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      01.01.2013 12:44
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      A great traditional biscuit that is loved by many.

      McVitie's Ginger Nuts


      I love ginger nuts and McVities ginger nuts are one of the best. They are a robust biscuit with plenty of flavour and as with most McVities biscuits, they are great for dunking in tea as they don't fall apart as you lift them to your eager mouth.

      I am a great fan of cinnamon and nutmeg based puddings and I also like ginger from its root in soups or casseroles. So that is probably why I find McVitie's Ginger Nuts so appealing as they contain all the above. Let's take a look at the ingredients before we look at a little background and the history of the biscuit.

      Shape, texture and Ingredients

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      McVitie's Ginger Nuts are round in shape and measure about three millimetres in thickness, which is about an eighth of an inch.

      What makes the McVities version stand out for me is the fact that they taste primarily of ginger. 'Surely all ginger biscuits taste of ginger?' I hear you ask. Well you would be surprised. A lot of countries bang so many spices into the biscuit that the ginger becomes over-powered. McVities use cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and the ginger shines through; whereas some countries overload the biscuits with cardamom and cloves. More often than not, these two ingredients knock the ginger taste out of the biscuit and you end up with a more spicy biscuit.

      Saying that, the McVities version does taste really spicy but that is due to the correct ratio of cinnamon and ginger and, of course, McVities own secret spices which they add to the recipe. Whatever they do end up adding does not take away anything from the ginger and what you end up with is a strong finished product.

      The biscuit is circular in shape, which means that they will easily fit into most tea cups and mugs and I would go as far as saying all cups and mugs unless you drink from a cup which you have borrowed from your daughters doll house.

      A lot of people go to visit Scandinavian countries and eat what they often confuse with ginger nuts. There is a variation called a 'Gingerbread' biscuit but it is made with pepper nuts and not ginger. The pepper nut variation is a lot stronger than ginger and is loaded with spices. Some countries do add ginger as well, which is why people sometimes get confused between the two. The pepper nut biscuits are smaller than ginger nuts and paler in colour.

      The McVities Ginger Nut also has lemon added in to give it that extra zing and also a refreshing taste after the initial explosion of ginger on your tongue.

      Eaten on their own they are quite hard and robust and can stand up to quite a dunking in hot tea.
      They contain no hydronated vegetable oil and are made with only the best ingredients that McVities strive to seek out around the world in order to make their ginger nuts the best.

      They contain gluten and wheat but no artificial colourings or preservatives are used. They are also suitable for vegetarians.


      Ingredients are as follows:

      Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil (Palm), Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Molasses, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt, Natural Lemon and Ginger Flavouring.
      The secret ingredients are rumoured to be cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices.



      Nutritional information


      Typical values per 100g PER BISCUIT

      Energy 1915kj 224kj
      Energy 455kcal 53kcal
      Protein 5.5g 0.6g
      Carbohydrate 71.1g 8.3g
      of which sugars 31g 3.6g
      Fat 16.6g 1.9g
      of which saturates 7.9g 0.9g
      Fibre 2.2g 0.3g
      Sodium 0.4g <0.1g


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      McVities History

      In 1890 after numerous tries, a Scottish man by the name of John Montgomerie was granted a patent for the manufacture of digestive biscuits. By the nineteen thirties McVitie & Price went onto manufacture some of the best loved biscuits in the UK and around the world from their base 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 Ginger nut came much later on with 'Rich Tea' and many of the other famous biscuits under the brand.
      McVities are also renowned for trying to make their biscuits as healthy as is practically possible with this kind of food. They reduced the sodium in their biscuits by ten per cent in two thousand and four and have since lowered them even more.


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      My Thoughts


      As I have already alluded to, the ginger nut is perfect for dunking as it can stand up to the hot liquid.
      Ginger nuts can also be blended or crumbled to make a base for cheesecake. I have tried this and it is absolutely yummy to say the least. I absolutely love ginger nuts and will buy the McVities brand if available every time over any of the others.

      The packets are heat sealed to keep them as fresh as possible and I like to keep them in a tin or an air-tight plastic container to keep them fresh for as long as possible.

      There is nothing like the satisfying crunch of a ginger nut and when you dunk one for the first time the taste of the tea with them is sublime. As a youngster I used to dunk them and suck the tea out and dunk them again; heaven!

      In my opinion McVities Ginger Nuts are by far the best ginger nut on the market.


      ©Lee Billingham

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      13.11.2011 12:18
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      Good solid biscuits

      I've got an empty packet of McVitie's Ginger Nut biscuits here to help me write this review and the smell from within the wrapper is absolutely fantastic. The packet is empty because once they have been opened they don't last long if I have anything to do with it. Currently a 250g packet of these is around one pound and nine pence on the Tesco website and although this is more expensive than some of the own label brands the difference in quality is definitely discernible although I have eaten many cheaper versions and have enjoyed them thoroughly also.

      If you don't like the gingery taste then these are not for you as the flavour is really strong but in my opinion as a fan these are great and wonderfully fantastic. They are quite possibly some of the hardest crunchiest biscuits you can eat so you need to be a little careful with your teeth, don't surprise yourself with their consistency. They do of course soften with a nice cup of tea which I think is one of the best ways to enjoy biscuits but not to the extent of something like a digestive or a rich tea.

      Each biscuit contains roughly 47 calories and 1.7g of fat so one or two would be a nice treat for someone who is trying to be more healthy in their lifestyle or a person who is on a diet could reward themselves with one of these. You can pay more and buy fanciful versions of ginger biscuits but I think these are great and one of my favourites to really make your mouth stand up and take notice.

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      06.07.2011 08:41
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      A classic biscuit from Mcvities; good value for money

      I love sweet things, cakes and biscuits with Ginger in them and I have always liked Mcvities Ginger Nuts. For some reason, I don't actually buy them all that often, about once every couple of months or so. The reason is that there are so many lovely biscuity snacks to choose from that I cant buy them all in one go; much as part of me would like to. So every now and them I change the biscuits I buy. I was browsing around the biscuit aisle at Tesco recently and I spotted my old favourites; these lovely Ginger Nuts.

      I like them best dunked in Tea, but sometimes just eat them on their own. I have bought some of the cheaper brand Ginger nuts, biut sometimes they can be a bit too hard, especially if you eat them on their own...you can be in danger of breaking your teeth! I like to buy the well known brands sometimes as a little treat and in my view, Mcvities Ginger Nut biscuits are the best ones around. My children are not all that keen on them, but occasionally my son will eat them.

      These Ginger Nuts have a sort of crackled pattern to them and it would be interesting to know how they actually make them in order to get the sort of appearance and texture that they have. They are the sort of biscuit that you either love or hate really and I am a lover!

      Ingredients
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      Wheat flour; Sugar; Vegetable oil (Palm); Gluctose Fructose Syrup; Molasses; Raising Agents ( Sodium bicarbonate, Ammonium bicarbonate); Salt; Natural lemon; Ginger; Flavouring

      One Ginger nut biscuit contains 47 Kcals

      You can buy a 250g packet of Ginger Nuts for only a £1.00 at Tesco.

      These Ginger nuts are very crunchy; the Ginger taste is lovely and once I start eating them I find it hard to stop!

      This is a Classic Biscuit from Mcvities which in my view is deserving of 4 stars.

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        03.06.2010 17:39
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        A lovely biscuit! Just don't try to have too many at a time, your teeth will hate you for it!

        One day, I was buying my usual packet of oh-so-addictive McVities Fruit Shortcake when something else caught my eye - McVities Ginger Nuts. I had never tried any ginger nuts before, but something made me buy them.

        I was not disappointed. The intense burst of flavour when you bite into them is just amazing! They taste great, but not too sweet like some other biscuits do, they are flavoursome, the packaging is quite attractive and they are (thankfully) not quite as ridiculously addictive as McVities Fruit Shortcake. As biscuits go, they are pretty healthy, and they are great with a cup of tea.

        The only issue I have with these is that they can be quite hard to bite into as they are really very solid. After a few biscuits, eating them becomes a bit of a chore and I have to stop. However, they really do taste great.

        All in all, I would recommend these, especially if you are a fan of ginger - there really is a strong, authentic ginger flavour off these lovely biscuits, and also they are quite a decent size - I hate when biscuits are too small!

        Nicely presented in attractive packaging. I have never tried any other brands of ginger nuts, so can't compare them to others, but as biscuits in general go, they're pretty good! Four stars from me.

        Thanks for reading. This review is also published on ciao.co.uk under the same username.

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        25.10.2009 14:31
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        good but you can get the same thing cheaper

        Mcvities are one of the biggest makers of biscuits and when you buy mcvities you know your getting a good quality biscuit and this is no different for their ginger nuts either.

        Mcvities ginger nuts are basically small but fair sized circular flat shaped biscuits that have a ginger taste to it. If you haven't tried these, they taste similar to the ginger bread man taste however are a much harder biscuit than these and a lot crunchier because of this.

        They are great for dipping though as they are so hard, when dipped they still stay together fairly well and instead of turning to much straight away they go a bit chewy which is a really good texture for a dipped biscuit.

        They go with cups of tea really well as the two flavours balance out very well however there also nice eaten on their own as well.

        The only problem I see with these is the price, there about 80p for a pack which I guess isn't too bad however when you can get the same thing in supermarkets home brands for half the price then its just no competition really. Good product but there are cheaper alternatives out there so I don't tend to get these ones all that often.

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          10.08.2009 10:29
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          McVitie's Ginger Nuts

          McVitie's bake biscuits like they ought to be. McVitie's have been making biscuits since 1830. They are now owned by the company United Biscuits. According to an article I read, the name derives from the original Scottish biscuit maker, McVitie & Price, Ltd. on Rose Street in Edinburgh, Scotland. McVitie's say, "We are passionate about baking. It is no wonder generations have loved the great taste of McVitie's Biscuits."

          Ginger is a type of plant which is consumed whole as a delicacy, medicine or used as spice for cooking or tea. Ginger has been found effective in multiple studies for treating nausea caused by seasickness, morning sickness and chemotherapy. Even though I'm pregnant I fortunately do not have any morning sickness at all but this still does not stop me using it as an excuse to buy McVitie's Ginger Nuts. Ginger Nuts are basically just biscuits flavoured with powdered ginger, anise, nuts and other spices.

          What I love about these biscuits is that they have a wonderfully crunchy consistency to them. They are quite hard are tough to break in two but when you bite into them they have such a lovely crunch. They have a sort of nobbled texture to them as well which gives them a bit more of a crunchy kick. They have a sort of dark orangey, brown colour to them.

          The flavour is second to none. They have a very strong, sweet taste to them. I find them extremely spicy and they do leave a spicy after taste in your mouth. It's funny because I actually don't like ginger in it's natural form, ie when accompanied with sushi but I do like it in these biscuits.

          They are not the healthiest biscuits around. Per biscuit there are 53 calories and I don't know about you I can't stop at one. A 300g pack of these biscuits at Sainsburys will cost you £0.90, a bargain in my opinion!

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            06.08.2009 12:44
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            Great high quality biscuits that I will buy again and again!

            I first started buying McVitie's Ginger Nuts in an effort to stop myself buying the ridiculously expensive ginger biscuits at work to go with my coffee every morning. I started keeping a tube of these yummy biscuits at my desk, but the trouble is I would eat half a packet at a time - it really wasn't saving me any money at all, and I was eating an obscene amount of ginger nuts!

            Each tube is 300g and retails for about 75p usually, although obviously this varies depending on the retailer. The packet design has changed slightly from the one currently shown on Dooyoo - there is now much more dark blue on the main part of the tube, and the whole design just looks a bit more modern.

            The ginger nut biscuits themselves are approximately two inches in diameter and very smooth looking. They are a lovely orangey-brown colour with some small sugar crystals visible, and are nice and crunchy when you bite into them. They taste fantastic - really gingery, just how I like them! Perfect for dunking in your tea or coffee to wake you up in the morning!

            The only problem I have with them is that they are so more-ish and I have a complete lack of self-control when it comes to biscuits! The packet states they have 53 calories per biscuit, and considering I've eaten about 20 whilst 'researching' this review, that soon adds up to a very unhealthy snack. I'm not going to stop buying them though - I will simply have to hide them from myself!

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              06.08.2009 10:16
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              McVities Ginger Nuts come in 2 sizes, 200g or 300g. We usually buy the 300g packet and it is easily gone in a week! Currently in Tesco, the 300g packet retails at 90p and the 200g pack retails at 89p, however the 200g packets are on buy one get one free offer until 25th August.

              The packet is sort of similar to the one in the picture but has changed a little. The pack now also has a sort of blue band round it however it is still orange and has a picture of a biscuit on the front. The pack is now also more easy open and can easily be twisted round to keep the biscuits fresh once a few have been eaten.

              So onto the biscuit itself. Each biscuit is round and of a deep brown colour. As you bite into the biscuit you may find them to be quite hard as I often do so therefore I find them better dunked in a cup of tea. The taste of the ginger nuts is much stronger than the cheaper versions and is very rich. The ginger taste often leaves my tongue tingling for a few moments after I have finished the biscuit as the gingery taste is quite strong. Each biscuit contains 53 calories, 3.6g sugar, 1.9g fat (0.9g saturates) and less than 0.1g of salt.

              I would recommend these biscuits to anyone and believe that although cheaper alternatives are nice, these have a defined taste and no others are quite as strong. All of my family like these and I believe they are very good value for such a versatile biscuit.

              Tip: Try them crumbled in vanilla yoghurt

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                24.07.2009 15:47
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                A fantasic tasty biscuit.

                Mcvites Ginger nuts are a regular on my weekly shopping list. I have tried other brands but I always go back to McVites, as I think they stand head and shoulders above any of its competitors.

                Ginger of course has a variety of uses. It is a tropical plant grown in India, China and Jamaica. and apart from using it in cooking savoury dishes, there are many old wives' tales of using it in tea as a remedy for colds or drinking ginger ale/beer for an upset stomach.

                However, these biscuits can easily be spotted on the supermarket shelf in a bright orange tubular packet. They are foil wrapped for freshness and a 300g packet costs between 70p - 75p, however, they are usually on offer at some point in each supermarket. The packet is opened by just pulling apart the wrapper at one end. Not like some brands that have a tag you can pull to open all round the biscuits. This makes them easy to seal and keep fresh. However, I would recommend that once opened they are stored in an airtight container to ensure freshness at a later date, as I have known the biscuits left in an half eaten packet to go soft and chewy.

                On opening the packet you immediately get the aroma of a sweet mild ginger and syrupy smell.

                The biscuits are golden brown and circular with a diameter of about 5 -6 centimetres. They are a hard crunchy biscuit, which is why my husband, who wears dentures, likes to dunk his in tea to soften them a bit first. Personally, I like to munch mine and drink my tea afterwards.

                On eating the biscuit you get the taste of ginger with a slight syrupy taste, the biscuit is sweet but not overpowering or sickly. I always seem to get a slight after taste in the mouth, which is why I drink my tea afterwards.

                Nutritional Information per biscuit.

                Energy 53kcal
                Protein 0.6g
                Carbohydrate 8.3g of which 3.6g are sugars
                Fat 1.9g of which 0.9g is saturates
                Fibre 0.3g
                Sodium <0.1g.

                As with most of McVites products there are no artificial flavours or colours used and also, no hydrogenated vegetable oil.

                As I have said they are regularly on my shopping list as I have also used the biscuits in other ways. First I crush some buy putting the biscuits into a sandwich bag and using a rolling pin to break the biscuits into crumbly bits. I have then used them as a base for cheesecake or used as a topping on banana splits or even ice cream.

                The only down side to these biscuits is that they are so moreish one is never enough.

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                  22.07.2009 12:53
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                  49p in my pocket and standing in the biscuit section at Sainsburys. I could of bought 2 packets of Sainsburys own brand of ginger nuts for 23p but instead I opted for McVities. For 47p and a smaller amount of biscuits I should maybe of gone for the cheaper variety but hey, I felt like going a bit up market (!)

                  There can't be many people who haven't heard of the ginger nut. It's basically a golden brown biscuit which is slightly thicker in height but smaller in width than your usual digestives or tea biscuits. In most cases they should have a strong taste of ginger but not so that you want to spit it out afterwards. I'm actually pleased to say that McVities have managed this combination well. Spicey yet not too overpowering.

                  They are also very hard to break into. Somehow I worry that I'm going to break my teeth eating one of these. I tend to crunch on them using my side teeth if that makes sense. Once you've actually gotten the first bite out of the way you're fine to munch away. You could also dunk these into your tea to make them a bit softer as well.

                  I find that these are very morish and when it's my money that I'm using to buy them you're more than likely going to find them hidden away in my bedroom than lurking in a kitchen cuboard. Such as why it doesn't take long for me to consume them. Especially when I'm reading.

                  For a 300g pack you do get a decent amount, whilst there being 56 calories and 2.0g per biscuit they aren't exactly the healthiest of snacks.

                  Now then, a bit of maths. I got mine for 47p however, this was as part of a deal and it had a 1/3 of the price cut off. So...I think that in Sainsburys at least they should cost about 70-75p

                  There is a downside to these. They taste lovely when eating but when you've finished they leave a funny aftertaste. A bit like orange juice when it's not been put in the fridge with another underlying flavour which I can't work out.

                  I would recommend these to anybody who likes a ginger nut, they are especially good when having a hot drink and they don't crumble or fall apart when you're eating them. Very nice!

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                    22.06.2009 13:49
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                    A fantastic ginger nut that tastes delicious and doesn't have too many calories or fat.

                    I suffer from IBS and have days where I need something to eat that's got fat/calories in it, is easy to eat (i.e small) and will hopefully help to keep the sickness I get at bay and I find ginger nuts to be perfect for this.

                    McVities Ginger Nuts come in a thick plastic wrapper which has perforated edges at both ends for ease of opening and there are around 30 biscuits per packet.

                    A ginger nut biscuit is made from wheat flour, ginger extracts, molasses, sugar & vegetable oil and whilst the individual ingredients don't sound very nice when these have been mixed together and shaped in to a round ginger coloured biscuit it's absolutely delicious. There is just enough ginger flavouring for the entire biscuit to have the flavouring without being too overpowering for your mouth or your stomach. The biscuits are very crunchy and quite hard to break up but if you want something a little easier then these can be sucked to give them a softer bite.

                    Each biscuit contains 53 calories & 1.9g of fat so I think that these are great for the delicious flavour that you get and the crunchiness of the biscuit. I usually have a couple of these in the morning if I am feeling unwell and find that this always works a treat and helps me face up to food in the day ahead and I find on the days when I have nothing that I just don't feel like breakfast or lunch and then I end up so hungry that I actually feel worse.

                    A 300g packet of McVities Ginger Nuts is available from Tesco stores or www.tesco.co.uk for just 90p and these are current on BOGOF (until 23/06/2009) and although these are more expensive than the value Tesco biscuits I think it's worth paying a little extra for the delicious taste and there is slightly less calories in these than the similar sized Tesco Value Ginger Nuts.

                    I am rating these biscuits 5/5 and would definitely recommend them if you want something full of flavour for your tea break and these dunk very well without breaking up and the tea gives the ginger nuts an even more delicious flavour.

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                    17.06.2009 00:43
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                    A great biscuit. Up there for me with decent coffee and bread as an essential

                    Having munched my way through a few too many of these tonight, I thought a review would only be polite!

                    I normally buy the cheap and cheerful version of gingernuts. They are my favourite biscuit but I am a Tesco Value girl out of necessity and lack of cash! I was making a fridge cake (evil thing - chocolate, nuts, fruit ginger nuts and condensed milk!!!) for a friends birthday and as it was a birthday, decided to use decent quality biscuits. The Mcvities were on BOGOF so against my better judgement in view of my waistline I picked up tow packets. The second has been residing in the cupboard. Tonight I remembered it was there...bad move!

                    I did find that that I feel more satisfied with less of these biscuits. The flavour is quite intense and this was also noticed in my cake. The calorie content is about the same as cheaper ones at around 56 calories a biscuit. As I ate less of these I would say that they are probably better for the waistline that the lower calorie ones out there that you can eat and eat and not feel like you've tasted anything.

                    The important test - dunking into tea! I found that they held a lot of liquid and I could leave them in for longer without them disintigrating. The taste was very nice and they didn't drop off in my tea which was a massive bonus!

                    I would buy these again over the value ones. I think I eat less, get more taste and just a nicer experience. And they make my cooking better! Worth the extra money even when they're not on special offer.

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                    21.01.2009 00:20
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                    Basically, I'm a serial dunker - If it will fit into a cup of tea (whatever 'it' may be), then into the tea it shalt boldly go.

                    It's only been in recent years that I have come to accept 'ginger' biscuits; I used to avoid them like the plague due to their strong flavour and devious ways - yet now, I'm willing to dunk them like all the rest.

                    McVities Ginger Nuts can be purchased from all major supermarkets, and cost 93p from Tesco and Asda for the 300g packet. Sainsbury's sell the biscuits for a slightly inflated 98p, and you can also buy the product from the majority of newsagents.

                    Taste wise, the little orange biscuits are pleasant; not too strong in their gingery-ness, and at the same time, containing just the right level of sweetness. Ginger Nuts are certainly crunchy biscuits... teeth-breakingly crunchy on occasion, which is even more reason to dip them into your tea! In fact, Ginger Nuts are one of the only biscuits I can eat when they have gone slightly soggy; in this situation (where the packet has been left open for a day or so), they actually taste quite nice, and slightly chewy - but i'll let you conduct your own experiments.

                    McVitie's Ginger Nuts contain; Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Partially Inverted Sugar Syrup, Molasses, Raising Agents (sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt, Ginger Extract, and Lemon Oil.

                    Each biscuit contains 53 calories, whereas eating the whole pack would add 1500 calories to your daily intake.

                    To be honest, in terms of the taste, I can't really say I prefer McVitie's Ginger Nuts over the common-or-garden Tesco variety (54p for 200g), as to me, they have a very similar flavour. Therefore, generally I will go for the Tesco option if I'm out shopping - unless the McVitie's version is on sale, in which case I will go for those instead.

                    Overall, the biscuits make a nice change from the somewhat boring Rich Tea and Digestive, and are probably the spiciest biscuits you can get.

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                      A great little biscuit that settles my tummy

                      McVities are owned by a company called United Biscuits, who also own Jacobs, Twiglets, Penguin, KP, McCoys and Mini Cheddars! Mcvities first made the "Chocolate digestive" in 1925 and have since put together plain digestives, mini cookies and hobnobs. Infact they claim that over 71 million packets of just chocolate digestives are eaten each year in the UK!

                      Ginger Nuts have always been my favourite type of biscuits. The flavour of ginger is just right, not too overpowering or spicy as to make your mouth burn. I cant eat fairtrade ginger biscuits as they put actual pieces of stem ginger in the biscuits and this is too much for my sensitive palatte ;)

                      The reason I have decided to review them is because I have recently been feeling very nauseous after suffering from the winter bug over New Years and having M.E for many years. Ginger is a natural remedy for nausea. It has been proven to be effective for morning sickenss, seasickness and even to help with nausea associated with chemotherapy. Of course there are ginger tablets available from places such as Holland and Barratts for a whopping £6.87 for 100 tablets. Or you could make yourself a cup of ginger tea, but once again the spiciness of this is too much for me. So I go for the less healthy option of McVities ginger nuts.

                      McVities aernt the only ones to do gingernuts, when looking at tescoes I noticed tesco did their own brand, they were cheaper but when looking at nutritional values I noticed that McVities were suprisingly less calories.

                      I bought a 300g packet for £0.93 which I thought was quite a good price. We've eaten quite a few but I think there was around 28 biscuits in the packet to begin with. So it works out at around 3.3p per biscuit. The biscuits are an average size, their diameter being around 5cm. They are nice and thick too, around 0.5cm.

                      The packaging is disctinctively orange with the blue and white mcVities logo. There is also a picture of the biscuit on the front so you know what to expect on the inside. They are keen to point out that there is no hyrdogenated vegetable oil and no artificial flavours or colours. The packaging contains the nutritional information aswell as the usual "Eat Healthy, Keep Active" advice which is sensible, but its quite small and the kids aernt going to read it!

                      One biscuit sadly contains 55Kcal. If only it had none as they are so yummy and moreish! This includes 1.9g of fat, 0.9g of which saturates. It also contains 0.4g of salt which is alot considering a adults RDA is only 2.4g and a childs is 1.4g!!! So if you need to watch salt intake I suggest you stay away from gingernuts. They are suitable for vegetarians but not for people with gluten intolerance as it contains wheat flour.

                      You must store these in a cool and dry place, preferably a sealed tin or canister once they have been opened as they will go soggy! :( which will ruin their beautiful crunchy texture.

                      The biscuits are a wonderful ginger colour and they smell lovely and gingery. They look like an earthquake might have occurred on them as there are cracks along the top of them, and they will leave crumbs as they are crunchy. They taste of ginger and unsuprisingly a bit salty. As I said before the ginger isnt overpowering but its not subtle either.

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                      Do they work for the nausea??
                      I find that they do. You might think that a sugary and salty biscuit is not something you should eat when you feel sick but I have to say they do help me to stop feeling nauseous. I have used ginger for many years for this purpose and from what I gather it has been used in this way for a long time, although not many people really know it!

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                        The classic ginger nut biscuit

                        Mcvities Ginger nuts are the only ginger nuts allowed in our house. My husband doesn't like any imitation biscuits (i.e. Tesco own) and I have to say I agree with him. These are a classic biscuit that will stand the test of time . If you haven't had one in a while I would urge you to go and get a pack and try one. You might be pleasantly surprised.

                        Available in nearly all food shops they cost about 90p a packet so they are more pricey than the supermarket own brand. They come in 300g packets and I reckon you get about 25 in pack (never counted just a guess!). You get about 53 calories in a biscuit so they aren't as bad for you as a digestive but you are more likely to eat 2. They are a good size for dunking in a cup of tea and hold together well.

                        The biscuits are quite crunchy but not so hard you would break your teeth. They have a good ginger taste and can leave a little tingle after your first bite

                        My main complaint about them is they can get a bit boring after a while (unlike jaffa cakes or shortbread which I could eat and eat) and they make all other biscuits in the tin taste of ginger nuts.

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