In which I pretend to be getting my recommended fruit servings for the day...
and continue to review British/Irish products...
I found Garibaldi biscuits in Myers of Keswick, but the Fruit Shortcake was in a nearby Astoria Key Food. Score one point for Fruit Shortcake!
Still, Garibaldi is less crumby. One for Garibaldi!
Hold up. I hate competitions. It's bad enough I've been choosing favorite books of the month; why should I subject my biscuits to such scrutiny?
Anyway, it's not really a matter of comparison. Some items are better on a given day, depending on mood or craving. These two types of biscuits are similar enough: they've both both curranty middles that are slightly sticky but not really messy. The main difference is the Fruit Shortcake seems little more buttery in taste and Garibaldi is more oatey and crispy. The Garibaldi gets nicknames like 'squashed fly biscuits', obviously because of its look, so if you're squeamish about that sort of thing, I'd go for the Fruit Shortcake instead. But Garibaldi has an excellent dunkability, particularly in tea. Not everyone goes in for dunking, I know. I get grossed out when bits of biscuit break off and make a soggy mess at the bottom of a mug - blorging just thinking about it - but I love the dunked taste once in a while. So, architecturally I know which to choose when I'm hankerin' for a dunkin'.
Either one will only be good if you like raisins. If you don't I'd go with Jammie Dodgers.