SAO has been Australia's favourite savoury cracker for nearly 100 years. This large, square, flaky cracker was first launched in 1906. The origin of the name remains a mystery, although plenty of myths abound. One is that it was the name of a ship that used to call in at Newcastle port, and its captain was a friend of the Arnott family. Another is that it was the name of a sailing boat that was seen on Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, where William Arnott had a house. Or it could be the initials for Salvation Army Officer, as William Arnott's son, Arthur, joined the Salvos. Another is that it is based on the initials of Samuel Arnott, William's son. Whatever its origin, the name has become deeply etched in our language. SAOs were also one of the first biscuits to be heavily advertised in magazines and newspapers in the early part of the 1900s. In the 1960s, the famous SAO song was launched. SAOs light texture is achieved by rolling the dough into thin sheets, then carefully layering it to give distinctive bubbles and crumbs.
I grew up in the beautiful islands of American Samoa. And this product was a stable in our daily lives. We eat Arnotts Sao crackers mostly everyday after school as a snack before dinner is ready. I have not eaten these since I left the island in 1976 and here, in 2013 - I found them on Amazon and ordered them and they were AWESOME.
Aussie Products beat expectations by delivering my Arnotts Sao Biscuits on 1/28/2013 - when it was supposed to arrive by 2/05/2013 - AWESOME service.
Quality: Crackers are FRESH - I opened and ate them immediately upon arrival. Please note that these crackers, as I recalled back in the island, will TASTE STALE if they are stale - no hiding it but these arrived and tasted AWESOME - deliciously awesome with butter and peanut butter mixed together.
I would recommend these to anyone that grew up in the South Pacific and were used to eating Arnotts Sao Biscuits - these are JUST like what we grew up with - and there is a gap of 37 years for me since Ive had these are they are still pretty tasty - brings back so many good memories of the easy life of growing up in the islands.
Thank you Amazon and Aussie Products - top shelf service all the way.