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McVitie's Chocolate Hobnobs
Remember the old slogan 'One Nibble and You're Nobbled'? Sadly they no longer use that on the packets or adverts but it went a long way to ensuring this biscuit would have its own special place in the annals of biscuitdom.
The hobnob came about after various experiments using the ingredients for McVities Digestives and the rolled oats from flap jacks. Once 'Jumbo oats' were added to the mix McVities had a more solid base to build a convincing biscuit. Adding the chocolate was a master stroke and the biscuit became fames for its hearty thickness and lashings of milk and later, dark chocolate.
The standard plain Hobnob was introduced in nineteen eight-four at the Tollcross depot in Glasgow, Scotland. The chocolate version and I think it is safe to say; the more popular version is made at the Harlsden factory. Hobnobs come in many different varieties these days; a milk chocolate and dark chocolate version and an orange chocolate version. You can also buy them in hobnob bars and flapjacks, with or without chocolate. They now also come in a vanilla cream version as a flapjack and a white chocolate biscuit.
The name 'Hobnob' comes from an old common saying amongst workers and pub drinkers. To 'Hob' or 'Nob' meant that you would be drinking with friends and toasting them or wishing them well. It is thought to have derived from 'Habbe' and 'Nabbe' or a combination of 'Ne Habbe' meaning 'to have not' or 'to have and have not' or 'to give and take'; 'to hob nob'.
Hobnobs are traditionally an English biscuit and are popular in Ireland and a few other European countries. You will find it quite incredible that they have only just been released in Canada (November 2012 to be exact) and that stems from the UK's connection to 'Walmart' and the American supermarket having an English section on their shelves.
What's in them?
As mentioned already, the Hobnob is considered to be a hybrid version of a Digestive and a Flapjack. It contains both rolled and jumbo oats and as with most McVities products they contain very little sodium, which is currently only 0.16 grams per biscuit.
The rolled oats are the main ingredient and the healthy grain is rolled and flattened after being steamed for flexibility. Wholemeal is mixed into the oats before the final press and cut.
Other ingredients used are sugar and vegetable oil. The sugar is used to add sweetness along with glucose fructose syrup to the biscuit and the oil is used to bind the dry ingredients together to hold that biscuit or cookie shape. Salt is also added and constitutes the sodium content in the biscuit.
Sodium bicarbonate, better known to us as baking powder and Ammonium bicarbonate are used to help in the baking process and give the biscuit added sturdiness and help it to rise when baked as they are both raising agents.
The ingredients in total are as follows:
Rolled Oats (30%), Milk Chocolate (24%) (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Dried Skimmed Milk, Dried Whey, Butter Oil, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Vanilla Flavouring), Wholemeal, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt.
Suitable for Vegetarians. Contains Gluten. Contains Milk. Contains Soya\Soybeans.
Hobnobs are free From Artificial Colours and Artificial Flavours.
Typical values per 100g Per Biscuit
Energy 2008kj 386kj
Energy 479kcal 92kcal
Protein 6.8g 1.3g
Carbohydrates 60.7g 11.7g
of which sugars 32.6g 6.3g
Fat 23.3g 4.5g
of which saturates 11.3g 2.2g
Fibre 4.5g 0.9g
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 Hobnob came much later on with 'Rich Tea', 'Ginger Nuts' and many of the other famous biscuits under the brand. It was considered to be a hybrid of the digestive and the flap jack biscuit and once it was covered in chocolate it was revered by biscuit makers all over the world as a classic.
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.
I love chocolate hobnobs. They are so thick and oatey and actually taste of goodness. I only eat wholemeal bread and would never dream of eating white bread so the Hobnob is like the biscuit equivalent of wholemeal bread. The chocolate just makes it a dreamy biscuit and as with most McVities products they stand up to a good dunking.
I would love to go to the McVities factory to smell the baking on a Sunday morning. Can you imagine? Heaven is a place on earth after all I should imagine.; although being an atheist I would rather put it down to the smells of a great baking factory and a British traditional company that surely must be the best biscuit makers in the world.
I would like to say that Hobnobs remind me of my Grandparents house or school packed lunches but they only came out in the year I left school so this biscuit goes down as one of my first adult memories and indulgences.
A fine biscuit which gets five hobs and five nobs out of five from me.
I am rather partial to a nice biscuit or a whole packet to be more truthful and I usually will opt for a cheaper or own label variety but last time I visited my local Tesco I bought a packet of milk chocolate hobnobs and although they were roughly around £1.50 in price I really wanted to eat something really tasty and I knew that I could trust this McVitie's product to deliver in this regard.
Unlike a lot of other biscuits these Hobnob's are presented in an upright tube which seems to be made from cardboard but with a foil lining and along with the foil seal at the top I think this really is there to aid freshness. At the very top is a blue plastic lid which can be removed and replaced as many times as you wish. This packaging is a great feature as if you do not eat all of the contents in one go you can put the lid back on and the biscuits remain fresh, this is brilliant if you don't have a biscuit tin although as I mentioned at the beginning these will not be around for too long when in my possession. This tube makes these ever so good though to take to work for tea breaks and also for packed lunches or even days out.
The quality of these Hobnobs is undoubtedly fantastic as you would expect with the biscuits being extremely full of oats, 45% oat and wholemeal according to the package. They are very crunchy and have a lovely texture and the milk chocolate that coats each one of these is smooth and finishes them off perfectly. These are probably best enjoyed in moderation as every biscuit consumed contains 93 calories, 6.3g of sugar and 4.5g of fat so if you are on a diet or trying to be more healthy you probably need to be careful but they are ever so good as a treat or an occasional snack.
These are very tasty and more substantial than most chocolate biscuits on the market. They differ from the bulk of the competition due to their high oat and wholemeal content. I suppose that adding a chocolate top layer to the already moreish original Hobnob was a natural progression, and one which works very well in my opinion.
Appearance and Taste
These Hobnobs are substantially chunkier than standard chocolate digestives, with a generous rippled layer of milk chocolate covering a sturdy oat foundation. Due to their thickness they do require a firmer bite than most biscuits, but the resulting taste does not disappoint. The crumbly, oaty base is fantastically moreish and melts in the mouth after the initial crunch. Although I wouldn't normally envisage chocolate sauce on my porridge, this particular oat/chocolate combo is a winner.
Due to the porous nature of these biscuits I imagined that they would make great dunkers. Although not a disciple of dunking I nevertheless tried this out - how we suffer terribly in the name of research! My prediction was vindicated. The oats just soak up your chosen beverage like a starving sponge, delectably dissolving the base in an instant.
The bad news
Despite the super food ingredients of oat and wholemeal, these biscuits are enough to knock the calorie-conscious, unconscious. A whopping 93kcal per Hobnob means that you would have to run almost a mile to burn off the effects of a single biscuit. One third of a packet also accounts for the same percentage of an adult's GDA for fat, and over half the allowance for sat fats. It's a pity that the fat content is so prohibitive, otherwise they may have proven useful for endurance sports with their whopping carb content. The salt and sugar content is 3% and 7% (per biscuit) respectively, which I suppose is not too bad for such a tasty biscuit - but hardly healthy.
The good, er well better, news
As mentioned these Hobnobs contain a generous 45% of oat and wholemeal, with no trace of artificial colours or flavours. There is quite an impressive 1.3g of protein packed into just one biscuit. They are also quite filling, something which may help to offset their addictiveness. Beware the weak-willed!
This is bright, compact and informative. The labelling gives a full nutritional and ingredient breakdown. For the health conscious there is direction to further advice regarding striking the right chord, and absolving your guilt, at www.123healthybalance.com
Average values Per biscuit UK GDA
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(kcal) 93 2000
Protein 1.3g 45g
Carbohydrate 11.8g 230g
of which sugars 6.3g 90g
Fat 4.5g 70g
of which saturates 2.2g 20g
Fibre 0.9g 24g
Sodium 0.1g 2.4g
Equivalent as salt 0.2g 4g
Rolled oats (30%), milk chocolate (24%) [Sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, dried skimmed milk, dried whey, butter oil, vegetable fat, emulsifiers (soya lecithin, E476), natural flavouring]. Wholemeal wheat flour (16%), sugar, vegetable oil, glucose-fructose syrup, raising agents (sodium bicarbonate, ammonium bicarbonate),salt.
Contains milk,soya, and gluten. Suitable for vegetarians.
Store in a cool, dry place. They will keep well if unopened; my packet's best before date is a good 8 months from the date of purchase. Therefore, they are ideal for hoarding when offers come around.
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I am sometimes loath to mention special offers and incentives due to their time-sensitive nature. However, McVitie's have a long running one currently in operation in the shape of their VIP Club, which works like a rewards programme. You will need to register at www.mcvities.co.uk/vipclub to deposit your product's unique 12 digit code. It is also here that you can view and redeem the rewards. This will run until 31/08/2012, so there is plenty of time to take advantage.
McVities Hobnob with chocolate. They can't really come up with a better biscuit? We love the original hobnobs as they soak up your tea and taste just divine. When I saw they also done chocolate hobnobs I just had to have a packet.
They are slightly more expensive than the plain hobnobs. They are priced at 99p for a 300gram pack. You can pick these up from your local supermarket or shop.
They yet again like the original are made up of a combination of oats which do taste similar to a flapjack but without the sweetness, also they are hard, rough and crunchy texture. The biscuit is round in shape and around 8cms in length and have a tasty thin layer of milk chocolate on top.
They are great to dunk and nicely soak up your cuppa or chocolate and they hold together very well. When the chocolate warms up it slowly melts which really does taste lovely and smooth mixed with the warm oats from the biscuit it taste lovely.
If you are able to have just the one of these then you're extremely made to very strict when it comes to healthy eating. Each biscuit contains 92 calories so eating a whole packet which contains around 30 hobnobs is really out of the question but very easy to do as they are so more ish.
Overall a great biscuit to dunk and if you haven't yet tried these I recommend giving them a go they are defiantly a hit when we have guests.
I love pretty much anything if it is covered in chocolate so when I sent my other half out for some "feeling sorry for myself" supplies and he returned with these I was very pleased as usually they are just too expensive with a 300g packet costing around £1.26 but as these are currently half price in our local Sainsburys store they weren't too unreasonable at all and if I'm honest I was very pleased to have something that wasn't "basic" or "value".
Ingredients: Rolled Oats (30%), Milk Chocolate (24%) [Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Dried Skimmed Milk, Dried Whey, Butter Oil, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Flavouring], Wholemeal Wheat Flour (16%), Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt.
Each biscuit contains 93 calories, 1.3g protein, 11.8g carbohydrate (of which 6.3g sugars), 4.5g fat (of which 2.2g saturates), 0.9g fibre, 0.2g salt. They are very high in calories compared to most similar sized biscuits but I think the quality of the biscuit makes them worthwhile and I never really bother to calorie count anyway.
These biscuits are delicious rolled oats which are very well compressed and then covered in a fairly generous layer of milk chocolate. The rolled oats are very full of flavour and when you bite in the biscuit they hold quite well together and release lots of flavour that makes my mouth water straight away. The layer of milk chocolate is the perfect accompaniment and stops these biscuits from becoming too dry. The chocolate has a fairly good taste to it which is made even more scrummy if you put these biscuits in the fridge before eating them. There is a fairly moreish quality to these biscuits (I find that with most biscuits if I am honest) and you can tell that these biscuits are made up of good quality ingredients and not just thrown together like some of the cheaper biscuits I usually purchase. They hold up fairly well in the dunking test as you can hold these in your tea for a good couple of seconds before they threaten to start breaking up. The oats soak up the tea very well and this makes the taste of the biscuit even more delicious as the chocolate will slowly start to melt and the whole thing is all mushy and delicious.
I am a big fan of these biscuits and they are very delicious. The price is the only thing that usually puts me off these and they are almost twice as expensive as the Hob Nobs without chocolate which I think is a bit ridiculous as it really can't cost that much more to give them a nice layer of chocolate.
If you want something moreish to dip in your tea then I would recommend these as they make a nice change from rich tea and if you can get them on offer, like we did, then there is no reason not to indulge and have a few!
I am rating these biscuits 5/5 as they are delicious and the rolled oats and milk chocolate work very well together. These are one of my preferred biscuits but they don't always work with the shopping budget so having a nice treat is always good!
As it has been banging it down with rain here today I did the honourable and gentlemanly thing and told Mrs Rooster that I would go to Tesco so she could stay in and keep warm and dry. Prepped and armed with a shopping list I did what anyone would do in my position; I binned the list and selected everything that I wanted, not what we actually needed.
Sniffing around the biscuit aisle I noticed that my favourite biscuits were on offer at half-price; Chocolate Hob Nobs and as these were not wanted or needed they of course went into my shopping basket.
My packet came in a regular biscuit wrapper, not the tube as pictured above, and for those of you unfamiliar with what these biscuits are, they are a rolled oat biscuit with a topping of thick chocolate and are incredibly moreish.
Unwrapping the biscuits from the wrapper and transferring to the biscuit tin you first notice how thick these actually are, the oats hold their consistency and only lose a few crumbs and the chocolate on top is robust and sweet. I am reminded of the Peter Kay observation whenever I look at Hobnobs and agree that these are "hard" biscuits which can withstand multiple dunks into your tea or coffee. In fact, for me, the only way to enjoy the full flavour of these biscuits is to dunk them. The oats take on a mushy consistency and the chocolate melts to give your taste buds an irresistible taste sensation, the only problem I find with them is that I find it impossible to only eat 1 and I can easily munch my way through 3 or 4 without even thinking about it.
Due to the ingredients contained these biscuits are extremely fattening, and just a single Hobnob will provide you with 92 calories, 2.2 grams of saturated fat and 6.3 grams of sugar, the "traffic light" labelling is set to red on all the GDA recommendations and they really are an unhealthy thing to eat unless you do so in moderation. It's always the case though with something that tastes this nice that it's bad for you...
These really are my favourite biscuits that I only ever buy in when I go shopping alone as my wife is horrified at their contents. Apart from them being so delicious there are no redeeming qualities about them whatsoever and I have been suitable chastised for even buying them today. If you can bring yourself to look past the outrageously high nutritional information then you are in for a treat but don't blame me if you end up eating half a pack!
For the sake of my conscience I cannot give these 5/5 Dooyoo stars as much as I would like to, they have to lose a star for the reasons stated above and therefore receive a 4 star rating from me. Currently at half price in Tesco, a 300 gram pack will cost only 63p and is an absolute bargain at this price, unfortunately I can't see myself buying these again for quite a while, so I'm going to enjoy them whilst I can.
I won a competition from a windsurfing website (of all things!) recently, I had been after the first prize of a week in Hawaii but ended up winning one of the hundreds of runners up prizes of a t-shirt. When it arrived though there was also a tube of Hob Nobs in the envelope, a quirky and very unusual item to receive really but free biscuits cannot be sniffed at.
I know Hob Nobs are loved by many and heralded as the perfect biscuit, but although I do like them they have never really appealed enough for me to eat them too regularly. I just fancied something nice with a cup of tea last night and remembered they were in the cupboard - and now I can't leave them alone!
These biscuits are extremely moreish. When I've eaten them before I've never really savoured them, but last night (and then this morning!) I realised how buttery the biscuit is, how delightfully crunchy and how well the smooth milk chocolate compliments and completes it.
Dunked into a coffee they are wonderful; not tea mind, it has to be a nice strong coffee for Hob Nobs as they soak up the rich flavours of the coffee and this completely changes the flavour of the biscuit. The chocolate melts into a smooth warm liquid and then the richness of the chocolate comes through, melding itself to the biscuit and infusing it with its sweet, creamy flavour.
It's a little early in the day for such naughtiness so today I am simply eating them plain. Well, not exactly as there is nothing plain about these biscuits at all! The oats in the biscuit are large enough that you can pick them out in the general biscuit, the buttery flavour is much more intense than I remember from in the past and there is also a hint of syrup in the biscuit. In my mind I liken these Hob Nobs to flat crunchy flapjacks as that is what the flavour is reminiscent of for me.
They have a wonderful texture, initially crunchy but melting in my mouth from the very outset. I adore the smoothness of the milk chocolate compared to the knobbly texture of the biscuit and when they both begin to melt at the same time it's an absolute treat for my taste buds.
I do like them, I really like them. But I doubt I'll be buying them very often quite simply because I cannot leave them alone once I open a packet and these biscuits are particularly high in calories and fat. One biscuit contains 92 calories and 4.5g of fat - and although I didn't count the biscuits in this tube I know I've consumed at least ten and possibly more since 11pm last night!
So yes, far too moreish for those of us who are dieting - but the rest of you, fill yer boots!
Personally I feel a lot less guilty buying these than a full packet. Maybe it's because they have a lid on and maybe there's less of them...who knows! These cost 99p from my Sainsburys whilst the packet would of costed me £1.16. 17p makes all the difference.
They come in a cardboard tube with a blue plastic lid. This is supposed to prevent too much breakage but I think that if they were so concerned about the biscuits falling to pieces why don't they do it with their other varieties. It does however keep them fresh and as it's resealable they don't go soft. Although the tube is made from cardboard I am unaware as to if it's recyclable.
They are basically oaty biscuits with a layer of milk chocolate on top. I do not dunk these as I tend to find that they silently break off and you're left with an oaty mess at the bottom of your cup!
I do actually find them slightly savoury. Although obviously they are sweet I can definetly taste something salty in them!
There are no artificial colourings or flavourings so they too are following the whole reduce the salt and bad things in tastey food. Containing 92 calories per biscuit there's nothing wrong with having them every once and a while!
I think they taste a lot nicer when you have a cup of tea to wash them all down and are something you can enjoy whenever you like!
I like to have a little stash of naughty foods to get me through the day at work sometimes and these are ideal.They come in a a cardboard tube with a plastic lid on the top so that the biscuits are kept nice and fresh.The tube is 250g.The pack generally only lasts the week at work ( i dont eat them all myself) and i am pleased to say they are kept fresh all week long.
The biscuit themselves are fab,nice thick and oaty at the bottom and covered in lovely tasty chocolate.I love dunking a biscuit in a nice cup of tea and other biscuits cannot compete when it comes to dunking a hobnob !! These bad boys just dont fall apart..lol
The biscuits have come in line with alot of major food groups out there and have recently had changes made so they are now....lower in salt content,contain no artificail colours or flavouring.This is a big step forward i feel as lets face it we all no eating choccy biscuits isnt great for your health but at least if the content is better thats a step in the right direction.
I love these biscuits and believe me when im having a bad day at work reaching into my drawer and munching on one of these soon cheers me up :-)
Each biscuit contains......
4.5 grams of fat (saturated fat =2.2grams)
11.7 grams of carbohydrates
Hobnobs Original were a big success when launched and remain popular today so McVities decided to capitalise on that and introduce a new alternative and what should that be but a milk chocolate coating. Some of the best biscuits have alternative chocolate varieties thinking of Rich Tea and Digestives.
Whilst the original Hobnobs have bright orange packaging the chocolate version has blue packaging. You can either get them in the traditional wrapper or you can buy them in the fancy tub with the lid but you pay extra for this of course.
My packet is bright blue and navy in part. The words Hobnob is written in big white writing and there is a picture of the biscuit on the front to entice you.
Interestingly these cost about a third more than the regular Hobnobs and you get a third less in the pack. This sounds quite harsh but may well have something to do with the fact that once they contain chccolate they are classed as VAT-applicable.
The biscuit is as always delicious. It tastes really oaty and wholesome and they are a good biscuit if you are looking for someting as a mid-morning snack. The biscuit looks very rough and golden and you will get crumbs all over the floor but as a recent advertising campaign said (not for these I think but it's the same idea) crumbs are a sign of a good biscuit. I love the golden rich colour of these and always think they look really rustic. These are also great for dunking in drinks like tea or milk because they don't fall to pieces.
The chcolate in these impresses me. Although it's not made by a chocolate company the standard is quite high and it is smooth and creamy and complements the biscuit well. Sometimes I feel there may just be a bit to much chocolate compared to biscuit but this is a minor niggle and it does deal with the problem I have with the regular ones of dryness because the chocolate coating really makes it more moist.
So yes I do enjoy these although the calories shoot up to 92 calories each so I can't have too many. I think I'll just have these from time to time and stick with the original for now...
I like a biscuit to be one, which will stand the test of a good dunk without falling to pieces or half it ending up in the cup. There are fortunately enough quite a few which fall into the suitable category, but few that come fully up to scratch and can withstand a good solid dunk.
One, which does pass this test, though is the humble Hobnob. I say humble in the nicest way since it is by no means the best biscuit in the world, but it's dunking qualities keep in high in my book. It is a good solid biscuit and very filling, and the addition of chocolate has greatly improved the original non-chocolate version, which in itself was still a decent biscuit.
The Hobnob is made by McVities who are perhaps the premier biscuit maker in Britain, or at least produce some of our national favourites, and have done for many years. It is an oats based biscuit which is very similar to oatcakes but at least twice as thick and very much more sweeter. Its size is decent being about four inches in diameter and just over a quarter of an inch thick. It is probably fair to describe it as a hard biscuit although this obviously changes of like me you are prone to the dunking. The added sweetness to the oats makes for a very pleasant eat and very filling. The chocolate adds that little bit of luxury to the whole taste experience, and when mixed with the oats makes a top-notch biscuit.
It is however as I have previously said the dunking that makes this biscuit special, being a solid firm and meaty biscuit it can upload a fair amount of liquid when dunked, but it still retains a fair bit of strength, so there is very little chance of dropping that precious mouthful as you guide it to your mouth. The addition of the liquid be it tea or coffee just makes the world of difference to the eating experience, it becomes a mingling of all the flavours and the chocolate has obviously melted a little, making first dunked bite a soft yet crunchy sweet delight.
At around 92p for a packet of around 20 they are great value for money. Satisfying, tasty and an all round extremely decent biscuit; one, which I enjoy frequently and intend to do so for many cuppas's to come.
These are my most favourite biscuits ever. Usually biscuits have to have Milk Chocolate on them and these have lovely choccie on them.
You can buy these biscuits in a handy cardboard tube which are 250g and costs about £1.50 and a 300g standard wrapper and these ones cost £1.30 from Asda or 2 for £2. The wrapping on these is quite eye catching. It is light blue and dark blue. It has the Hobnob writing in white over the front and although it have a picture of the biscuits on the front, it doesn't have a full picture of the biscuits, just half of 1 and a quarter of one.
Hobnobs are made by Mcvities. So what are the biscuits like? The are half coated in Milk Chocolate and the chocolate is rippled a bit and bumpy. The Chocolate is quite thick and it is thick, but not too thick. The biscuit is made up of rolled Oats and you can really taste the sticky, crumbly Oatiness in here. The biscuits are circular and on the pack it says that they are now bigger biscuits. They still look the same size to me, so it must have been a tiny increase.
I could easily eat half a pack of these in 1 go without even thinking and even though I could end up feeling a bit sick, these are so more-ish.
Nutritional wise per biscuit
You can also get these biscuits in plain or dark chocolate, but in my view the milk chocolate ones are the best.
I've never been let down by Mcvities' products eg their Jaffa cakes, Boasters & Penguins etc are all top quality & are far superior to cheaper versions.
However, due to the recession, I've been forced to either cut down on buying branded names or have opted to buy cheaper biscuits from the Tesco Value range.
So, last night it was a lovely surprise to be handed a tub of Mcvities milk chocolate Hobnobs by hubby when he went to get a few essential groceries.
The cardboard tube/ thick tube (250g) looks expensive ( I think they cost around £1.60) & has a plastic re-sealable lid which is useful for keeping them fresh.
When you first open them there is a foil wrap which just needs to pulled back & the biscuits themselves taste really fresh & crumbly due to this careful packaging.
The smell, on opening, is a lovely mouthwatering mix of quality milk chocolate & oats - yummy!
The biscuits are substantial as you get a good base of chewy but crumbly biscuit covered with a good layer of great quality chocolate. - unlike cheaper biscuits these seem to take a bit longer to eat.
For those of you who like to 'dunk' their biscuits these are fine as I'm sure they wouldn't disintegrate too much.
There's plenty of information to read on the label which is clear to read for those who like to know exactly what they're eating. Along with the ingredients & nutritional values there is advice on healthy eating & keeping active - useful when you see each hobnob contains 92 calories & 4.5g fat!
The information included also tells me there are no artificial flavours/ colours, 'now lower in salt' & contains milk, gluten & soya.
These, in my opinion, are truly delicious but I really hope I don't get any more for a surprise because they are just TOO nice & I can't stop at 1 or 2.....
- not cheap but very nice indeed for a treat.
- lovely blend of oat base & good quality chocolate top.
- chewy with just the right amount of crumble.
- not good for the waistline if you eat too many like me!
Hob Nobs are delicious oat biscuits made by Mcvities.
These biscuits are my husband's favourites so to get in his good books I treat him to a pack every now and again.
They are packaged in a blue packet. They have a picture of the Hob Nobs on the packet. They have a new piece on the packet saying bigger biscuits! Great. The packet has 300g of the chocolate Hob Nobs.
As soon as you open the packet the oaty sweet smell wafts out. The biscuits are very moreish. They are oaty and described on the packet as 'nobbly'. They have a lovely texture and dissolve lovely in a cup of tea. The chocolate on top is delicious milk chocolate. The biscuit is sweet and they are very crumbly. The two textures of the biscuit work very well together. The oaty texture of the biscuit with the smooth chocolate is perfect.
If you are watching your weight then unfortunately these may not be for you (unless you run around the block first!). Each biscuit has 92 calories.
They are available from supermarkets and cost £1.34.
They are also available with plain chocolate. They also do these biscuits in a keep fresh tube which is very handy, but a bit more expensive.
Ingredients: Rolled Oats (30%), Milk Chocolate (24%) (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Dried Skimmed Milk, Dried Whey, Butter Oil, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Vanilla Flavouring), Wholemeal, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Raising Agents (SOdium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt
There are two really great biscuit producers in the U.K, the first is Fox's and the second is McVities. McVities are really good in particular at making digestives and so if I'm going to buy a packet I will always get it from them. I also like McVities Hobnobs, in particular the milk chocolate flavour. My husband also likes them so I tend to buy them in large quantities. A twin pack of 2x300g in Tesco will cost you £2.40, this may sound like a lot but you are getting a lot of biscuits for that money and they are good quality biscuits.
McVities Hob Nobs Milk Chocolate come in either a tube or a packet. I like the idea of the tube myself as it protects them a lot better but in the twin pack from Tesco they are just wrapped in blue plastic which has the McVities logo, name of the product and some pictures of a few hobnobs on the front. On the back are the ingredients and the nutritional information.
The ingredients, which I include for people who have food allergies are:
Rolled Oats (30%), Milk Chocolate (24%) (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Dried Skimmed Milk, Dried Whey, Butter Oil, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Vanilla Flavouring), Wholemeal, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt
This does unfortunately mean that they contain Milk soya and gluten but on the bright side they are suitable for vegetarians and they contain no hydrogenated vegetable oil and no artificial flavours or colours. As you can expect from a chocolate biscuit these are not healthy for you, each biscuit contains:
92kcal, 5% of your GDA
6.3g, 7% of your GDA
4.5g, 6% of your GDA
2.2g, 11% of your GDA
0.3g, 4% of your GDA
As you can see they are very high in saturated fat. Lets forget about that now, you can worry about it after eating the biscuits. These are very special biscuits indeed because they are actually made of oats, I LOVE oats! These biscuits are circular in shape and have an oaty biscuit base topped with chocolate, yum!
As soon as you open the packet or tube depending on how yours have come, you can smell the oats and chocolate right away, it's a delicious smell. The biscuits have a pleasant crunch to them and tend to crumble easily which is nice from an oat biscuit. The base is very oaty and not very sweet so it goes very well with the chocolate on top which is smooth and melts in your mouth providing you with a nice sweet taste. The two parts balance each other out in both taste and texture which is wonderful.
Overall I think that these are a fabulous treat and well worth the money that I paid for them, if you really want a good oaty biscuit, especially if you want it to have chocolate as well then you really can't get any better than Hob Nobs., these are a great biscuit that I really recommend.
Ingredients: rolled oats, milk chocolate, wholemeal, sugar, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, partially inverted sugar syrup, raising agents, salt