Product Type: McVitie's Chocolate
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Adding stuff to my hobnobs? I am not sure they should have
McVitie's Medley Bars
Member Name: cha97mw
McVitie's Medley Bars
Date: 22/08/10, updated on 21/01/12 (407 review reads)
Advantages: Individual wrapped bar ideal for snacking away from home
Disadvantages: Not all that healthy, and not really 'new' compared to the competitors.
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.
Summary: I'll probably stick to a packet of hobnobs to have with my cuppa.
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