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MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MCVITIE'S DIGESTIVES I absolutely adore McVitie's digestives. The dark chocolate ones are a devilish treat for me, but the normal ones are also very very yummy - they're kind of nutty and crunchy, with a tinge of sweetness, just perfect to have with a cup of tea or to dunk in some milk. Sadly for me, because digestives are so good, I usually can't stop at having just a few, so these become very calorically costly for me!! NOW TO THE LIGHT DIGESTIVES These light digestives come in a similar McVite's packing, with the familiar red covering most of the packet. But the dark blue portion is now replaced by light blue, making it easily recognisable from the normal Digestives. The biscuit itself look quite similar the normal ones, but perhaps just slightly lighter in shade (maybe it's just my eyes). McVites claim that these have the "McVite's taste with the 30% less fat" - I can definitely agree with the last half of the statement but sadly not the first. Let's look at the nutrition first. Each biscuit has about 70 calories, 10.8 g of carbohydrates and 2.4 g of fat. Compare this to the normal ones - those have about the same amount of calories and carbohydrates, but 3 g of fat. Fat-check? Yes! How about taste-wise? WELL, sadly, these don't taste the same as McVitie's digestives. Being lower in fat DOES mean a difference in taste. The biscuit itself is slightly drier, and the nutty flavour is more subdued. It also tastes less oily, which is perhaps the only thing about its flavour that I like! RECOMMEND OR NOT? Because this is not so tasty, I found it much easier to control my portion size! All in all, yes, I think it did help me achieve my aim of eating more healthily although I must admit that it is certainly much less flavoursome! I would definitely recommend this product as a partial substitute - from time to time I do go back to eating the normal ones (and even the dark chocolate ones) just to satisfy the cravings!
We can't work out why these are in the house but I guess it was my dad who picked them up in the shop without looking properly. They are McVities idea of a lower fat biscuit but I don't think they should have bothered because if your going to have a chocolate biscuit then it's a bit pointless buying a low fat one! lol They're not that good either and to me they didn't taste anything like the normal chocolate digestives. The biscuit doesn't taste as buttery and it's deffo not as crumbly and yummy as the other chocolate digestives. The chocolate tastes dead cheap as well and isn't creamy or rich like I expect from Mcvities chocolate digestives. The whole biscuit tasted like one of them dead cheapo supermarket bicuits and I even thought they tasted salty underneath the bicuit and chocolate flavours. I didn't like these at all and neither did anyone else in the house. The main thing for me was that the chocolate felt and tasted like chocolate flavour topping instead of proper chocolate and I thought that was proper disappointing. I tried dunking mine in my coffee and it fell to bits in seconds so these biscuits aren't even good for that. I don't know how much lower in fat they are because I haven't got the wrapper now but I bet there's not that much difference in the numbers even though the biscuit was so cheap tasting.
We always have a packet of the regular Mcvities Digestive biscuits in our house! Although I was never really keen on them as a child (I found them rather dull!), I do rather like them now! However, now I'm trying to lose weight following the recent birth of our daughter I decided to try the Light version of these biscuits! McVities Digestive are perhaps the most commonly known of digestive biscuit and, in my opinion, they are the best too! Created over 100 years ago by Alexander Grant, the large amount of baking soda added formed the basis of the name Digestive due to it helping with the digestion of food! They are a very versatile biscuit - being good either on their own with a cuppa or, as I prefer eating them, served with some sliced apple and cheese for a quick snack! A good, crisp apple such as a Pink Lady and a good stinky cheddar do go very well with this biscuit! In fact, it is is almost better than most crackers in that respect! However, how do they measure up to traditional digestives? Not so well actually.. They are round, approximately 7cm across and 0.5cm thick, roughly the same as the standard version but slightly thinner. They have a soft wheaty smell but while the standard biscuit has a crumbly texture, the light version is very dry and lacking in flavour. In fact, it's so dry it just disintegrates into dust when you bite into it.. The packaging is similar to the standard Digestive but with a light blue band across the top and the world "Light" above the picture of the biscuits! A 400g packet would cost around £0.97 from Tesco which makes them more expensive than the standard version which sells at the same price but for a 500g packet. Each biscuit contains 66kcal 2.9g sugar 2.4g fat 0.3g salt There is therefore 25% less fat in these biscuits but not many less calories. There is slightly more sugar. In 2004 McVities reduced the amount of salt in their Digestive biscuits to 0.3g per biscuit (well within the recommended 6g maximum per day) and also there is no hydrogenated vegetable oil in their biscuits either! To be honest, for the few extra calories the standard Digestive wins hands down! Given the Digestive remain Mcvities biggest seller to date I'll stick with the original in future!!