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      18.04.2012 20:38
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      Tasty treat!

      I have an incurable sweet tooth and on a recent trip to the supermarket I saw these McVities Boasters biscuits begging me to take them home. McVities have a website called their VIP club and you can earn points for buying McVities products. You can then use these points to enter competitions or to get special McVities merchandise. I am a member of the VIP club so this was also an added incentive to buy the biscuits.

      First of all you should know that Boasters are shortbread cookie biscuits packed with Belgian chocolate chunks. You get eight of these cookies in a pack and they come stacked in a plastic holder surrounded by a wrapper. The case is a great packaging design as it means they are less likely to break as you carry them home from the shops. The outer wrap has an easy to read nutritional value chart on the front which lets you see the calorific values per biscuit. This is really handy as it means you can read it before you buy. There is also a more comprehensive nutritional value chart on the underside of the wrapper. Full ingredients are also listed as well as contact information for the manufacturing brand.

      Per biscuit these contain 115 calories and 6.2 grams of fat. They also contain 1.2 grams of protein and 0.7 grams of fibre. They are made with wheat flour and also contain soya, milk, egg and gluten. They are marked as suitable for vegetarians.

      Each cookie is approximately 6 1/2 centimetres in diameter and about 1 centimetre deep. On most of the cookies in my pack there is not an inch of cookie surface that isn't filled with a chunky chocolate chip. The surface of the cookie has little peaks and nobbles and the milky brown chocolate chips poke out and look succulent and soft.

      The shortbread has a sweet vanilla and cream flavour and the texture is powdery at first until it begins to melt in your mouth, turning into a smooth biscuity paste. The shortbread is not too dry but has an initial crunch that is interesting. The chocolate chips are delicious and of a high quality chocolate. They soften in the mouth instantly so you feel a melting sensation as you chew. The combination of shortbread and chocolate is absolutely lovely.

      These biscuits are unfortunately very moreish so if you have any hope of controlling yourself or dieting then forget it. The whole packet vanished in two days at my house! I would certainly buy these again as they are perfect for nibbling on throughout the day or they go well with a hot beverage or a teatime snack.

      My only problem was the packaging - I accidentally tore the top of the wrapper after a few times of sliding the plastic tray out. Once torn the biscuits started to become slightly softer than they should have been so I advise possibly keeping them in an airtight container.

      If you want to join the McVities club you'll find a code next to the barcode on your wrapper. Head to the website:

      http://uk.mcvitiesvipclub.co.uk/

      and sign up.

      You can also go to:

      www.123healthybalance.com

      for more information.

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        06.06.2010 15:41
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        Yummy Yummy.

        Boasters are a luxurious cookie made by Mcvities, they come in four flavours that I have seen, Plain belgian chocolate, Chocolate & hazelnut, Dark chocolate & Ginger and Cranberry & Almond. I haven't tried the Cranberry & Almond as I'm not big on cranberries (or Almonds for that matter). I also haven't had dark choco & Ginger but will probably give them a try if I see them in the supermarket.

        The packaging has been through several changes in it's lifetime, they used to be sold in a stack (like a tower), apparently this was to save space as four upright packs would fit in the same space as two of the old style 'long' packaging.

        The first time I bought boasters the plain choc variety was in a half purple and half navy pack, the ones I've got more recently however are just in a pure purple foil wrapping. Inside the wrapper the biscuits are nestled into two seperate troughs each containing five biscuits.

        Now onto the important part, how do these biccies taste. In shining silver writing on the front is written 'crumbly buttery cookie', and they certainly are that. They have a really deep flavour, which is sweet but not overly so. They are crumbly, although I must say I much prefer soft, chewy cookies, but amongst the brittle kind these are some of the best.

        The chocolate used for the chips is good quality belgian chocolate, and theres absolutely loads of it. They are more like chocolate reservoirs than merely chips. From a chocolate chip point of view I've never seen another cookie that have more stuffed into them.

        Things only get better with the addition of hazelnuts with a good ratio of chocolate to biscuit to hazelnut. I always love the taste of chocolate and hazelnuts together and the rich butteriness of the biscuit makes boasters an excellent vehicle for these two most wonderful ingredients.

        I reccomend these to all sweet toothers out there but also anyone who just likes a good snack.

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          24.04.2010 18:31
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          Wonderful biscuits

          McVites are a really well known brand of biscuits made by United Biscuits. I love their more well known biscuits like digestives, and so decided to give Boasters a go as a more luxurious biscuit. I wasn't disppointed!

          I tried the Belgian Chocolate Chunks and Hazlenut type. You can also get them in Belgian chocolate chunk, dark chocolate and ginger and cranberry and almond flavours.

          The packaging is a bright blue foil packaging with two stacks of cookies inside. It has Boasters written across it in bold writing. It is eye catching and attractive. It is 130g and costs £1.25 for a pack from Tesco.

          There are 10 biscuits in the pack which I think is quite generous for a pack of luxury biscuits. Each biscuit is a good size - about 3 inches across and just less than half an inch thick. The hazelnut pieces and chocolate chunks in the biscuits are really generous and large which is really great. The cookie itself is described as buttery crumbly cookies and do actually taste like how they are described! They are almost like shortbread although perhaps not quite as buttery as that. Although they do crumble, they don't go everywhere which is quite good. They have a very nice after taste to them as well.

          They do taste great when you dunk them as well because they soak up the tea very well!

          Each biscuit contains 89 calories, 5.5g of fat, of which there are 2.4g of saturated fats. This is obviously not great if you are on a diet but actually, for chocolate biscuits I think it isn't too bad. They are suitable for vegetarians.

          Definitely a great cookie to try!

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            19.03.2010 13:25
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            Buy Them

            I bought a pack of Belgian chocolate and hazelnut Boasters in my local discount shop for 59p as I used to buy them years ago and remembered them being really nice.

            The packet is a creamy beige and blue in colour. The writing is blue and the front of the packaging has pictures of the biscuits themselves and hazelnuts on it. The biscuits are described as buttery crumbly cookies baked with Belgian chocolate chunks and hazelnuts. McVities have been around for over 100 years now so all of that expertise has gone into these cookies. The cookies are also available in dark chocolate and ginger, cranberry and almond and Belgian chocolate chunk flavours.

            The packet is 130g in size and there are 8 biscuits in the pack. Each biscuit will give you 90kcals, 1.2g of protein, 9.0g of carbohydrates of which 4.6g are sugars, 5.5g of fat of which 2.6g are saturates, 0.5g of fibre and 0.1g of sodium. These cookies contain nuts, milk, egg, soya and gluten so are not suitable for anyone who has an allergy to any of those ingredients. They are suitable for vegetarians however.

            The biscuits themselves are a good size, being about 3 inches in diameter. They are golden brown in colour and I was impressed by the amount of chocolate and nut pieces that you can see in the biscuit. The biscuits are crunchy and I had a huge chunk of chocolate in the first bite. I could see a whole hazelnut left behind so you do get big pieces. The biscuit melts in your mouth and although I wouldn't say the flavour of the biscuit is buttery until after you have swallowed it, the flavour is very nice. The after taste of the biscuit reminded me of shortbread. The chocolate isn't too strong and is smooth and creamy. As the hazelnut pieces are big (I found 2 whole nuts along the other large pieces in one of my cookies), you get a really nutty flavour from it rather than just a crunch. The cookies are not sickly at all and my family and I really enjoyed them. If I found these in out biscuit barrel I would be really impressed.

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              17.03.2010 17:05
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              A delicious cookie worth buying as a treat - after all they really are good enough to boast about.

              I recently bought a packet of McVities Boasters when they were less than half price in Tesco. I haven't had Boasters for years, I used to love them when I was younger and was keen to see if they remained the same as they were then. The Boasters are available in Dark Chocolate and Ginger, Cranberry & Almond, and Belgian Chocolate Chunk. I chose the Belgian Chocolate and Hazelnut as these are the ones I used to have.

              Years ago I'm sure they used to come in a burgundy packet but McVities have overhauled and updated the packaging. The Boasters now come in a blue and pale beige packet which has on it an appetising picture of the Boaster. Inside the packet the nine (yes only nine) round Boasters sit in a little plastic tray, which is great for plonking on the table and letting people help themselves, no plate needed. From their tray I can smell butter, the chocolate smell is far more subtle, and the overriding smell is really of hazelnuts. The Boasters are described as 'melt in your mouth' which they do. When I was a young lad I used to enjoy sucking them, of course I wouldn't do that now (well maybe when nobody is looking). The difference with Boaster cookies is that they are buttery and crumbly so quite different to those chewy cookies you can get. These are more like a light shortbread, which is good for me as I love the rich taste which is more 'home baked' like than a lot of shop bought cookies.

              Each Boaster is a pale shortbread like colour and packed full of big chocolate chunks and hazelnuts. The boasters don't seem anywhere near as big as they used to be but I guess that's because I'm much bigger now. Still they are bigger and fatter than a standard chocolate chip cookie. I can see they still have a generous amount of chocolate chunks and hazelnuts in them though as they stick out from the surface of the cookie. As I place the Boaster in my mouth the first taste I get is from rich butter, as I bite down the Boaster crumbles and melts in my mouth. I can then taste sweet cocoa from the chocolate chunks and a creamy crunchy nuttiness from the hazelnut. I hold these together on my tongue and let the chocolate melt so it coats the hazelnuts I'm now ready to munch the nut which tastes lovely and crunchy. The combination of butter, chocolate and nut works a treat, as I remembered. The Boasters don't really stand up to dunking as they fall apart, a super quick flash of my brew is all they will tolerate . Just enough to soften them and make the chocolate almost melt. The warmth also encourages the flavour to come out from the hazelnuts.

              Unfortunately, the boasters have a whopping 5.5g of fat in them and 90 calories per cookie. I guess this is to be expected for something that contains 13% butter, 16% chocolate and 12% hazelnuts. Oh well, everything in moderation and all that. They contain eggs, gluten, milk, soya and obviously nuts so anyone suffering from allergies please do avoid them. They are suitable for vegetarians.

              The only downside for me is the price. If the Boasters were not on such a good offer then they would work out really expensive. A 130g packet has a usual selling price of £1.30 in Tesco so rather on the dear side especially when I generally by the value biscuits. For that reason I think I will save buying these delicious biscuits for the odd treat now and again.

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                06.03.2010 20:55
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                Boasters not only stand out amongst other bickies, they fire hazelnut-based projectiles at them.

                The love of Boasters apparently skips a generation; my grandmother would have smothered her children for a year's supply of them, my parents couldn't care less about them either way, and I would smother your children and everyone you hold dear for a single packet. Why? Read on:

                I love hazelnuts, I love biscuits, I love chocolate. Put them all into a single product and you've got yourself a sale.

                The biscuit base isn't very dense, and doesn't require much of a bite to chip off pieces which quickly melt in the mouth. It tastes like a combination of a cookie with a little bit of Digestive chucked into the mix. The chocolate is milk chocolate, but on the darker end of the milk chocolate spectrum; a feint trace of the bitterness you'd expect from plain chocolate serves as the after-taste. The chocolate is intertwined with the base in small chunks, and the hazelnuts are similarly peppered throughout, whole. There is no topping to speak of; everything is encased in the slightly tanned biscuit base.

                The main quibble I have with these biscuits is that they are marginally more expensive than I'm used to paying for junk food, and they're incredibly addictive which is bad news for your aforementioned loved ones.

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                  17.08.2009 19:01
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                  Delicious biscuits.

                  McVities Boasters are a luxury chocolate and Hazelnut biscuits.

                  The packet has been restyled in recent years as I always remember it used to be blue, now it has a lighter coloured pack with a picture of a couple of delicious looking biscuits along with some hazelnuts and chocolate chunks which really look appetizing and if you are feeling hungry whilst at the supermarket looking at these means theyre going to end up in your trolley!

                  Inside the pack you will find just a handful of Boasters biscuits in a plastic tray, the biscuits themselves are quite large in size but when you pick them up they are not particularly heavy.

                  The biscuit is quite light in colour too and when you bite in you will find a really generous amount of large Belgian chocolate chunks and delicious hazelnuts. The light crunchy biscuit is delicious with an almost buttery flavour and has just the slightest salt aftertaste which blends extremely well with the smooth and rich chocolate and both flavours and complimented by the crunchy yet plain hazelnuts.

                  The quality of the ingredients used tastes really high and if I didn't already know I would say that these biscuits came from an expensive bakery! The biscuits themselves are extremely easy to eat and I have no problem getting through a pack of these!

                  These are luxury biscuits and do contain a lot of chocolate and nuts so the nutritional values are slightly above your average biscuit, but the extra calories and whatnot is worth it as the taste is definitely well above average.

                  Per biscuit

                  Energy: 86Kcal
                  Protein: 0.9g
                  Carbohydrates: 10.1g
                  Of which sugars: 5.4g
                  Fat: 4.6g
                  Of which saturates: 4.6g

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                    31.03.2009 21:55
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                    you'll love them

                    Why I chose this product:
                    Do i really need to say? everybody loves cookies and chocolate chip is even better! My grampa used to buy boasters when we were younger and my mother used to say we could have one then she'd put the away in the cupboard- i secretly wished of having a pack myself and just gobbling them all up haha!! As a student i am more than allowed to do this and have so thats why i thought i would share my yummy experiences with you.

                    Who will like this product:
                    Those who love mcvities cookies- theses have huge choc chips and whole hazelnuts sorry those with nut allergies!!!

                    Where to find this product:
                    Most supermarkets will sell this product including some corner shops and newsagents, also Spar!

                    Cost:
                    Depending on where you buy them it shouldnt cost more than £2 a pack.

                    Packaging:
                    Displays chocolate and nuts and cokkie lovelieness on the front.

                    Product description:
                    Huge choc chunks and hazelnuts are found within this product. But each cookie is a shocking 90kcals each soo maybe you wont want to munch the whole packet in one sitting.

                    Product Performance:
                    These cookies are yum yum yum but are so calorific that i need someone to hide them in the cupboard away from me!

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                      14.03.2009 13:17
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                      A superb cookie from McVities

                      Mc Vities Boasters are very aptly named, there is nothing modest about the cookies what so ever. Like many of us I am a biscuit addict and I love nothing more than to share my biscuit experiences with other like minded people.
                      I regularly buy the common or garden cookies, the value packs or the supermarket own brands. All of them dunk well but I have to say that some do have a tendancy to be `sawdusty`. But beggars can`t be choosers!

                      For a change lets do a comparison, if the cookies were fish ( yes you have read correctly!) the supermarket own brands would be sardines, whereas McVities Boasters could only possibly be a salmon fillet!
                      Mc Vities have recently updated the Boaster biscuit packaging and the attractive royal blue and white packet looks busy, I would think that Mc Vities have quite rightly cottoned onto the idea that all cookie lovers shop with their eyes.
                      The plastic heat sealed packet is awash with cookies filled with chunks of Belgian chocolate and juicy looking hazelnuts.
                      Although you can buy dark chocolate and ginger Boasters, Cranberry and Almond Boasters and Belgian chocolate chunk Boasters the Chocolate and hazelnut variety come top of my list.

                      The cookie mixture is plain but Mc Vities have gone all out to please and have used butter in the mix which makes the cookies rich and very crumbly.
                      I really admire the forethought that has gone into baking these cookies, there are no tiddly little choc chips in these but each cookie is crammed with good sized chunks of delicious Belgian chocolate. As you break the cookie it is hard not to notice the mass of hazelnuts that mingle with the chunks of sweet Belgian chocolate.
                      There is no way that I would put the Boaster anywhere near my cup of hot tea, these superior cookies are meant to be savoured and lingered over.
                      Each cookie has 90 calories and you may as well face it you are never going to be able to close the packet after you have eaten just one.
                      I am lucky because the Other Half isnt` into cookies, so no sharing for me!

                      Vegetarians can enjoy McVities Boasters but they do contain nuts, soya, milk, eggs and gluten.
                      A packet of Boasters will cost you around £1.10, so they are not cheap by any means.

                      McVities are one of the brand names owned by United biscuits and I have to say that on the whole Mc Vities biscuits are very tempting indeed.

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                        16.01.2006 16:21
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                        Buy these biscuits - they are fine!

                        I recently found these biscuits while shopping in Iceland, (the supermarket not the country) and thought I would give them a go.

                        They cost me at the time £1.03 for a packet, but I was in there today and they were on buy one get one free and I got two packets for £1.00. (Iceland’s new policy of rounding everything to tens and pounds). So here goes:

                        THE PACKET:

                        It is a lovely colour blue. I would describe it as almost violet but not so vivid and across the top is the word "BOASTERS" in big white capitals. They are made by McVities, which is a trusted biscuit maker so you feel confident they will be a nice biscuit. There is a picture of three gorgeous looking cookie type biscuits on the front, covered with lots of chocolate chips and hazelnuts. I wonder if there will be as many choc drops etc inside the actual biscuits when I open the packet. Next to the picture is the description.. Delicious Biscuits Baked with Chunks of Belgian Chocolate and Hazelnuts. Sounds and looks delicious. It is a 150g packet.

                        THE SMELL:

                        Ok, I have opened the packet and the smell of cookie mixture hits you immediately. You can smell the hazelnuts more than the chocolate but there is a small hint of Belgian chocolate to smell.

                        THE TASTE:

                        Well, disappointingly you only get 9 biscuits in one of these packets so they won't last long if you really like them. Taking a quite large round biscuit out of the packet it feels quite light and there are visibly chunks of nut and chocolate on the top. Not as much as the picture but not bad. Taking a bit the first thing I notice is that the biscuit part is very crumbly. Definitely not a dunking biscuit I would say, as it would collapse in the cup but really light and airy to the taste. There are more chocolate chunks and nuts as you bite into it and the chunks are really fat and you can taste them separately to the biscuit. Same goes for the nuts. In a lot of chocolate chip cookies the chocolate blends into the taste of the biscuit but these are quite separate tastes, merging as you chew. The biscuit itself is like a cross between very light shortbread and a regular cookie. Definitely not the sort of biscuit you can only have one of.

                        My son and daughter had one the same time as me. My daughter seems to be of my opinion and is tucking into hers - although there are crumbs and nuts dropping everywhere, but my son took one bite and threw it in the bin.!! No sense! LOL

                        NUTRINIONAL STUFF:

                        91 calories per biscuits
                        5.6g of fat per biscuit. This is quite high isn't it?

                        It also says it may contain traces of sesame seeds and under this it says contains: nuts, milk, eggs, soya and gluten.

                        Overall I would recommend these biscuits because although you only get 9 per pack they are pretty big compared to your average biscuit and are really tasty. The chocolate chunks are the best I have tasted in a biscuits and although I'm not really a nut lover the hazelnuts are very complimentary to the biscuit. The price is quite high at a £1 per pack but if you get them on offer like I did today they are great value.

                        The only other thing I would say is that as the biscuit is so light and crumbly you stand a high chance of having broken biscuits when you open the packet - but if like me you are going to eat them straight out of the packet - and usually all of them at once (blush) it doesn't really matter.

                        Hope you buy and enjoy.

                        xx

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                          26.09.2004 16:12
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                          I am reviewing McVities Belgian Chocolate and Hazelnut Boasters. I’ve decided to review these because I have only recently discovered them but they have quickly become my favourite biccies.

                          I spotted them in Sainsbury’s when they were on ‘buy one get one free’ so I got two packets for £1.05. I’ve since discovered that they sometimes have them in Somerfields at 2 packets for £1 so shop around for the best deal, you’ll want to when you hear how delicious they are.

                          The Belgian Chocolate and Hazelnut Boasters come in a blue packet with the ‘McVitie’s’ logo on the front and Boasters written across the front. There is a description of the biscuits of the front telling us that the are biscuits which contain hazelnuts and chocolate chunks. There is also a picture of the scrumptious biscuits.

                          On the back is all the usual information; ingredients, nutritional info, contact address, best before date and weight (150g).

                          The other type of Boasters only have chunks of Belgian chocolate in and come in a red packet, they are also yummy but not as nice as the ones I’m reviewing.

                          Inside the packet there is a plastic tray divided into 3 sections in each section there is 3 biscuits so you only get 9 in a packet. This is why I stock up when they’re on offer because otherwise they work out very expensive.

                          The biscuits taste delicious; they have a really nice home-baked taste about them which is quite hard to explain. It is almost like shortbread because it has quite a buttery taste but it is still a biscuit and doesn’t taste exactly like shortbread. That’s probably not a very useful description really but I’m afraid it’s quite hard to describe.

                          The best part about the biscuits is the hazelnuts and chocolate chunks which are delicious- the Belgian chocolate chunks are very big and melt instantly because the cookies have been baked. The hazelnuts are mostly whole giving it added crunchiness and a gorgeous flavour.

                          The biscuits are generously sized; I’d estimate about 7cm diameter but of course all those yummy ingredients come at a price, the calories.

                          Each biscuit contains 93kcal and 5.7g fat which sounds a lot for a biscuit but it’s still less than a small chocolate bar.

                          100g contains 548kcal and 33.3g fat. Hazelnuts make up 11% of the total ingredients ad Chocolate chunks 14%.

                          The biscuits are suitable for vegetarians but obviously not for nut allergy sufferers. There is also a warning that they may contain Seasame Seeds so avoid these if you are an allergy sufferer.

                          McVitie’s can be contacted at McVitie’s, PO Box 30716, London, WC1N 2QJ.

                          Overall I think these biscuits are delicious, I will definitely continue buying them but I make sure I stock up when they are on offer. It is worth shopping around for the best deal as you do save quite a bit in the long run.

                          In my opinion there is no downside to the taste but they need to make bigger packets, mine always seem to disappear rather quickly.

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