“These are really good. I like that they don’t taste like pure sugar. We got to get these.”


That’s a quote from my 13-year-old after he tried Duchy Originals Highland All Butter Shortbread. At the Natural Products Expo, I was given some samples of the cookies created by Prince Charles’ line of natural and organic foods. His Duchy Originals brand has been sold mainly in the U.K. since it began in 1992, but it’s being brought to America. The company is starting with its shortbread cookies and biscuits.


Prince Charles, who last year gave an impressive call-to-action speech about sustainable farming at Georgetown University’s Future of Food conference, had the gardens at his residence’s Duchy Home Farms converted to organic in 1986 and started using food grown on the farm in Duchy Originals food line in 1992.


I like the Duchy Originals Good Food Charter. It says simply that every product “is good,” “does good” and “tastes good.”


  • "Is good” means that the company uses sustainable farming methods and expert producers to create the products.
  • "Does good" means that a portion of sale of Duchy Originals goes to charity through The Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation.
  • "Tastes good" means they create the finest products made with the finest ingredients. (My son would totally agree with the “tastes good” part.)

What are these fine ingredients in the shortbread? They’re all natural, non-GMO, Kosher and suitable for vegetarians. The butter used comes from cows that have been given no antibiotics or bovine growth hormones. Some of the flour used in the shortbread is grown on the organic Duchy Home Farms.


What I liked best about the taste of Highland All Butter Shortbread was something my son touched on — they don’t taste like pure sugar. They’re the type of cookie that you can have just one or two of and not have an incredible desire to keep eating the rest of the box like you can have with overly sugary cookies. One or two, with a nice cup of tea, would make a lovely afternoon snack.


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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