“ Brand: Mc Vitie's / Type: Milk „
I am currently attempting to improve my diet and reduce my bad snacking habits but the temptation for digestive biscuits is just too great! I usually go for bog standard supermarket own brand biccies, but was seduced by these limited edition chocolate orange digestives by McVities. These digestive biscuits cost £1.38 for a 300g packet, and I picked up a couple of packs as part of a 2 for £2.00 offer at Tesco's.
The biscuits come in a simple plastic wrapper, with the easy to spot limited edition marking on one end. There is an easy open tear tab at one end, and unlike other easy open packaging, this one actually works! The only problem is that the end biscuit always seems to get knocked or sustain a little damage so then when you open the packet a little shower of crumbs fall out. No big deal if you're careful but I always seem to end up getting myself covered in it. The packaging is not resealable and the biscuits that are exposed at the top become soft and crumble if they are not transferred to a biscuit tin or some other suitable container.
These biscuits taste good and have that nice wheaty flavour that digestive biscuits are known for. They have a lovely malted flavour when you bite into them and they are crunchy with a firm bite to them. The gorgeous chocolate coating is what makes these biscuits stand out ane become so addictive! The milk chocolate coating is smooth and creamy and contains orange flavouring so you get that yummy chocolate orange flavour added to an already yummy digestive biscuit! So many good things in one little package.
These biscuits taste great on their own, and have a lovely rough crunchy texture, and they are also an excellent accompaniment to a cup of tea. The biscuit softens up a great deal and the chocolate literally melts in your mouth. Be quick though, as you can't dunk it for too long unless you want to lose the biscuit in your mug!
One of these simple digestive biscuits contains 82 calories. I quite often have 3 to accompany my cuppa on tea breaks, so that's a big addition of 246 calories for one of my daily snacks. There are also high levels of fat, sugar and saturates. These are tasty but extremely unhealthy and I am trying to eat a more balanced diet. Sadly it looks like I am going to have to be more strict and limit the amount of these biscuits that I am consuming on a daily basis. But, this means that the pack will last for longer and I won't be so put off by the higher price compared to the cheaper alternatives.
Great biscuits that taste yummy, but not so good for your body. I love them but my waistline doesn't thank me for it if I eat too many! 5 stars for flavour, and as long as I can stick to eating only a couple then it shouldn't make too much of a negative impact on my diet. Expensive but oh so worth it!
Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Milk Chocolate (29%) [Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Dried Skimmed Milk, Dried Whey, Butter Oil, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Flavouring], Vegetable Oil, Wholemeal Wheat Flour, Sugar, Glucose Fructose Syrup, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid), Salt, Natural Flavouring.
Nutritional values per biscuit:
Energy kJ 345 kcal 82
Carbohydrate 10.6g -of which sugars 4.9g
Fat 3.9g -of which saturates 2.0g
McVities chocolate digestives are one of my all time favourite biscuits and I was given a pack of their limited edition chocolate and orange digestives so i couldn't wait to try them. I was not disappointed!
They come in a pack that looks very similar to the normal Chocolate digestive packs with the recognisable blue and white McVites logo. They cost £1.35 for a pack of 300g.
When you open the pack you can already smell the orangey smell. Beware because I am sure that the opening strip has been moved over the last few years so it is further down the pack and encourages you to eat more as soon as you open it!
They look the same as normal chocolate digestives. This is a wheat biscuit covered on one side with a milk chocolate. However, when you eat them you can tell straight away that it has an orange flavour to it. It is quite sweet but the digestive biscuit stops it being sickening. It is perfect for those who like Terry's chocolate oranges but they aren't quite as chocolatey as these, because of the biscuit.
The chocolate melts quite quickly onto your fingers so you need to be sure to eat them quick, although that isn't too difficult! They are good for dunking too but the chocolate does melt even faster!
Obviously they aren't great for the waist line with 82kcal per biscuit but I think it is worth it!
A must try!
McVitie's digestive was originally developed by 2 Scottish doctors way back in 1839 as an aid for digestion. The 'digestive' effect is thanks to the large amount of bicarbonate of soda the biscuits contain as this acts as an antacid. Ahhh so digestive biscuits are good for you after all and if that's what the doctor ordered then I must take my medicine. Well maybe not with chocolate on them. The addition of chocolate was added much later in 1925. I must admit I do like a digestive with my afternoon cuppa. I normally just eat them plain, I don't tend to go for the chocolate ones but as I'm a big fan of chocolate oranges I just had to try these.
After I've wrestled my way into the packet (I like to go in at the top rather than via the strip you pull on the side of the packet) an incredibly sweet orange smell is the first thing I notice, which after a short while is joined by a homely wheat smell. The biscuit looks the same as a usual chocolate digestive. For those that don't know what this looks like, its round and golden wheat coloured on one side (known to me as the bottom) with a thin covering of milk chocolate on the other side (known to me as the top). Controversial top and bottom I know :O)
As I hold the biscuit in my hand the chocolate starts to melt. There is no time to hang about, I munch down. I'm met with a super sweet orange flavour, which is very pleasing. I wouldn't describe it as the same chocolate orange flavour you get from eating a Terry's chocolate orange, as the orange flavour is far more sweet, also the chocolate it's not as chocolatey. But then in my opinion the chocolate to biscuit ratio is lacking so I wouldn't expect a big chocolate hit. The unique digestive taste of dry sweet and savoury mixed with the sweet orange flavour remain prominent against the smoothness of the milk chocolate.
As usual with digestives the biscuits are crumbly making them quite crumby to eat. If I'm feeling particularly refined (or if Mrs b tells me to)
I tap mine on the side of my plate to release the crumbs. So how about their dunking capacity? I hear the dunkers ask. Well they pass my dunking test, the coating of chocolate melts and becomes even more delicious and slightly sweetens my brew. I sometimes find the aroma of oranges is slightly greater once dunked, I assume this is down to the warmth of my brew.
These limited edition Milk Chocolate and Orange Digestive biscuits are on half price at the moment in Sainsburys, normally they sell at £1.30 for a 300g pack but they are currently selling at 65p. They come in an appealing orangey pack and are instantly recognisable thanks to the McVities blue logo.
If you like oranges, chocolate or digestives then I suggest you pick up a pack of these quick. With them being a limited edition who knows how long they will stick around for.
Of course these biscuits are not going to be the best calorie and fat wise but everything in moderation and all that.
If you need it here is some nutritional information:
Energy 82 kcal
Carbohydrate 10.6g of which sugars 4.9g
Fat 3.9g of which saturates 2.0g
The digestive biscuit. First invented in 1839, and so named because the recipe contained bicarbonate of soda and it was supposed to help the digestive system, it was still going strong in 2004 when it was voted the UK's favourite biscuit in the McVitie's "Dunk for Britain" poll.
The chocolate digestive was first baked in 1925 and little has changed since. Immediately popular, it has stayed that way for eighty years, and there were apparently more than 70 million packs of chocolate digestives sold in the UK in 2004, suggesting that every member of the population has eaten a chocolate digestive at some point in the last twelve months.
The choice in chocolate digestives has always been fairly simple. You can have it with either milk chocolate or plain chocolate, or just stick to the normal digestive. That was true until recently when the Caramel Chocolate Digestive appeared and offered a slightly more decadent choice and the recent introduction of McVitie's Milk Chocolate and Orange Digestives to the market provides even more of a decision to be made.
I'm not someone with much of a sweet tooth, so biscuits aren't usually a part of my regular shopping. On the rare occasion I do indulge myself, I prefer the plain chocolate digestives to the milk chocolate ones. That said, I'm a big fan of citrus fruits, so when I first laid eyes on these new biscuits, I just had to give them a try.
Surprisingly for a biscuit, there's a whiff of orange, although you do need to have your nose pretty close to the biscuit to find it. But, let's face it; no-one buys a packet of biscuits just to sniff them, do they? If you are the kind of person that does that, and research has shown that you can get the same emotional lift from smelling chocolate as from eating it, let the biscuits get a little warm, as the orange flavour is strongest at room temperature, rather than at pantry temperature.
The same is true of the taste. The ideal way to be eating these biscuits is after they've warmed to room temperature and the chocolate melts easily under your fingers. When this happens, you really do get to taste the orange in the chocolate layer. There's not as much of an orange flavour as in a Terry's Chocolate Orange, although it does seem a little less sickly after a few, thanks to the savoury combination of the digestive.
I'm not normally a fan of the milk chocolate digestive, and would prefer these to be in a plain chocolate variant which, depending on their success, may yet follow. For someone without a sweet tooth, these can get a little too much if you eat too many, which I usually do. The digestive can leave your mouth feeling a little dry after a while and you do need to have something to hand to wash them down with. While the combination of the dry biscuit and chocolate balances out well to start with, after a few the tastes almost seem to separate in the mouth, leaving a dryness from the digestive and a slightly sickly feeling from eating so much milk chocolate. Of course, for people with a degree of self-control I don't possess, this wouldn't be a problem
I tend to eat my chocolate digestives, whichever topping I've chosen, chocolate side down. This is the best way to get the full combination of sweet and savoury flavours, as eating them chocolate side up gives you a tongue full of digestive and I find that the full impact of the chocolate hits the roof of my mouth rather than my tongue. That seems to be a worse idea with these biscuits than with the ordinary chocolate digestives, as the digestive seems a blander and more crumbly in this variety and needs the balance of the chocolate a little more.
Incidentally, in the interests of balanced research, I did try to lick the chocolate off the top to get a better idea of the flavouring of the milk chocolate and orange combination without the mixture with the digestive getting in the way. Unfortunately, the crumbly nature of the digestive itself meant that all I ended up with was a white t-shirt that needed a wash and a carpet in need of vacuuming.
If you're a fan of diets, these should be avoided. I'm not watching my weight, but I'm finding them so irresistible that I may soon well be and at nearly 4g of fat per biscuit, these will have to be a treat rather than a regular occurrence. Those with dietary allergies will need to be careful, with them containing both wheat and dairy ingredients.
But if these are not concerns of yours and if you're a fan of chocolate and orange, as I am, you're likely to enjoy their combination with biscuit here, even if the biscuit is the weak link. They're a bit more expensive than their milk or plain chocolate cousins, at £1.05 for a 300g pack in Tesco and Sainsbury's, as opposed to £1.04 for a 400g pack of their more established competition. My local corner shop carries them for £1.00, which still makes them worse value than the regular chocolate digestives, but in my opinion the taste of the chocolate and orange combination more than makes up for their relative lack of value. I'm hoping they're here to stay as, although they vanish from the packet faster than is good for me, I'm not sure I could happily return to regular chocolate digestives if they were to vanish from the shops just as quickly.