I am terrible for wanting to try new products as soon as they are launched especially if it is something of the tasty, sweet variety. So when I spotted the McVites Medley bars I decided that I had to try them. They are a cross between a cereal bar and a biscuit bar so I thought they would make an ideal mid-morning snack when at work.
The McVites Medley bars were originally launched in three different varieties:
I opted to purchase the Digestive variety as I do quite enjoy the nice wheat taste from the biscuits. The bars consist of a mix of biscuit chunks and cereal with hazelnuts and a milk chocolate base. I purchased a box containing 6 of the bars on special offer in my local Tesco store for just £1.00 which I thought was pretty good value.
The individual bars are packaged in a foil wrapper to keep them nice and fresh. The wrapper lists all the detailed product information including ingredients listings, nutritional information, and allergy advice it also states that the bars are suitable for vegetarians.
As these bars contain both biscuit and chocolate I expected them to be quite high in calories but was quite pleasantly surprised when I read the wrapper as they are less than some cereal bars. Each bar contains the following nutritional information:
Calories - 138
Protein - 2.1g
Carbohydrate - 19.8g
Of which sugars - 9.1g
Fat - 5.4g
Fibre - 1.1g
The bars themselves are quite a good size and look quite appealing with the biscuit chunks, nuts and cereal being visible on the top while the milk chocolate coats the base and half way up the sides of the bar. In my opinion the bars have a brilliant combination of textures the biscuit and nuts add a little crunch and they are bound with the oats in a slightly chewy caramel and then the milk chocolate adds a smooth, creaminess. I thought these bars might be a little over sweet but actually found them to be just right and the size of the bar is just perfect to ensure that you feel satisfied without them being too sickly. I think these bars are perfect as a snack and make you feel that you have not been as naughty as when you eat a few biscuits.
Overall I have really enjoyed these Digestive Medley bars and cannot wait to try the other varieties in the range. They make a great alternative to a biscuit or cereal bar and satisfy those sweet cravings without feeling to guilty.
Yesterday lunchtime, I did myself some toast and grabbed a cereal bar out of the box in the cupboard that all things treat wise live in. I didn't really look what I had picked up and to be honest I thought it was a tracker bar. (Not even sure if these are still on the go?)
I settled down, reading my favourite site Dooyoo, to carry on reading and rating, and after my toast tucked into my cuppa and the cereal bar!
Well! It was so delicious that I had to stop reading and actually look at what I'd been eating!
***Mcvities medley...Digestive biscuit chunks and cereals with hazelnuts and milk chocolate.***
Three of my favourite things combined so how could I not like? In fact...as I have been to the gym doing an aqua class this morning at 7 o clock (I kid you not) I think I really should have one now to go with my cuppa to be able to review the item properly.
Hang on while I undo it....................................................................Oh I'd better describe what I'm opening really hadn't I? Its a red oblong wrapper measuring five and a half inches (14cm) with a picture of the cereal bar to the right and 'medley' written in big white letters to the left.
Ok it's undone and looks divine! On the bottom is a layer of milk chocolate and this is topped with a mixture of hazelnuts and digestive biscuits.
Have just taken a bite and this is soooo tasty! It's a little chewy with just the right amount of chocolate. I need another bite...........why do I like this so much? Yummy. It might be the nuts....no it might be the chocolate....or even the biscuit? I don't know but it's a great combination! I'm saving the rest till I have finished writing this review.
I won't go into all the ingredients as for one my eye sight must be getting worse, I can't even read the ingredients list, but for those that have allergies the bar does contain nuts, milk soya, gluten and possibly sesame seeds.
It contains 138 calories per bar, which as a snack bar and a yummy one at that, I don't think is too bad though of course you should eat them in moderation.
Oh wow! How have I missed these? Just searched for current prices and they do different flavours as well!
Hobnob raisin and chocolate
Digestive caramel and milk chocolate
They are usually priced at £1.89 in Tesco but are on offer for £1 (6 x 30g bars)
I love these and would highly recommend them and now I'm off to finish the bit I have left with my cuppa!
Thanks for reading.
I love cereal bars as a healthy alternative snack to a chocolate bar. I spotted these in Morrisons yesterday whilst shopping, and haven't seen them before, so I'm not sure how new they are. I decided to buy some because I'm a fan of Mcvities products so assumed these would be really nice too.
They're available in three flavours, digestive hazelnut and chocolate, digestive caramel and milk chocolate and Hobnob raisin and milk chocolate. I opted for the Hobnob raisin flavour as I thought it was probably the healthiest option.
The bar itself is about 4-5 inches long and is a mixture of cereal, biscuit chunks, chocolate bits and raisins. It is easy to bite but very chewy which is a nice texture for a cereal bar and the mixture of flavours from the cereal, biscuit, chocolate and raisins blend together for a really tasty cereal bar.
In the box you get 6 bars which is sufficient to last about a week for a normal person but tends to last me about two days because I can't stop eating them. I only paid £1 for them as they were on special offer which I think is great value for money. There's only 131 calories per bar which isn't bad really and 1.6g of saturated fat. In comparison to a chocolate bar of this size, these are quite healthy really.
The cereal bars have a really long date on them, the one I'm munching on now has 30/03/2013 on it so they're good to buy and put away when they're on offer which is what I intend to do. They're also really nice dipped in your tea.
This is a really nice product by Mcvities. It's exaclty what you'd hope to get from a cereal bar and I can't fault them, I can't wait to try the other flavours. I'd definitely recommend these to others.
Just recently I have been trying to eat a bit more healthier. I'm looking more at calorific details and fat contents and although I try to avoid sweet things sometimes I just need something so I bought these!
So I bought these the other day costing £1.00 a box in offer in Asda and the ones that I have been eating and therefore reviewing is the Mcvities Medley Digestives in the Caramel & Milk Chocolate option.
These come in a bright yellow box with a picture of one of the digestive bars on the front of it and we are told what they are and who they are by and that there are 6 bars in my box and that they contain no artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated vegetable oil and an at a glance nutritional chart. Other information on the box includes being told a bit about the product and the manufacturer, ingredients and allergy advice is given as well as a full nutritional chat, the size is given which is 6 x 30g and contact details for Mcvities are given. The bars are all individually wrapped with much the same information given on them as the outer box.
Well the bars are long and oblong and rather thick in size. To the base of the bar there is a thin layer of milk chocolate coating and them you get crunchy rolled oats with flour that creates a nice digestive flavour biscuit and then on the top there is alight beige drizzle of caramel all over it.
These are really nice and crunchy, the milk chocolate isn't all that thick but does adds a creamy touch and the caramel adds a rich creamy taste to the biscuit which is rather sweet but not sickly. I really like these, they have a natural sweetness to them and they are quite filling and I love em as either a breakfast bar or as a snack with a cuppa. They are a bit hard in texture but are chewy and I will be buying them in the future for sure!
Nutritional Information Per Bar:
Available in a variety of different flavours and if not on offer retail around the £1.50 mark for 6 bars
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I am always on the lookout for new cereal bars and these ones from McVitie's are really lovely. Most days I don't have time for a proper sit down breakfast so I like to grab a cereal bar on my way out of the door. I get a bit bored if I have the same one all the time so I like to change now and again. When I saw this packet in the supermarket it looked really nice from the picture so I decided to give them a whirl and I'm glad I did.
The bars are from McVitie's who already make some of my favourite biscuits like Hobnobs and Digestives so I already knew they were probably be pretty good and definitely a very high quality like the rest of their biscuits. These bars are somewhat of a mishmash of lots of different flavours and textures and makes each bite really fun and exciting. There are bits of digestives biscuit chunks. As I've said above digestives are one of my favourite biscuits. They are sweet but very very morrish and I could eat loads at one time so I think the inclusion of chunks of these biscuits in the bars give it already a very sweet taste. Then you also have the mixture of lovely caramel and crunchy cereal bits so you get a crunchy chewy bite every time. The final nice thing about the bar is the inclusion of chocolate, I love chocolate and really can't live without it so to have a lovely layer of chocolate on the bottom is great. The chocolate is milk chocolate, my favourite and its lovely and sweet.
The bars have No artificial colours or flavours, no hydrogenated vegetable oil and are suitable for vegetarians. Each bar is 30g and has only 134 calories which I don't think is too bad when compared to say a chocolate bar, an average of which has about 190-200 calories. The bars come in a pack of 6 and cost just £1.80 and are definitely a breakfast bar I recommend.
I came across these in Sainsbury's a few days ago on offer at £1 so I thought I'd give them a go. I hadn't really noticed them before but I like cereal bars and McVities usually do a good job with their snacks, so I didn't think you could go far wrong with them. They're actually pretty nice, especially at that price!
McVities Medley Digestives come in a box of 6 that's golden yellow in colour. Each bar is individually wrapped so they're good for eating on the go or popping into a lunchbox as they're kept fresh. They're described as 'biscuit chunks combined with cereals', and the variety/flavour I bought was caramel and milk chocolate. I believe they also come in other varieties, for instance Hazelnut.
Each bar is a relatively decent size and quite deep, so when you take your first bite it feels fairly substantial. I actually found them harder to bite than I had expected, thinking they'd probably be a bit softer. The cereal and biscuit combine well to give it a crunch and good 'bite', whilst the caramel gives it a chewyness. The caramel along with the milk chocolate transforms the taste from boring cereal to sweet and tasty.
Having said that it's sweet, it's not overly so. The thing with cereal bars is that I tend to think of them being a healthier snack, so anything that's too laden with chocolate and that just-another-one feel to it kind of defeats the point for me. These just about get the balance right. They seem healthier also because they contain no artificial colours or flavours, and no hydrogenated vegetable oil.
In addition, each bar contains 134 calories and 4.8g of fat. Whilst you could say these are fairly high for a cereal bar, they're actually not too bad in comparison to some. They're substantial enough to keep you going without filling you up or being too sickly sweet, they're good quality and tasty, and if you can find them on offer then they're worth giving a go. However, at the usual price of around £1.80, I don't think I'd buy these often if at all.
I don't do mornings!! Okay I'm up and about early with the kids but if there was only one 7 o'clock in the day that would do me just fine. One of my most important tasks of a morning is to get the kids 'fed and watered' so if that means me grabbing a piece of toast or a cereal bar, that is fine by me.
So recently when walking in the isles of Tesco I came across McVities Medley bars. They were retailing at £1.80 for a pack of 6. So it doesn't take a mathematician to work out that they cost 30p each.
The two different flavours I saw were Raisins and Milk Chocolate and also Hazelnut and Chocolate. Knowing the kids don't really like nuts (and that they'd probably pinch the odd one) I bought the Raisins and Milk Chocolate variety.
So what did I get? Well firstly it came in a purple and orange box (unlike the peanut variety which comes in red and orange). On the front it says NEW but by the reviews on here, they appear to have been out quite a few months. On the front it also boasts that there are No artificial colours or flavours and also No hydrogenerated vegetable oils used.
So quite a healthy bar. I think not;-) Each bar has 131 calories along with 10.2g of sugar and 4.1g of fat. There is also an alarming 0.2g of salt. Please can somebody explain to me why food has to have so much salt?
The box has a little flap at the front which lifts up. In the box there are then 6 individually wrapped bars. Each bar is a combination of a hobnob biscuit combined with crunch cereals and juicy raisins, with a bottom layer of milk chocolate. The bars were very chewy and extremely tasty.
You could see lots of oats (in fact they total 21% of the bar) and the milk chocolate another 13%. The raisins weren't in short supply either. These were then held together with syrup which gave the chewy texture. So if you don't like oats, chocolate, raisins or syrup, this isn't for you. Personally I think they blended very well with each other. Also for those with allergies it also had Milk, Soya and Gluten.
Did I enjoy? Yes I did actually. In fact so much I ate 2 in one sitting. So I guess you can say they are very moreish. However at 30p a go, I would say represent excellent value. But not the healthiest kid on the block.
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Chocolate HobNobs are an all time classic biscuit in my opinion. Whilst watching adverts on TV a week ago I saw these Medley bars. Chocolate Hobnobs with cereal, nuts ,raisins and oats sounded like my dream combination. I never thought I would try them as I dont tend to eat cereal bar type things and they'd probably be overpriced. While doing the weekly shop I found to my surprise they were on offer for £1. I grabbed them immediatly as I was desperate to try them and couldn't pass up on ther £1 offer.
They come in a pack of 6 all individually wrapped. They are the size of your average small cereal/chocolate snack bar. To look at they look deliciuos. You can see there is a good mixture of all the ingredients. When I bit into it and looked the cornflake bits were not the right texture and a very vivid orange. This seemed strange to me but I carried on eating, as you do.
I was expecting to taste my ideal combination of flavours but was disapointed.These bars are overly sweet.I'm glad they are small because anymore would not be good. You can tase all the individual flavours mixed together but there is an unesessary ammount of syrup in there too hold all the dry ingredients together.
To improve it they should tone it down on the sweetness. Overall ok and good price.
I spotted these new Mcvities Medley bars when I was shopping in Iceland recently. They were on an offer at only £1.00 for 6 bars. I had never seen these snack bars before and the description of them along with the picture on the box really appealed to me.
They come in boxes of 6 and in different varities. Mcvities describe them as 'Deliciously good biscuity combinations'. They are avaiable in Hobnobs (raisin and milk chocolate), Hobnobs ( peanuts and milk chocolate chips )and Digestives ( hazelnuts & milk chocolate). I bought the Digestives medley variety. I like Mcvities digestive biscuits, especially the chocolate varieties and i also love nuts, so these ones, i thought would suit my tastes. I wasn't wrong!
They really are delicious. They combine small peices of digestive biscuit with cereals and hazelnuts with a thick layer of milk chocolate. I like the subtleness of the oats in the bar too; meaning you don't just taste the oats in it. I really like the combination with the digestive biscuits and in my view this makes this snack/cereal/biscuit bar unique.
Mcvities state that this snack is 'perfect for any time of day'. So whilst some people may tend to think that these are just a cereal bar, they are more than that and i certainly will eat them at any time of the day or the night for that matter!!
There are plenty of ingredients in this snack bar so I won't bore you with all of them but just the main ones;
Milk chocolate (13%)
Dried whole milk
Wheat flour (11%)
Rolled oats (11%)
Wheat flour (9%)
Crisped cereals (3.5%)
Wholemeal wheat flour (3%)
Digestive biscuits (25%)
Emulsifier (Soya lecithin
Malted barley flour
Malted wheat flour
Contains nuts, soya, milk, gluten, my contain peanuts and sesame seeds.
Each 30g bar has 140 kcals in it.
There are no artificial colours or flavouring in these bars. and they are free from hydrogenated vegetable oil.
This is now one of my favourite snacks, and has even over taken one of my other all time favourites. I will look out to see if this continues to be on a special offer as I would think that the normal price may not be that cheap. I will definately buy this when it is on offer and will buy it occassionally if not.
This is a very moreish snack and i think will be enjoyed by both adults and children alike.
I like this bar so much that in my view it deserves the full 5 Dooyoo stars.
I bought the HobNob, raisins and chocolate ones and I love them! They're tasty and certainly fill a hole!
I went into Sainsburys a few weeks ago looking for Belvita breakfast bars but as I was in a rush and couldn't find them so spotting these on offer for £1 a box, I grabbed a box as they sounded nice. My review is going to concentrate exclusively on the digestive -based bars that contain chocolate and hazelnut as they are the only ones that I've tried.
WHY I BOUGHT THEM
I'm always hungry at work and would find myself regularly eating crisps, a chocolate bar and sometimes other snacks all by lunchtime. My hunt for the Belvita biscuits was inspired by my desire to find something to fill me up more. When I couldn't find those, I wasn't too disappointed to see these bars on offer as I used to eat cereal bars and did find that they filled me more than chocolate bars and the like so I was hoping that these would be similar.
Each bar contains 140 calories, 9.2g of sugar, 6g of fat (1.9g of which is saturated fat) and 0.2g of salt. Gluten, soya/soybeans, nuts and milk are present and there may be peanuts and sesame seeds too. They're not the healthiest snack you could lay your hands on but you can't really expect much else from a bar that's mostly biscuit and chocolate!
Not having seen these bars before I bought them, I was expecting chunks of chocolate in the bar but what you actually get is the bottom half of each bar coated in chocolate so you get a good taste of chocolate with every bite. The main taste for me though is a combination of digestive biscuit and what you'd expect from your average cereal bar, not surprising really as that's the bulk of the bar and even though the bottom half of each bar is chocolate-coated, you've still got the biscuit on top of this and cereal elements mixed in with this. The hazelnut chunks can be tasted in most mouthfuls and all in all, it's a tasty combination, especially if you've got a sweet tooth like me.
So, do they keep me going in the morning? I'd come to the conclusion that one of the main reasons I was eating so much at work was simply because it was there in my bag so I took the decision to simply arrive at work with my lunch, one of these bars for the morning and a piece of fruit for the afternoon. I've taken to eating these when I arrive at work around 9.15 as I can't seem to stomach food before this time and I expected to be ravenously hungry by 10.30 (which would usually be the case). I was surprised to find that I didn't feel particularly hungry until lunchtime (which I usually take around 12.30) so you can see the big difference. I've been following this routine for around a month now and for the most part, I do find that these keep me filled until lunchtime despite not being billed as this kind of product. There are days when this isn't the case, especially if it's a particularly cold day at work but on the whole, these definitely do a much better job than simply reaching for crisps or chocolate bars as I did before and are a much better choice if that's what you'd do ordinarily too. I'm guessing that it's the cereal element of the bar that helps to fill me up as I wouldn't imagine that biscuit and chocolate alone would do that for more than an hour if I was lucky.
The main downside for me is the price. I purchased these originally for £1 per box and I must have been confident that I'd like them as I picked up four boxes, which ran out this week. Having just picked up another couple of boxes, I can confirm that they usually retail for around the £1.75 mark at Sainsburys and my mother says that they're a little more expensive than this at Tesco (around £1.80). I don't mind paying this as it's probably saving me money somewhere down the line not buying so many crisps and chocolate bars to take to work with me.
Everytime i go to the co-op lately these new cereal bars 'McVitie's Medley Hobnob Raisin & Chocolate' have been on offer for a £1.00 a box. I thought that was quite good price-wise considering you get six bars in a box and I fancied a treat so i thought i would give them a go.
Reading the nutritional information each bar contains 131 calories. This isn't brilliant since you can get cereal bars that are the same size as this with lower calories, however these bars maybe are a bit more indulgent. It also states they contain 4.1g of fat which is understandable since it's dipped in chocolate.
Each bar is the perfect size. The bars look like a regular cereal bar that has chunks of hob nob biscuits in it and a few raisins dotted about. The bottom layer of the bar has been dipped in a thin layer of milk chocolate and there are the occasional oats running through it.
The bars are nicely sweet and the chunks of hob nob biscuit also give it a really nice texture and flavour. The raisins also add an occasional chewy, sweetness and the chocolate just makes it that bit more indulgent. I would say these are quite good for people who are on the go and want a sweet fix from time to time.
Overall i think these bars are really nice however, you can get cereal bars with lower calories that are just as tasty.
I always take a cereal bar to work with me and can munch on it as I like during the day. Last week during my weekly shop in Tesco, I was about to pick up my usual choice of cereal bar, when I noticed something new on the shelves that was also on offer. My local Tesco have only started stocking these McVitie's Medley Digestives, and they are currently selling them for £1 for a pack of 6 bars. Now, I know they may have been available elsewhere for a while, but they were certainly unfamiliar to me, and so I decided that it was a good price and worth a try.
This McVitie's range of cereal bars come in a choice of three flavours: McVitie;s Hobnobs with Raisins and Mlk Chocolate, McVitie's Hobnobs with Peanuts, Milk and Chocollate Chip and McVitie's Hazelnuts and Milk Chocolate. I chose the latter of the three simply because I like hazelnuts, and so this review is based entirely on this flavour of bar.
The packaging of the product is quite bright, and follows the same colours of the rest of the McVitie's biscuit ranges. On the front is a colour photograph of the actual cereal bar and it states that this product is a a mix of 'biscuit chunks combines with cereals, hazelnuts, and milk chocolate'. One part of the box that is very important, though something you are probably better not looking at if you are watching your weight, is the nutritional information, which tells you that per bar, there are 140 calories, a rather hefty 9.2g of sugar, 6.0g of fat, and 0.2g of salt. So, bey no means a particulary healthy snack, especially in comparison to some other ceral bars. It also says on the front that this product contains no artifical colours or flavours, and has no hydrogenated vegetable oil.
I have had a few of these with me as part of my lunch at work, and I have to say that although they may not be terribly healthy, they do keep me quite filled which is important, and inevitably stops further snacking. As you eat the bar, the crunchiness and nutiness of the hazelnuts is obvious with every bit,as is the layer of milk chocolate. THe combination of the hazelnut, chocolate and biscuits pieces do make it very very tasty and it doesn't last for very long, as it is quite addictive. There is also a moisture to it as well, which I like, since many other cereal bars can be quite dry, and I find myself having to reach for a drink after eating them. They actually remind me a lot of tracker bars that you get in terms of the flavour, and this is no bad thing in my eyes.
Although this is not the healthiest of snack, it certainly fills you up as a snack, and thus stops you looking for something further to munch on, so that is a plus point. It is certainly very tasty, and the combinations of flavours work very well together in this bar. At £1 for 6, this is currently great value. When they revert to normal price again, I think in terms of the healthiness, I will probably opt for my other choices of cereal bars, which would be better for you. HOwever, all in all, this is aa good and tasty product, if you can just ignore the sugar and fat content!!
I just came across these bars last week, and as we were going away for a few days and wanting to eat cheaply while staying in a hotel i packed a box to keep us going. Apparently they were newly released in June, and there are three varieties to choose between. HobNobs, Raisins & Milk chocolate, Hobnobs, Peanuts & Milk chocolate chip and Digestives, Hazelnuts & Milk chocolate, both with a recommended retail price of 39p. I got a box with 6 of them, and i am not sure what i paid, but again, the RRP is £1.69.
Because they had the hobnob brand i had high expectations for an oaty and extremely tasty snack. So what did i find?
I had picked up a box of the Hobnobs, raisins and milk chocolate variety. Each bar is wrapped in a purple and gold wrapper which tell me they are NEW McVitie's Hobnobs medley, and then in smaller writing, it tells me my bar contains raisins, milk chocolate, cereals and biscuit chunks.
A bar is 30g, so it is similar in size to a Harvest tracker bar, but looks more like a Cadburys brunch bar. One bar has:
- 131 calories
- 1.7g of protein
- 21.5g of carbohydrates, of which 10.2g is sugar
- 4.1g of fat, of which saturates are 1.6g
- 1.1g of fibre
- 0.1g of sodium.
Not nutritionally that great then, i think, but it is basically more biscuit than health bar.
What does it look like?
As i said earlier, it reminded me a lot of the brunch bars on a smaller scale. The bottom half of the bar is coated in a layer of chocolate. The top looks like a flapjack. You can see the oats, and there is a definite shine to it which is like the glaze you get in a flapjack, so that is pretty much what i expected to taste.
When i bit into the bar, it wasn't overly sweet tasting, and the inside of the bar wasn't shiny and seemed a little dry to me. Once you could see a cross section of the interior i could see the raisins in it. I can't say i noticed any cereal or biscuit pieces in it, but i guess if the cereal was porridge oats (21% of the ingredients at the top of the ingredients list), that could be why it looked drier inside.
One was definitely enough to eat, and it was a fairly satisfying snack in that i wasn't looking at what i could eat next. I also didn't experience rapid swings in my blood glucose like i do when eating things like special K bars.
In terms of ingredients and allergies, if you suffer from any, then it could be a very poor snack to choose. It warns on the label that it contains milk, soya and gluten, and it also may contain peanuts, nuts and sesame seeds.
There are in my opinion a lot of this type of product on the market aimed at those wanting a snack. This is not one of the better ones. It is something i would buy rather than a pack of bisuits, but it would not be my first choice in cereal bars as it seems to be rather unhealthy compared to the nutrigrain range and not as tasty as the tracker bars or cadburys brunch bar.
Worth a try though. I will look out for the other 2 flavours, and i might stick them in my husbands lunch box occasionally, but i am too calorie conscious to be a regular consumer.