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      30.05.2013 16:39
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      McVities is the first brand that springs to mind when thinking about biscuits, and I always like tucking into a nice simple McVities Digestive Biscuit... well, whenever I can, really. These are perfect for snacking on or dunking into tea, and despite their simplicity they do taste delicious.

      You can buy a 250g pack for £0.89 from Tesco, which is not too bad. I have seen the larger pack sizes on promotion at supermarkets at £1 quite frequently which I think is a good deal so I do try to look out for these when they are on special offer as often as I can.Yes these may be a bit more expensive than you would usually find supermarkets' own brand digestive biscuits for, but then this is a trusted and reputable brand and I do usually like to splash out for these instead because they are worth it and generally do taste nicer.

      These are packaged in a fairly thin plastic wrap with an eye catching red and blue design that you can instantly recognise, with a big McVities logo on the front and some basic information. Overall the packaging is quite nice and aesthetically pleasing. This plastic wrap is fairly easy to peel open at either end with your fingers unlike some biscuit packages which you almost need a pair of scissors to get open! As I don't usually finish a pack in a go, I am able to use a peg to seal the gap made in order to maintain freshness.

      The digestives have a nice wholesome biscuity taste and though these biscuits are sweet enough to be considered a sugary treat, I find that the balance of sugar put in is just right; it is not to sugary. Eating too much can result in your mouth feeling rather dry which is why I like to dunk mine into tea before eating, but really, it is all down to personal preference. With stores' own labelled digestive biscuits I sometimes find that they taste a bit too salty but this is not an issue here. They have quite a nice crunchy texture, but fortunately they are not too bitty like you can find with some cheaper brands of digestives.

      The biscuits themselves look quite plain but aesthetically pleasing, being round and flat and smooth with writing pressed into each digestive.

      Obviously it is not good to consume too much biscuits and snacks on a daily basis, however, I find that these are rather filling, so a few of these round biscuits should be enough for one go. McVities also sells chocolate covered versions of these digestives (the Dark Chocolate covered ones are my favourite) which can be a nice, sweeter treat.

      Altogether, this is a lovely pack of biscuits which is available for quite a good price and these are suitable for all occasions. They make a lovely snack and taste delicious and all in all I think that these digestives give you value for money. I would thoroughly recommend them with 5 out of 5 stars.

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        16.02.2013 13:21
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        Classic biscuit, still better than all the pretenders

        In these horribly boring days of austerity, our family grocery budget has been steadily..ahem...eaten away, so we buy less, buy more offers, and buy a lot more supermarket own brand goods.
        One of the few areas I was not willing to compromise was in my biscuit of choice, the grand McVitie's Digestive.
        I tried, I really did, but the own brand digestives just don't taste the same; I've tried own brand digestives from several big supermarkets, and there is just no contest. I think it is mostly the superior taste, but I had these biscuits with my tea going back to my childhood, so there may be a little nostalgia blended in with the wholemeal. Incidentally, was it just me that played the game of 'biscuit russian roulette', where you dunked your digestive in and waited as long as you dared before pulling it out the cup of tea? The amount of times an emergency tea spoon was called for....
        but I digress.
        What separates these from cheaper alternatives? I honestly don't know; very distinctive red packaging for one, always eye-catching. Possibly the type of grain used, the quality of grain, but whatever it is, there is just the right amount of sweetness in the biscuit. Cheaper biscuits tend to be too sweet, which is great for a custard creme, not for a digestive. McVitie's also make the same size digestives they always have, nice and large, whereas cheaper ones tend to be smaller; yes, I really do notice these things!

        In recent years, the amount of saturated fat has been reduced in the biscuit to make it healthier (because we eat biscuits to be healthy of course) at the cost of taste to some, but must say I barely noticed a difference. Still has that unique rich, oaty taste for me...
        I was going to mention the time I attempted to bake my own digestives, but decided better of it; lets just say I'll be pooping to the shops to get my McVitie's for a long time to come!

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        02.01.2013 16:52
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        A good old dunking biscuit with healthy ingredients.

        McVitie's Digestives

        I must admit to having a soft spot for McVities as you can always rely on them for top quality products. The digestive is the quintessential biscuit for dunking in tea and is a national treasure in the United Kingdom.

        I have many memories of McVities Digestives, including visits to my Grandparent's house and nibbling on them when I had been ill with a cold.

        A Little Bit of History

        Digestives are a sweet meal biscuit and sometimes go by that name and were originally known as 'Wheaten' biscuits due to the ingredients. The reason they are known as digestives alludes to the fact that I was given them to nibble on as a child when ill and not able to keep much food down. They were originally believed to contain antacid properties due to the sodium bicarbonate that was used in the making process.

        They have always been known as a healthy biscuit as a lot of bakers at McVities and other makers of digestives would remove starch from the flour before it was mixed with other ingredients.

        A look back in history will tell you that digestives have been around for quite some time with adverts still on record or existing from 'Huntley & Palmers back in the eighteen fifties. They were known as 'brown meal digestive biscuits' or 'brown sweet meal biscuits'. This was because after a culling process where the thicker more lumpy bran was removed, the less coarse bran that remained was the brown meal. It was this brown meal bran that contained the slight sweetness that we still associate with digestives today.

        In 1890 after numerous tries, a Scottish man by the name of John Montgomerie was granted a patent for the manufacture of digestive biscuits and the fact that they had digestive properties was used in his advertising campaign.

        McVities are owned by 'United Biscuits. The name is taken from the original sellers of the biscuit, 'McVitie & Price Ltd', who were established in nineteen thirty in Edinburgh, Scotland.

        The original factory in Scotland was burned to the ground in a fire but rebuilt and operated until nineteen ten, when it moved to Harlsden in England. Another factory was built in nineteen seventeen in Manchester. The company still had strong Scottish links with Edinburgh bakery giants Simon Henderson and sons working with them from the nineteen twenties. In nineteen forty-eight they joined forces with MacFarlane Lang and Company, once again keeping their Scottish roots, and became known as the United Biscuits Group.

        The digestive was the first biscuit produced by McVities and the first ever digestive to go full scale on the market. It was actually created by a relative nobody in terms of the trade and the company; a young lad, just finished his apprenticeship in eighteen ninety-two, who was named Alexander Grant. It became famous because of the rumour of its healing properties against indigestion.

        The chocolate digestive would be dreamed up much later in nineteen twenty-five.

        In two thousand and two, McVities would be rebranded as 'McV' but this was frowned upon by some of the bigwigs and although it lasted three years it was changed back to McVities. The famous logo would be restyled in two thousand and seven.

        The brand is sold all over the world and last year it made the bold leap of selling in Japan to further heighten its already wealthy profits.

        Prince William and Kate Middleton requested that McVities make their wedding came from McVities Rich Tea biscuits for their wedding reception. McVities agreed and made the cake from one thousand, seven hundred biscuits and seventeen kilos of chocolate.

        Ingredients

        Digestives are made up of coarse brown wheat flour, sugar, malt extract, wholemeal, raising agents (Tartaric acid, Malic acid and Sodium Bicarbonate), salt, vegetable oil, skimmed milk, dried whey, oatmeal and Datem, which is an emulsifier. In the UK we add glucose or corn syrup to sweeten the biscuit a little more; in the United States they are more prone to using normal sugar to sweeten the biscuit. One single digestive biscuit holds around seventy calories but the US versions are likely to be higher. This is also true of the biscuits which are made en masse or of a lesser quality than McVitie.

        Who and When


        Digestives are well known as a compliment to a cup of tea or coffee. They are a tick biscuit, which makes them good for dunking as they do not break as easily as some of the thinner biscuits on the market.
        You can also use a digestive as a cracker. They are great with cheese or jam or any number of spreads such as Philadelphia cheese. I am a big fan of peanut butter on digestives. They are also a very popular choice for making cheese cakes and are crumbled up to make the base.


        A friend once told me that they like to eat them with a glass of orange juice. It may sound strange but I tried it and it is actually quite nice.


        Digestives also come in a variation of milk and dark chocolate with the underside of the biscuit liberally coated. In the last few years white chocolate has been added to the range. I have yet to try these but would love to. There are also some more diverse ranges that include chocolate chip, mint and orange flavoured chocolate.

        We like our digestives in the UK and the milk chocolate version sells thirty five million pounds worth every year. That is seventy one million people buying McVitie or a digestive equivalent every year. Statistics show that this means a digestive is being consumed every at the rate of fifty-two every second.


        Final Thoughts

        I must admit that I do have a soft spot for McVities as they do make a quality biscuit. Digestives are probably frowned upon as boring these days but they are still one of the best biscuits to dunk into your cup of tea if you are that way inclined and unlike many other biscuits are not filled with too many e-numbers and boat loads of sugar. The fact that you can use them as a sweet cracker and spread stuff on them is also very appealing and puts them head and shoulders above most biscuits or at least biscuits in the plain variety.

        Overall they are a definite winner for me.

        © Lee Billingham

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          06.11.2012 18:45
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          Delicious biscuits from McVities.. yum!

          I do love a biccy with my hot cuppa and I find that biscuits without chocolate are often preferable, especially when I have a hot cuppa in the morning and I feel my sweet tooth has not quite 'woken up'!

          My husband recently brought in a couple of packets of biscuits, one of which was a 300g packet of Digestives from the well known McVities brand.

          The packaging is fairly uninspiring, I must admit. Comprising of a red-coloured package, the usual McVities branding appears along the top of the package in the usual colours of blue and yellow. It is fair to say that the package has a slightly 'retro' look to it, but I feel it is quite eye-catching thanks to the bold and bright colours used to be fair.

          The package of biscuits that I have is a rather petite 300g in size and this cost us £1.19, according to the price that is printed along the edge of the package. I can't say that I find this price to be particularly good value for money, particularly when this is compared to other brands of digestive biscuit that I buy regularly. In saying that however, I would say that the McVities brand is a rather premium brand in my opinion.

          The biscuits themselves are a circular shape and are quite flat. They are a medium brown colour and have some little holes dotted over the top surface. The McVities brand name is embossed in the centre of each biscuit too, like a little trademark of sorts.

          The biscuits have a delicious 'crunch' to them and this is noticeable even when one is snapped in half, which I often do to enable my biscuit to fit into my large coffee or tea cup easily. The crunch (or snap, if you prefer) is quite audible and does give the impression of the biscuit being wonderfully crisp.

          That is not to say that the biscuits are brittle at all, nor are they so robust that you have to really bite down on their hard surface. Instead, the consistency is rather more soft than this, being reminiscent of a shortcake biscuit perhaps, and I find this is extremely enjoyable, with the delicious consistency making the biscuits seem rather morish!

          The taste is quite sweet, although not overly so that may make the digestive biscuits seem sickly or overly sweet. Instead, the sweetness sits alongside a slightly malt-like savoury flavour, being similar perhaps to a malt-flavoured drink? Whatever this flavour is, it is extremely delicious and in particular, when the biscuits are enjoyed alongside a hot cup of tea I find them to be extremely tasty and quite delicious.

          I do regularly enjoy 'dunking' my biscuit into my hot cuppa and I find the McVities Digestives are more than capable of enduring this practice. They will often disintegrate if I have chosen to dunk my biscuit several times, but this is something I have found is often the case with other biscuits, so no points off for this from me.

          Another way I regularly enjoy eating my digestive biscuits is to have them spread with a small scraping of fresh butter. I find this makes the biscuits slightly more savoury and I do this with any brand of digestive biscuits that I have in my larder at home. I have found the McVities biscuits cope well with having a little butter spread over its surface and they are not overly fragile which would probably see them snapping in two during the spreading process.

          The nutritional information on the side of the packaging informs me that each biscuit contains 71 kcal and 3.1g of fat which seems quite high, but of course most biscuits are rich in calories and fat content. On the plus side, I can see from the packaging that the biscuits contain "70% wheat & wholemeal" and they contain "No artificial colours or flavours" as well as "No hydrogenated vegetable oil."

          The biscuits are suitable for vegetarians, but they do contain milk and gluten so consumers with certain food allergies would need to give these a miss, unfortunately!

          The package of McVities Digestive biscuits is available to buy from all good grocery stores, as well as most supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda. You can expect to pay around £1.20 for a 500g package of the biscuits, which offers better value than the smaller package that was purchased from my local corner shop. In addition, the biscuits are often subject to promotional offers and the cost of the 500g pack as @ the time of writing (November 2012) is only £1 in Tesco.

          I would recommend the McVities Digestive biscuits and have thoroughly enjoyed eating them with my hot cuppa in recent weeks. I have nothing negative to report and feel they deserve full marks in the product rating score, as a result.

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            06.06.2010 11:44
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            Why did I end up eating these since I am more interested in Chocolate Biscuits? Well it was when we were at the inlaws. They aren't so interested in Chocolate Biscuits as what we are, so their Biscuit tin consisits on mainly these, Rich Tea and other more plain Biscuits.

            These come in a 400g pack and cost around £1. The wife often buys Digestive Biscuits to do some home baking, but she says the Cheaper ones are just as good for that purpose as they much taste the same as these ones. I've had the cheaper ones, but I would say these are a bit nicer.

            You get about 20 Biscuits in the pack. They are a bit crumbly at the edges when you first take them out the pack but this is only the first few that you take out. I think it is just because the wrapper is quite tight to them. Probably to stop them breaking in the pack.

            These seem a bit larger in size compared to the Chocolate ones. They are just as thick as well although there is not the Chocolate layer on top.

            These crumbled easily when you were eating them and I was surprised that I quite liked them. They are quite simple, but that was nice. They taste nice and malted and with a dash of Salt as wel. They were surprisingly sweet tasting too.

            Yes, I probably wouldn't go out and buy a pack as they wouldn't hold my interest that much, but I can and will eat the odd one when offered to me.

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            06.05.2010 20:10
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            A Classic

            When I was back at work recently for a few weeks I was delighted to see the "team" I work in had commandeered an old Roses chocolates tin and were using it as the unofficial 'Team Biscuit Tin'. I was even more pleased to see the home of this tin was the edge of my desk! Easy biscuit access- just the thing you need when you are stressing about a work item or trying to fill a hunger gap before lunch or in the afternoon.

            On the whole I found the tin managed to keep itself generally well stocked with biscuits. McVities Digestives were a popular feature. I had not bought or eaten Digestive biscuits since I was about 10, but I knew I liked them so was more than willing to grab a digestive whilst I pondered over what to do with a problem piece of work.

            I think my memory of plain Digestive biscuits had warped over the years as I remembered these being paler, smoother and less grainy. I'm sure McVities have had the same recipe for many many years as these are almost a national institution of a biscuit and I think there would have been an uproar if they had changed them. Maybe I am confusing these with Rich Tea. Although I know I prefer Digestives to Rich Tea biscuits.

            Their ingredients are:
            Wheat flour (54%), vegetable oil, wholemeal wheat flour (16%), sugar, partially inverted sugar syrup, raising agents, salt and dried skimmed milk.

            To me, vegetable oil and sugar syrup do not sound that healthy and I always try not to have too many biscuits as I know they are moreish and can easily make you pile on a few extra pounds of weight when you are not looking! I have been caught out in the past and gained quite a bit of weight from over zealous biscuit chomping!

            I do not drink hot drinks so I have been unable to do the standard "dunk test". I apologise to any dooyooers who rely upon the outcome of the Dunk Test in reviews...

            The digestive biscuit tastes grainy and very wholemeal. They smell a little like golden syrup and are not too hard to bite, nor are they soft like shortbread can be. They are the biscuit equivalent of brown bread- (if you compare how brown granary bread tastes in comparison to white bread this is similar to comparing a Rich Tea and a Digestive biscuit with the Digestive being the brown bread).

            Nutritionally:
            Per biscuit: 70 calories, 9.3g carbohydrates (2.5g sugar), 3.2g fat (0.3g saturates), 0.5g fibre.

            This is less sugar than I expected actually, but the calories are a little worrying- as who can just have ONE biscuit? They are therefore a moreish snack, to be saved for a biscuit emergency and not to be eaten constantly whilst at work unless you need to or would like to put some pounds on!

            Classic from McVities.

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              30.03.2010 13:47
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              McVities Digestives

              Digestives are the type of biscuit that I don't always but but sometimes all you want is just a nice plain biscuit that really hits the spot and this is when I reach for a McVities Digestive.

              So what is a chocolate digestive? It is a semi-sweet biscuit made with coarse brown wheat flour. It is this aspect of the biscuit which gives it it's rough texture and flavour but that also makes it in my opinion quite moorish. I find the biscuits are quite crumbly too and often when you bite into them little crumbs always end up on your lap. The popular way to eat one of these biscuits is by dunking it in your tea and they disintegrate quite quickly due to their consistency and make the biscuit nice and soggy and sweet. The sweet flavor is quite interesting; it's not sweet like a candy is but more a spicy type sweet. Nevertheless, I would say it's a bit of an acquired taste as I know many people who hate these biscuits.

              Of course, sometimes it's nice to have them with chocolate on as well. In the UK the annual sales of chocolate digestives total about £35 million, oh my gosh!!! According to a website I read this means the each year 7 billion packets are sold (not all McVities but I'm sure they have a good portion of the market) and each second 51 biscuits are consumed. However, it is nice to just have the plain version once in a while.

              McVities actually produced the first chocolate digestive in 1925 and now you can often find them with toppings such as caramel, orange and dark chocolate.

              The digestive itself was actually produced as far back as 1799 and was called a digestive because in the beginning bicarbonate of soda was one of the ingredients and it was meant to aid digestion.

              The McVities digestive is about 7cm in diameter and in my opinion the best variety in this biscuit range. They have McVitie's written on the top of the biscuit. They are quite cheap as well which is nice. A 500g packet is just 84 pence and this contains probably about 40 biscuits.

              The only problem with these biscuits is that they have quite a lot of calories. Each biscuit has 70 calories and 3.2g of fat, ahh, but they now have the lowest ever saturated fat and are 70% wheat and wholemeal which is good for you.

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                29.03.2010 12:15
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                Lovely little BIG dunker!

                There's not much that's better in life than a nice cup of tea and a few biscuits.

                Mcvities Digestives are a biscuit that I often regard as somewhat boring. No chocolate, there's nothing really that interesting about them really is there? And there are a lot of fancier biscuits out there on the market. I go through long spells of not eating these, but everytime I do have one, I wonder why I stopped eating them in the first place.

                These are one meaty biscuit if you ask me. Each biscuit is quite large, so annoyingly I have to bite a bit off to dip them in my mug but I'm willing to overlook this on the grounds that they taste so nice.

                The biscuits have a wheaty/oaty texture and taste quite sweet and creamy. They are easy to bite into athough they are quite crumbly and they can be a little dry when eaten on their own.

                Digestives are light brown in colour and each one has the McVities logo etched into it with a wheat motif.

                The good news is that they now contain the lowest amount of saturated fat they ever have and even so, McVities claim they taste the same, and I have to say that to me, they do.

                Each biscuit contains 70 calories which is pretty good as you really don't have to eat many of these to stave off that mid-meal hunger. A single biscuit also contains 9.3g of carbohydrate of which 2.5g are sugars and 3.2g of fat but only 0,3g of which are saturated.

                They can be found in supermarkets and most shops and cost around a pound for a packet depending on where you buy them.

                Not bad at all.

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                  12.03.2010 19:44
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                  Lovely, good quality biscuits!

                  I love biccies and the other day when my house mate came home with these I was delighted as I have to admit that out of all the biscuits I've ever tried I'm rather faithful to a plain old digestive one's and in a weird way find them rather comforting!

                  The Packaging:

                  Red, dark blue and bright yellow cylinder shaped and plastic. On two sides of the packet I'm told what they are and who they are by of course and shown a picture on the biscuits. Other information given on the pack includes the size of the pack being stated, ingredients are listed, a full nutritional chart is shown and contact details for Mcvities are stated. Nice enough easy to open packet this is though you can't reseal the packet up very easily so do have a biscuit barrel at the ready if your not a piggy like me and end up eating the entire packet and would like to save any!

                  The Biscuits:

                  Large round and reasonably thick on the top of the biscuit there is a picture of some wheat ingrained into it and I'm told that it is Mcvities 'Original'. The underside of the biscuit is scored with little lines and the smell of it is sort of baked with a slight smell of sweetness to it.

                  The taste of this biscuit is quite simply great! Crumbly and crunchy with a slight taste of malt to it, it has a creamy taste as it melts in the mouth and I appreciate the sweetness of this being really natural and not too heavy at all and not one bit greasy in the slightest.

                  Stored well they will stay fresh for about 3-4 days and basically these are yummy. I could moan that they are a bit flaky to handle and always scum a mug/cup up if dunking them however they drink liquid and it takes a bit of dunking to get them to cave in, which is good for me as I really enjoy a good dunking session!

                  Tasty biscuits that really do beat the oppositional offerings. Full of quality, nicely malted I can't resist them though try... I do!


                  Nutritional Information Per Biscuit:

                  Energy 70 Kcal
                  Protein:1.1g
                  Carbohydrate:9.3g
                  of which Sugars:2.5g
                  Fat: 3.2g
                  of which Saturates: 0.3g
                  Fibre: 0.5g
                  Sodium:0.1g
                  equivalent as Salt:0.2g


                  Digestives 500g - 78p available in all good supermarkets etc.

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                    A teatime favourite

                    I used to think digestive biscuits were the blandest thing known to humankind. I much preferred Rich Tea. When I was a kid, my granny, you see, would always give us Rich Tea with apple and strawberry jam when we visited. Absolutely delicious!

                    On the other hand, there was a family friend who we used to visit and the only biscuits she ever seemed to offer her guests were plain digestives. Compared to my granny's rich tea, these were awful.

                    As you get older, your mum no longer drags you round to her friends' houses as often, but one day as a teenager, I offered, well, was roped into going to this lady's house to tidy up her garden.

                    Inevitably, the time for afternoon tea came around, and yes, you guessed it, out came the digetives. But hang on! There was a twist! Being the hard working lad that I was I deserved a little extra. There on the nicely laid out table were some daintily sliced pieces of cheese.

                    Too late! She's already put a plateful of digestive biscuits, under my nose WITH CHEESE ON!

                    I was horrified. Digetive biscuits AND cheese. Cheese goes on sandwiches, or crackers, or macaroni, said my teenage conscience.

                    As I was on the cusp of becoming a man, I had no other choice but to be a man and swallow the biscuits and cheese.

                    I haven't looked back since!

                    Since that day, I cannot get enough of biscuits and cheese. I will pop in front of me a couple of digestives and a selection of cheeses at any opportunity I can.

                    It is fair to say that McVities have to be the Queen of biscuits when it comes to cheese (The King being Hovis). I am sure those that shop at Harrod's, and Fortnum and Mason, will tell me otherwise, so feel free, I am always up for a biccy and cheese experience.

                    So I haven't really said too much about the biscuits themselves. I still maintain, they are rather bland on their own, though my adult palate will cope with them. I actually now ponder on whether these, or rich tea make the best dunkers.

                    But thanks to our family friend for introducing me to the concept of cheese and biscuits.

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                      A fab old favourite

                      I was never really a huge fan of biscuits until I had children. Up until that point I'd go for a packet of crisps or a peice of chocolate over a biscuit any day. There used to be a biscuit club in my old work but I never joined and never felt the urge to indulge when everyone else dipped in at coffee time. When my first baby was born my life changed in every single way and I found myself spending more and more time at baby & toddler groups and round at friends houses who also had little ones.

                      It was then that I developed a real love and appreciation of a good biscuit with a cup of tea or coffee. Now I love a chocolate biscuit and that would always be my first choice from the biscuit barrel but to be honest there aren't any that I really dislike. One biscuit that I have never really picked however is a plain digestive. I just didn't see the appeal and would never have chosen one when there are others on offer.

                      This morning however I went to my normal toddler group and biscuit supplies were running a little low. All that was one offer was McVitities Digestives and I certainly wasn't going to go without so I helped myself to one of these old traditional favourites.

                      As I said, I wasn't expecting much but blimey I was really impressed. I dunked it, as i believe you always should and this so called boring biscuit tasted blooming marvelous. It tasted gorgeous with my cuppa... not to sweet and had just the right consistancy to complement my drink beautifully. It was a real suprise and I almost felt annoyed that I had let this little gem pass me by for so many years. In the future I would definately have one of these again and I may even invest in a packet for my own biscuit barrel.

                      A 500g pack of McVities digestives costs 83p from Tescos

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                        One for the biscuit barrel.

                        My Specialist Subject - Cakes and Biscuits.
                        Some very clever people find it so easy to trot off a few thousand words all about the latest best selling books or the biggest blockbuster to hit the big screen since `Gone with the Wind` but my forte is far less complicated, I am quite an expert on all the things in life that are bound to pile on the excess pounds.
                        It doesn't help matters because I live quite close to an extraordinary little discount store that sells all of these goodies at vastly reduced prices.
                        Let me just give you a couple of examples - three Lyons jam and cream Swiss rolls for £1, a decent sized box of McVities Masterpieces ( posh chocolate biscuits) for £1 and three average sized packets of McVities Plain digestive biscuits for £1.
                        When the odds are stacked against you like that it is hard to resist temptation, so by the time I have baked and shopped at the discount store my cup overfloweth.( to say the very least!)

                        A little about McVities.
                        United biscuits came together as a company in 1948 and the company have incorporated more and more smaller businesses to make them the giant company that they are today.
                        McVities are just one of the brand names manufactured by United Biscuits. I paid a visit to their comprehensive website and I was delighted to see that United Biscuits are working towards Environmental Sustainability. United Biscuits like many large companies are trying to cut down on waste, to transport their goods in an environmentally friendly way, to use as little packaging as is humanly possible, to ensure that their carbon emissions and energy usage is pared, to use as little water as they possibly can and to source their ingredients responsibly.

                        What I think about the Humble Digestive Biscuit.
                        McVities digestives may be a humble and quite ordinary little biscuit that many could walk past without thinking twice but I feel that they are very underrated.
                        In the past I have sampled lots of brands of digestive biscuit and none have really ever lived up to the ones baked by McVities.
                        I am very fond of the Hovis digestive biscuits ( The ones that are shaped like a little house) but they are baked to a very different recipe. The Hovis digestive biscuits are closer in texture, the McVities digestives break easily but the Hovis digestives are quite firm and that is why I prefer to enjoy the Hovis digestives with a slice of good hard cheddar cheese.
                        I would willingly offer any visitor a McVities digestive along with their cuppa and if you are looking for a quick and filling snack then you need look no further.

                        McVities digestive biscuits are not a beautiful biscuit, the plain round wheaty looking digestive biscuit was definitely not first in the queue when good looks were handed out but what they lack in looks they make up for in taste.
                        I think that you need two or three biscuits to satisfy mediocre hunger pangs. If I am feeling decidedly peckish then I eat my digestive biscuits without dunking them, I feel that they are far more filling that way.
                        The McVities digestive is a decent sized plain biscuit, the golden coloured biscuit crumbles as you try to break it and they have a definite `nutty` taste which I feel doesn't seem to be there in other brands. McVities digestives are the master of dunkers but make sure that you only dip the biscuit into the hot tea for a few seconds unless you want to drink your biscuit!
                        The golden digestive biscuits seep up the hot tea and the `nutty` flavour is irresistible, it would be so very easy to get completely carried away and go on a `dunking marathon`.Some shoppers seem to prefer McVities Hob Nobs for dunking but I find that the coarse texture seems to annoy rather than relax, if digestive biscuits disappeared off of the shelves then I would go in search of the second best dunker , the Rich Tea - another superb plain biscuit that is also very underrated.





                        General Information.
                        McVities have added no artificial colours or flavourings and they contain very little salt. The digestive biscuits are a very good source of fibre too.
                        They contain no hydrogenated fat but they do contain milk and gluten.
                        Vegetarians can happily munch away on the McVities digestive biscuits.

                        Ingredients.
                        The ingredients are pretty honest and simple, the recipe consists of wheat flour, wholemeal, sugar, skimmed milk, sugar syrup and some raising agents.
                        One digestive biscuit contains 70 calories, considering that the biscuits are a reasonable size then I think that is acceptable.

                        McVities Digestive Biscuit Recipes.
                        Digestive biscuits make a good base for a dessert and if you go to the Channel 4 recipe site then you will find the most mouthwatering delicious recipe for Chocolate slices. A mixture of chocolate, syrup, cocoa and coarsely crushed digestive biscuits all mixed together and then chilled in the fridge.

                        My Thoughts.
                        Although I enjoy the McVities chocolate digestives, both milk and plain chocolate I feel that the plain Digestives can be enjoyed equally as much.
                        The semi-sweet digestives can be topped with all sorts of things, they are good with cream cheese or peanut butter and work well topped with jam and cream.
                        When digestive biscuits were first introduced many years ago they contained Sodium Bicarbonate which is widely used as an antacid and that is how the biscuits got their name.
                        We have many biscuits that are `timeless` and the digestive biscuit has to be classed as one of them.

                        Review on Ciao under user name Sarahjh.

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                          16.10.2009 17:19
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                          plain biscuit but tastes good

                          Mcvities digestives are one of the most common biscuits on the market, and I think everyone has tried one of these at some point. I think most people love the taste of the original plain digestive, just a simple, yet very tasty biscuit that never lets you down.

                          The biscuit itself is a fairly big round circle of digestive biscuit. They are not too hard, but not too soft biscuits which makes them good for eating on their own, but even better for dunking as well. The taste of them is fairly sweet but not too much, and although they are fairly plain tasting compared to some biscuit's they do have a nice distinctive taste to them.

                          They come in a tube like pack and as they are all stacked on top of each other you get quite a lot in a pack. There about 70-80p in most stores however there usually on some kind of offers as well.

                          These are really great for dipping in cups of tea like I mentioned earlier. They are a great consistency too, they don't sog up too quickly so if you dip them in for a few seconds the biscuit turns soft but not too soggy, no too expensive for a pack of them either so a good around biscuit.

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                          12.10.2009 03:16
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                          good original biscuit

                          MC VITIES DIGESTIVES
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                          The brand is owned by United Biscuits. Oringinally MCVitie and Price Ltd.

                          Nutritional Information
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                          Per 100g of Digestives:
                          Calories: 470
                          Protein: 7.2
                          Carbs: 62.7
                          Fat: 21.5
                          Fibre: 3.6

                          Packaging
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                          Brightly coloured red wrapper all the way around the stack of biscuits like a tube. Thin plasticy matterial, easy to rip open. Once open, I found it was hard to cover the biscuits to stop them going stale so might be useful to have a biscuit tin or tupperware box. Some navy blue logo print and an image of the biscuit on the front with a lot of text, promotional offer and a competition on the pack. Generally quite a busy look.

                          Taste
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                          The original digestive taste, slightly sweet, dry and fibrous. I can imagine that these biscuits are more healthy than some others i.e. custard creams, though biscuits aren't particularity healthy anyway with a high amount of carbohydrate and fat. Crumble quite a lot and you are left with a lot of biscuit crumbs which can be annoying if you dont have a plate. You can't really avoid making a mess with crumbs. Nice texture dry and crumbly. Not moist at all.

                          Nutritional Pointers
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                          They have no artificial flavours or colours which is a healthy point for a biscuit. Also they are made from 70% wheat and wholemeal goodness and have no hydrogenated vegetable oil. The packet also claims they are a good source of fibre.

                          Competition
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                          There is a £5000 giveaway promotion at the moment run by McVities where you vota for your favourite biscuit and enter a competion on the wbsite. This offer exists until 11/10/09.

                          Generally
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                          In my opinion, the best biscuit to dunk in a cup of tea as they dont fall off too easily if you dont leave it in there for too long but they absorb a good amount unlike rich tea. They are clearly the best type of digestive biscuit!

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                          17.08.2009 17:25
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                          Good biscuits, especially with some tea!

                          Digestives are a plain biscuit made by McVities.

                          The packet of regular Digestives have the same cylindrical plastic tube shape and have a tab to pull to open your biscuits easily. The two dominant colours of the pack is a distinctive red and a royal blue which is covered in light blue wheaty shapes along with a sign advertising that the biscuits are 70% wholemeal wheat so presumably that means healthy for you!

                          Each biscuit is a generous size and is a nice golden brown colour which is appealing to the eye, they have a wheaty taste you can definitely taste that wholemeal goodness they claim to have it is really unique and distinct flavour. They have quite a crumbly texture and are not light, a couple of these and you have definitely had enough!

                          Eating these on their own is not the best of experiences as they are quite plain and combine that with a thick and heavy texture can make your throat hurt. Dunking them in a cup of tea is a far more appealing option, they are also able to withstand a good dunking and won't fall away into your cup like other biscuits do!

                          These are quite handy biscuits to have around as they can be used in baking to make cheesecake bases and crunchy biscuit toppings to liven up your desserts as well as going nicely with a cup of tea during a snack break.

                          These biscuits are quite large but surprisingly the nutritional information is very similar to that of the chocolate variety so sacrificing the chocolate won't make a huge difference to your diet so you might want to stick with the chocolate ones especially if you have a sweet tooth. Overall they are still good, especially as dunkers as the chocolate ones melt into your drink and make it really sweet.
                          Per biscuit

                          Energy: 70Kcal
                          Protien: 1.1g
                          Carbohydrate: 9.3g
                          Of which sugars: 2.5g
                          Fat: 3.2g
                          Fibre: 0.5g

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