Product Type: McVities Snacks
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The dunking ninja that tastes of ginger!
McVities Ginger Nuts
Member Name: Jojoborne
McVities Ginger Nuts
Advantages: Great tasting with a spicy kick and great for dunking in your tea or coffee.
Disadvantages: Not for you if you don't like the taste of ginger.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Summary: A great traditional biscuit that is loved by many.