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I picked up a packet of these last week in sainsburys for £1 and they are absolutely addicctive! They are the typical hobnob variety biscuit, covered with a layer of milk chocolate and extremely moreish...
- The Brand -
Hobnobs are part of the McVities brand of biscuits which originates in Scotland and started in 1985.
- The packaging -
Opposed to the one in the picture, they actually come nowadays in a packet rather than a tin. They still have the same blue covering, with a more funky font design showering a splatter design across the packet. If we eat half of them we usually twist the end of the packet to try and seal the biscuits so they don't go soft, would be ideal if the packaging had a resealable covering...not that we eat them and leave half for later anyway, we usually scoff them in one go! But the possibility would be beneficial :)
- The Biscuit -
Made predominately from oats, but a thick, generous coating on top of the biscuit. The chocolate is quite sweet, but too sickly sweet so as to still be enjoyable, and the biscuit underneath still has the same quality of a traditional hobnob. These are amazing on their own, and a great accompany for dunking in tea (which my partner loves but I loathe) so we go through these in one sitting in about 10 minutes! There is a lot of crunching involved though so those who have sensitive gums or who like me have a painful wisdom tooth may get annoyed! But they are so nice I still continue eating them through the pain.
30% Rolled Oats
24% milk chocolate
Dried Milk, Dried Whey, Butter oil, Vegetable fat, Natural Flavouring, wholemeat wheat flavouring, raising agents, fructose syrups and Emulsifiers.
Overall I would definitely recommend them!
Most of you will know that Peter Kay sketch (all Northerners should anyway!), the one where he compares Rich Tea biscuits to Hobnobs. I must agree that Hobnobs are marines of the world of biscuit dunking in your 'cuppa. These McVities Milk Chocolate Hobnobs are no different and they come with a healthy layer of milk chocolate that melts in the mouth as you snap the oat Hobnob with your teeth. I have always preferred Hobnobs to virtually any other biscuit, I have always been aware that oats offer a slow release of energy and combined with chocolate they are the ultimate breaktime accompaniment with a hot beverage.
McVities Hobnobs have very distinct packaging. They are encased in a light blue roll pack packet with 'HobNobs' written across the middle, preceded by 'McVities' which is emblazoned more than once on the wrapper as they are clearly very proud of this product. I would say HobNobs are a firm favourite with many serious biscuit fans.
The oats in the McVities Hobnob are of a very rich consistancy and the biscuit holds very well together and isnt as crumbly as other types of biscuit or even other brands of oat biscuits. The generous milk chocolate coating doesnt serve a purpose of holding the biscuit together, it is merely there to satisfy the tastebuds -and it does the job extremely well. I must admit that I do enjoy the plain Hobnobs very much, but the milk chocolate just adds an extra touch of sweetness and comfort on those cold evenings in front of the fire. Hobnobs are also perfectly sized - they fit in your cup so they are easy to dunk, unlike Rich Tea's!
For the ultimate biscuit there is only one choice for me, McVities have always produced the very best milk chocolate Hobnobs and I just hope that (if you read my previous food reviews you will see what I mean) they dont follow suit with other products and change the recipe to cut costs. This is one product I would like to see around for many years to come. Enjoy!
Although it is a hard choice to make, I think these are my most favourite Chocolate Biscuits, but more in the way of Chocolate coated Biscuits with a Biscuit part to it. You can't beat a fully covered Chocolate Biscuit, but these are nice in a different way.
You can get these in a 300g pack which costs around £1.20. These are also available in a tub thing which has less Biscuits in it but costs more. It is easier to eat outside though, as you don't have the Biscutis trying to fall out of the normal wrapper.
These are a blue coloured wrapper so different to the orange coloured one for the normal Hob Nobs.
The Biscuits are large enough and qutie thick for what they are. These are round which most Biscuits are. These Are full of Oats and knobbly bits and the texture is just right. It is rough but in a good way, salty tasting and a sort of Digestive tasting malty taste. The covering of Milk Chocolate on top is a good slathering and although it is hard Chocolate, it breaks up easily enough and goes together well. The sweet and more savoury taste is a nice contrast.
Don't have a pack here but think each Hob Nob has around 80 calories. I find it easy to eat at least half the pack without really knowing about it.
Such nice Biscuits and although that bit more expensive but they are worth the extra.
At first bite, these biscuits are tasty little things. Hobnobs are unique biscuits, made from oats and wholemeal that crumble in your mouth and covered by a relatively thick layer of milk chocolate (thick for a biscuit anyway!)
But beware, these are wolves in sheep's clothing. The packaging clevery distracts you by boasting the healthy benefits of these biscuits by declaring to contain 45% Oats and Wholemeal and no artifical colours of flavours with a bright yellow wavy background on bright orange packaging, make this information look much more attractive than the boring, pale blue nutritional information guide, letting you know that each biscuit contains 93 calories (5% RDA), 6.3g Sugar (7% RDA), 4.5g Fat (6% RDA), 2.2g saturates (a whooping 11% RDA!!) and 0.3g of salt (3% RDA).
There's no denying these biscuits aren't healthy, no matter what the pretty colours say.
Hobnobs are very moreish and it takes a lot of willpower to stop at just one (willpower I do not possess, but for the sake of other consumers, I plodded through half a packet ;) ) The oats and wholemeal can make your mouth slightly dry and swallowing and long after they're gone, you find yourself hunting around with your tongue, locating hiding oats.
There's a pleasant aftertaste with these biscuits, which leaves you wanting more (and more and more...) and as I write this review, I still find my hand sneaking into the drawer beside me and pulling one out.
Overall, a great tasting product. A little misleading with the packaging and information on offer and certainly not healthy.
I love biscuits, name pretty much any biscuit and I probably love it, in fact I'm probably more of a buiscuit-aholic rather than a chocoholic.
I have always loved hobnobs as well ever since I tried them, the idea of an oaty but really sweet biscuits just works really well and tastes like no other biscuit which is what I think makes hobnons so great.
However the mcvities chocolate hobnobs just take that one step further, im not sure why they didn't think of these faster to be honest as they as such a great product and the addition of the extra chocolate on top just works so well with the oaty biscuit.
The chocolate hobnob, like the original hobnob is great for dunking, as the oats can soak up so much tea without turning into a mess straight away. The chocolate addition is great for dunking too, it melts and then the whole thing makes a perfect taste in your mouth, the melting chocolate combined with the soft hobnob, just the best biscuit for dunking and also great for eating alone too.
They usually cost over a pound for a packet but you can get them cheaper at some places. You do get quite a lot in a pack though, and even though you can get much cheaper biscuits out there, there still not chocolate hobnobs are they.
When biscuit time comes around in my house, which is often by the way, I have a few favourites but one that has been a huge favourite of mine for a long time now is the McVities chocolate hobnob.
Hobnobs were first introduced to me in their plain variety (ie) without chocolate and I enjoyed them with a cup of tea but those are nothing to the chocolate version.
Available in either milk or plain chocolate these biscuits are a delicious and very moreish snack, the biscuit itself is made from rolled oats, wholemeal and syrup amongst other things then they are topped with delicious thick chocolate.
The rolled oats syrup and chocolate come together beautifully and these taste like no other chocolate biscuit I have ever tasted making them a real one of wonderful biscuit.
A 250g packet costs around 80p but these are often on offer at Asda`s at two packs for a pound and at that price you just have to buy them.
Of course being that these are full of sugar and syrup and then covered in chocolate, they are obviously very fattening but you just have to try not to over indulge in them because living without them is not an option!
Utterly delicious. Hobnobs are a really indulgent biscuit, but cut with a bit of rough to keep them honest. They are more crumbly than a disgestive, something I really like, and although they have some of that sweetmeal taste there is also an oatiness that for me makes the biscuit, giving it a real flavour of the grains inside and that's great because it allows the body of the biscuit to be the star in my opinion.
The biscuits are moderately sweet, but not in an aggressive way. Although it's probably not the case, it almost feels like the sweetness comes quite naturally from the sugars in the grains as the taste matches well. And there is a slight saltiness that for me provides welcome balance. There is also a certain buttery element that keeps the whole thing slightly moist.
The chocolate on the edge is quite thin and to be honest I'm glad. Unlike choco liebnitz, where the chocolate is the star and the biscuit more of a base for it to show off from, for me a hobnob is very much about the biscuit and the chocolate fulfils a similar function to a butter on toast - just rounds it off nicely.
I just wish I'd never looked at the nutritional information! These things carry so many calories you wouldn't need to eat for a week.
***McVities Chocolate Hobnobs***
I do not usually buy these but when I went into a nearby Sainsbury's recently they were on offer - they were half price. So as they have quite a long best before date I stocked up (roughly 6 months grace). The reason I don't like to buy them is that they are sooo moreish. You can easily get carried away.
***What are they like?***
Well they are available in both plain and milk chocolate and there is also a more expensive version which is packaged in a sealed cardboard container, I suppose to help keep the biscuits fresh. The thing is in our house they never hang around that long!
These are an essentially 'oat' biscuit topped with chocolate. The packaging has recently changed to a predominently orange colour, so if you haven't bought them in a while you could miss them on the shelf.
On a positive note they state that they do not contain any artificial preservatives or colours.
These are a quality product. They are crisp, light and fresh and when you bite into them they crumble down nicely. You can clearly taste the oats which are roughly 30% of the product. They are not chewy at all, they are crisp without being hard and tough.
The chocolate covering is a little thin for my tastes, but nevertheless comprises of good quality chocolate. You do have to be careful and get on with eating it as the chocolate can quickly melt.
They are nice to dunk in tea or coffee, but in a way they are too good for this and are best enjoyed alone I think.
The one drawback that I can think of is that they leave a kind of sugary residue on your teeth afterwards and I always have the urge to go and brush them to get them feeling clean again. I am sure this is due to the high sugar content.
They are available in all the major supermarkest and cost around £1.26 although they are half price at Sainsbury's at the moment. It costs £1.32 for the hard case tube, but you get 50g less for your money.
The packaging states that they contain 45% oat and wholemeal. They are not light on calories, they contain 94 calories per biscuit, with 4.5g of fat (2.2g of which are saturates).
I'm not usually a big biscuit fan but I do love my chocolate digestives. And can you get any better than McVities? I don't think so. As I was doing my weekly shop I decided I wanted something different to snack on for a change and so when I saw these (on special offer) I thought I'd pick up a packet.
I've always liked Hobnobs and I think they taste nice on their own but the chocolate covered ones just add the edge and tastes so much better. The thing is though, they are like Pringles, once you pop you just can't stop, and of course that's what I did!
I bought a 300g packet, with the blue background and the delicious-looking Chocolate hobnobs on the front of the packet. Once I see this, I just can't resist wanting to eat the lot and I think this is what happens with a lot of people!
As I said before, these chocolate digestives are just so addictive and I couldn't stop eating them! The base is oat-based, somewhat crunchy yet soft enough to sink your teeth into before they break. The delicious sweet milk chocolate mixed with this base is the perfect combination and I will be surprised at any chocolate or biscuit lover that doesn't like these. They are really delicious.
I would definitely buy these again, but there is one disadvantage to them. They are not exactly the healthiest of snacks, although they taste so yummy they are rather fattening and for me either have to be eaten on special occasions or have to be burnt off as I put on weight easily. Overall, a great quick snack and very addictive with a lovely taste that satisfies your chocolatey cravings.
What could be better than a hob nob? They are the ultimate British biscuit (aside from jaffa cakes of course!), and the chocolate-covered ones are delicious. The chocolate is nice and smooth, and the melting point doesn't seem too low, so you can give them a good dunk (best in a mug of cocoa) and you don't lose half the topping with it! I also find these biscuits really good for making cheesecake bases, especially if you mix them with grape nuts for added crunch, as the chocolate dissolves into the melted butter, and creates a kind of chocolatey 'glue' which holds the base together (and makes it ultra yummy, of course!). I do think a hob nob is a nice option when you're on a diet too, as it feels like a real treat, yet there's only 92 calories per biscuit. Far better to have one biscuit and savour it fully than loads of unsatisfying low-fat options, I believe. You can make your treat go further too, by crumbling it onto low-fat yoghurts, light vanilla ice cream or putting it in the freezer for an hour, then breaking into bits and sucking like sweets! The other advantage is that these biscuits contain oats, which are actually relatively good for you in terms of fibre content, so it's not just sugar and fat! And the fat that IS in a hobnob isn't the 'bad' hydrogenated variety - I think McVities stopped adding that a few years ago now. So, I think I've just justified this delight sufficiently to go and have one!
We thought paradise had arrived when they invented the Hobnob, but then the Chocolate Hobnob came along. There is nothing I enjoy more in this cold weather than the satisfying feeling of dunking a Hobnob in hot-chocolate. Just let the yummy coating melt into your brew for a sticky, gooey, cosy feeling inside. Not to say in the least that they are a seasonal affair, but in the colder months these childhood wonders are near to a host of hearts.
Although these excellent biscuits are tough to fault, there is a small dunking issue. This all depends on how hot you like your hot beverages as, the hotter the drink the more the melt but, alas, the greater the crumble. Although this may not be a problem at first, it can ruin the pleasure of your drink. As crumbly avalanches fester at the bottom of your cup, you drink unknowingly to the bottom and get a gulp of...
Of course, if this is how you prefer your drink, that's fine. But I'm afraid that it does rather rain on the bliss of dunking for me. Not that it's ever stopped me!
"One Nibble and you're Nobbled' that used to be the tagline of the Hobnobs ( it may still be, I haven't seen a commercial for a while )
I must admit since i first sampled the Milk Chocolate version of the HobNob's years ago ( they were first introduced back in 1987 ) I was hooked, the recipe is simple enough, its just rolled oats and is almost like a mix between a flapjack and a digestive biscuit, without chocolate they're tasty enough, but add the Milk Chocolate and you have heaven.
They used to be packaged in a traditional paper / foil style like most biscuits but over the last few years are packaged in the now common hard container with a lid, something I find to be a problem, mainly because once you remove the lid and start, its very difficult to replace it as they're very addictive ( I actually recommend putting them in the fridge for a couple of hours, I don't know why but they taste even better chilled )
Since I've moved to the States i was concerned I wouldn't be able to get my favourite "biscuit" but in fact my local supermarket sells them imported in their British section ( although you do pay a premium, but its completely worth it !!
They may not be the healthiest snack around ( although im sure there are much worse biscuits than this, and surely having oats in there has some kind of nutritional value !!! ) but they're one of the tastiest, just be sure to buy two packets next time you go out, as you may be surprised how quickly the first one gets devoured !!
When hobnobs first made it onto the biscuit scene in the 1980s, I was seduced instantly - the delicious oatiness was unlike anything I had had before - somewhere between a digestive and a flapjack!
So when the chocolate versions came on the market, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. They come in milk chocolate or plain chocolate versions, and I much prefer the plain chocolate ones, but since a packet of milk chocolate hob nobs were recently given to me by a friend, it would have been rude to pass them by......wouldn't it!?
So, this is a standard 300g packet of biscuits, which has the price marked on the pack at £1.39 - This I feel is rather dear for a packet of biscuits and is the reason why I avoid buying them in my weekly trip to the supermarket, but......is it worth the money?
Well, I would say YES! The biscuit base is deliciously sweet and oaty, with no aftertaste or clagginess about it that you can sometimes get from a flapjack, or from a biscuit that includes too much artificial sweetner. The biscuit contains 30% oats, which is not too bad. The oats taste "toasty" - a delicious crisp base which is yum on its own!
Topping that biscuit base is a reasonably thick layer of milk chocolate - 24% of the total biscuit composition for those of you who are interested in numbers. The chocolate is of good quality and truly makes this biscuit......my one reservation is that at room temperature (such as this packet has been on my desk in the office today.....) the chocolate can get a bit melted, leaving sticky fingers which are not a good idea! Best to keep some wet wipes in the desk drawer.....
Once again we have a biscuit that is not particularly friendly for those following any sort of diet......each biscuit is 92 calories with 2.2grammes of saturated fat. There is little point in looking for the positive health benefits of these beauties, as the calorie/fat stats beat them hands down - but if you really want to justify scoffing one, you can take solace from the 0.9grammes of fibre in each biscuit.
Of course, if you are eating these in moderation, then you shouldn't have to worry too much about the calories/fat/fibre - just enjoy the biscuit and walk extra briskly up and down the stairs!
I find that these biscuits are reasonably filling, which means I have difficulty snaffling down a whole pack in one sitting - just as well, really, I suppose.....although it has been known with other biscuit brands in the past!
So my verdict is 4 stars - if half stars were awarded I would give it four and a half - just short of the 5 stars because of the sticky fingers at my desk.........
I love Hob nobs! They are oaty biscuits with a milk chocolate topping. The combination is heavenly. Can I suggest you buy a toffe yogurt and dip the hob nob in it because it IS something else!
This Is one of my favorite biscuits. It also goes well with one of Britains favorite beverages. Tea!, coffee and milk. I survived on coffee and hob nobs during my revision in gcse and a-level. And I actually did quite well! Maybe the hob nobs had something to do with it? mmm magical hob nobs...
You can buy this product in your local shop or a supermarket, for just over a pound. I think they could be cheaper. Maybe they should try not to use plastic so much as it isn't good for the environment.
I think this is a biscuit that will never go out of fashion, its nostalgic and not to mention tastey!
Being a huge Hob Nob biscuit fan it was only a matter of time till I got my grubby mitts on the chocolate hob nobs! I love Mcvities as a brand and I love hob nobs so why hadn't I tried them with the chocolate on as I'm a chocolate fan so far as a regular biscuit buyer? Well because I just adore original hob nobs and and I've tried other fancier hob nobs recently and to me they don't measure up. In my opinion you can't beat the prototype. Well I was feeling daring and popped these biccies in my basket for a change full of anticipation and dread.
These come in the tube as depicted on the review photograph or in the packet. I got mine in the packet because I have personally never seen the tube in the shops I have been in. So my packet was very similar to the photograph of the tube. Bright blue with Mcvities Hobnobs Milk Chocolate written on the front and I'm told they are the new bigger biscuit and there are pictures of choccy biccies on the front. Around the back of the packet the best before date is displayed, nutritional information is given, ingredients are listed and allergy advice is given, weight is stated (300g) and contact details for Mcvities are there too.
First couple of biscuits taste-wise were fine. The base is as you would expect a hob nob to be. Thick, golden and roughish in texture. The biscuit is so large you can't fit it in your mouth.... I did try (and believe me I have big mouth). They're oaty and sweet and slightly chewy so take a little work to digest. The top is a thick good quality milk chocolate which doesn't flake off or disintegrate at the sight of a cup of tea or coffee though does melt of course slightly with contact with heat. They're really creamy and sweet. However....
As I say the first couple of biscuits I really enjoyed but then the whole thing got far too sweet and filling for me. The hob nob got overpowered by the chocolate and the sweetness of the base and the chocolate all got too much for me and believe me I really do like sweet!
If you have a sweet tooth these are perfect. Great as well if your hungry and want something naughty to fill you up. They are fabulous for dunking cos as any hob nob lover will tell you these babies will drink your hot drink for you and want more and what is nice is even with chocolate on they are fuss free and no scumming is left in your mug from dunking! Just be aware they are incredibly sweet and full of calories but me I'll be sticking to me plain hob nobs from now on cos too many of these would make me sick!
Suitable for vegetarians.
No hydrogenated vegetable oils
Contains Milk, Soya, Gluten
Nutritional Information Per Biscuit....
of which is sugars 6.3g
of which is saturates 2.2g
Can be found in all good supermarkets at around £1.29 per tube or packet.