Product Type: McVitie's Snacks
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McVities Plain Chocolate Digestives
McVitie's Dark Chocolate Digestives
Member Name: JennyWren09
McVitie's Dark Chocolate Digestives
Advantages: Nice blend of Chocolate and biscuit
Disadvantages: High in Calories
When I sit down to enjoy a cup of tea I always like to have a packet of biscuits by my side. I always used to favour Milk chocolate digestives up until about this time last year when my husband, fiancé at the time, bought a packet of Dark chocolate digestives as Tesco's had none of the Milk chocolate variety.
I had been eating the milk chocolate variety for as long as I can remember and had never tasted the dark, or as Ciao refer to it plain, chocolate version before. I wasn't really sure what to expect but given my love for chocolate in any consistency and style I was more than willing to give them a try.
The biscuits come in the standard chocolate digestive pack with a much darker backdrop mixed between the usual reds and blues. The darker colouring on the wrapper distinguishes between the dark and milk chocolate and makes it very easy to identify which one you are having. Each packet comes with 400g of biscuits in the packet, which equates to about 24 biscuits in each packet.
On the pack the nutritional information can be quite depressing if you are on a diet, especially as each biscuit contains 84 calories. It means that this pack contains approximately 1948 calories, making it a large chunk of your daily intake if you eat too many in one sitting. On the packet it boasts about the biscuits being 45% wheat and wholemeal with no artificial flavours or colours and being a good source of fibre, however despite all these they are still heavily loaded with calories.
As you open the packet using the tear strip around the top there is a very pleasant aroma of dark chocolate that wafts out of the open pack. It certainly isn't an overwhelming smell and one that makes the biscuit seem even more tempting.
When you look at the biscuit it is a standard McVities digestive base with a layer of Dark chocolate added to the top. In comparison to the Milk chocolate version the colouring is a lot darker but that is by and large down to the fact they use good quality dark chocolate.
As I pick it up to take my first bite the first thing I notice is how much thinner the digestive base on these is compared to how it used to be. It's an issue that is highlighted as you bite into the biscuit and the remainder of the biscuit splits into two. That aside though it does have a very pleasant smell as you bring it towards your mouth.
The dark chocolate coating over the biscuit is just right and given the blend with digestive it doesn't overpower the senses. That first bite provides you with a glorious mixture of very tasty dark chocolate and the classic digestive taste. Neither of the flavours really engulfs the other and it makes for a very pleasant taste. The biscuit has a very satisfying crunch to it as you first bite a piece off and as you chew it. The chocolate melts in the mouth and provides a very nice taste in your mouth.
I've too often had dark chocolate biscuits that are far too strong and mask the taste of the biscuit but McVities have been careful to get the mixture right. As i mentioned I like a biscuit with a cup of tea and that always means I end up dunking the biscuit and again the dark chocolate digestive stands up to the test. The biscuit it's self becomes a little moist but doesn't lose its shape, while the chocolate element melts a little and with a little bit of tea absorbed into the biscuit it makes the taste even nicer.
Once you have finished eating the biscuit there is a very pleasant after taste of dark chocolate which just lingers in your mouth. Once again this is not an overwhelming taste and actually provides a very subtle and welcome finish to the biscuit.
These are available from all good supermarkets, although we tend to buy ours from Tesco where they currently cost £1.54 or 2 for £2.50 for the 400g packet.
Overall I really enjoy a Dark Chocolate digestive biscuit these days. They may still be my second choice after the milk chocolate ones but they are really nice as a change to the milk ones. The taste is really nice and pleasant and unlike a lot of dark chocolate biscuits it doesn't overwhelm you. All in all a very tasty treat.
of which sugars 4.7g
of which saturates 2.2g
Summary: A nice chocolate biscuit