“ Type: Biscuits „
So, these cost 30p for 400g - cheap but about the going rate for a budget packet of digestives. So why am I writing a review on them? They actually are rather good.
I have two uses for digestive biscuits - dunking and desserts.
Firstly, my dunking habits - ever since I was a child I have loved McVities Digestive biscuits and having tried many other cheaper alternatives down the years I became fully convinced that any less than McVities digestives with a cup of tea was just a waste. I either found every other version just too sweet or not sweet enough, never achieving that balance that a McVities biscuit did.
Onto my other use of the humble digestive biscuit - in desserts. I regularly make a lemon cheesecake and a chocolate lime pie, both of which call for the use of rather a lot of these biscuits in the base and for this job I usually do buy a cheaper brand as even I am unable to taste the difference in the finished product.
I'm the middle of making the lime pie using a pack of asda smart price biscuits I had a cup of tea and with nothing else in the house to satisfy my sweet tooth I had a smart price digestive and it was lovely. Even after 20 odd years of dunking the McVitie variety I couldn't tell the difference.
These are everything I want from a digestive - the same thickness as the leading brand, so I don't feel short changed leading to the need for just one or two more. Not too sweet, yet sweet enough. On the dunking front they also score very highly, they don't just disintegrate into the bottom of the cup like so many others do.
The only disadvantage is that with so many of the value ranges they are not as easy to find on the shelf as the bigger brands and in fact in my local Asda they are not even located in the same place as the other digestives and are infact about another 20meters further down. But, seek and you shall find- the packaging is very plain in the uniform white and green smart price branding.
So give thm a go if you see them - Happy Shopping (and hopefully saving with these)
With Christmas coming I have been cutting back for a while now on my weekly shopping bill. I rarely buy biscuits but I do like to dunk a digestive in a cuppa of a cold evening.
These I found in my local Asda store costing 34p a large packet and the packet simply fits in with the rest of the Asda Smart Price range being with green and white labeling that looks pretty cheap with all the usual information listed on it including being told what they are clearly on the front and who they are by and on the back of the pack being told the ingredients and nutritional information, the weight is stated (which is 400g) and contact details for Asda are given.
Well you get rather a few of the largish and reasonably thick round biscuits. They are a golden colour with Sweetmeal and digestive written on each one and firm set and not too crumbly. Great for dunking, they have a really nice and naturally sweet flavour along with the wheat and have a nice crunch to them too, if dipped they're ok for dunking too just don't get too carried away and they do scum up in a mug/cup if your not very careful indeed!
These, I really do like. At 34p for a packet or about 28 (give or take one or two of them) these are lovely and as a really naughty treat a bit of butter slithered on them is pure lush however they are already hefty on the old calories with 68 of them in each one and 1.4g of saturated fat....maybe I best leave the butter off in future now I come to think about it eh? lol.
Only available from Asda stores.
Asda, like the majority of supermarkets these days, has a budget range of products which it calls 'Asda Smart Price'. The range is cheap and sometimes offers excellent value for money and sometimes appalling value for money. Thankfully, as we are a high biscuit consumption household, The Smart Price Digestive Biscuits fall into the earlier category, and are a steal at 31p for 400g.
Asda Smart Price products are easy to find (only in Asda mind you), being packaged in very plain green and white packaging, with the words 'Asda Smart Price' clearly identifiable. There's no hiding the fact that the Smart Price Digestive Biscuits are a budget product, and for those with the fear of being caught going 'cheap', they are advised to remove the packaging at the earliest opportunity.
Upon opening these biscuits, the second clue for you that these are not a premium product (in the unlikely event that the packaging hasn't actually given it away) is that there is no 'easy to open' tab. I personally find this to be a minor inconvenience, but like most biscuit lovers I do have my ways and means of entering a packet of biscuits quickly and without fuss (and especially a packet of digestives) and so am more than happy to accommodate this slight inconvenience. My preferred method is with a sharp knife which I slice at right angles to the length of the packet so as to slice between two biscuits but teeth, nails, forks or any other sharp instrument usually suffices.
Once into the packet, you are greeted with the sweet, wheaty aroma of digestive biscuits and all evidence of it being a budget product ceases to exist. The biscuits are circular with the words 'sweetmeal' and 'digestive' written onto the top and small indentations like pin pricks across the biscuit. For smell and appearance the biscuits score highly, but do they taste any good?
The biscuits offer a good crunch as one bites into them, and a delicious sweet wheat flavour. Mmmm.... very moreish! Yes the Smart Price Digestive Biscuits pass the taste test.... and unfortunately for some, the addictivity test. A definite downside to these biscuits is that one is never enough but with only 67 calories per biscuit and priced at less than 1p per biscuit, you can definitely afford to have more than one!
So to conclude I would definitely recommend these biscuits and I give them a massive 5 stars! This is an excellent value for money product and simply scrummy! Furthermore, as Asda operate a 'try me, love me' policy on all their products, should you find that you're not 100% happy with the biscuits, they will offer a refund and replacement service. With this in mind, I would say give them a try as you've nothing to lose!
Asda like most supermarkets, offers a their own, cheap line of products. They call it Smart Price.
Smart Price Digestive biscuits are quite plain and are described as being "Sweetmeal digestive biscuits*.
The biscuits come in a white and green plastic wrapper (not the one shown in the dooyoo photo). It is basic but does the job. The Asda logo and product name are evident and the pack also contains the ingredients, nutrition, allergy advice, storage and how to contact Asda.
To open the pack, simply tear the opening at the top and store the biscuits in an air tight container.
The digestives are a good size and are perfectly round. They have a golden exterior with a lighter interior and have a nice thickness.
The top of the biscuit has lots of little air holes dotted around and has the words "sweetmeal" and "digestive" etched onto it. On the underside of the biscuit, there is lots of little "T" shaped designs.
*Ingredients and Allergy Advice*
Wheat Flour , Vegetable Oil , Sugar , Wholemeal Flour , Partially Inverted Sugar Syrup , Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Carbonates) , Salt
The biscuits contain gluten and wheat. They may contain nuts.
They are suitable for vegetarians.
Each biscuit contains
1.4g saturated fat
0.1g salt equivalent
*Availability and Price*
The digestives come in a 400g pack which contains approx 25 biscuits. They can be found in the biscuit aisle in Asda stores or online at www.asda.co.uk and cost 31p!
Normal Asda own brand will cost you 52p for 500g
McVities will cost you 70p for 250g or 83p for 500g
I sometimes get bored of chocolate biscuits and look for something a little plainer. To that effect, I always have a pack of Rich Tea and Digestive biscuits in my cupboard for when I fancy a nibble.
I have recently started doing my big shops at Tesco, however I did still have these Smart Price Digestives left over from my last shop to Asda. Last night I settled down to watch Avatar with a Capri Sun and a few digestives..well I say a few but I won't tell you how many I really ate!
As with all Smart Price products, the packaging is basic and boring but this doesn't concern me as no one will care really? I was suprised at how large the biscuits are and their thickness was impressive. They really do not look any different from McVities. But do they taste the same?
Biting into the digestive, you are greeted with a tasty crunch which continues for a short time before dissolving into a mushy paradise in your mouth. The biscuit is quite sweet and satisfying but it does leave a weird artificial sort of after taste meaning my drink came in handy.
Digestives can be a bit plain on their own but topped with a little butter and jam makes a tasty snack before bed. They can also be used to make the base of a cheesecake.
The biscuits look and taste like any other digestives but are less than half the price which is a bargain. Just make sure you wrap them up well or put in a tin as they go soft and soggy if their are exposed to air for long.
Calorie wise, ok if you have a few but these are very sweet so you cannot really eat a great deal of them anyway.
Thanks for reading
We are having special visitors for supper tonight, my brother in law is home for a fortnight from Dubai. So him and his wife are coming for a nice meal.
My husband is a brilliant cook. Far better than me. He makes a fantastic vanilla cheescake, and for the base he uses smart price digestive biscuits. The only problem being there is always half a packet left, calling me from the cupboard to be enjoyed with a mug of steaming tea.
Smart price digestives dont look to attractive on the supermarket shelves. They are packaged in the usual unassuming green and white packaging that is associated with the smart price brand. (the picture above is for asda own brand digestives, not smartprice!)
The package for smartprice biscuits is rather large, the packet is indeed a rather whopping 400g. The usual dietry advice is included on the reverse side of the packaging. There is very detailed nutritional information, accompanied with an equally comprehensive list of ingredients. Allergy advice is also provided. These biscuits are suitable for vegetarians.
When opening the packaging I was very pleased with the appearance of the digestives. They are rather large in diameter and golden brown in colour. The scent of wheaty aroma is also evident when opening the packaging. The biscuit itself has small holes indented into the centre. There is also sweetmeal digestive lettering stamped into the biscuit.
These digestive biscuits certainly pass the taste test. They are sweet unyet not overly so. They are very wheaty and this compliments the sweetness perfectly. They are also very durable when dunking in your tea too. They are not wimps in the dunking department. They are like the SAS of the dunking world. Withstanding constant dunking intact. There will be no breaking off and floating to the bottom of your mug with these biscuits.
I honestly can not tell the difference between these smart price branded digestives and other more expensive brands. This smartprice brand really does step up to the mark as far as quality and value for money is concerned. The price of this large pack of biscuits is under £1 which is considerable value when you look at the cost of other branded digestives.
As for its use as the base of the cheesecake, I can not comment on the one that was made last night. I have been given strict instructions by my husband to stay away from the fridge today. So I will have to resist temptation. However going by previous cheescakes, the digestives are a fantastic ingredient in this delicious desert.
Review of Asda Smart Price Digestive Biscuits
Note:- The product packaging is now green and white, not red as in the Dooyoo image.
Asda's own label, economy range is known as Smart Price. In line with many other supermarkets, the Smart Price range has been introduced to offer shoppers a low budget alternative to costlier ranges. Asda Smart Price products can be found right across the store and incorporates many everyday items which are simply packaged and low in price. Some are better than others and these sweet meal digestive biscuits certainly fall into the 'better' category.
~~Packaging and Appearance~~
The biscuits are packaged in Asda's Smart Price garb of basic white and green wrapping. The biscuits are encased in a plastic wrapper which bears the company logo, product description, nutritional information and ingredient list. There are no pictures or images apart from a silhouetted green cup and saucer and the packaging has no unnecessary frills.
The biscuits are a little smaller in size than the version I usually buy, each digestive biscuit measures approximately 3 inches in diameter. The biscuits are a rich golden brown in colour and have the distinctive wheaty, sugary aroma I associate with digestive biscuits. Each biscuit has the words 'Sweet meal Digestive' stamped across the centre.
~~ Ingredients and Nutritional Values~~
Ingredient and nutritional information lists never make terribly interesting reading, so I will not list these in full, as I am sure any reader wishing to know the minute details will read the labels in the supermarket for themselves!
Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Wholemeal Flour, Partially Inverted Sugar Syrup, Raising Agents Salt.
No Colours or Flavourings.
Contains Gluten, Wheat, Wheat Flour & Wholemeal Flour
May contain Nuts & Seeds
Nutritional Values per biscuit :-
66kCal,Protein 0.9g, Carbohydrate 0.9g, Fat 2.9g, Fibre 0.4g, trace sodium.
These digestive biscuits are suitable for vegetarians.
~~Taste & Texture~~
Digestive biscuits are a long time favourite in my household. My other half likes them on their own with his tea or coffee, my mother eats them with cheese as a dessert, as for me, I just like them!
In my opinion, a plainish, semi sweet biscuit is often more satisfying then a rich, chocolate coated calorific fancy one.
Digestive biscuits have a deliciously crumbly texture and a wholesome wheaty flavour which is hard to describe, they are sweet, without being cloying or sickly and have no after taste to my palate.
Readers may note that I have made no reference to the 'dunkability' of these digestives, the reason for this is that biscuit dunking is strictly forbidden in my house, it's a practice that I simply cannot stand! If anyone wants to dunk, then fine, do so, but not near me!
Joking aside, I am sure that the dunkers among readers will know which types of biscuit suit the habit best!!!
The biscuits should be stored in a cool, dry place and after opening should be transferred into an airtight container.
~~Availability and Cost~~
Available from Asda supermarkets or online from www.asda.com
A pack of Asda Smart Price Sweet meal Digestives weighs in at 400g and currently costs 31p.
Asda offer a money back guarantee known as 'Try me, Love me', on all their own branded products. The company guarantee to refund your purchase price of any Asda product you are not 100% happy with. Asda can been contacted either through their website or by ringing the free customer care number on 0800 300 1111.
~~My Thoughts and Conclusion~~
Bargain buy biscuits at their very best. These digestives are tasty, reasonable in price and a very good quality biscuit. I would recommend without hesitation to others.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 December 2009
N.B. Please note my reviews may be found on other review sites under the same user name.
Digestives are actually one of my favourite biscuits and I'm partial to a few of them whether or not they are covered in chocolate. It's quite unusual for me to like a biscuit without some sort of chocolate or chocolate/caramel combination smothered over the top but I love these just as they are .
In Asda I can purchase a 400g packet of Digestive Biscuits from the 'Smartprice' Range for just 31p and this is only 1p per 100g cheaper than the chocolate covered ones so I chose these purely because I like them rather than for the price.
The biscuits appear to be a pretty standard size and they are round in shape. They are lovely and crunchy and crumbly and they are made from wheat flour. I personally find these to taste just like any other digestive really, particularly when they are dunked in my tea or crushed up as the base of a cheesecake.
These may be cheap biscuits but when I throw them in to my biscuit barrel with a mixture of other biscuits I never get any complaints from the nieces and nephews when they visit! These don't look cheap once they are out of the packet although they may be a little bit smaller than the branded version.
Each biscuit contains 67 calories, 2.9g of fat and 0.1g of salt so these should definitely be enjoyed in moderation but I always find it hard to resist a nice handful of these.
Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Wholemeal Flour, Partially Inverted Sugar Syrup, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Carbonates), Salt.
I would recommend these if you are looking for something to add to your biscuit barrel but it's always nice to have a selection of biscuits (in my opinion at least) and these are one of my favourite biscuits although they are admittedly a little better when they are covered in milk chocolate or dark chocolate, yum!
These biscuits get a 4/5 from me as the size is fairly decent and the price is fantastic. I wish they had slightly less fat like some of the other brands that I've recently tried but for the price paid I'm not really complaining!
Asda Smart Price Digestive Biscuits
I am not a great fan of digestive however Mcvites has been my favourite digestive choice for quite a some time. Few days back I tried this variant from Asda to see if there is anything new in this.
It is wrapped around in an archetypal red package and you can appreciate the design as ASDA is mentioned fairly clearly with attractive digestive on the front generating an interest to go for it.
On the first bite itself I find it bland but I liked the way the biscuit held itself as it was quite crunchy. I wouldn't really suggest these to eat right away from the packet as it will taste dry and insipid. I have tried this biscuit few times with tea and find it reasonably dunk able. I would say the biscuits are ideal for family use during a tea party as they are good to be used in conjunction with tea.
Of course you can not complain about these looking at smarter price range but with around 70 calories per biscuit you might have to think twice before replacing your regular digestive permanently.
Don't diss my digestives, they're not dismal, they're delicious!
I was genuinely surprised at some of the low scores that turned up when I searched. Don't forget, compare like for like, and scale it with price! You should get what you pay for... preferably more! Still, we can put that straight.
The reason I gave these a five and not four:
Comparing them to other value brand digestives (as I have done) these stand out as the most like the McVities. They're properly baked (unlike the Tesco ones, which are anaemic looking and taste nasty) to give them a nice flavour, and while not quite identical to McVities (which have a nicer texture) they're an excellent staple, particularly when you consider these are generally less than half the price.
Try the chocolate coated variety (giving up a few biscuits for a thin coat of chocolate) they're particularly nice. The smart price ginger nuts are tasty-good too!
What can you say about digestives? They're the Mr. Smith of the biscuit phone book. All in all, a sound, value for money digestive that deserves its due - being the best at that price range.
If cash is tight, and you're not on a diet, these are a nice filler if you're peckish. So why not buy a pack of these and give the 50p to charity instead of Mr. McVitie!
Please note the picture above is incorrect and this review is for the smart price alternative in the green and white packaging.
I actually wanted some of the Hovis digestive biscuits when I was shopping but couldn't find any so I thought I would give these a go - especially as they were only 30p a packet.
The packet was fairly easy to open - no tear strip but the packet top opened fairly easily. This I found a bonus because I hate opening biscuits and then the packet rips leaving half the biscuits on the floor!
These biscuits were a little bit smaller than the McVities varieties that I have bought in the past but not significantly. They were possibly a little bit thinner too.
The biscuits themselves were really tasty and not too sweet - they had a real crunch to them. I also thought that I had better put them to the dunk test and I can report that they passed this test with flying colours.
These biscuits will be on my shopping list whenever I go to ASDA from now on because they tasted nice and were good value - and they didn't break off in the bottom of my coffee cup - what more can you want!
We all enjoy a good cuppa or mug of coffee at pretty much any time of the day I guess, just recently as I am saving cash and my usual biscuits were not coming up to standard in my drink I thought it was time to have a change, normal McVities Digestives are now half fat which I agree is good for us.. They are far too thin to dunk in your drink though!!
So I had to look for a decent alternative that wouldn't break the bank when I got to the checkout..
~ What do these biscuits look like? ~
If you take a wander down the biscuit aisle, obviously they are in with the other digestives..! In a classic red packaging with 'Asda' and 'digestives' written in white across the packet. Along with some of the classic picture of the digestives on the front. There is also a best before date (which on my packet is my birthday!!!!)
~ What do they taste like? ~
Digestive biscuits in short!
On their own straight out of the packet they are obviously quite sweet, but not sickly sweet, and crumble in your mouth quite nicely.. However they do leave little bits in your mouth, little bits of the biscuit get stuck in your teeth..
Whip them from the packet and add butter to them they become a less dry snack but not too fatty, with butter it gives them something extra that dry they don't have.. (I haven't had a biscuit with butter on for a long time before today!!)
Dunked, these biscuits taste phenomenal, a long or short dunk either way these biscuits last.. You don't have to worry about the biscuits dropping into your drink and desperately scrabbling around to get what's left of your biscuit ! They also are obviously going to be softer after dunked which gives them that little bit more flavour - I think! They taste sweeter and there is more chance of getting bits in your teeth unfortunately!
~ Nutritional Info ~
69 calories per biscuit..
1g of protein..
2.7g of carbohydrates..
1.6g of saturated fat..
0.6g of fibre..
0.1g of sodium..
~ How much are they? ~
They are 58p for a 500g packet of these lovely biscuits..
Almost half the price of the leading brand..
~ My Opinion ~
I would prefer these biscuits without a doubt because I like the fact I can dunk them into my drink without loosing my biscuit, however I don't like the fact that they have 69 calories per biscuit and I think I have eaten about 6/7 of them.. So they are definitely a snack to be enjoyed in moderation.. Don't be too put off by them though because they are half the price so you can enjoy a more healthy snack in the money your are saving to make up for the fat content in these biccys!
Me and my partner would have to disagree with the current reviews on ASDA Smart Price digestives. We regually buy these as we find them to be the best on the market currently. For a little test we decided to buy a pack of McVities digestives last week. Well in my opinion and this is a veiw shared by my partner they are bland and cardbord like. Admitedly the McVities were probably better for you but be honest, do you eat biscuits to be healthy? We find there is no better partner for your cup of hot tea (or coffee) as a few of the wonderful ASDA digestives.
I recently tried Tesco Value digestives, and unfortuneately half the packet is still in the packet. These I found to be taseless, thin and hard. I found these to have more in common with McVities so if you like that Tescos will be your best alternative. But for anyone who like flavour in thier biscuits, join our club! (sorry couldnt help it)
You can't really go wrong with digestive biscuits can you? Well so I thought until I bought Asda digestive biscuits in place of my beloved McVities ones. The McVities ones are always nice and crunchy but never hard whereas the asda ones are particularly hard and very sweet.
You can almost taste the pure sugar when you take a bite of an asda digestive and this makes them fairly unpleasant and not worth the penny pinching. I particularly like digestives for dunking although I do eat them with jam or chocolate spread too, when it comes to dunking these things go from solid to floppy, soggy mess in under two seconds. When you dip them in the tea you have to just dip and eat straight away and if you put any sugar in the tea then they will be too sweet to eat at all.
At only 38p per packet they work out about half the price of McVities but I will definitely not be changing to these anytime soon. I prefer to just pay the extra and get a biscuit I enjoy. At 2.9g of fat and 2.3g of sugar they are almost identical to the McVities brand so the only real difference is the lack of quality.
These digestives are lighter in colour than the leading brand and less crumbly. They are packaged in the usual Smart Price white and green packaging, which makes reading the ingredients and dietary information a little hard on the eyes, particularly when green writing is printed on a slightly lighter green brand. Larger print would be appreciated in this instance. There is no 'tear here' or 'open here' band so the packaging has to be opened with a sharp knife or nimble fingers. It's simple additions like the 'tear here' strip that separate the cheapies from their labelled rivals.
These biscuits are less crumbly than similar biscuits so would make poor cheesecake bases, it does however mean that eating them makes less mess and reduces the risk of dunk-drop accidents.
I put this brand and the Sainsbury's Basic Digestives brand to comparison test (see my other review), comparing them for size, texture, taste, nutritional value and dunkability.
Sizewise the Asda Smart Price Digestives compare favourably with the leading brand for diameter, but are a little thinner. In terms of texture they are less crumbly and must be kept in an airtight container or they go stale and soft very quickly. They are less sweet than other brands and do not hold the flavour of coffee well and, like all digestives, can get boring to eat in a short time (good for dieters I suppose!). Being less sweet than other digestives I find these go nicely with a bit of cheddar.
These biscuits contain 2.9g of fat per biscuit, 2.3g of sugar per biscuit and 0.1g of salt per biscuit , generally making them the healthier option of the two brands that I have compared. The biscuits were successful in all of the 2 second dunk tests (trial by two people over two days and an entire packet, either dunked for two seconds or eaten dry), this could be due to the consistency of the biscuit and its less crumbly texture.
Overall these biscuits were satisfactory. Health wise they have less sugar, salt and fat than their other cheapy rival but this does have an effect on taste. At 38p per packet they're a useful store cupboard addition. But don't expect the kids to thank you.