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I'm a big fan of mcvities other biscuit varieties so when I saw these I couldn't resist trying them. The biscuits come in a dark orange package which I think gives you an idea that they'll be caramel flavoured.
The biscuits themselves are normal chocolate digestives but with caramel in the middle. The biscuits aren't too thin with plenty of caramel flavour inside which is gorgeous. They're not stingy with the chocolate either so each bite is full of flavour.
These biscuits come in milk chocolate and dark chocolate although I've only tried the milk. I'm keen to try the dark as I'm a fan of a bit of dark chocolate, it's richer in flavour isn't it. You can get these biscuits from asda, tesco and lots of other supermarkets and shops. They're around £1.50 for a 300g packet .
I really like these biscuits. They're much tastier than plain digestives and the added kick of caramel flavour makes them even more lovely. I like these broken in half then dipped into tea. Yum!
I'd definitely recommend these, they are more fattening than the normal digestives but they're worth it, they're really tasty and perfect for a snack in the morning or on your lunch break with a cuppa. Give them a go.
I manage the tea fund at work and normally there is some money left to treat us to a few packets of biscuits. McVites have been making biscuits since 1830 and are well known for there good quality products. One of there most famous is the good old digestive but this has now been made much more indulgent not just by adding milk chocolate as a topping but also caramel as well.
The caramel digestives can be purchased from larger supermarkets and come in a 300g packet. I do find that McVites biscuits can be a little expensive so I always look out for them being on special offer which these ones were yesterday at Sainsbury's priced at just £1.00 rather than the normal £1.75.
The biscuits come packaged in a thin plastic wrapper which details all of the usual product information such as ingredients listings and nutritional information. It also states that the biscuits contain no artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated vegetable oil. There is also information about McVites VIP Club which allows you to collect points by uploading codes printed on selected packets to the website (mcvitiesvipclub.co.uk) which you can then exchange for various goods from mugs to ipods.
Although these biscuits appear rather indulgent they were not as high in calories as I expected them to be. Each biscuit contains the following nutritional information:
Calories - 81
Sugars - 5.3g
Fat - 3.7g
Salt - 0.2g
The biscuits themselves are round in shape, with the digestive biscuit base topped with a layer of caramel and then the milk chocolate which has a nice rippled texture. On the bottom of the biscuit there is the Mcvites name and logo imprinted onto it. As far as the taste is concerned these biscuits are delicious, the combination of the contrasting textures work brilliantly together with the crunchy wheat biscuit, sweet, chewy caramel and smooth milk chocolate. They also make great dunkers as the milk chocolate and caramel melt just a little but you have to be careful not to leave them in the drink too long as otherwise the chocolate will melt into the drink. The only downside to these is that it is almost impossible just to eat one!
Ah, biscuit time. I do like a biccy now and then...especially now. I'll eat anything me. Well practically. I'm not all that fussy and I don't really have any out-and-out favourites in the biscuit world, but you can't usually go wrong with a Mcvities.
With this in mind, I happily munched my way through a pack of McVities Chocolate Caramel Digestives.
Mcvities have been making biscuits since...well it seems like forever. However, they've only been making these particular biccies since 1999. So much for a brief synopsis of the manufacturer.
You can buy these fellas in pretty much any shop (although I can't say I've ever seen them in a jewellers) and you can expect to pay around 1 of your British quids for the privilege. As for the packaging, check the image at the top of the page - the biccy piccy describes it better than I ever could.
Anyway, enough sugar coating, let's get down to the taste test. Oh wait, I forgot to mention nutritional information. Right, that's it mentioned.
Hmm. At first sight these don't seem an awful lot different from an ordinary chocolate digestive. A bit smaller perhaps, but still basically a digestive biscuit with one side coated in a stingy amount of average chocolate.
Where they differ is in the crunchy stakes. To say they aren't as crunchy doesn't quite give you the full picture. They almost seem soggy. Rubbery even. They don't so much snap in two as bend double. You can hardly break these suckers. That'll be the caramel I expect.
See, that's why they're called Caramel Digestives. Pretty descriptive when you think about it, and who does?
So. What we have here is an uncrunchy layer of digestive and a smear of lacklustre chocolate sandwiching a spread of sticky, chewy, ductile caramel which is almost unbreakable. What a mess with crumbs!!!
For a biscuit that isn't all that crispy, there's a disproportionate amount of crumbs flying off in all directions. Still, I suppose that's a few less calories, eh?
Eventually, once I've done the equivalent of a Red Sea parting and ripped one in two, it's time to take the sniff test. Not a lot to report there. Chocolate, caramel and syrupy biscuit. And sweet, sweet sugar. Subtle these are not. It's a chocolate biscuit for goodness sake, That's what it smells like.
Ah but the taste...
Jeezo. You're certainly going to need a good set of gnashers to eat one of these (not that they'll stay good for long). I can hardly bite through it. Definitely a mumffle-krumffle kinda deal. I think I read somewhere that Mcvities were promoting these in some kind of Great British Dunk nonsense. Possibly this might be because without saturating them in hot, wet tea or coffee, they're inedible.
Actually, they don't taste too bad. All the treacly, molasses type flavours come through from the biscuit base; the caramel hints at rich toffee, and the chocolate is...well the chocolate (what there is of it) is average.
In conclusion, I've maybe been a little harsh in my description of these, but hey, it's my opinion, right? I've had worse...frequently. While they are pleasant enough taste-wise, they're not exactly exciting or different, and the texture is verging on the ridiculous. Still, I finished that biscuit and polished off another one. And, now I come to think of it, the rest of the packet (not at one sitting, I hasten to add).
They're OK and I wouldn't refuse one, but I don't think I'd rush out to buy another packet.
After seeing off the Turkish delight flavour of this range we thought we would give these Caramel digestives a try. Fairly new range at least for me, I bought them on offer for £1 at morrisons.
Tea brewed packet at the ready we sat down and did the taste test.
Looked like a jaffa cake in appearance with a slightly domed top layer filled with caramel. The base a thin layer of digestive biscuit which was very nice and along par with their usual digestive biscuits, the caramel was a little sweet but slightly chewy and quite pleasant. Maybe a little too sweet for us though as it was quite sticky sweet.
You could taste the caramel though and that was pleasant.
With chocolate surrounding the whole thing this complemented the biscuit and blended quite well in all.
So I suppose this was quite a hit definitely much better than the Turkish delight variety we had tried previously.
These were recently on offer for £1 in Asda, so the wife bought a few packs. They are so tasty and that bit more fancy than normal Digestives. I like all Chocolate Biscuits and although it is nice to have proper Chocolate Biscuits eg Rocky's and that, it is nice to get a contrast with the Chocolate and the Malted taste of Digestive Biscuits.
These come in a 300g pack and think they normally cost around £1.40. may sound expensive for a 300g pack of Biscuits, but these are brand named Biscuits and taste like it as well.
These are just in a normal type of wrapper which is the cellophane type wrapper that keeps them tightly wrapped. These are easy enough to open as well.
I think you get about 14 Biscuits in the pack.
These are Digestive Biscuits with a layer of Caramel on the top of the Biscuit and then there is Milk Chocolate on top of this as well. The Chocolate is slightly rippled like what you get on most Biscuits and although it isn't too thick Chocolate it is the right amount for you to taste the rest of the Biscuit. The Caramel layer is thin but sticky and nice and sweet and the Milk Chocolate layer on top just finishes it off.
Not sure of how many calories are in the Biscuits, but there is a fair few and it is easy to just nibble on the pack and before you know it they are all gone.
A nice different tasting Digestive.
McVities caramel digestives are a great member of the digestive family, a welcome alternative to the standard chocolate digestive.
Looks like any normal digestive really, but slightly smaller in size than a standard chocolate digestive, these have chocolate on one side with caramel under it and the biscuit is visible on the flip side. If you bite in you can see a thin layer of caramel under the chocolate just.
A 300 gram pack will cost £1.26 about, these are a little more than a normal chocolate digestive but I do feel you get what you pay for with these. 42p per 100 grams
About the Taste?
The nicest of the Mcvities range, really chewy toffee flavours and chocolate too, you do not taste biscuit as much, I think this down to the actual size of the biscuit being that little bit smaller. This is not a bad thing as I think they have got the balance just right with these, really nice chewy biscuits.
Definetley not no, Fat, sat fat and sugar are all red on the traffic lights with salt coming in as amber, 23.7 grams of fat per 100 grams. 487 kcal per 100 grams
Great tasting, a bit high on the fat scales, chewy and a luxurious feel to them
I picked these up the other day at Tescos as they were on offer at half price and I had not tried them before! I was so glad that I did!
What is it?
They are yet another digestive biscuit by Mcvities with a thin layer of caramel wedged in between a thicker chocolate layer and he biscuit.
The packaging is that normal biscuit wrapper where you pull the tab to open them- about 3 buiscuits down. The packet is a yellowy mustard colour with a stip of cobalt blue reading caramels. It also has a picture of half a biscuit on it so you can see the 3 layers of biscuit, caramel and chocolate.
As they were half price in Tescos they cost me around 64p and the normal price is somewhere around £1.30 and I'd say you get about 17 or so biscuits.
Where can you purchase?
You can purchase in most supermarkets such as Tescos, Asda, Sainsburys, etc and also independent corner shops or some chain ones.
I really like these as a once in a while indulgent treat.
I love the added caramel, it is not a sickly sweet one and is one of the harder, chewier caramels compared to the sickly free running one. However when you dunk into a cup of tea it goes slightly smoother and the mixture of the chocolate and the caramel is simply gorgeous!
The biscuit itself is the same as all mcvities digestive, the right amount of crunch, without all crumbling in your hand and has the right amount of sweetness to it.
The caramel is quite a thinish layer, but this is all you need as any more it would be an over sickly treat. I like the texture of it as you can eat it without dunking, which I can not normally do as I find the biscuits too dry, but this adds a nice sort of moistness to it. When dunked though it as just as good as it makes the caramel very smooth and mixes well with the chocolate and biscuit!
The choclate is a thickish layer which just tops off this fab combo perfectly! It is milk chocolate which is very creamy and smooth. It melts lovely into the caramel in your mouth or if it is dunked the chocolate all melts and goes very smooth!
Overall the taste is just great! I will be buying these again but they won't be my usual biscuits, unfortunatley because of the calories and the nutritional values which are as followed:
81 kcal per biscuit
3.7g Fat per buiscuit
1.9g of which saturates per buicuit
So as you can see it is not the healthiest but is definitley worth ago and is well reccomended by me and these will be in my cupboard again!
After being seduced by the wrapping on the mcvities caramel biscuits I was tempted enough to purchase a packat for myself, and I would like to start off by saying I am not disappointed.
The name outlines the basic structure of the biscuit, it is an average chocolate covered mcvities biscuit with a caramel centre. Even though most caramel biscuits lack caramel however this one definitely does not with a oozing liquidy caramel flowing out after every bite!
The only problem I seem to continually have with these is that every pack that I tend to buy has either the first couple or the last couple broken into pieces, However I am not sure whether I am causing this or whether it is down to poorly constructed biscuits.
The taste is your average chocolate biscuit with caramel inside, I mean it's not like mcvities have done something which hasn't been done before as all they've done is recreated the original caramel biscuit and improved it dramatically. But this does taste exceedingly good than lower brands or value brands.
It gives a sharp yet fluid taste of chocolate and it smooths over your tongue and melts slowly. Tasty stuff!
I will always go with the top market retailers as you will always know the type of quality you will receive, This is why I would recommend mcvities Caramel to you. They have always been a tasty biscuit maker and let's hope they continue to do so.
Judging by they're biscuits it seems they are doing a good job.
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Milk Chocolate and Caramel Digestives are biscuits made by McVities.
The packaging of the milk chocolate caramel digestives is a yellowish toffee brown colour which I'm guessing represents the caramel in the biscuit along with the royal blue colour and McVities logo which is on all biscuits made by them. The packaging is made from plastic which keeps the biscuits within fresh and has a convenient pull tab to open the pack without too much fuss.
Once you examine them you will notice that they are slightly fatter and a little less generous than a standard Digestive biscuit, and on some of them you can see a bit of caramel has come out from the edges, though maybe my pack was slightly squished!
The biscuit itself is the same sweet wheat crunchy digestive you are used to and has a thick texture in your mouth, in the middle of the biscuit you will find a new delicious yet thin layer of caramel which is chewy and sweet and on the top you have a delectable layer of smooth milk chocolate. I must say that the caramel really does add to the biscuit as the new chewy texture makes each one last a little longer and adds a lovely sweet taste to the mix.
I must say that these are frighteningly easy to consume as with the chocolate digestives and a packet of these biscuits can be reduced to its wrapping in a few minutes if you are hungry! Some people may find them to sweet because of the added caramel but not me.
Suprisingly the nutritional values are the less than a standard chocolate digestive, though this may be explained by the slightly smaller size, so don't feel to naughty to substitute for these.
Of which sugars: 4.1g
McVities Chocolate Digestive's are very nice, and it was almost impossible for them to get better... until the Caramel version was released! The biscuits are very tasty, have a great texture and will melt in your mouth, although they are quite small, and can be eaten in a couple of bites.
The packaging is very bright and easy to read. It stands out, making it easy to find the product in the overcrowded shelves, with a clear brand. It does a great job of keeping the biscuits fresh, and they always have a nice 'crunch'. It is also very easy to open, but hard to close and they will need to be put into another container to keep them at a good standard. Also, it is very thin, so it can break and the biscuits won't be fresh and can become damaged.
The quality is very high, with always a nice thick layer of caramel and good standard chocolate. Alternative brands can't even come close to McVities. With no artificial colours and removing vegetable oils. They are even made of whole gain, so with a great taste, and not too unhealthy, there is really no reason not to love them.
A nice smell comes from the biscuits, into your nose, making you want to pop them into your mouth. First, you get a crunch of biscuit, with the chocolate melting in your mouth. The caramel is very chewy, but works with the other layers to provide an 'ultimate' experience. The texture is very smooth, but they are very addicting and it is extremely easy to eat them all up in one go.
The biscuits work out to be more expensive than the originals, and also come in smaller packets, but this is worth it for one of my favourite biscuits. They are seem to be smaller in size, but with the rich caramel, it doesn't matter.
Overall, a great packet of biscuits, with great taste, smell and a fantastic high level of quality. They are quite expensive, but are definitely worth it!
The Caramel Digestive Biscuit was for me an amazing Idea, the fusion of soft creamy caramel with a great biscuit.
I did not know these existed until me and my girlfriend spotted them on the shelf in Tesco. The colourful packaging caught my eye and the word caramel encouraged me to pull a packet off of the shelf. The sun yellow of the packet stood out from the normal blue, almost if screaming out to me "I am different take a look at me!" so I did. They looked like a great idea but I was shocked that they cost £1.36, which in my mind is quite dear for a pack of standard biscuits. Despite the price I bought a pack as I thought the price must determine an extension quality
At first I was underwhelmed as they are actually smaller than a normal chocolate digestive in size, I probably should have noticed this as the packet was no bigger than the biscuit, but I failed to before I actually opened the pack with the little easy opening tab that I usually fail to see.
The biscuit despite being smaller is the same in appearance to a normal digestive. It has the same logo imprinted into the surface and the same holes in the top as well as possessing the same ripple effect on the sweet chocolaty base.
The difference comes when you firmly bite into the biscuit. Your teeth crunch through the biscuit roof and hit a soft and sweet caramel layer, stealthily hidden within the middle of the biscuit. This does make the small little trooper of a biscuit worthwhile. The taste is great and with the blend of chocolate amazing!
The only problem comes when dunking. If dunked the biscuit soon becomes unstable, getting sticky and sloppy. But then what do you expect from a fusion of chocolate and caramel?
Overall the biscuits are worth the time and the price but if you are looking for a dirt cheap biscuit or a hard dunker, turn elsewhere.
I bought these biscuits the other day as a treat when I spotted them on offer at £1 in Morrisons. I'm not really a big biscuit eater, but I do like a digestive to dip in my tea on occasion.
They come in the usual plastic wrapper, with a tear off strip near one end. You just pull the end of the strip to open the pack, and then either empty the biscuits into a container or put the end of the wrapper back into the top of the pack to keep them fresh.
The biscuits are smaller than your average digestive biscuit, at about a 6cm diameter, but it's still a decent size for a biscuit. They are quite thick, a little thicker than a normal mcvities digestive, but that's because of the layers of caramel and chocolate on top.
They have a thin layer of caramel topped off with a thin layer of chocolate on one side of the biscuit. The biscuit itself is not that great. I've never been a big fan of McVities digestives, preferring Tesco Value ones for both taste and texture, but with the chocolate and caramel added it does work well. The texture of the biscuit is quite bitty, but it holds together well when dipped in tea. The caramel is chewy and with the chocolate is very nice.
The whole biscuit does taste lovely, it's not too sweet and the flavours work really well together. It's great for dipping as the caramel seems to help the biscuit hold together even better, so you don't end up with half a biscuit in the bottom of your brew.
Each biscuit gives you a whopping 81 calories, 5.3g of sugar, and 3.7g of fat (1.9g of which is saturates), so they're a really unhealthy choice of biscuit. They're great if you can stop after just 1 or 2, but they're rather addictive, and that could be difficult!
Can McVities do any wrong? Everyone knows how delicious their chocolate digestives are ... so their caramel version was bound to be a hit right? Well for me, yes it was! Far too moreish though, but then, aren't all McVities products! I could easily scoff the entire packet - so I do limit myself to two-three biscuits maximum at a time.
These caramel digestives are packaged in the same way as all Mcvities digestives - the digestives are stacked one on top of each other until there is a certain number of them stacked up (I don't have the number to hand - will edit the review when I do) and then wrapped up to keep them fresh. The wrapper is yellow with blue strips at the top and bottom. The McVities logo is at the top, and he word "Caramels" is written below this but in the centre of the wrapper. There is also a picture of the biscuit at the end of this word to tempt you.
The biscuits are made up of the delicious wholemeal digestive biscuit base. There is then a layer of chewy caramel on the top of this and a layer of milk chocolate on top of this. The caramel is chewier than i expected but very yummy. I expected the caramel to be like the consistency of that in a twix, but it is more like that of rolos - slightlier chewier. That said, I could still eat far too many if I let myself!
I was slightly worried that as these are so delicious and contain both chocolate and caramel that they would horrendously bad for me. I nervously looked at the nutritional values on the wrapper and was pleasantly surprised. Ok so they're not great, but nowhere near as bad as I anticipated. Each biscuit contains 81 calories (quite reasonable given the chocolate and caramel I think!) and 3.7g of fat. At £1.31 for a 300g pack they're not the cheapest biscuit available, but Sainsbury's currently sell a twin pack (600g) for £2.35 which saves you 27p - admittedly not a lot, but a saving's a saving right!! You'd probably find them on offer somewhere if you shopped around a bit.
The ingredients are as follows:
Wheat Flour, Caramel (24%) [Glucose Syrup, Sweetened Condensed Skimmed Milk, Vegetable Oil, Humectant (Glycerine), Salt, Emulsifier (E471), Flavourings], Milk Chocolate (17%) [Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Dried Skimmed Milk, Dried Whey, Butter Oil, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Vanilla Flavouring], Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Wholemeal, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate, Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt.
I'm a huge fan of McVities original chocolate digestives, and was very happy when their caramel version came out. There's something about digestive biscuits and chocolate, that when made by McVities, are extremely moreish!
McVities have been producing snacks and biscuits for over 100 years, so they've got plenty of knowledge and experience of what constitutes great flavours and ingredients. I'd say that I have a lot of trust in them as a company and similar products by cheaper or alternative brands just don't meet the same standard.
They come under the umbrella of United Biscuits who seem to be making a concerted effort in improving the quality of the ingredients they use in production. For example by removing artificial colours, using wholegrains and removing hydrogenated vegetable oils.
Chocolate Digestives were first introduced way back in 1925 and have become extremely popular. In 2004, McVities Dunk For Britain campaign won the award of 'Nation's favourite' dunking biscuit. The caramel variety was released in 1999, although maintains the great taste of the original, is quite different in texture.
The Caramel Digestives quite simply just have a layer of caramel on top of the biscuit base, adding a bit more flavour. They're readily available in most supermarkets and have been on offer quite a lot lately along with the original digestive. A 300g packet costs around £1.30 (Tesco) and they work out a more expensive in comparison to the originals as they seem to be slightly smaller and sold in smaller packets also (originals are 400g).
Each biscuit contains 3.7g fat and 81 calories, which is slightly less than the original choc digestive though I think they're ever so slightly smaller. That said, you get plenty of caramel to make up for it. The biscuit is crunchy and the chocolate is smooth and delicious as expected. The caramel is quite thick and although it's smooth, it's quite chewy. I've put them to the dunkability test and they're pretty good with a cuppa tea!
Overall, I think these have a lovely taste and the chewy texture means you can eat them slowly and really enjoy them. If you want something a bit different to the average digestive then these make a lovely sweet treat. I wouldn't say they're quite as moreish as the originals, but I count that as a good thing as it makes it easier to just have one or two of these rather than the whole packet. I'm giving them a 4 because although they're very nice, I think they'd be slightly better if the caramel was less chewy. Although they make be a tad more expensive, the offers can be a good time to stock up on them. I've tried similar products from other brands but McVities takes the biscuit everytime :o)
McVities have tried to offer the best of both worlds with this innovative recipe. McVities chocolate digestives are a firm favourite in our household and we both like caramel so it made perfect sense to buy the McVities caramel biscuits and kill two birds with one stone.
I rather like the wrapper design, it is springlike and colourful and often the packaging can either make or break the product.
The McVities Caramel biscuit is maginally smaller the ordinary chocolate digestives, so the packet feels slightly less bulky. The background colours are the same blue and brown that appear on McVities chocolate digestives. Then right across the front of the packet runs a wide sunshine yellow flash. The McVities logo sits at the top of the yellow flash and the word `Caramels` is printed on the packet in quirky light brown lettering.
As with most quality biscuits there is a little tab at the top of the packet which allows for easy opening.
Pull the tab and expose the Caramel biscuits, take one out of the packet and you may notice that the top couple are slightly battered around the edges, presumably done in transit.
At first sight the biscuit looks a dead ringer for the McVities chocolate digestives. The top of the biscuit has the makers name imprinted onto the surface, the same little `holes` are also there. Turn the biscuit over and even the chocolate has that pleasant uniform ripple effect.
As you bite into the Caramel biscuit you soon spot the difference. Tucked in between the digestive biscuit and the lavish layer of milk chocolate is a layer of caramel. The caramel is firm but not too chewy and tastes creamy and sweet.
Now, this is where my problem started. When I bit into the biscuit the layer of caramel stayed firmly in its place, the digestive biscuit started to crumble away from the caramel and the chocolate made a desperate bid for freedom. Hence I had a mixture of digestive biscuit and chocolate in my mouth but the caramel layer was still attached to the biscuit which was in my hand.
So, a problem! As I carried on with my investigations I realised that you had to bite firmly into the biscuit, taking in the three layers at in one bite.
If you didn't do that then it was hard to overcome the `caramel problem`.
Most of us love a good dunk, my humble apologies to McVities but these biscuits ain't made for dunking!...unless of course you enjoy a cup full of melted caramel.
I am a sucker for trying any new brand of biscuit, after all someone has to do it! But although in theory the biscuit is great in practise I found that the caramel layer was more of a hindrance than a help.
A 300g packet costs in the region of £1.30.
The product contains no hydrogenated vegetable oil and is suitable for Vegetarians. the biscuits do contain soya, milk and gluten.
Each biscuit contains 80 calories and are high in fats and sugars.
Would I pick up another packet on my travels?
Maybe not, I think I will stick with what I know and buy the ordinary chocolate digestives.