Product Type: McVitie's Chocolate
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McVitie's Medley Bars
Member Name: dippykitty
McVitie's Medley Bars
Date: 26/03/11, updated on 27/03/11 (112 review reads)
Advantages: Taste nice, Fill me up quite nicely.
Disadvantages: Not the healthiest snack option. Not that cheap when not on offer.
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.
Summary: My snack of choice at work.