This is Asda's version of McVities Cheddars. Pretty similar, but a good bit cheaper. The brand name costs around 75p for the 150g pack, whereas this 150g pack costs only 46p. Cannot confirm that there is the same amount of Biscuits in here, but it looks like it. The pack is a thin wrapper which seems to stick to the Biscuits well enough. There was still a few crumbs in the pack, and I found when taking the Biscuits out then sometimes the edges got caught at the side and broke off. Not too many of them, and you just had to open the pack a bit wider to stop this happening. The colouring seemed a bit odd with it being blue, whereas I was expecting a yellow colour to symbolise Cheese. The picture on the front looked alright and the lettering was large enough too. These are found up the Biscuit aisle next to all the other non Chocolate Biscuits. These were thin round Biscuits. Never counted how many was in here, but there was a fair few all stacked on top of each other. They had the pinprick holes on the Biscuits like the brand name and the tang of Cheese was nice as well. not too strong a taste and a bit of a lighter Cheddar. I will buy these again. They tasted just like the brand name, but perhaps just a little bit of a lighter taste, but I can live with that and save that bit money. Worth a try.
With these bicuits / crackers, you get no surprises and to use a cliche, they do what they say on the tin. They are cheesy, and thin! Its the thinness that causes a problem for me - the biscuits are very delicate and break easily. I had unwittingly trashed a packet on the journey home from the supermarket - moral of the story is to pack them wisely when bought. Also, I trashed a few more of the biscuits when opening the packet. My sausage fingers had difficulty peeling off the thin tab of plastic that is situated a few biscuits down from the top of the pack, which resulted in some more biscuits being reduced to crumbs. Good points - if your packet has survived being stuffed into a shopping bag, the journey home on the bus and then being opened, you will find that the bisuits actually taste very good. They are not overpoweringly cheesy and are pleasant enough on their own - they also are good with cheese in the classic cheese and crackers combo. I know the pack says "thins", but really, there's thin and there's atomic particle size. They would benefit from being beefed up a bit for clumsy handed savoury snack lovers, like me.
The light blue packet is almost a complete opposite of my favourite cheese biscuits, these of course being McVities Cheddars. The picture on the front of the packet (on either side of the embossed lettering stating that the packet contains cheese thins) does give the impression that these are similar to Cheddars. I guess I should have got the message straight away when they were considerably cheaper than my favs. I can't recall exactly but I think they were in the region of 59p. I'm not going to write paragraphs criticising these biscuits, because basically I got what I paid for. A very poor interpretation of a McVities Cheddar. They were indeed crisp enough and there was a bit of a cheesy taste to them, but like the packaging they were pretty much the opposite of my aforementioned favs. There are a lot of biscuits in the packet and had I not previously been partial to the odd McVities Cheddar, then I might perhaps have found these more to my liking for in all fairness they are not a bad cheesy biscuit for the price. As with all store brands though it is very hard not to compare the store product with the more recognisable brand version. I have however found in the past that some store brands are equal to the branded product and ASDA custard creams come close to doing just that, unfortunately the Cheese Thins do not. I'm afraid that even if my purse strings needed to be tightened more than they currently are, in all probability I would cough up the extra for the McVities version.
This is Asda's version of McVities Cheddars, but a good bit cheaper. You get these in Asda in the Biscuit aisle. The pack is 150g and these cost me 46p. The packaging is alright. It is a light blue colour and since the other Cheese related products are yellow or light orange, then these stick out on the shelf. There is the obligatory picture on the front of the Biscuits and they look alright. The pack fits the Biscuits alright, and it is one of those annoying packs where you rip open with the little tab. This makes them easy to open, but I always find the tab opens these about 6 Biscuits in, so I feel like I either have to eat all the Biscuits to get past the open bit, or stick the pack in a food bag and cover at the open end. I bought these after reading Claribella's review and se she reported the same issue with these opening part of the way down the pack. So what were these and how did they taste? They look kinda like the McVities ones. They are round thin Biscuits, which have some little holes dotted through them. Yes, they are pretty thin, but I like the Cheese Biscuits like this. The Cheese is more a light Cheese with a hint of Cheddar in them. You can't mistake these for Cheese Biscuits, but I guess these would still taste nice if they were stronger tasting. Since McVities ones cost around 75p I would recommend these ones. They basically taste the same and you save a bit money.
Now you seem them , now you don't, does that saying sound familiar ? Let me explain myself, I love anything cheesy, crisps, snacks, cheese straws, cheesy biscuits, they have addictive qualities. You open the packet with the intention of just eating a couple and before you know it you are nearing the end of the packet, so you eat the last few and stick the wrapper into the waste bin and hope that nobody notices it languishing there. But I am trying so hard to curb myself, maybe I need to undergo some therapy so that I can resist succumbing to temptation. Asda do a tasty cheese thin, I have noticed that the picture on the site shows them in a blue wrapper but Asda have gone upmarket and dressed them in a deep shade of ruby red nowadays. They are fairly well priced too, a 150g packet will cost you 74p as I write this review. Cheese biscuits make a wonderful snack and children and adults alike can enjoy them. They are superb for serving with a drink, good for sticking on a plate at a party, they make a great supper time snack and if you are feeling slightly peckish they are ideal for filling a small gap. These cheese biscuits are Asda'a version of the McVities cheddar biscuit and let me tell you they have made a grand job of them. The Asda cheese thins contain no artificial colours or flavours, the packet is not marked with a `V` so I am assuming that the cheese used during the manufacturing process contains rennet. Each biscuit contains just 20 calories which on the face of it sounds excellent but when you look closely at how small and thin one biscuit is it hammers home the fact that you would need a half a dozen to make inroads. Other dietary information says that the Asda cheese thins contain barley, milk, wheat, gluten and they may contain traces of nut. As soon as you have opened the packet and eaten what you want then the cheese thins need to be stored in an airtight tin to keep them crisp. The Asda cheese thins even look like McVities cheddars, each biscuit has the familiar rings of tiny holes pricked on the surface. But I would say that the Asda cheese thins appear less greasy, when you pick one out of the packet your fingers are not suddenly shiny with cheesy grease. That may infer that they are marginally drier in texture but that does not spoil the overall taste. The cheese thins are light, crunchy and crumble easily, if you treat the packet roughly then you may well end up spooning a heap of crumbs onto your plate instead of whole biscuits, so remember to put them on the top of your shopping bag! The Asda cheese thins are tasty, the cheese is not strong, more subtle and in the background there is a distinct tang. This tang seems to be there because Asda have added peppers to the recipe and the idea works well. The peppery tang would not be strong enough to put anyone off of the biscuits and they are not over salted either. I really love the packets of thick cheese straws and the Roka cheese crispies but they are laden with calories so I try very hard to steer well clear of them. At least if I buy the Asda cheese thins I can restrict myself to some extent. They are delicious and they would be ideal for taking on a picnic, though I don't recommend that you wait for a sunny day to come along !
BACKGROUND One of my biggest vices has to be biscuits. If Im sitting down with a drink or cooking food, I always seem to end up with my hand in the biscuit tin. Im particularly fond of cheese biscuits, but find that branded ones are quite expensive. On one of my frequent visits to Asdas, I went on a mission to find a cheaper alternative. PRODUCT The biscuits that I found and decided to test are made by Asda and are called Cheese Thins. They are only available in one size of packet namely 150g and they set me back 47 pence. PACKAGING The packaging makes these look quite appealing, as it has some pictures on the packet of the biscuits with topping on, showing you serving suggestions. The section with the biscuits on is pinkish in colour and the section with the name of the biscuits on is blue. For me these stood out on the shelf because of the colour. Most cheese biscuits come in either red or yellow packets, so these grabbed my attention for being different. TESTING THE PRODUCT Opening these biscuits was fairly easy because they have a little piece which you pull around the pack and it opens them up, about a centimetre from the top. The first thing that hits me when I open these is the smell. There is a pleasant aroma of cheese, which isnt too strong and overpowering, but is very nice. I take a biscuit out of the packet, and as the name suggests, they are quite thin. Two of these put together would probably make up about the same thickness as a digestive, rich tea biscuit etc. The biscuit feels slightly greasy to the touch, which I wasnt expecting. When I eat one of these though, I do not experience any greasiness in the flavour or in my mouth afterwards. I take a bite. The biscuit is nice, crisp, and crunchy. They taste delicious. The cheese taste is not too overpowering, but is powerful enough for you to know what it is. They feel very light in my mouth, you could say that they melt in the mouth. They certainly get my taste buds going. The only downside(!) to these is that they are very moreish I am unable to have just the one, I have to have three or four, which isnt good for my waistline. OTHER INFORMATION Ingredients, storage instructions, and nutritional information is printed on the back of the packet, so I wont repeat here. The important thing of note is that each biscuit contains 1.3g of fat, approximately 0.1g of salt and 21 calories. Also a note for allergy sufferers is that these biscuits contain gluten, wheat, milk and barley. They may also contain traces of nuts and seeds. To find out more information on this product you can telephone Asda on 0845 300 1111, or you can visit their website, which is www.asda.com MY OPINION These biscuits are very nice. They are lovely and crispy, and not too overpowering in the taste department. Even saying that, you can still definitely detect the cheese taste. They taste very light when you are eating them and you could say they are almost melt in the mouth. The greasy feel that they have when you first take them out of the packet was a little bit unexpected, but it didnt affect the taste in any way. These biscuits really are moreish. I would challenge anyone to eat just one of these and leave the rest in the packet. As these biscuits only contain 21 calories a biscuit I suppose you could say they are a lot better for you than some other biscuits, which can contain up to 50 calories. Unfortunately they are not very good for my waistline, because I cant stop eating them!! WOULD I RECOMMEND Definitely. These biscuits are cheap, tasty and not too heavy on the calories. I will be buying a few more packets on my next shop. I just wish they would last longer. Thanks for taking the time to read my review, Cath. xx