Product Type: McVitie's Snacks
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DARK BUT DEVILISHLY GOOD!
McVitie's Dark Chocolate Digestives
Member Name: daniella2202
McVitie's Dark Chocolate Digestives
Advantages: Perfect for dunking into a cup of tea, the dark chocolate is not overpowering
Disadvantages: Too dry without dunking them into a cup of tea despite the chocolate layer
I am a massive fan of plain digestive biscuits. Whilst at university I bought Tesco's own branded plain digestive biscuits but since being at home with the luxury of my dad paying for food, I pop in branded products. I am a fan of milk and dark digestive biscuits but not digestive biscuits without any form of chocolate on, they are too bland. So as not to confuse those not in the know about different types of chocolate, dark chocolate is also termed plain chocolate. They are the same. I am not normally a fan of dark chocolate but when covered on digestive biscuits which I dunk into my cup of tea the chocolate tastes completely different. To be honest the dark chocolate is in some ways nicer to the milk chocolate because it tastes not so sweet. However, I know that it is the wrong way to explain it since dark chocolate still contains sugar just less milk or no milk, but it tastes less sweet.
*** SO WHAT ARE MCVITIES PLAIN CHOCOLATE DIGESTIVES? ***
They are McVities ever so popular regular, circular digestive biscuits covered in a thin layer of plain/dark chocolate. McVitie were the first producers of regular digestive biscuits. They later produced milk chocolate covered digestive biscuits followed by plain digestive biscuits. They have the savoury, rough and crunchy taste of the digestive biscuit yet the smooth thin layer of dark chocolate. They have what I would call a regular chocolate biscuit smell, nothing specifically out of the ordinary.
*** WHAT DO THEY TASTE LIKE? ***
Well I only ever have them dipped into my cup of tea, so with my first bite I taste the delicious smooth, melted dark chocolate with some slightly soggy digestive biscuit... Mmm heaven! As I am sure you can guess the next bite tastes just like the first as well as the consecutive biscuits after that. By themselves (without being dunked into a cup of tea) I do not enjoy them half as much which gives my reasoning for only having them dunked into the tea. They are quite dry despite the layer of dark chocolate - my advice only buy them if they are for dunking!
*** PACKAGING ***
The packaging consists of the well known blue and red wrapper however, the right hand side of the packaging is dark brown to distinguish the packaging to show it has the dark/plain chocolate added to it. There is the small 'McVities' logo in small font at the top of the wrapper with 'Digestives' written in large font across the middle of the packaging.
*** INGREDIENTS ***
Wheat Flour (39%),Plain Chocolate (29%),Vegetable Oil ,Wholemeal Wheat Flour (9%) ,Sugar ,Glucose-Fructose Syrup ,Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid, Ammonium Bicarbonate) ,Salt.
So 48% contains Wheat and Wholemeal which is quite amazing and 29% Plain Chocolate leaving 23% for other ingredients. So overall these biscuits could contain worse ingredients and seeing the ingredients makes me feel better about the number of them that I eat with one cup of tea!
Per biscuit there are 84 calories and approximately 4g of fat, 10g carbohydrates and 1g of protein.
*** PRICE ***
Tesco price these at £1.54 for 400g or 2 packets for £2.50 saving £0.58 but this offer is only valid for another week and a half. However, McVities do regularly do deals like this so it is always worth stocking up! You are sure to go through a packet much quicker than you anticipated. Tesco also stock the McVities so called 'Big Value Pack' of the dark chocolate digestives with 800g altogether but this costs £3.25 which is really silly because it costs more than buying two 400g packs separately.
*** AVAILABILITY ***
These are available in majority of regular to large sized supermarkets. I unfortunately could not purchase them in my local Cooperative but it is probably because it is a rather small store but I did manage to get them in our large Tesco.
*** LIKEABILITY ***
Well the last week and a half we have had builders working in and out of the house so each morning and afternoon if I have been in the house I have done a round of cups of tea for them. I also pop out the biscuit tin too which they are all extremely grateful for. Today I put out the McVities dark chocolate digestives and despite dark chocolate usually being an acquired taste the tin was virtually empty when it was returned to me. This either tells me that the builders were hungry enough to eat anything, or a couple of the builders were greedy and ate for everybody or everybody genuinely liked the biscuits. My belief is that they all genuinely liked the biscuits because as I previously said I am not usually a dark chocolate fan however, these I do particularly like possibly because it is just a thin layer and I sometimes find the milk chocolate covered digestives too sweet.
*** COMPARISON OF TESCO BRANDED AND MCVITIES PLAIN CHOCOLATE DIGESTIVES ***
As I previously said at the beginning of my review at university I had Tesco own brand of these then converted to the McVities ones when I was home. I have to say that there is an incredible difference between them taste-wise but I think this reflects the price. The Tesco value plain chocolate digestive biscuits are £0.46 for 300g. Despite there being less in a pack this is a big price difference. I think the problem with the Tesco value ones were that the digestive biscuit rather than the plain chocolate was not as nice. They are thinner biscuits but have very little taste to them compared with the McVities version.
*** OVERALL ***
For me these are biscuits for dunking into a cup of tea, they are not biscuits to have by themselves but that is just my opinion. I think all types of digestive biscuits even if covered with different types of chocolate are too dry without a hot drink. I do not tend to have any biscuits without a cup of tea beside them. These are particularly yummy biscuits and if you have not tried them because of thought of dark chocolate I suggest you try them because like me you may hate dark chocolate but love these.
Devilishly good biscuits for an everyday gorge!
Summary: Yummy biscuits perfect for dunking at a reasonable price tag