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===Gluttony=== This month (December) is expected to be full of food. Meat of every kind, preferably wrapped in a different kind of meat. Twenty different kinds of birds all neatly shoved into each other. Cakes wrapped in meringue, dusted with sweets. Puddings heaped upon puddings. As such I've been cajoled into making a cheesecake for the annual team meeting where we all pretend to like each other more than we really do. Huzzah. As part of this, I've gone out and grabbed a packet of McVitie's Hobnobs. ===McBiscuit=== McVitie's are a large name in the world of biscuits. The make Jaffa cakes, Gold bars, Penguins and numerous other kinds of nomable treats (yes, I'm aware nomable is not a word) and they do it rather well. I should hope so too since they have been around for more than 180 years. They were established in Edinburgh and originally went by the name McVitie and Price. They got together with another fabulously Scottish baking family in 1948 to form the United Biscuits Group who still own the McVitie's brand. It also amuses me to know they used to own Wimpy in the 80's. Random indeed. If you wish to get in contact with them, you can either visit their website at www.mcvities.co.uk or you can call them on 0500 011 710. If that's not enough, you could always write to them at the following address: Consumer Services Department Freepost NAT 4520 Ashby-de-la-Zouch Leicestershire LE65 1NZ ===What do you get=== The wrapping on this is fairly easy to spot as it's bright orange with a blue stripe and the McVitie's logo on it. The name HOBNOB is writing in nobbly writing to match the claims that this is a nobbly, oaty biscuit. Each pack contains around about 20 biscuits, though that is just an estimate on my part as I've already eaten three quarters of the packet before I decided it might be a good idea to count them. It's a 300g packet anyway! It's got a Tear Here tab on it which makes the packets easy to open, which saves a lot of time scrabbling at the ends of the pack which will probably just end up with a lot of broken biscuits. You'll be glad to know that the packet can be recycled and they even encourage you (rather oddly) to send the package away to a company called terracycle to "turn it into something new". ===The outsides=== As soon as you open the pack, you'll get a sweet waft from these biscuits. They smell the same as flapjacks; Syrupy, buttery, oaty. It's not overpowering or sickening either which is great. I love the way these things smell. Each biscuit is a round disk made up of oats and it's all very rough and crumbly. As such these biscuits can be very messy. You'll pretty much get crumbs everywhere when you're eating these. Biting into them never goes quite to plan with other bits falling off in your mouth so be careful not to drop any. The flavour is the same as the smell, with a lovely sweet, syrupy and buttery flavour almost oozing out of the biscuits (that being said, they aren't greasy at all) with a very slightly salty kick to balance it. I have a bit of a strange habit when I'm eating these. I chew them down to a porridge consistency then suck all the moisture out of them. The flavour that comes out of them at this point is just heavenly. They are quite bad at getting stuck in my teeth but it's totally worth it. As I mentioned at the start of the review, these biscuits also make a brilliant base for a cheesecake as opposed to the bland suggestion of digestives that I've seen absolutely everywhere. Give them a bash up and melt some butter and syrup into them and you'll probably fall in love with the mix. ===The insides=== The packet like to boast that they use no artificial colours or flavours, no hydrogenated vegetable fats and that they are 60% oats and wholemeal. Thankfully they pop the full list of ingredients on the "back" of the packet. If you need to check for allergies have a read: Rolled oats (38%) wholemeal wheat flour (23%), sugar, vegetable oil, partially inverted sugar syrup, raising agents (sodium bicarbonate, ammonium bicarbonate, Salt The packet also states that it contains gluten (which is obvious from the ingredients) and that it MAY contain nuts, milk and soya. In theory, however, they are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans! ===The Science=== For those of us who go beyond the ingredients to ensure our snacks can be worked into a healthy diet, the packaging rather neatly breaks down what is in each biscuit. Calorie wise, each little disc of heaven contains 72 calories which is 4% of your guideline daily amount. It's definitely higher on the calories than some other biscuits out there but you'd have probably guessed that from the flavour. Sugar also comes in at 4% of your gda at 3.9g as does fat, sitting at 3.1g. Saturates and salts go down to 2% each with saturates being 0.3g and salts being 0.1g. Basically, one or two of these shouldn't kill you unless you have severe allergies but it's probably best not to make a habit of them! ===The Price=== These are quite decently priced and you'll be able to find them for under £1.50 almost anywhere. For the amount that you get and the quality of the biscuit it's well worth it too! ===The Verdict=== I love these biscuits. They taste fantastic and they feel really nice and substantial to bite into. They are very messy but for the flavour you get, I can forgive that. They make my cheesecake bases fantastic too so I can't give these anything but five stars and a huge thumbs up!
It's another biscuit review, like you need to be told whats a good biscuit... Oh? you've never tried a Hobnob? Now that is a DAMN FINE biscuit and here is why; In its distinctive packaging, recognisable in any aisle and on any shelf, you can spy these oaty treats from a distance away - something that proclaims itself in such colours better be good. The colour is a warm orange luring you in with associations of warmth and sunshine. The biscuits themselves are at least 38% rolled oats and 23% wholemeal whilst the rest is a mix betwen sugar, oil, glucose-fructose syrup, sodium bicarb, salt and ammonium bicarb. Each biscuit has Calories: 67 Sugars: 3.4g Fat: 3.1g Saturates:0.3g Salt: 0.1g There could be more oats in the biscuits, that'd be pretty good. However, there are no artificial colours or flavours and most importantly NO HYDROGENATED FATS. That's not bad Mcvities, you did good there. Like most products of the Snack/Treat basis, on the back of the packet of Hobnobs you are presented with an RDA table and the sage, ever so sage advice, that you should 1-2-3 for a healthy balance. 1 = Eat healthy, 2 = Keep active and 3 = Enjoy the taste and then the list of ingredients. The 3rd amuses me for some reason, is it advice to savor each biscuit or instructions to smash a fistful in your gob and swill it down with a cuppa chai with 3 sugars?. Probably the former really. I have never done the latter, no matter what anyone tells you - they are liars. So in a nutshell, Hobnobs are ace - They taste a lot like oats which tastes a lot like porridge. So, imagine porridge with butter and sugar in a round shape. It's an oaty cookie if biscuit is an unfamiliar term. If that's not good enough a description then...well...I don't know what you want, clearly it is not the oaty delicious perfection of a hob nob and as such; Good day to you Sirrah!
McVities: Hob Nobs What are they? ************ I think they're meant to be a packet of biscuits...! Special features? ************* These biscuits are made from oats and wholemeal wheat flour. What do I think? ************* Before this, I had never actually tried HobNobs before, we never actually had them in the house. For some reason my dad has started to buy them and looking for some food the other day, I came across these and started eating them... These actually taste very interesting, very nibbly, crumbly and bitty. The texture is very interesting although it doesn't overwhelm you too much, I think it's a case of the dough not being kneaded in too much...I like the fact that it is made from oats and some crunchy nutty oat bits are included. I think it says somewhere on the packet that you should dunk them in tea, personally I never really dunk my biscuits, most of it ends up in the tea and I might as well just drink a cup of hot biscuits. With HobNobs, it's really not worth dunkng them, as the biscuit it quite crumbly in composition and I think you would be wasting half a pack of biscuits before any of it reaches your mouth in one solid piece. I like the fact that these biscuits are not very sweet, very little sugar in these, although enough to pick up your sugar levels during the break. Although, I'm not quite sure what of sugar they use in this, but I actually find that I look terrible during the weeks that I've been eating this, may just be a personal reaction, but I do find that I wake up with more swelling under the eyes after eating these - I have also tried to stop eating these, I seem to to revert back to normal...sounds bizarre... Costs around 76p a pack where you get about 20 biscuits. Very handy during the break times, but definitely need a hot drink to go with this - these biscuits really stick to your teeth! Thanks for reading. ©Leighsa 2010
Although the Chocolate Hob Nobs are probably my most favourite Chocolate Biscuits out there (even beating the Caramel Digestives), these ones are one of the few non Chocolate Biscuits that hold my interest. They taste pretty good without Chocolate as well. These come in a 300g pack and cost about 80p. The pack is quite bright and stands out on the shelf in the Biscuit aisle. You get about 12 Biscuits in the pack. They are quite thick Biscuits, but not too thick. All these Biscuits are are Oaty Biscuits. They are crammed full of a Digestive tasting Biscuit but with loads of knobbly Oaty bits crammed into them. They are hard Biscuits but when bitten into they break up easily. They don't seem to go softer when crunched, but after a few chews of these then you really get the oaty flavours. The texture is crumbly and full of knobbly bits and is just so nice. These taste quite salty, malty and of course the rough Oat taste through these as well. Although the Chocolate ones have that nice sweetness on top to be a nice contrast to the more savoury taste, as I mentioned the naturalness of these are really nice as well. A rare occassion that I will say that Chocolate isn;t always needed to make a nice Biscuit.
McVities Hobnobs are always the first to go from our biscuit tin weather they are the original, milk chocolate or mini hobnobs. They are made up of a combination on oats and taste very much like a flapjack but without the gallons of syrup and sugar and a bit more of a crunchy texture. The biscuit is round in shape and around 8cms in length. The biscuits do have a slight ruff texture to them. When you bite into the biscuit it doesn't crumble everywhere like a digestive, it stays together very well but you will experience some loss of the biscuit. There are no Sharpe oats so as you chew the biscuit it becomes nice and smooth. They are great to dunk and soak up a lot of tea or hot chocolate, and there's no chance that they will crumble and want to go swimming in your drink. They hold together very well and taste lush. You can pick these up in your local supermarket or corner shop, but depending on where you purchase them from will depend on the price. I purchase mine from Sainsbury's and they are priced around the 70p mark for a 300g packet. If you have no yet tried McVities hobnobs, then give them ago. Trust me they will be a big hit and no one will complain when they come to tea and get offered a hobnob.
Background: When selecting a biscuit from a Supermarket there are so many to choose from. To be honest these days I usually either select the biscuit on special offer or the shops own brands that are usually half the price of the branded ones. Sadly I have not found a cheaper version of Hobnobs yet so I have to but the McVitie's ones. Price: The current seller price for a 300g packet is 69p at my local Sainsbury's store. However they do become special offers from time to time and I picked up my packet for just 41p. Packaging: I always find these very easy to spot I suppose because of the odd name. They are usually given good shelf space and the orange/gold wrapper is easy to pick out. The design is effective and I am advised on the front of the packet that this is an oaty biscuit. On the reverse of the packet there is currently a competition running. But it is talks about Healthy eating and gives you advice about this and how Hobnobs as part of the livestyle will keep you healthy. There is also a list of ingredients and nutritional values. Product: The Hobnob first came into circulation is Scotland in 1984 and was soon followed by a milk chocolate version in 1987. It is made from rolled oats and jumbo oats and is similar in some respects to flatjacks. These days apart from the conventional packs you can also get these as bars especially the milk chocolate Hobnobs that come in bars but seem to retail at a higher purcahe price. Ingredients: Rolled Oats (38%), Wholemeal Wheat Flour (23%), Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Flucose-Fructose Syrup, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt. Allergy advice: Contains Gluten Nutritional Information: Each biscuit contains: Calories: 67 Sugars: 3.4g Fat 3.1g Saturates: 0.7g Salt:0.1g Look: The packet was easy to open and inside I found 21 round biscuits about 8cm in diameter. They are a golden colour but not flat like many biscuits and you can see traces of oats in the biscuit. Taste: The biscuit is quite crunchy when you bite into it. It does not crumble in your hand. While tasting to me like sweet oats, it was very pleasant if a little dry when eating on their own. I enjoyed the crunchyness of the biscuit but found within the packet evidence that the biscuits can break if not handled with care. For me these biscuits are far better with a cup of tea or coffee, as they are quite dry because of the oats within them. So I recommend a drink to dunk them in to take away this dryness. Plus when you try this you will find they are the ideal dunking biscuit, because of the way the biscuit is put together it doesn't easily break when in contact with a liquid. Taste wise a very enjoyable sensation with the full flavour of the rich oats coming through in very bite, with for me a golden sent of honey in the taste as well. Opinion: For me this is a quality product. It's taste is unique and I really enjoyed the oasty taste of this crunchy and satisfying biscuit. Although I would recommend because it is quite dry to have a hot drink with it. These days this is one of the quality branded biscuits I would still consider paying the full price for as I think with this product McVities have a unique tasting product within the marketplace. The design and even the name is synonymous with this item. I must admit to preferring the milk chocolate Hobnobs version myself as this one is a little brand and dry for me, but still a great tasting biscuit for a change. Plus the price I do not think to too expensive either as I would rather pay a little bit more and get a better quality and more enjoyable biscuit than buy something that did not satisfy either my taste buds or my hunger. On the positive side this product has no artificial flavours or colours within it. Although I think with its high calorie count it is not something you would want to consider if you are watching your weight. Conclusion: The uniqueness of this product for me is part of the big draw to it. I think it is a tasty and enjoyable crunchy oaty biscuit, ideal with a hot drink of some description. As on it's own it is a bit dry. And at 69p for 21 biscuits in the pack I still believe this constitutes good value. Thanks for reading my review. This review is written for Dooyoo under my user name. @CPTDANIELS March 2010
I don't buy biscuits very often as I know it will be me who ends up eating them! However there are times when I am in need of a sweet fix. Whilst shopping in Tesco recently I spotted McVities Hobnobs on a buy one get one free offer. This was just too much temptation and two packs just jumped into my trolley! McVities Hobnobs are made by the giant united biscuits. For those of you who have never experienced a Hobnob they are round, oaty biscuits with a rustic look and texture. The biscuits are a pale golden brown and utterly delicious! They are a bit like a flapjack in texture and taste, although crunchy rather than gooey. They are a bit on the crumbly side so watch where you eat them! On reading the ingredients list I see that the main ingredient is rolled oats. It is fitting then that these biscuits are made in Scotland! The also contain sugar, glucose fructose syrup and vegetable oil, so they are not exactly healthy! In fact one small biscuit contains 67 calories and 1.4 grams of sugar. I think most of us would find it difficult to eat just one biscuit too! There has recently been research into the use of fructose syrup in foods, showing that it can be very addictive. It is also much more harmful that sugar, leading to all kinds of horrible health problems! Despite the health warning these biscuits really are delicious and great for an occasional treat. They are especially god with a cup of tea or coffee, although tend to break up when dunked! I have also used Hobnobs as a biscuit base when making cheesecake instead of digestive biscuits. They have a more rustic flavour and texture that I prefer. Hobnobs are widely available from most supermarkets and cost around 85p for a 300 gram packet. There is also a chocolate covered version as well as hobnob flapjacks. I really love Hobnobs although won't allow myself to indulge too often!
McVities Hobnobs Well I can honestly say that in my personal experience, I have never come across a single soul who can sit with a steaming hot cup of tea in front of them, and being faced with a plate full of Hobnobs, and they are not tempted to dip or dunk. McVities Hobnobs were just made for dipping! There are only two types of biscuits that I will go overboard to buy these days, given that I am trying to lose a bit of weight, and they are shortbread or these lovely Hobnobs. Hobnobs have a wonderfully sweet and buttery flavour and have an almost flapjack type texture and are a lovely golden brown colour. They are chewy, crunchy and very oaty. My favourite way to eat these is, as I have previously mentioned, dunked in a nice cup of strong tea, as when dunked they are one of the few biscuits that I know of that will stay in one piece. The tea will soak into every pore of the biscuit enhancing that lovely buttery, oaty taste, and does not disintegrate into a mush at the bottom of your tea cup. These are so easy to spot on the supermarket shelves with their bright orange and dark blue wrapper and Hobnobs in big bold white lettering across the packet. They state that they are 60% oat and wholemeal and contain no artificial colours or flavours. At 67 calories per biscuit though I have to be very disciplined and refrain myself from having any more than 2 at a time, the fat and sugar content being quite high too at 3.1g and 3.4g respectively. They are not the sort of thing that I can allow myself to indulge in as much as I would love to do, but whenever I feel I deserve a special treat, this is the biccie I go for. I can console myself in the knowledge though that at least these are a good source of fibre, so that can be my excuse for having that extra one ! For those who are interested in the allergy info these biscuits contain gluten and may contain milk and soya. These biscuits can be found at almost all supermarkets at a cost of around 50p to a £1.00, depending on where you shop, for a 300g packet. So why not give these a try, I am sure you will not be disappointed, dunked or dry they are delicious! Thank you for reading !
Mrs weebill and I go through a fair amount of biscuits in a week, we either buy digestives or rich teas for dunking or all the biscuits we choose have something more to them like being chocolate covered or having jam or cream in them but the exception to the rule is McVities Hobnobs. My wife doesn't really like Hobnobs unless they are the chocolate covered ones but I love original Hobnobs, they are nice and sweet and have a delicious oaty taste to them too. They are a very crunchy biscuit and you can really taste the oats yet you can also taste the sweetness that comes from the syrup in them. As well as being crunchy they are also chewy if that makes sense? They crunch on the first bite then the rolled oats become chewy and they are a very satisfying mouthful indeed, there is so much more to these than a humble digestive or rich tea yet they are still essentially plain biscuits. You can dunk these if you choose but I find it ruins the biscuit completely, these are designed to crunch and if you take that away then they just don't work as well. One problem that there is with these biscuits is the amount of calories in them, you might consider them to be healthy as they are basically rolled oats but the syrup in them is enough to change this, each biscuit has67 calories and 3.1g of fat so definitely not one to binge on. A 300g packet of these in Tesco costs only 58p so they are not an expensive biscuit and they are certainly one that is always in my biscuit cupboard and one I would be quick to recommend to others.
I am not normally one to buy biscuits, simply because when ever i do, i tend to end up eating the whole packet within a day, however upon a trip to the local shop this morning i saw these biscuits on offer at just 52p for a 300g packet so i picked up a packet on impulse. Hobnobs have been about for quite a few years now and they are definately a favourite in my household, the packet is the standard orange and blue printed plastic type with an easy opening strip to pull situated towards one end, which on this packet did not work well and the dog ended up with 2 which fell on the floor, not that she complained! The packet advertises that it is now has the lowest ever saturated fat with the same great taste, the taste is the same as i have always remembered it to be but i did find them a little drier than in the past, a small price to pay for less fat really so i am not complaining. The texture of the biscuits are crunchy, oaty, nobbly and somewhat crumbley, as you open the packed the sweet syrupy aroma hits you with such force that your mouth begins to water in anticipation. As you take your first bite, the sweetness melts in your mouth and it feels like you are in heaven (ok a bit of an exageration but it does taste good), you can feel the nobbly bits crumbling as it released more crunchy oats full of flavour and before long you realise you have eaten more than you probably should have, guilt hits in and you know its ruined your diet but you somehow don't mind. The biscuits are ideal to share, loved by so many and perfect dunked in tea (or coffee in my case) but beware you do not dunk for long, a quick dip is all that is needed or you will end up with more biscuit at the bottom of the cup than in your mouth, equally as perfect eaten unaccompanied and great for a quick sugar fix. If you have never tried the famous McVities Hobnobs, do so, they are perfectly morish!
Everyone loves a good biccie now and again with a nice hot brew so i always keep my biscuit tin well stocked with some firm favourites. One of these is the delicious McVities Hobnob. A very unique biccie this delicious treat is very crumbly, get a napkin if you're a lady or a gent and if not, then wolf down the biccie in two bites as the crumbs will spray everywhere! From the taste and the crumbliness you would be forgiven for thinking this is a flattened flapjack but crispier and crunchier than a flapjack. The similarity is there because these biccies are made with 38% rolled oats, which gives a lovely crunchy and nobbly texture. The oats are of course healthy but the butter used in the biccies makes these as unhealthy as other biccies. They sell for around £1 mark, for a 300g pack, but i got mine on offer at two for £1. Each biscuit contains 67 calories & 3.1g of fat, but as i said about the healthy oats, all those rolled oats and wholemeal flour mean they contain 0.8g of fibre per biscuit. I love these biccies, they taste great and have a lovely texture. They also pass the dunk test, they hold their shape well when you dunk them in hot tea, making it easy to bite into them rather than them dropping into your mug! Delicious, healthy in one sense, and very tasty biccies. I like the fact that they have a healthy taste to them (the oats!) and the high fibre content means its doing you some good. Other biccies don't do this so this is a great advantage to what is essentially a snack treat. Also i really like the crunchy butteryness to the taste. I usually love choccie biccies the best but the buttery taste with these is delicious. Delicious and healthy and good value.
Hobnobs are amongst some of my favourite biscuits available to buy and are probably one of the best out there for dunking. These oaty biscuits are very durable and taste great dunked or not dunked too. These are made up of oats which are seemingly crushed together to give the biscuit a very bumpy nobbly look and fell, but I do quite like this homemade rustic look to the biscuit. The taste of these hobnobs is really sweet as well though, which you perhaps wouldn't think for an oaty biscuit but I guess quite a bit of sugar must be added to get this sweet taste, but still you can taste the oats that are in the biscuit and you get a kind of flap jack oat taste but only nicer and in a biscuit. These biscuits really come into their own when there dunked though, because the eats are packed together so tightly they can take up a lot of tea and can be dunked for quite a while whilst still staying in one piece, when soft though they just taste fantastic. These are no doubt one of the best biscuits out there for dunking and they do taste great on there own too, the only downside I can see to these is the price. Because there mcvities there a bit more expensive than other biscuits and your usually looking at over a pound a pack however if there on offer they are certainly worth it.
Described by comedian Peter Kay as the "Marines" of the biscuit World, Mcvities Hobnobs are a deliciously oaty biscuit which can be easily dunked into teas or coffees without the risk of losing their molecular integrity. They make a welcome change to the more conventional digestive biscuit, and make for a surprisingly filling sweetmeal snack. A little dry alone, they aren't really suitable as part of a spread if you have guests,unless they are accompanied with hot drinks. They don't crumble easily, but, owing their hardness and thickness, have a tendency to break into several parts when you try to snap one in two. The packaging is attractive enough, although not really anything special, and the rather sweet biscuits themselves come 12-24 to a pack. They are reasonably priced for a product of the high-end tea biscuit range and are definitely worth paying the extra for. Of all the varieties, I feel that this is the best, since the prominence of oats make it much less sickly than the other ranges. They are ideal for dunking and also go well with a glass of milk. I would strongly recommend these delicious biscuits to anyone who fancies a change from boring old digestives and rich teas. Rock n' Roll, lets all have a Hobnob.
I do enjoy a good old fashioned 'plain' biscuit...i.e. no fancy icing, chocolate chips, jam, cream etc etc! And having first tried hob-nobs a couple of years ago, I have to say, they are now a firm favourite in my biccie tin... Hob-nobs are kind of like a flapjack in biscuit form. They are made with 38% rolled oats, which gives a lovely crunchy, chewy, nobbly texture (and also makes them sound a bit healthier in my opinion!). I'm not a lover of dunked biscuits, so can't comment on how well they withstand the dunk test I'm afraid. Personally, I prefer my biscuit dry, & when eaten as-so, hob-nobs have a lovely light crunch to them. They can be found down most biscuit aisles, in an orange & blue packet. Not the most exciting packaging in the world, but then again hob-nobs are an understated biscuit in every sense. They retail around the £1 mark, for a 300g pack. Each biscuit contains 67 calories & 3.1g of fat, but on the plus-side, all those rolled oats & wholemeal flour mean they also contain 0.8g of fibre per biscuit. Be careful not to leave these biscuits unwrapped for too long once opened - they soon go stale & lose their crunchiness - best stored in a airtight container.
I can't believe I only sampled my first Hob Nob about a year ago. I'm proud to put myself under the umbrella of being a Hob Nob fan, even though I didn't think I'd like them at first (but that may be because I see Noddy Holder when I think of Hob Nobs, which may be enough to deter anyone). McVities make probably the most popular & well-known Hob Nob biscuits, and their reputation as being a quality manufacturer that dates back to 1830 has brought them a wide fan base. They released Hob Nobs in 1984 and they've managed to retain their classic appeal over the years. What are Hob Nobs? That's a question I didn't know the answer to until I tried these. They're similar to biscuits except made primarily from rolled oats, giving them a rougher, slightly less crunchy appeal. McVities Hob Nobs come in a 300g packet with a plastic orange wrapper and cost around 59p (Tesco). Similar versions are available, such as supermarket own brands at a slightly cheaper price, though these are far superior in quality, taste & texture. For around 60p a packet, I think they're a reasonable price because you get enough to help fill your biscuit barrel for a little while. Each biscuit contains 67 calories and 3.1g of fat, so they're not the lowest fat/cal snacks out there. That said, these do have their health benefits over regular biscuits because the rolled oats mean they're a great source of fibre. The orange wrapper now also states that these contain 50% less saturated fat, which is always a good thing because they manage to keep the 'same great taste'. How do they taste? They're just the right consistency in that they're not too soft and not too hard; the oats make the texture chewier than regular biscuits, as opposed to being hard & crunchy, but they're not soft & floppy either. The taste is hard to describe, though there's nothing I would say is offensive to the palate (ooo get me and my food critic words, shame my ability to describe foods isn't very good!). Some may find these slightly bland, but I quite like plain-tasting foods the majority of time so I love these and find them slightly addictive. I wouldn't say they're too dry either, but they do go better with a nice cuppa tea. I sound like an old woman with my tea-drinking obsession, but I can assure you I'm not. Hob Nobs are a product, however, that I would say would be suitable for anyone & everyone (unless you have a food intolerance to oats etc!). Since being released and gaining much popularity, McVities have extended the range to include chocolate covered Hob Nobs (milk & plain), Light (lower fat version) and Hob Nob flapjacks, just incase you want to try something a little different to the original. These have the general feel of a quality product, with 60% oat and wholemeal goodness that tastes great as well as providing a healthy added benefit.