked with the same recipe that founder Joseph Walker used, with only four ingredients.  And though the factory employs modern equipment, the shortbread is still baked in small batches to ensure quality.  They're still baked in two small villages, one of which is the original location, and if you go to Scotland, you can visit the original store.
  • All products contain absolutely no artificial flavoring or coloring and no preservatives.
  • The products are non-GMO, vegetarian, and kosher, and the butter contains no antibiotics or bovine growth hormones.   The dairy cows are even free range and grass fed.
That's the history and the quality measures, so what's new at Walkers?  Let me tell you about something really fun.

Walkers has a partnership with the hit Starz show, "Outlander."  (If you're a fan of the show, be sure to click through that link for all kinds of cool stuff.)  We don't have the Starz channel, so I haven't seen the show, but I've learned that at least the first season is set in the Scottish Highlands.  It was a natural for Walkers and "Outlander" to have a tie-in.

What they did is find a baker to create an "Outlander" castle with shortbread.  Think of a gingerbread house, but made with shortbread instead.  Check out the time lapse video:


This is the finished castle:



Interested in how to make a shortbread castle?  It doesn't have to be as complex as the one above!  (The full-size image is huge.  Click on the image, then enlarge to make the text large enough to read.  You might need to right-click to open it in a new tab, then click the image to enlarge it.)


Now you have the chance to win the Walkers Shortbread "Outlander" Assortment box!  Just use the Rafflecopter widget to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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