Product Type: McVities Snacks
Newest Review: ... which makes the humble digestive better suited to my sweet tooth. However, McVities have taken things one step further and also added... more
A nice twist on the standard digestive
McVities Chocolate Caramel Digestives
Member Name: zombieflesh
McVities Chocolate Caramel Digestives
Advantages: lovely flavour and a nice treat
Disadvantages: the caramel is hard, not so good for dunking, expensive, unhealthy
I am always going through phases of trying to improve my diet and reduce my bad snacking habits, but the temptation for digestive biscuits is just too great! I usually go for bog standard supermarket own brand biccies, but was seduced by these rather fancy looking caramel and chocolate digestives by McVities. It cost me £1.00 on special offer for a 300g pack from Asda's, but they usually retail at £1.75 which is rather expensive.
The biscuits come in a simple plastic wrapper, with the orange coloured packaging helping it to stand out from the other varieties of McVities digestive biscuits. There is an easy open tear tab at one end, and unlike other easy open packaging, this one actually works! The packaging is not resealable and it's probably best to transfer them into a biscuit tin or some other suitable container, although being lazy I just kept mine in the wrapper and haphazardly sealed it back up with an elastic band that I found on my desk at work.
These biscuits taste good and have that nice wheaty flavour that digestive biscuits are known for. They have a lovely malted flavour when you bite into them and they are crunchy with a firm bite to them. They also have a gorgeous milk chocolate coating which makes the humble digestive better suited to my sweet tooth. However, McVities have taken things one step further and also added a layer of caramel between the biscuit and the chocolate. This adds another dose of sugary sweetness and the overall flavour is very indulgent and makes for a lovely treat.
I usually enjoy a few biscuits with a cup of tea on my tea breaks at work, but I was a little disappointed that these were not particularly dunk-worthy. The caramel layer is quite chewy which is nice when the biscuits are dry as they have a firm and crunchy texture. However, the caramel does not seem to soften at all when the biscuit is dunked into a mug of tea, and this then makes a strange contrast between the softened chocolate and biscuit layers. On the positive side, there is no danger of losing chunks of biscuit in your cuppa as the caramel helps to keep everything together and you can actually dunk them for longer than most biscuits, which makes the chocolate go all nice and melty.
One of these simple digestive biscuits contains 80 calories. I quite often have up to 3 at one time to accompany my cuppa on tea breaks, so that's a big addition of 240 calories for one of my daily snacks. There are also high levels of fat, sugar and saturates. These are tasty but extremely unhealthy and I am trying to eat a more balanced diet. Sadly it looks like I am going to have to be more strict and limit the amount of these biscuits that I am consuming on a daily basis. But, this means that the pack will last for longer and I won't be completely put off by the higher price compared to the cheaper alternatives.
These are lovely tasting biscuits that are a nice twist on the standard digestive. However, along with the hard caramel and poor dunking capabilities, these are also a bit on the expensive side and not the healthiest of choices. I will probably buy them again, but they won't be a frequent purchase.
Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Milk Chocolate (29%) [Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Dried Skimmed Milk, Dried Whey, Butter Oil, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Flavouring], Vegetable Oil, Wholemeal Wheat Flour, Sugar, Glucose Fructose Syrup, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid), Salt, Natural Flavouring.
Nutritional values per biscuit:
Energy kJ 345 kcal 80
Carbohydrate 11g -of which sugars 5.3g
Fat 3.6g -of which saturates 1.9g
Summary: A nice twist on the standard digestive