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McVitie's Rich Tea
I must admit to having a soft spot for McVities as you can always rely on them for top quality products. The digestive is the quintessential biscuit for dunking in tea and is a national treasure in the United Kingdom and another favourite for many people is the Rich Tea biscuit. It may be a plain old biscuit but there is just something about it.
Prince William and Kate Middleton famously had their wedding cake made out of Rich Tea biscuits last year.
I have many memories of McVities Rich Tea, including visits to my Grandparent's house and nibbling on them when I had been ill with a cold or when I just wanted to nibble on something.
A Little Bit of History
McVities are owned by 'United Biscuits. The name is taken from the original sellers of the biscuit, 'McVitie & Price Ltd', who were established in nineteen thirty in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The original factory in Scotland was burned to the ground in a fire but rebuilt and operated until nineteen ten, when it moved to Harlsden in England. Another factory was built in nineteen seventeen in Manchester. The company still had strong Scottish links with Edinburgh bakery giants Simon Henderson and sons working with them from the nineteen twenties. In nineteen forty-eight they joined forces with MacFarlane Lang and Company, once again keeping their Scottish roots, and became known as the United Biscuits Group.
The digestive was the first biscuit produced by McVities and the first ever digestive to go full scale on the market. It was actually created by a relative nobody in terms of the trade and the company; a young lad, just finished his apprenticeship in eighteen ninety-two, who was named Alexander Grant. It became famous because of the rumour of its healing properties against indigestion.
The chocolate digestive would be dreamed up much later in nineteen twenty-five.
In two thousand and two, McVities would be rebranded as 'McV' but this was frowned upon by some of the bigwigs and although it lasted three years it was changed back to McVities. The famous logo would be restyled in two thousand and seven.
The brand is sold all over the world and last year it made the bold leap of selling in Japan to further heighten its already wealthy profits.
Prince William and Kate Middleton requested that McVities make their wedding came from McVities Rich Tea biscuits for their wedding reception. McVities agreed and made the cake from one thousand, seven hundred biscuits and seventeen kilos of chocolate.
Rich Tea is known as a healthy biscuit like many of biscuits in the McVities brand. They contain fifty per cent less saturated fat than similar biscuits.
They Contain: Gluten, Wheat, Lactose and Milk for those who are conscious of allergenic information. They also contain soya for vegetarians.
The ingredients are as follows:
Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Malt Extract, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt, Dried Skimmed Milk.
Dietary Information: Suitable for Vegetarians. Contains Gluten. May Contain Milk. May Contain Soya\Soybeans. Free From Artificial Colours. Free From Artificial Flavours.
Who and When
Rich Tea is well known as a compliment to a cup of tea or coffee. They are a thin biscuit, which makes them a little impractical for dunking as they can break easily.
You can also use a Rich Tea as a cracker. They are great with cheese or any number of spreads such as Philadelphia cheese.
They are also relatively cheap so do not break the budget. Rich Tea is a family biscuit and not bad for kids to a have a nibble without ruining their meals. Also a good healthy alternative to biscuits that are lathered in sugar or chocolate.
I must admit that I do have a soft spot for McVities as they do make a quality biscuit. Digestives and Rich Tea are probably frowned upon as boring these days but they are still one of the best biscuits to dunk into your cup of tea if you are that way inclined and unlike many other biscuits are not filled with too many e-numbers and boat loads of sugar. Overall they are a definite winner for me.
© Lee Billingham
I absolutely love dunking biscuits into a hot cup of tea and indulge in this pastime several times a week. For this reason, I usually purchase a variety of 'plain' biscuits (that is, biscuits without any chocolate) to give me a choice of dunkers.
One range of biscuits that I buy from quite regularly is the McVities brand, which is a fairly premium brand in my opinion. They have a variety of snacks and biscuits on the market which can be found in all good grocery stores and supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda.
One of my favourite biscuits from this brand is the Rich Tea Classic, which are round shaped kind of malted biscuits that are ideal for dunking in my opinion. I recently bought the 200g packet of McVities Rich Tea biscuits from a local grocery store for around 60 pence, although I have also bought them in supermarkets in the past and they are widely available.
The biscuits are a sort of pale brown colour and the name of the biscuit is printed on each one. There are little holes dotted all over the biscuit which I have noticed are missing from cheaper branded rich tea biscuits so this is perhaps a unique feature of this particular branded Rich Tea biscuit.
The biscuits are quite large, so much so that if you are wanting to dunk the biscuit and are drinking from a thinly designed cup or mug, you will probably find that the biscuit needs to be broken or snapped in two otherwise it would not fit into the opening of the mug. Luckily, I have huge mugs at home for my dunking habits, so this isn't a huge problem for me personally.
As for the biscuits being snapped, this is not overly difficult to do, as the biscuits are not overly hard in the way that other types of biscuit are. I find that I can snap a Mcvities Rich Tea biscuit easily and without much fuss. The biscuits are also of a good enough quality that snapping or breaking one of them doesn't usually result in a whole lot of crumby mess being produced, and again I think this is down to this particular brand being a fairly premium one.
The biscuits have a sweet flavour that is slightly malty and I think the flavour is very subtle in this particular biscuit. I am not sure that many people would find the flavour is something they don't like as they are so subtly flavoured. Sure, some people may think the Rich Tea biscuits are boring but the flavour is so subtle that I can't see it being a huge issue for anybody really.
When dipped into a hot mug of tea, I find that the Mcvities Rich Tea are really quite delicious and I particularly enjoy eating them this way during the cold winter months. I guess this is because they are more like comfort food when warm and soggy.
I know that some people like to spread a filling between two rich tea biscuits and 'sandwich' them together but I have never tried this for myself and I really enjoy eating them as they are. My husband tells me that he used to be given two rich tea biscuits sandwiched together with butter or jam when he was young.
The biscuits will spoil and go soft if the package is left unsealed once it has been opened. I usually transfer the biscuits into an airtight container and this prevents the biscuits from going soft.
The nutritional information on the back of the blue coloured plastic packaging for these biscuits informs me that each biscuit will provide 38 calories and 1.3g fat which doesn't surprise me given that I am yet to find a delicious-tasting biscuit that is low in fat and calories! All biscuits are high in calories in my opinion, that is why they taste so good!
The McVities Rich Tea biscuits are suitable for a vegetarian diet. They contain gluten and milk, so may be unsuitable for people with certain food allergies.
I will continue to buy the Mcvities Rich Tea Classic biscuits and highly recommend them... I think they deserve full marks as I enjoy them so much and they are good value and great for dunking!! They are available in a 200g sized pack as well as a 300g pack. The 300g pack can be bought from Asda and Tesco and the price in both stores is currently £1.09.
Rich Tea biscuits to me will always be grouped together with Digestive ones as they are both quite plain with may be just a slight subtle sweet taste. The company McVities manufacture a very good quality Rich Tea biscuit which is on the shelves in a blue wrapper as opposed to the Digestive which is found in red.
I suppose compared to some of the fancy and luxurious biscuits and cookies on offer in today's market then these are fairly ordinary and may be a bit dull but when taken with a mug of tea or a glass of milk they come in to their own and complement each other fantastically. You will often find these on plates at coffee mornings and other such events and gatherings. I don't think too many people wouldn't like these as there is no real flavour to object to, certainly folks may not be extremely excited by them or love them as much as others but if they were offered to guest along with a drink I think they would be acceptable and go down very well.
The biscuits are reasonably thin and can be broken by fingers or teeth very easily, if dunked in to a hot drink they do go soft very quickly and so you need to remove the biscuit from your mug swiftly or you will end up with bits of Rich Tea in there as it breaks off. Personally I always enjoy these even though they are not the most fantastic biscuits ever known to man. Another plus is that each McVities Rich Tea biscuit is 38 calories and contains 1.3 g of fat so if you exercise self control these are not too bad.
A great idea is to toast a marshmallow and then put it between two Rich Tea like a sandwich, and then eat it. This is called a Samore because you always want some more!
As a vegetarian, I am often a little restricted on what sweet treats I am able to enjoy due to products containing colourings and other animal derived products but McVities Rich Tea biscuits are a timeless snack that I have always enjoyed. Some people put jam, Nutella, peanut butter and icing on these biscuits as I remember doing when I was a child but I prefer them plain now I am a bit older. :)
WHERE TO BUY THEM, WHAT YOU GET AND COST.
My packet of biscuits came from Sainsburys and cost around 80p for 300 grams which in my opinion for such a versatile, delicious biscuit is very reasonable! I received around 20 biscuits for for this price. You can buy them cheaper however and they are widely available from all good supermarkets. I have also seen packets in smaller, 200g sizes too.
McVities Rich Tea biscuits are quite simply packed being wrapped in smart blue cellophane with a convenient tab for opening. "Rich Tea" is written on the front of the pack in distinctive white writing which gives a good, effective contrast against the blue packaging. Packaging the biscuits like this seems to be quite effective as I had very few broken ones when I emptied the packet into our biscuit barrel.
WHAT THEY LOOK AND SMELL LIKE.
McVities Rich Tea biscuits are by no means a flashy, attractive biscuit but who cares as long as they taste good to be honest?! They are a little larger than the size of my palm (Although I do have quite small hands!) and are a sandy brown colour although you do occasionally get the odd one which is slightly more/less brown due to the laws of baking obviously! They have a smooth texture on the top of the biscuit and have their name etched on the front and underneath have small lines on them. The biscuits do not have much of an aroma but there is a vague smell of sweetness to them. This is more apparent however if they are dunked in a nice cup of tea!
WHAT IS IN THEM AND NUTRITIONAL CONTENT.
McVities Rich Tea biscuits are a bakery product and are not really the healthiest product on the market but in terms of biscuits and healthiness, you can purchase far worse biscuits! The ingredients list for them is fairly short and sweet and is as follows:
Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Glucose-fructose Syrup, Malt Extract, Cultured Skimmed Milk, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt.
The nutrition for these biscuits again could look far worse with a mere 38kcal and 1.3g of fat (0.1g saturated) per biscuit! I believe this would equate to 453kcal, 15.5g fat (1.5g saturated) per 100g. This in my opinion, does not make for bad reading and I'm sure one or two could be worked into a healthy diet.
I believe that McVities Rich Tea biscuits are far superior to any other rich tea biscuit available due to their stability when dunked in a cup of tea and their smooth substantial taste. There is a satisfying "SNAP!" as you bite into or break the biscuit and it remains relatively in tact with little crumbling, something which always indicates the sign of a good biscuit in my opinion! They don't disintegrate when dunked in tea, coffee or hot chocolate either (As some of their cheaper counterparts do). The taste alone is lovely, smooth, subtly sweet and not too over-powering. McVities Rich Tea biscuits do not have bits of unprocessed/milled grain in which I find most off-putting in some biscuits and I think I find their smooth texture most appealing. Some people may describe them as being too dry or plain however.
McVities now do a lighter version of the Rich Tea for dieters which still tastes very similar to the original although is a little more crumbly.
McVities Rich Tea biscuits are a wonderful, versatile biscuit that will continue to remain my favourite for years to come! They are often imitated but never beaten!
I used to hate these Biscuits as I thought they were so boring. The only way to liven them up used to be spread 1 with Butter and sandwich 1 of them on top of the other, but I hadn't done that in years. Again it was at the inlaws that I had 1 of these, since you wouldn't have found them in our house. Good way to do Dooyoo reviews, go to their house and eat all their Biscuits!
These come in only a 300g pack I think and cost around 80p.
You get about 18 in the pack. The Biscuits are quite thin, so that's how you get a few in the pack. When the pack is opened you can smell the Tea scent and it doesn't smell that strong, just nice.
These Biscuits are really crispy and crunchy and make a good crack when bitten into. I also like to bite into them and leave to soften in my mouth a bit as they go that bit moist which is nice as well when they are softer. You can taste the Tea taste through the Biscuits and it is a nice enough taste. That's the only flavouring you can taste in these, so they would be pretty plain without it.
This biscuit was alright, but 1 is probably enough for me. They are just that bit boring for me, but I know plenty of people who like this kind of Biscuits.
If you read my reviews regularly you will already be aware of the biscuit tin that has found its way onto my desk at work. ... This tin has in recent months stocked Rich Tea biscuits amongst sporadic purchases of custard creams, bourbon biscuits and digestives.
My aunts used to devour Rich Tea biscuits with their never ending flow of cups of tea when I used to go around their houses to wait for my parents to finish work, so Rich Tea is a brand of biscuit I have grown up around.
A Rich Tea biscuit is not rich, nor is it flavoured like tea. They do go well with tea and I am told they are the dunkers choice for people who normally get caught out whilst trying to dunk. As they are harder than Digestives and Hob Nobs, they dunk well.
Rich Tea biscuits are round circular biscuits that feel hard, have little holes punched across the top and are an Andrex puppy sort of colour. They have a smooth taste- they are not as wheaty tasting or as textured as Digestives or Hob Nobs for example. I think they would be suited for people wanting a plain biscuit- they would be ideal to go with quite richly flavoured drinks such as hot chocolate or a cappucino.
Each biscuit contains only 38 calories and 1.3g fat of which 0.1g is saturated fat! This is much much lower than I had expected- I thought they would be the same as Digestives and around 70 calories a biscuit. As it turns out, you can have two Rich Tea biscuits for the calorific price of one Digestive. Bargain!
The ingredients are:
Wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil, glucose-fructose syrup, barley, malt extract, raising agents, salt and dried skimmed milk.
I think of Rich Tea biscuits as quite boring biscuits. I prefer chocolate coated, all singing all dancing biscuits myself and I am of the opinion they are very much an "old person's biscuit"- the sort of thing your gran would buy week in week out.
If you are looking for a plain biscuit, something that is conservative and proper looking and something that I can see the Queen eating, then this is your biccy!
I'm definately a fan of a cup of tea and a few biscuits in a morning (or afternoon, or any time of day really!), and Rich Tea biscuits help to satisfy my taste buds.
These biscuits are made by the well known brand McVities and the 300g packet I purchased from Tesco this week cost me just £1.
Nutritional Info (per biscuit) -
Rich Tea biscuits are also suitable for vegetarians.
The biscuits are round - perfect shape for dipping into a cup of tea (don't leave them in for too long as they are quite light and will break and fall into your cuppa).
The taste is quite plain (but that's what I like), and has no toppings such as sugar or chocolate so they are healthier than some other varieties of biscuit. Although feel free to add your own toppings to them if you want to - if you have kids you could melt some chocolate and stick on some eyes and a nose with jelly sweets or smarties.
I would recommend the Rich Tea buiscit as a light snack at a reasonable price (just don't eat the whole pack at once as they aren't that filling!) They are quite a soft, light biscuit so a good snack whatever time of day.
After a busy old day of reviewing I took a little break there and sat down with a cup of tea and a few rich tea biscuits, well more than a few actually.
I was glad to see my wife had learned her lesson after buying the Tesco own brand of these and had gone back to McVities.
McVities rich tea biscuits are a great biscuit for dunking in a steaming hot cup of sweet tea; they have a great consistency which seems to stop them going too soggy and collapsing into the cup as most of the cheaper brands tend to.
These are not expensive biscuits so I really see no need on trying to save pennies by buying cheaper brands, a 300g packet of these fine biscuits costs 71p in Tesco so hardly bank breaking and the quality of them is far superior to the cheaper brands.
Rich tea biscuits are not too bad for you either with each biscuit containing only 38 calories, 1.3g of fat and 1.7g of sugar, they are also low in salt and have no artificial flavours or colours.
You can of course eat these on their own rather than dunking and you can also use them to spread with jam or my favourite which is chocolate spread, however you enjoy your rich tea biscuits make sure they are McVities.
I have always loved McVities Rich Tea ever since I can remember! you can keep your chocolate Digestives and your burbons - this is what I rush to the cupboard for to have with my cuppa tea!
The biscuits are wrapped in quite a Flimsy wrapper which does leave them vulnerable when being transported from the shop to home - I have to eat the broken ones when i'm putting them in the tin at home you see so not good for the diet!
Its blue, yellow and white with a picture of the actual biscuit on the front. it also states " no artificial flavours or colours and no hydrogenated vegetable oil"
**The Cost & Availability**
The cost normally i get these from my local tesco metro, for 71p and you get about 38 in a packet, i think if you got them from a tesco store they would probably be a lot cheaper. You can also find them in asda, sainsburys and most corner shops
McVities say each biscuit contains:
Now the above is for the classic, they do do a low fat one and I use to include these when I was doing a weightwatchers plan I think 1 rich tea light was .5 of a point so a fab alternative to chocolate.
As I said I love em, they are brilliant to dunk, obsorb loads of tea without going all soggy and fallig into your cuppa, they are plain but I find them quite sweet so they curb my sweet tooth cravings and for me are an excellent replacement for chocolate for me
I am so bad. I recently jacked in the 'diet' and am back to eating junk again!!! It's no good, I should stop going shopping.... and should really stop reading food reviews as they quite often encourage me.
Anyway... Rich tea biscuits are not my usual choice, I usually prefer something with more, well... chocolate! I only ended up with these as I had recently popped in to Lidl to see what bargains they had. Alas, all they had was McVities Rich Tea biscuits! I bought two 300g packets for just £1.
Each biscuit contains 38 calories and 1.3g of fat. These values are considerably less than the custard creams, ginger nuts and chocolate chip biccies I love.
The biscuits are round (about the same size as the lid off a tin of soup) and around 5mm thick and biscuit coloured!!!
It is quite difficult for me to describe the flavour of these rich tea biscuits, other than that they are slightly malty and a real classic flavour. They are fabulous with a steaming cup of tea, which is exactly what I am doing now, dunking!! They do go nice and soggy when dunked but keep the firm shape if you are quick. If you like to dig soggy bits out of the bottom of your tea cup dunk them for about 40 seconds.
I am rather impressed with these biccies and find that the quality is really good. I don't want to encourage myself biscuit eating but I would buy these again.
Rice tea are in many ways the perfect biscuits to go with a cup of tea, however they are also not the best in some ways too. If you have seen the Peter Kay live stand up then you may know these rich tea biscuits as one dips, as basically they can only be dipped once, and quickly at that until they become fairly soggy and cant stand solid any more.
However this can be a good thing too, as when they are dipped for that short period of time it really softens then up and makes them ten times nicer than normal, its almost as if the tea makes these biscuits complete however I guess they do contain the word tea in their name.
One their own then they are a very pale looking round and fairly flat and thin biscuit. They are really quite dry if you eat these on their own and seem to have flaky layers of biscuit crunched up together.
This could be why they become so soggy quickly as they are so dry. However I never really eat these without a cup of tea as they are delicious with one.
I am always on a mission to save a few pennies whilst still being able to treat myself to the things that I enjoy in life so when I saw a multipack of miscellaneous McVities products I just had to snap it up at the bargain price of £1.00 from a local supermarket. Amongst others there was a packet of Rich Tea biscuits within and I promptly added these to my biscuit tin.
They cost around 65p at present for a 300g packet (at all the big supermarkets) and you will receive about 25 biscuits for your money. Each biscuit is 38 calories and 1.3g of fat so these aren't too bad providing you stick to two or three with your tea rather than eating half the packet which I have been known to do from time to time!
These biscuits taste just like any other rich tea biscuits and they all seem to be a similar size and are also circle in shape. They have that distinctly almost cakey kind of flavour that only rich teas have and are quite sweet. The biscuit is deliciously crunchy and gets crumbs all other me. I always find they end up in a kind of paste if I eat too many in one go and then I need a glass of water as soon as possible!
These biscuits are great dunkers and providing you only leave them for just a couple of seconds they shouldn't break up in your tea although like with most biscuits this is definitely trial and error.
I will be rating this product 5/5 as I can't find a single thing to fault about them, the taste is great, they dunk well and there is minimal breakages (in my experience at least). I would definitely recommend the McVities Rich Tea and I see them as being the original and the best in my mind. I will be purchasing these again, particularly if I can get another of the £1.00 multipacks with three different varities within. Yummy!
I like having some snacks in the biscuit barrel, even thought I wouldn't necessarily say I'm a huge biscuit fan. I tend to opt for McVities over other brands, or supermarket own makes, as they're reliably tasty. I know Rich Tea biscuits are different to digestives, but I would opt for the digestives given the choice.
McVities are probably the most popular choice when it comes to biscuit brands, and with years of knowledge and experience you'd expect quality products. I would say that these are good quality, and probably quite addictive if you have them with a nice cuppa tea, but they're not in my top 3.
These are sold in a single 300g packet for 57p, which is a good price for the fairly large number of biscuits you get. Twin packs of 2 x 300g are often available, costing around £1.23 (Asda). Generally speaking as these are very popular, they're easily to come across in most supermarkets and convenience stores.
Each biscuit contains 38 calories and 1.3g of fat, which isn't too bad for a snack if you only have a couple at a time. McVities are up-to-date with the more recent trend of cutting down fats and so these now contain 50% less saturated fat. This, in my opinion, can only be a good thing, especially as they still retain the 'same great taste'. If you're wanting to take the reduced fat a step further, a light version of their Rich Tea biscuits is also available, though these are harder to come by in smaller stores.
How do they taste? They're crisp and crunchy and have a rich 'biscuity' taste. As suggested by the name they go perfectly with a nice cuppa tea :o) There's nothing really that could be off-putting about these, except there are quite bland and dry. I prefer digestives as they seem to be slightly less dry, but these Rich Tea biscuits can be quite addictive once you eat one or two and take to their taste.
They may be too bland for some, but I think these go nicely with a warm drink, plus they're lower in calories than most other biscuits. Although they're not my preferred choice, they're still worth a try, especially at under 60p a packet.
I'm a big fan of biscuits, but usually opt for the 'more exciting' varieties. However, on my last trip to the supermarket a packet of McVities Classic Rich Tea biccies caught my eye. Haven't had one for yonks, but for some odd reason I really fancied a boring (& lets face it, bland) biccie.
Then I spotted the dreaded words that keep appearing on more & more 'unhealthy' foodstuffs these days.....50% less saturated fat - same great taste. Such notions fill me with dread. 99.9% of the time these statements should read 'we've taken out some of the crap just to keep the health-food do-gooders happy - now tastes yuk'. I perservered anyway & threw the pack in the trolley....
Now for the taste test. Even though it's been a few years since I had one, these biscuits seem to taste exactly as I remember! They're light & crisp, with a subtle...errr, 'biscuit' flavour. As I pointed out, they are bland, but dunked in a brew or a coffee they are able to take on the flavour of the drink which can be quite pleasing for a change.
So what have the ingredient-tinkering people at Mc Vit's done to the nutritional info? Well, one biccie (& they are quite sizable) contains 38 calories & 1.3g of fat (of which saturates are now only 0.3g). Still pretty unhealthy, but not bad versus other biscuits & the lowering of the saturates without compromising on taste gets a big thumbs up from moi!
Well done to McVities! Now if only someone could sort out the choccie biccies without ruining the taste....!
The name explains it all. It is one of the classic biscuits. It is probably between McVities digestives and McVities Classic Rich Tea in being the best biscuit to dip into your tea.
Biscuits to me are very addictive. And the good thing is that McVities Classic Rich Tea is made out of what I call healthy ingredients. It is mostly made out of wheat, which contains lots of fibre to help your digestive system.
The taste is unique and perfect. In supermarkets, you can see a whole range of imitation products from different companies but they do not compare to McVities Classic Rich Tea. They do not taste similar in any way.
Eating a lot of these biscuits, you would think they would make your mouth dry, but they don't. They are great tasting and the make me want me to keep eating more. Something similar to Pringles but in the case of biscuits. Someone would have to take the packet away from or else I would not know when to stop until I run out.
McVities Classic Rich Tea biscuits are not expensive either and can be purchased at any store or corner shop. They are roughly just over a pound for a pack with over 30 biscuits. This is a very good biscuit, which I would recommend to anyone.