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I don't know many people that don't like a biscuit or 3 with their brew, Usually I buy the shops own brand of biscuits but this time I decided to treat myself to a 'proper' biscuit and bought myself a packet of McVities Milk Chocolate Digestives.
PRICE & PACKAGING
A packet of these biscuits is currently being sold in Tesco's for £1.59 for a 332g packet of these. The foil packet is predominantly brown in colour with the McVities logo on the packet and a picture of the biscuit. All the information you need is on the packet, a little info about the biscuits, nutritional information, contact details, ingredients etc.
As I say, the packet is foil and is sealed at each end which is easily pulled open. It says to store the biscuits in a cool dry place to prevent the biscuit from going soft.
The biscuit itself is quite large in size and on 1 side of the digestive is a generous layering of milk chocolate. If you're anything like me, you like to dunk them in a cup of tea or coffee. But, as I've done on more than 1 occasion, I've dunked them for too long and half of the biscuit has ended up floating on top of my cuppa, so had to fish it out with my fingers. We've all done that!
Indented on each biscuit is the McVities logo and a wheat symbol.
Anyway, the biscuit contains:
45% wheat and wholemeal
No artificial colours or flavourings
No hydrogenated vegetable oil.
Each 16.7g biscuit contains:
6% Fat (3.9g)
4% Energy (83 kcal)
11% Saturates (2.1g)
5% Sugars (4.9g)
3% Salt (0.2g)
How do they taste?
Hardly suitable if you want to diet I know, but they do taste really nice. I find I don't want to many of these in one go. I will eat only 2 or 3 of these per cuppa, so the packet will last me a few days The digestive biscuit itself is crisp and crunchy, and as I said, there's is plenty of milk chocolate layered on top. You can buy the plain chocolate biscuits too, which I like. Since these are chocolate layered biscuits, they are rather sweet, which is why I can only eat 2 or 3 at a time, but they are lovely biscuits if you want some sugar and sweetiness.
MY PERSONAL OPINION
In my personal opinion, you pay for what you get. Certainly not the cheapest brand of biscuit on the market, but the biscuit itself is large and there is a generous helping of chocolate on each biscuit. Would I buy these again? Yes I would. They are nice for a treat in the evenings or as a mid-morning snack. I would highly recommend these biscuits. McVities is a trusted brand so you know you're going to get the best.
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NOTE: This review is also written on Ciao under the same username.
One thing I can't seem to give up is biscuits with my tea! I only have a cup of day a couple of times a week due to the fact if I have a cup I have to have a pack of biscuits to dunk. I'm one of those people who just can't have 1 biscuit, I have to eat half a packet!
Most people say supermarket own brands/cheaper brands taste the same as expensive ones but when it comes to chocolate biscuits I don't agree. You can definitely taste the difference in quality of chocolate which is why I always pay that little bit extra to have Mcvities digestives. I try to only buy them when they are on offer for a £1.
The Mcvities digestives are available in plain, chocolate, dark chocolate and now caramel (they are scrumptious!!) The biscuit is just a plain digestive with a thin layer of chocolate coating on one side. I generally buy the milk chocolate ones as my partner also likes them. They are great for dunking in your cup of tea/coffee and I am yet to have one fall in my cup which always happens with cheaper brands.
I haven't looked at the calories in them so I can't tell you how bad they are for you but all the information is on the back in you wanted to know.
Mcvities are definitely worth that little bit extra ... you won't be disappointed.
At £1.77 for 300g these milk chocolate digestive biscuits are not the cheapest by a long way compared to other brands especially supermarket value versions; however the difference in quality here is very noticeable. Sometimes when products of any kind have a recognisable brand name on them there can be a significant increase in the cost but definitely you are not purely paying extra because these have McVities on the packet, it is due to the fact these are great biscuits.
The packet these come in is really eye catching, chocolate brown in colour with just a hint of the red and blue branding that the regular plain digestive biscuits are sold in. Apparently these are now produced with more chocolate on which I'm sure can only be a good thing and the wrapper was very easy to open. The packet can't be resealed once it has been started and so if you are not going to eat them all in one sitting or reasonably quickly the remaining ones will need to be stored in some kind of tin or air tight container, I promise you this is not a problem in my home as I can very happily finish these during the course of a day.
These biscuits look great and smell fantastic, the digestive base is golden and toasted and wonderfully crunchy which combines like a dream with the chocolate coating. Sometimes on cheaper varieties the digestive part is not as good for me and the chocolate not as luxurious so these are without doubt a winner for me and well worth the extra money.
If you eat one that can ever so quickly lead to a second and then a third as they are tasty and feel superb to eat. They are complimented ever so well by a mug of tea or a glass of milk and would be very well received on a plate by guests or at gatherings like coffee mornings.
Each biscuit contains 86 calories and 4.1g of fat so if you are trying to diet or commit to a more healthy way of living then more than a couple in a day will put a dent in your good intentions, self control with these is essential as it is very easy to just keep putting them in your mouth until they are nearly all gone or there are just a few left.
You can certainly buy many cheaper or more affordable versions of the milk chocolate digestive but if you desire a more quality offering and you don't mind paying a little more then these are ideal, the quality is so obvious, the golden biscuit and the thick brown chocolate leave you satisfied and really make other varieties particularly the own label supermarket brands look like the cheap alternatives they are. You expect a great biscuit because of the brand name and the cost and I certainly think you are not left disappointed.
Mc Vities digestive double chocolate
I recently did an online order at Tesco and I saw these Mc Vities double chocolate digestive biscuits on offer for £1 so of course I ordered a packet , what chocoholic wouln,t ?
Mc Vities digestives double chocolate come wraspped in the familiar dark blue wrapper with the name Mc Vities digestives emblazoned on it, and "double chocolate " written in gold writing .
The wrapper has a little pull tab , which makes it ultra easy to get at those choccy biccies .
There is also an image of a broken in half chocolate digestive, showing the dark biscuit with chocolate chips, mmmmmm.
On the reverse of the packet we get the following..........
45% wheat & wholemeal
No hydrogenated vegetable oil
No artificial colours or flavours
100% British wheat great British taste
Suitable for vegetarians
Wheatmeal biscuits covered in milk chocolate
It also mentions The Prince's Countryside Fund and that they are
Supporting British Farmers & Rural Communities
The ingredients are ..........
Wheat Flour (39%),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 (9%) ,Sugar ,Glucose-Fructose Syrup ,Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid, Ammonium Bicarbonate) ,Salt
Each biscuit has 83 calories, not your ideal choice if your dieting ..........no way....... go on , maybe one .
I dont know about you but I love having chocolate biscuits with a cup of coffee, I cant resist the chocolately , coffee experience .when eaten together .
I let the chocolate melt on my tongue , just keep licking till its gone, before tasting the wonderful chocolate flavour biscuit . then the lovely chocolate chips , these also melt , making a great chocolate biscuit even better
I think that McVities have made a good product even better than before , I certainly enjoyed the experience, Its not just another chocolate biscuit ...............its mine...........
I am certainly recommending these McVities Double Chocolate Biscuits and am giving them 5 stars
If I have a hot drink I just have to have a biscuit, or 10.. or more. and the worse thing is, is that I have around 6 cups of tea a day, that's about 5 biscuits per drink, that's over a packet a day! I sound so greedy now I've just written that and believe it or not I am still a size 10 but not for long if I carry on at this rate. I love chocolate digestives brands don't matter to me but you can usually find these on offer in the super markets for around a pound or a little over so we buy a couple of packets a week.
The packet is in a plastic-y packaging, the same shape as the biscuits, round. On it is says how many you should have and the calories and what not, but I must go through two packets of these a week so you may be able to tell that I don't read or care about those bits or the packaging. There is a massive 84 calories per biscuit.
The biscuit is an average digestive biscuit with a thin layer of chocolate on the top, simple really. This I find to crunchy on it's own I can only eat biscuits if they have been dipped in a hot drink making the biscuit all soggy and the chocolate dripping and melting as I take a bit yum yum. The chocolate has a very strong flavour overpowering the digestive but you can still taste both together. Having only just realised how many calories are in here I am going to stop eating so many but these are very more ish, as they don't have that bitter sickly after taste because of the digestive part of it.
As a family we all like to keep an eye on what we eat. I particularly make sure that the children get their 5 a day fruit and veg, eat a balanced variety of lean meat and fish, as well as good sources of carbs like pasta and potatoes. However, we also believe in a little of what you fancy does you good!
As a mum I like to keep a selection of treats in the house, not to be eaten every day, but to be just that - " a treat". This always includes a selection of biscuits. As a rule we like traditional biscuits - custard creams, jammie dodgers and in particular we all love McVities Chocolate Digestives.
McVities Chocolate Digestives have been a part of my family as long as I can remember. As a child they were the extra special expensive treat we had at Christmas time. And now with my own family they are a weekend treat to be enjoyed with a cup of tea or a glass of milk for the children.
The biscuits themselves are made with 100% British wheat, 45% of which is wholemeal, making them slightly healthier, if you can call a biscuit in any way healthy! The chocolate is thick, good quality and creamy, evenly spread across the top of the biscuit.
The biscuit takes a good amount of dunking in a cup of tea - not quite the capacity of a Rich Tea but certainly better than a Hob Nob! They do still retain some crumble factor though, and you can always taste the grains of wheat in them, which I rather like.
They are sweet and luxurious, and you wouldn't want to eat a whole packet, but they fulfil the role of a sweet treat very nicely.
As a rule I pay about £1.50-£1.75 for a 400g pack, which means these aren't bought every day! However you can be lucky and find them on a 3 for 2 offer, or even £1 a pack as I found them in Sainsbury's recently.
In summary, a sweet treat, great for dunking or drinking with an ice cold glass of milk.
When I am feeling extravagant, or it is an extra special occasion, these are the chocolate biscuits that I tend to buy. They are, for me, the ultimate chocolate digestive, the one that I grew up with and the one I would turn to when I needed a chocolate 'hit'.
They ARE more expensive than most of the 'everyday' chocolate biscuits, at £1.75 for a 400g pack, but for a treat, say at Christmas, then I can justify spending that. Unfortunately they are somewhat too expensive for me to by on a regular weekly basis (perhaps if I win the lottery that could change!) and I have to do with value priced ones instead. One has to make sacrifices in these austere days!
The thing I love about these is the lovely thick creamy chocolate. It has a gorgeous lingering aftertaste and melts in the mouth as you bite into the biscuit. The biscuit itself is lovely and crumbly and has that great wholewheat taste that you always associate with digestives.
These are great to have with a cup of coffee and dunk really well.
I wish I could afford to buy them more often!
To be honest, I'm not a massive fan of biscuits generally. In saying that, I do have quite a sweet tooth and I am partial to the odd bit (or bar!) of chocolate from time to time but I try to avoid it where possible as once I start I don't struggle to demolish whatever else is around! That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but where possible I try to remain relatively healthy and keep my diet balanced. For as long as I can remember, McVities Milk Chocolate Digestives have been present in my household and I recall eating them frequently when I was quite young (obviously not caring about the calorie or fat content then...) but I came across them more recently and decided to pick a packet up.
--- MCVITIES ---
McVitie's are predominantly a snack food brand who were established many years ago in around 1830 in Scotland by a local biscuit maker. So the brand have been developing their biscuits and snacks over a long period of time and produced many other products besides biscuits including HobNobs, Jaffa Cakes and Ginger Nuts - all of which are products that are well known to us today, showing just how popular the brand has come!
--- PACKAGING ---
You can expect to find the biscuit packaging in a spherical shaped tube that is typical looking of a biscuit packet! It is quite attractive visually, with some bright colours on it and not too much writing. You will notice the brand is stated on the front, along with the flavour of the biscuit which in this case is milk chocolate. There is a picture of a have crumbled biscuit on the front which represents the actual biscuit very well. On the other side of the packaging you can find a list of ingredients as well as a sell by date and other information. More importantly, for me anyway, the packaging contains the fat, saturated fat, sugar, salt and calorie content per biscuit which is very useful information if you find yourself starting to eat one too many...
--- PRICING AND AVAILABILITY ---
As with all products, the prices vary slightly depending upon where you buy it. I tend to buy mine from Asda usually as I have found that they have quite competitive prices, these being £1.54 for a 400g packet which I thought was quite good value for money, especially considering the status of the brand. Asda also had a promotional offer available which was 2 for £2.50, giving you an even better saving. You will find most places stock the digestives at a similar price although you may find them cheaper online. In terms of availability, they should be stocked in all large supermarkets where you do the weekly shop including Asda, Sainsburys and Morrisons and I believe many smaller and more local shops stock them too such as Spar for example.
--- THE BISCUIT! ---
This is the best part! The packaging has been developed to be quite thin, so its easy to open the packet of biscuits although there isn't a re sealable lid or anything to keep them fresh, so it might be useful to have some cling film to hand. The biscuits are a decent size and typical of an average biscuit, I would say just as a guide, a little bit smaller than the palm of someones hand (but that obviously differs from person to person!). The top of the biscuit is generously coated with milk chocolate and the bottom is just plain biscuit. It has quite a nice textured pattern to the top of the biscuit instead of it just being flat. When you bite into the biscuit it is relatively crumbly, but not so much so that is makes a mess everywhere - just enough so it isn't soft and chewy. I found them really easy to nibble and bite bits off so you can savour the flavour! The taste is very sweet, as you would expect but it also has a lot of flavour at the same time, more than what you would expect actually. The taste of the chocolate is quite strong but not to the point where it becomes overpowering or unpleasant in any way.
--- MY EXPERIENCE ---
Overall in terms of taste, I think I would actually say they could become addictive! They are very aren't at all dry like many biscuits I have tried in the past and the after taste is just as nice as the initial bite, so after you've finished eating one you will probably find yourself wanting another one! The layer of chocolate is definitely more generous than with many other biscuits as you can really taste it and smell it before you eat it so it creates a really nice balance between the biscuit itself and the layer of chocolate as it can be noticed when eating it. The size of the actual biscuit has also been well designed as you don't have to eat loads of biscuits in one go to make you feel as though you've actually eaten something, you can feel that you have.
--- BAD POINTS ---
This is the part of the digestives that I really don't like. As with most sweet and very tasty foods, you can expect some kind of consequence. In this case, it is the amount of calories and fat per biscuit. In only one biscuit there is 84 calories (bearing in mind our daily allowances!) which soon adds up if you eat a few. It has 5.1g of sugar which is also quite high. The fat content is the bit that is really quite bad. Per 100g there is 23.4g of fat which is extremely high and it works out at 4g per biscuit. Then the saturated fat (the bit that you store unless it is burnt off) is 2.1g per biscuit and you aren't supposed to have much over 20g per day so just in one biscuit that is 10% of your saturated fat guide for the day!
--- SUMMARY ---
As the old saying goes, everything in moderation. These biscuits are great as a snack, to either eat on their own or with a cup of tea or hot chocolate! But they should only be eaten as part of a balanced diet along with other healthy foods as otherwise it could lead to health problems. As for the biscuit itself, it is very tasty and I am the first to admit that after I've eaten one I could eat the whole packet and not think twice... But don't tell anyone I said that.
I have been eating Mcvities chocolate digestives, both milk and plain variety for as long as i can remember. I used to have a slight preference for the plain chocolate variety but I now prefer the milk chocolate ones. They are extremely moreish; once i start eating them i find it incredibly difficult to stop! Even last night i woke up in the middle of the night, not being able to sleep, probably due to the heat. I was so hungry that I started munching on Mcvities chocolate digestives! I did manage to control myself however and only had two! If i would have had more i would have probably got indigestion at that time of night and would never have got back to sleep. The old me could very easily eat about 8-10 biscuits in one go. Talk about greedy!
In my view they are best dunked in tea, sometimes with coffee too and eaten just on their own, they are also delicious. If you are dunking them in your tea, be careful not to dunk for too long; ive lost count of the amount of times half the biscuit has melted in my tea. Very annoying that is!
Unfortunately as to be expected really, they are full of calories. One biscuit has 84kcal in it!. The main ingredients are wheat flour, milk chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, dried skimmed milk, butter oil, vegetable fat, vegetable oil, glucose fructose syrup and salt. I think you can see why these biscuits are soooh fattening. Each biscuit however has 45% of wheat and wholemeal in it and also there are no artificial flavours or colorings and no hydrogenated vegetable oil. Mcvities have also put information on the biscuit packet concerning maintaining a healthy balance re diet and keeping healthy which i think is to their credit.
I almost always buy these biscuits at Iceland. They usually only cost £1.00 in Iceland per 300g packet and currently there are an extra 33% more per packet totalling a 400g packet. They are available at Tesco also at the moment but not for long, at the same price. It is quite rare to find these biscuits cheaper at other supermarkets.
These biscuits are not exactly what you would call healthy, depsite the wheat content and really should be eaten in moderation. However, they really are delicious with a lovely thick layer of chocolate and a crumbly biscuity sweet base. These Mcvities brand chocolate digestives are far superior to all the others in my view. They certainly don't last too long in my house. Despite the fat content i am still awarding these biscuits 5 stars due to their amazing taste.
I would find it hard to believe if you said you had never seen these in the shops. They have been around for as long as I remember but they never disappoint.
Packaging - The biscuits come in a blue, red and brown packet with the McVities logo small but clear. The word 'digestives' are written in big white letters. It is easy to distinguish these milk chocolate digestives from the normal digestives because of the colour of the packaging, normal digestives are just blue red and white, where as the milk chocolate are red, blue, brown and white, and obviously they say 'milk chocolate' on them.
The Biscuits - they look exactly the same as they always have. They are round in shape. A wheat base with milk chocolate coating.
Taste - They taste as good as they look. Not too sweet that they become sickly but sweet enough for a little treat. Crunchy until dunked in tea/coffee which is when they are at their nicest in my opinion.
Price - A 400g packet costs £1.38 in most supermarkets. Not a bad price for the size and a packet of good quality biscuits.
Nutritional Information (per biscuit) -
Energy (kcal) - 84
Protein - 1.2g
Carbohydrate - 10.8g
Fat - 4.0g
Fibre - 0.5g
I would reccomend these biscuits to anyone with a sweet tooth!
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So you've had a long hard day at work and just want to relax with a cup of tea. Most people accompany something with their tea or coffee and I find that these chocolate digestives are just perfect.
These are really yummy chocolate biscuits. There is a layer of milk chocolate on top of a crumbly yet slightly salty biscuit base. I like that they have added a little salt as you can distinguish it from other brands. It's more unique.
The biscuits come in 400g packets which are usually a brown colour and they normally cost £1. You get about 20 biscuits in each packet. Not enough as I am always craving for more!
Unfortunately each biscuit contains 84 calories :(. I can't just have one of these biscuits and I find myself reaching for at least 3 so if you add it up that is 252 calories! Plus the fat aswell!
However I find the pleasure of eating these biscuits is worth the calories. They are really chocolatey and crumbly. Each biscuit has a slightly ridged effect on the chocolate which is cute.
These are by far my favourite chocolate biscuits as they have a very unique taste and I like the added salt!
Nothing like some Chocolate Digestives to eat, well anytime. I can probably eat a whole packet in a sitting, but tend to eat about half of them without even noticing.
These comes in a 300g pack and cost about £1.40. These are the brand named Chocolate Biscuits and taste better than the other brands out there. I think the main difference is the Milk Chocolate as it is so nice sweeter and Milkier than other cheaper brands.
You can but these in a smaller tub but the price is about the same and you don't get as much Biscuits. The wrapper is ok. It is wrapped quite tight to the Biscuits but doesn't cause them to break really.
These is about 14 Biscuits in the pack. Each Biscuit has around 90 calories in it, so a fair few calories if you do eat half the pack.
These are quite large Biscuits, just the usual round ones which are a decent enough thickness and size. The Biscuit part seems quite thick and is a little bit crumbly. It is salty tasting in a way but not too much. The layer of Milk Chocolate on the top is a good enough covering and a nice sweet contract to the malty Biscuit part.
Worth paying that bit extra for these Digestives as they taste so much better than the cheaper ones.
With no natural sweet tooth to mention it takes something very special to lure me into the world of chocolate, McVities digestives are that kind of a snack.
The digestive name originally came from the fact that people believed them to have qualities that helped with the digestion (sodium bicarbonate is used in their manufacture).
Each second an estimated 50+ digestives are consumed, when you consider how addictive these things are it's hardly suprising. Mainly produced in our little island but also enjoyed in many commonwealth countries the digestive is made with brown wheat flour giving it a beautifully moreish taste, then smothered on one side with milk chocolatemaking it really hard to stop eating them.
As well as a great accompaniment to a hot drink you can crush them up and use them to make the base of a cheesecake or a wide variety of other desserts (crumbled into a cundae is particularly good).
The biscuits have a crumbly texture and a sweet flavour, on their own they are delicious enough but after a nice soaking with milk chocolate they are transformed into a super snack.
As well as buying the normal sized variety you can also get the cute miniature ones that taste just as good but are only about an inch in diameter (as opposed to the 3 to 4 inch diameter of the parent biscuit).
There is also a variety with a layer of caramel under the chocolate, usually I would consider this overkill but it really works on a digestive.
I reccomend this to anyone who likes a sweet treat but they are so good that it may even convert the most ardent savoury addict.
Most love a cup of tea, and the perfect accompliment is a McVities chocolate digestive (or three). I have tried the value alternatives, but there is economising here, the McVities digestives are leaps and bounds better. They have nice tasting chocolate, the perfect crunchiness of biscuit, and they don't use hydrogenated vegetable oil, or artificial flavourings! The cheap counterparts are often to dry, and brittle. McVities are the quality you expect from products by royal appointment to her majesty. Besides, they are not that expensive, usually can find them in supermarkets for about £1 on offer (and they are often on offer!)
The packets I have found recently are about 400g, and contain (amongst other things) wheat flour, milk chocolate, sugar and skimmed milk. The calories per biscuit is 84. Which whilst is going to have a bad effect on the waistline, is not as bad as the cheap alternatives.
Furthermore, when I have kept a pack on my desk for dunking in tea, and they have gone a little stale, they also make the best biscuit base for cheesecake!
We have something of a tradition in this household of only having chocolate biscuits on a Sunday. I am glad that I have been conditioned to accept this to because the only person who would benefit long term would be my dentist as he loses count on his hands of the number of cavities appearing.
Mcvities are probably one of the biggest brands and do produce exceptionally good biscuits but at a quite significant price. We purchase the packs as shown above, this is a standad size and there about 12 biscuits per pack.
The biscuit itself is a whole wheat biscuit layered with a chocolate topping. Therefore it has a nice crunchy taste but it also has a very rich sweet taste to it. One thing you will notice though is that the taste is also slightly dry to it being whole wheat and therefore these taste their best when you have them with a cup of tea which definitely enhances the flavour greatly.
As they are whole wheat they are quite healthy and generally quite good for the digestive system. They will of course be fattening if you consume too many of them but it's at least reassuring to know there is at least some semblance of goodness in these. Of course they wouldn't taste as sumptious without the chocolate layer but then very little beats milk chocolate doesn't it?
My favourite type of biscuit and thus a biscuit whose consumption I limit.