Both my husband and I take packed lunch to work daily and apart from the usual sandwiches, salad, fruit etc I will always add a little sweet treat in. I will purchase the packed lunch items weekly and this week did my shop in Iceland where I came across some chocolate bars that I had never encountered before the McVites Taxi bars. I love trying anything new and after reading the description on the wrapper decided that they sounded delicious and purchased a packet.
The taxi bars are described as 'caramel wafer and rich chocolate cream covered in milk chocolate.' As stated I purchased these from my local Iceland store where they were priced at just £1.00 for a pack containing 9 bars which I thought was fantastic value.
The taxi bars are individually wrapped in plastic wrappers which are orange and blue in colour so quite eye-catching and distinctive. The McVites logo is displayed on the front of the wrapper and on the back you can find detailed product information about the bar including ingredients listings, storage instructions and that the bar is suitable for vegetarians.
The Taxi bars themselves are rectangular in shape and are quite thick. When you bite into the bar you can see the several layers of wafer, chocolate cream and caramel. The bar has a really good texture with the contrast of the crispy wafer, chewy caramel and smooth, milk chocolate. I really enjoyed this chocolate bar the caramel is really chewy and the chocolate is lovely and creamy. The bar is just the right size for a little sugar fix without feeling like I have totally blown the calories for the day.
Overall I have been very impressed with my discovery of Taxi's and will certainly be purchasing them again in the future.
McVities Taxi Chocolate Wafer Bar
I remember McVities Taxi from when I was in primary school. You could purchase them from the tuck shop for something daft like one or two pence back then. I always remember being strangely satisfied by them. I say strangely because compared to most chocolate bars on the market they seemed to offer very little in way of temptation, but tasted really good. They look similar to the old 'Blue Riband' bars but I have to say they taste much better.
They used to come in a pretty bland and ordinary looking dark blue wrapper but nowadays are emblazoned in the yellow and blue and chequered design of a New York Taxi. The ad campaign tells us that you get miles more caramel and it uses this as its tag line. Pretty simple, but then it has always been a pretty simple biscuit or wafer as it would probably be better as being described as.
A taxi is made up of layers of wafer, water, caramel and chocolate crème. The whole thing is then covered in milk chocolate.
The bar itself is snack size and comes in a 17.2 gram serving. They are really light and do not really affect meal times provided you only have the one. They are also available in multi-packs and mini bar sizes. Each bar provides one hundred and thirty-one calories.
As I already mentioned, they are really light and the only real filling factor to them is the caramel. The wafers are quite light and the chocolate covering is liberal.
However, the caramel over-powers the chocolate crème filling so you don't really get a sense of that. The caramel also makes them quite chewy, which in turn makes them longer lasting.
Each bar contains 15 grams of Carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein and 6.8 grams of fat. They contain no artificial colours or preservatives.
In 1890 after numerous tries, a Scottish man by the name of John Montgomerie was granted a patent for the manufacture of digestive biscuits. By the nineteen thirties McVitie & Price went onto manufacture some of the best loved biscuits in the UK and around the world from their base 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.
McVities are also renowned for trying to make their biscuits as healthy as is practically possible with this kind of food. They reduced the sodium in their biscuits by ten per cent in two thousand and four and have since lowered them even more.
Taxi's date back as far as the sixties, and I can remember the adverts in the late seventies and early eighties. They are a classic bar but would be considered to be one of the modern products for McVities.
I like the Taxi bar and I think anyone who tries one for the first time is mildly surprised at how good they actually do taste. If you have had a 'Drifter' bar then imagine a much lighter and smaller version of that.
I would recommend a Taxi as a tasty snack and they go down nicely with a cup of tea.
We picked up a pack of these in Lidl the other day and I remember now how nice these were. I hadn't had them in years, and not sure if it is because I am older now, but these seem a lot skinnier bars than what I remember.
These come in a pak of 7 bars and I think these cost £1 in Lidl. I think this was a bit cheaper than in Asda and other places by about 20p. Lidl can sometimes be good at their brand named prices, but not always.
The pack is bright enough. The bars are individuallt wrapped and in a outer wrapper as well. The colouring is an orange colour and the writing is in blue so although the 1 colours may not go together then it certainly stands out.
These are rectangular shaped bars. They aren't that thick and certainly not wide either. . These are quite simple bars. They are like Nestle Blue Ribbands but that bit sweeter and more interesting. These consist of Caramel flavoured Wafer stacked on top of each other. The layers are pretty thin, and there is a good amount of them. The Chocolate covering is a good amount and although it isn't that sweet on the Chocolate side, the caramel is pretty sweet.
Each Bar has 99 calories and surprising that such a sweet thing has such a small amount of calories, but as I said these are quite small now.
A Chocoalte Biscuit that I will continue to buy.
Always thought these Chocolate Biscuis had an odd name. Why the strange name McVities?
I picked up a pack of 9 of these in Sainsburys tonight as they were on offer for £1. Seems to be a few brand named goods for £1 just now, and the way i'm feeling I keep wanting to munch all the CHocolate Biscuits out there.
The Biscuits are individually wrapped and the 9 Biscuits are all wrapped in a larger wrapper as well. The main colouring on this is an orange colour and the writing is in blue, so it stands out well enough.
So what are these Biscuits? They are Caramel Wafers which are covered in Milk Chocolate. I always forget how sickly these are, and coupld only manage 3 in a row with a short break between. I was starving beforehand, and have totally sickened myself on them.
There is a good few layers of Wafer in these even though the Biscuits look kinda skinny and not that thick. You can taste the Caramel in these, and it is a little sticky when you bite into these and you see the strands of Caramel bits hanging over the bit you have biten. The Chocolate isn't that thickly spread, but it is enough as it is quite sickly as well.
Each Biscuit has 131 calories and 6.9g fat, so that that innocent.
Not the most exciting Biscuit i've had, but it provides a nice sweet treat at a not bad price.
I've got a habit of picking up chocolate bars that are on offer in supermarkets, so when I saw a packet of 9 Taxi bars on offer for the princely sum of £1 at Morrisons, I quickly put them into my basket, despite never having a Taxi bar before in my life.
Once I got home, I opened up the multi-bar packet and took out one of the bars. It's mainly orange with blue writing, saying 'Taxi' and advertising the fact that they're made by McVitie's. They say that the bar is 'Caramel Wafers and Rich Chocolate Cream covered in Milk Chocolate'. The individual bar doesn't have any nutritional information on it, but on the outer wrapper, it states that each bar is 131 calories, with 16.3g carbohydrate (of which 13.1g is sugars) and 6.9g of fat. Now these mean absolutely nothing to me, but I thought I'd add them in to satisfy those who might pay attention to this sort of thing.
Although, 131 calories seems like a small amount for one of these bars, I must say. Each bar is quite chunky and looks, on the outside like a Blue Riband. But enough about the outside, now for the taste test!
So, what did it actually taste like? Well, it was quite tough to bite into initially, but once past the hard crust I could hear the wafers crunch crisply. Chewing it, I could taste the caramel and it was chewy throughout. I didn't really get any sense of the chocolate cream though; all I could taste was wafer and caramel. Not that I'm complaining, it was actually really nice and melt-in-the-mouth, in a chewy sort of way.
The bar lasted longer than some other bars, mainly because of the chewiness, which is a major draw factor in my liking of this bar. The big question for me was why on earth I hadn't discovered these before!!
I've got absoloutely no idea how long these little beauties have been getting made by McVities but I've been eating them for at least the last 10 years as part of my 'healthy diet' regime. They really are quite delicious.
They normally come in a packet of 9, and I usually pay about a £1 for them, so I guess you are paying just over 10p a biscuit. They come in a bright orange packet with TAXI in blue blazened across the front. Also on the packaging it advises you that you are buying McVities Caramel Wafers and that there are No artificial colours or flavours. They also contain No hydrogenerated vegetable oil.
So what can I tell you about these lovely biscuits. Well they are about 5 inches long by about an each deep. There appears to be a number of wafer levels each filled with caramel, oh and they are covered in lovely milk chocolate. As you bite into them they are nice and chewy and you can see the caramel stretch as you pull it apart. The taste s obviously sweet, but not so much that it is sickly.
Caramel Wafers and rich chocolate cream covered in milk chocolate.
Milk Chocolate 37%
Dried Skimmed Milk
Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin)
Natural Vanilla Flavouring]
Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder
Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate)
Contains Milk, Soya, Gluten
Produced in a fctory handling nuts
Nutrition per bar
(of which sugars) 13.1g
(of which saturates) 4.9g
Highly recommended wafer biscuit. Ideal for kids and grown ups. But will one be enough???
McVities are well known for their high quality biscuits, and these follow this trend. The chocolate is very high quality, it has a brilliant texture and they melt in your mouth. Not to mention that they are reasonably priced, and they aren't too unhealthy either, making them one of my favourite biscuits.
The packaging needs improvement, as it is very old fashioned. However, it is very bright and easy to spot on the shelf, catching your attention. It is also very easy to read, but is very thin so it can be ripped apart, not very good if you don't want to make a mess. This also means that is usually squashed, and pieces will fall out onto the floor when you open it. The packet is small, and can fit in your pocket but is also easy to open.
The product is very high quality, as it is always fresh and the chocolate, biscuit and caramel has that 'luxury' feel, not like that of cheap Value brands.
The product smells delicious, if not a little too sweet. When you pop it into your mouth, the chocolate starts to melt, with a smooth silky texture. Then, the wafer adds a little crunch, creating a great opposing texture. Finally, you get the silky caramel combining with the chocolate to create an ultimate taste.
The biscuits are great value for money, containing 9 biscuits for less than £1. This is much better than alternative choices, and the taste is much better too! However, they are quite small and not very filling, so you may want another one as they are a very addicting choice.
They are also a good choice if you are on a diet and want a nice treat. They contain less calories and fat than a chocolate bar and you get a great combination of flavours and textures in a Taxi Bar.
In conclusion, a great biscuit that everyone will love with a great taste, texture and a fantastic price.
Any regular readers of my food reviews will be well aware by now that I have a huge sweet tooth and I must admit that I do love biscuits. I love dunking biscuits into my tea too, whether they are chocolate covered offerings or not!
My partner picked up a packet of 'Taxi' biscuit bars on a recent shopping trip to our local Lidl supermarket. I was quite surprised at this choice, because he doesn't generally buy things like biscuits and chocolate, but never one to deny my sweet tooth a chocolate coated biscuit, naturally I didn't comment on their presence in our shopping trolley. ;-)
After returning home and packing the shopping away, my partner made a cuppa for us both, and produced the packet of biscuits for us to 'sample' with our tea.
I was a bit surprised at the slightly 'retro' looking packaging if I am being honest - it looks not only a bit dated, but quite uninspiring. Not only that, but the wrapper is quite a horrible looking orange-coloured affair, which instantly made me question whether the biscuits were orange flavoured.
Of course they aren't and this is apparent upon paying a bit more attention to the wrapper. It quite clearly states 'Caramel wafers and Rich chocolate cream covered in milk chocolate'. No mention of orange flavouring!
Upon tearing the wrapper from the biscuit I was pleased at how it looked. I could see the very nice-looking milk chocolate that smelt delicious too!
Biting into the biscuit, I could tell immediately that the milk chocolate was of a decent quality which didn't surprise me in the slightest, given that the biscuits are made by McVities, which is a brand I trust.
Underneath the initial layer of chocolate lie alternative layers of wafer mixed with chewy caramel, which is a brilliant combination in itself. Within the centre of these layers though, is the chocolate centre of the biscuit - a delicious little layer of chocolate cream filling that rounds off the rest of the flavourings and compliments them all perfectly.
This may sound like it would prove to be over-powering or sickly, but it is really not the case. I find that these biscuits are really satisfying because of the chewy texture and because of the rich chocolate taste. One of them is definitely enough to keep me going and satisfy my sweet cravings!
The packet of 'Taxi' biscuits cost us around 85 pence from my local Lidl supermarket, when they were on a recent 'special offer'. I think that is reasonable value, especially given that the packet contains nine individually wrapped biscuits!
The packet sadly only has one or two remaining, and these have been great for dunking into my afternoon cuppa or indeed for packing up with my partner's lunch, as a little treat.
The information on the back of the package proudly boasts a little symbol which informs me that they are suitable for vegetarians. There is also information given about milk, gluten and nuts, so that anybody who suffers from these food allergies can make an informed decision before buying them.
The nutritional information tells me that each biscuit will provide 131 calories and 6.9g of fat which I think is on a par with most other chocolate coated biscuit bars. Never going to be the healthiest option though are they?
All in all I have to recommend these biscuits as my partner and I both thoroughly enjoyed them and will buy them again. They get full marks from me and I think I will be returning to Lidl to stock up on these as they have proven to be quite a hit in our house!
Back when I was in school we used to have a long break time in the afternoon as the day finished at six o clock. Obviously understanding that need for a little sugar kick, especially after sports lessons, to drag us through to the end of the day, we could form a short queue for a pack of three custard creams, bourbons, oatcakes or shortbread. And queue we did. Little did any of us know that you could by a pack of forty of these for about 44p down at the local Safeway, and little did we know that the teaching staff were indulging themselves in the Baron of biscuity snacks; The Taxi bar!
All until one of the Gap year Teachers started handing out his own ration of them to the kids he was getting along with at the time.
That first taste of caramel-soft wafers, decedantly chewy and perfectly sweet was enough to make our pack of bourbons seem like a pack of sand and dirt. And that rich, thick chcolate slab lay majestically through the middle! That was almost enough to make us break out into a sugary song and dance routine preceding High School Musical by a good few years.
Now, six years later, that same thrill still manages to survive. The pricing of a pack of nine taxi bars over the £1.20 mark, whilst making them out of the sensible price range for the avergage shopper, makes them still a rare, enjoyable and special treat when they are reduced or on buy-one-get-one-free.
I know I'm supposed to be on a healthy eating kick but whilst studying for exams I need a little chocolate fix....call it good for the brain or just a little reward for working so hard.....or just call it plain lack of willpower!
Whatever you call it, I bought this packet of nine choccy biccies from my local convenience store for the very convenient price of £1.09.
The Packaging is exactly as Dooyoo have pictured above.....except my pack say 9 for £1.09 not £1.49!
Taxi chocolate biscuits are made by Mcvities who also make the wonderful jaffa cakes! These delicious wafer bars however are as nothing like jaffa cakes.
Each biscuit is individually wrapped with the same colourings as the outer packaging and there as I mentioned before 9 biscuits in my pack.
- So on to the Taxi test -
After opening the wrapper which incidentally is easy and requires no struggling with teeth, I am instantly satisfied by the strong smell of bitter cocoa, it smells like a rich dark chocolate but is in fact milk chocolate!
First bite gives a crumbly wafer texture which is slightly crunchy but with the individual layers of thin wafer with a thin layer of caramel makes it a very chewy consistency also, I have also discovered where the dark chocolate aroma has come from too, as sandwiched in the middle of the multiple layers of wafer and caramel is a thick(ish) layer of dark chocolate flavoured cream. The chocolate surrounding the whole biscuit is very thin which is a bit disappointing but actually adds to the whole taste sensation of the bar.
The biscuit is done within a few minutes leaving a lovely chocolatey caramel after taste which is quite pleasant, I don't feel it has stuck to my teeth or roof of mouth as you sometimes get with caramel.
- My opinion -
I won't be eating too many of these as one is enough to satisfy my choc craving for one sitting! They are quite sickly sweet, and my little girl doesn't really like them as I think they may be a little too rich for her. My son cannot eat them at all because of the warning that they MAY contain traces of nuts.
They also contain milk, soya and gluten so anyone who is intolerable of these must steer clear too.
I have given this biscuit 4 stars because they just don't come up to the standards of a mcvitie jaffa cake in my opinion, but they are still a nice snack.
I include nutrition info for anyone interested.....these are for each biscuit. Feel free to skip this part.
13.0g of sugar
4.8g of saturated fat
trace of sodium
Like all things a little of what you like is good for you....all things in moderation!
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