Product Type: McVitie's Snacks
Newest Review: ... per flapjack. Not as cheap as I could make them at home, but I wasn't that organised this week, so for shop bought, I didn't think that... more
Hobnobbing on the go.....
McVitie's Chocolate Hobnob Flapjacks
Member Name: hypno06
McVitie's Chocolate Hobnob Flapjacks
Advantages: Good for pack ups
Disadvantages: Not enough chocolate!
My children spend many of their weekends during the summer travelling to various dry and indoor ski slopes around the country for races. I, of course, act as long distance taxi driver.
These weekends are costly enough as it is, and although barbecues are usually on the go, or cafe's form part of the various complexes, the cost of the food just adds to an already expensive day.....so I try to pack up a good amount of food - food that is not expensive, is slightly more exciting than their usual school pack ups, and is going to give them enough energy to stop them from flagging before it is time to go home.
Today saw the turn of HobNob Flapjacks in the lunch bag.....they were on BOGOF in Tescos. There are 5 flapjacks in each pack, and so two packs for the price of one meant that they cost about 13p per flapjack. Not as cheap as I could make them at home, but I wasn't that organised this week, so for shop bought, I didn't think that was too bad.
I love hobnobs, and I love chocolate, and so do my kids. I thought that the combination of oats for slow releasing energy, with the hobnob taste, and a lovely layer of chocolate would fit the bill nicely.
The packet has gone through a bit of a makeover since the above picture was taken, and the packet is now largely orange in colour. It contains five individually wrapped bars, again clad in orange.
The bars themselves are about an inch wide, and an inch deep, and about 2.5 inches long......not huge - about three bites. If I had made flapjacks at home, each one would have been about twice the size.
The hobnob flapjack is sweet and oaty. It has slightly more flavour than my homemade version, and does definitely remind me of hobnob biscuits. It is not crunchy, although the packet describes it as "biscuit flapjack" but is nice and chewy. It isn't claggy in any way and doesn't stick to the roof of your mouth like some cheap shop bought flapjacks do, although the bits of oats are likely to get stuck in your teeth somewhere along the line! The taste and texture is good enough for me, and the children certainly didn't have any complaints.
The chocolate layer - hmm, well that was a bit disappointing. Nice taste, granted, but it was pathetically thin! It was just as though someone had spread some chocolate spread on the top with a knife and left it to set. I demand more chocolate! I am sure that even "chocolate hobnobs" - you know, the sort you get in a normal pack of biscuits, have more chocolate per biscuit! I have been ripped off here by McVities, because the cost of these (especially at full price) deserves a thicker layer! Hmph!
These are, however, a nice size to put in a packed lunch.....and at 160 calories and 3.3g of saturated fat, they won't damage a diet too much. They are suitable for vegetarians and don't have any hydrogenated vegetable oil or artifical colours or flavours.
2) Oats provide slow releasing energy
3) They were on BOGOF
4) No nasty hydrogenated stuff etc
5) Individually wrapped and ideal for lunch boxes
2) Not enough chocolate
3) Expensive if not on BOGOF
I would probably buy these again if on offer, but certainly not at full price. And I won't be buying them regularly because although they were nice, they weren't exceptional, and I can make far more at home for the money!
Summary: Expensive if not on offer.....