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I like a nice biscuit to dip in my tea and today I am having a McVities Shortbread Finger. I cannot eat these biscuits without a cup of tea because they are too dry and make me cough.
These fingers are fat biscuits and each mouth full feels substantial and satisfying at first bite. Because they are so thick they are perfect for dipping in tea because the outside goes a little bit soggy but the inside is still crunchy. When they have been dipped in tea for a few seconds they will melt in your mouth.
Without tea they are hard rather than crunchy and have quite a powdery texture when I first bite into the shortbread. It is the powdery crumbs that make me cough because they fly down my throat without any warning. These fingers are a little bit crumbly but apart from the little cloud of dust there are not many crumbs in my lap when I have eaten one. They are very dry though and I need a drink to wash the biscuit down.
I think these shortbread fingers are very bland tasting. They are more like sugary fingers of hard dough in taste and there is not a hint of butter in these like there should be in any good shortbread. I make a nice shortbread myself but don't usually give myself a big head by saying it is better than shop brought because it usually isn't. It is better than this one though.
McVities Shortbread tastes very boring when I eat them on their own but they are better dipped in tea because they soak the tea up a bit and this gives them a more interesting flavour. My grandaughter dips these in hot chocolate and she said that is very nice expecially when I let her have a cup of my best Green and Blacks hot cocoa. The lack of butter taste is good when it comes to dipping because I think some shortbread is much too buttery for this and makes my tea taste funny after I have dipped them.
I don't like the fact that they go stale very quickly after I have opened the packet. By the time I have eaten 4 or 5 out of a packet which is over the space of a few days they are either starting to go soft or have passed the softness stage and gone hard. This is one of the reasons I do not buy them very often because I cannot eat more than 2 at a time and do not want them everyday so I wish I could buy them in little packets of 2 instead of buying 10 and having to throw 5 away.
I paid about 79p for these shortbread fingers and even though they are nothing special I will probably buy a pack now and again for dipping. If you are looking for a nicer shortbread finger then try Deans or Walkers. Both of these are more buttery and taste like proper shortbread but are dearer at 99p or more a pack, I don't mind paying the extra though for a quality pack of shortbread because I don't eat biscuits enough to really care about paying an extra 20p a pack. Every finger has 102 calories and over 5 g of fat so I am glad I don't eat very many of them because they are not very good for me.
Individual packs each containing 2-fingers.