Product Type: McVities Snacks
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Mcvitie's original mini cheddars - Really bad for you - but really REALLY tasty!
Mc Vities Mini Cheddars
Member Name: geodougal
Mc Vities Mini Cheddars
Advantages: Extremely moorish and hits that savoury snack attack spot!
Disadvantages: High in sat fats!
When in need of a snack I usually opt for something sweet like a bar of chocolate or if I'm feeling healthy some fruit but on that odd occasion that I fancy something satisfyingly savoury and salty I turn to crisps or crackers. Not so surprisingly I had one of those savoury snack attacks whilst shopping in Tesco's the other week and popped a multipack of Mcvitie's Mini Cheddars into my trolley;
Mcvitie's are a confectionary company. They are one of the most well-known biscuit companies and have been around for over 100 years. As well as mini cheddars Mcvitie's produce biscuits such as the traditional digestives and rich tea, gingernuts, fruit shortcakes, hobnobs, boasters, penguins, taxis, gold bars, Jaffa cakes and their latest additions medley cereal bars and quirks. The mini cheddars range also includes mini cheddars crinkleys which are a baked, crispier version of the original cheddars.
~ Price & Availability ~
You can buy Mcvitie's mini cheddars more or less anywhere, the multipacks are usually sold in supermarkets and the single bags in more smaller independent stores. They can be bought in a couple of different ways including multipacks of 7 for around £1.88, single bags (not sure on the price of these but I imagine they around 50-70p which is about average for a packet of crisps these days) and a larger caddy/drum for around £3.45 which are ideal for Christmas stocking fillers. I think the price of these snacks are about average for crisps, I never pay full price for any type of snack anymore as I simply refuse to pay such extortionate prices unless they are absolutely amazing so I bought these on a fantastic bargain price of 94p in Tesco's (still on offer at the moment 02/11/12). They can be bought in a few different flavours including the original (the ones I'm reviewing), cheese & onion, Branson pickle, BBQ and mature cheddar.
~ Packaging ~
Mcvitie's mini cheddars come in a little orange bag, considerably smaller than a normal bag of crisps with a circle in the centre. Inside the circle are the words baked mini cheddars and underneath this, the flavour; in this case its original. In the left hand corner you will find a handy little nutritional information chart. On the back of the bag you will find the three steps to keeping healthy, a full nutritional information table, ingredients list, contact details and allergy advice.
~ Appearance, taste, texture and smell ~
Mcvitie's mini cheddars are small, perfectly circular biscuit snack. They are about the size of 2p coin and have little holes all over them. They are golden in colour and slightly browned around the edges. Biting into one you get a nice soft crunch, just as a savoury biscuit should be - not too hard and not too soggy. The cheese flavour is very mild, which I like however some people won't find it strong enough. I do think you can taste salt more than cheese, but again I like salty things so these appeal to me. The smell is probably more cheesy than they actually taste and perhaps gives you false hope that these are going to be really cheesy. They are by no means as cheesy as quavers or wotsits. They remind me of the little shaped cheese savouries you can buy, very mild and give you that salty satisfaction with a little kick of cheesiness. They can be a little bit dry, but biscuits generally are so they can take a little bit of swallowing and chewing. I find these little cheesy discs very, very moorish and I could easily polish off a couple of bags as they are very light!
~ Other information ~
Each pack of Mcvitie's mini cheddars will give you 131 calories, 1.2g of sugar, 7.5g of fat (of which 3.0g of saturates) and 0.6g of salt. So these are clearly to be enjoyed in moderation as are all snack type foods these days. They contain 15 % of your GDA of saturates and 11 % of your fats as well as 10 % salt so those figures are quite scary for such a little bag of yumminess and makes me think twice before reaching for that second bag.
Mcvitie's mini cheddars are made with real cheese (surprisingly to me)
They are oven baked and contain no artificial colours or flavours.
Mcvitie's mini cheddars contain milk, wheat, barley, gluten and may contain egg and soya.
~ Overall opinion ~
Overall I really, REALLY love these! Yes they are pretty bad for you but once in a while they can't be that bad that can they? (Even though im addicted to them at the moment (uh oh!) Well that's what I keep telling myself anyway. Moderation and all that! :D If you're looking for a very strong cheesy flavour then these aren't for you, but I would recommend trying one of the other more flavourful flavours such as mature cheddar as they are definitely stronger in taste. I would certainly recommend Mcvitie's mini cheddars to anybody who is after a salty, savoury snack with a little hint of some cheese - like me! Just make sure you have a drink on hand once you've eaten them as the salt may make you thirsty! I for one will definitely be buying these again when I spot them on offer!
I'm awarding Mcvitie's mini cheddars with 4/5 stars, I'm knocking one star off the slightly horrifying nutritional content for what you get, essentially they are a really small bag for all that sat fat! But taste wise, there just YUM!
Summary: I wonder what would happen to my waistline if I carried on eating these like i am? :D