“ Brand: McVities / Type: Biscuits „
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When I saw McVities Lights - a chocolate digestive biscuit in the supermarket and on offer for less than a pound I thought all my dreams had come true at once!
**Try them in twos**
I bought a couple of packets (I think they were two fro £1.50 at the time) and took one into work for testing with our coffee breaK.
**What are they like**
They are really nice! All the flavour you expect of a digestive and a thin layer of chocolate satisfied my sweet tooth. They are a bit thinner than normal choc digestives and definitely have less chocolate on them - but you'd exect this with a diet biscuit really wouldn't you! They are nice and crunchy too - would make great dunkers I think but I don't dunk chocolate biscuits as I end up with melted choc all round my mouth, not a good look, especially at work!
**Use in recipes too!***
Another use for these biscuits is a yummy cheesecake base. I'm happy to report that they taste great in my cheescake, I replace all the ingredients (wherever possible) for light versions now so use light philidelphia, light dream topping, and now light digestives! I don't use light butter as that's just a compromise too far and it is supposed to be a yummy dessert after all.
The packet of biscuits claims they have 30% less fat with no artificial flavours or colours, suitable for vegetarians and they are a source of fibre which can only be a good thing in my book!
With 76 cals per biscuit and 2.7g fat these are a good dieter's alternative.
I will buy these every time in place of the full fat versions, mainly because if I have one or two *extra* I won't feel so guilty. Work colleagues liked them too and they are hardcore full fat fans of biscuits usually.
A few weeks ago while watching Big Brother I noticed they were all eating lots of biscuits. I hadn't had biscuits in months and suddenly wanted some too! On my next trip to the Co op I found myself in front of the biscuit shelf wondering what to buy. Chocolate digestives sprung to mind but when I reached for the McVities Chocolate Digestives I noticed this light version. Never one to pass up the chance to save on some fat and calories I opted for these instead.
The 300g packet cost about £1.25 at the time and the design is a bit different from the picture above. The label now has a light blue stripe under the McVities section that declares "Lights 30% reduced fat". These have no artificial flavours or colours and are a source of fibre too. I thought they might contain a sugar substitute but they don't. Apparently they have no hydrogenated vegetable oil which I'm assuming is bad for us as this is boldly printed on the front.
The biscuits look the same as standard McVities Chocolate Digestives. Same size, same amount of chocolate and the same amount in the pack. I didn't count how many were in there but I tipped my pack into an airtight container and I still have ten left so there's lots of biscuits in a pack. I'm quite unusual in that I can eat one biscuit in a sitting and not have any more for weeks which is why mine go into a container straight away.
So the reduced fat claim. I looked online for the fat content and the calories of the standard version and found them to be 4.1g fat and 86 calories per biscuit. I'm shocked and really glad I bought the light version! These lighter ones contain 76 calories and 2.7g of fat so they are much lighter but you still wouldn't want to eat many in one go! As my maximum is two per sitting I don't find this a worry but if you eat a whole packet in a sitting that's alot of fat and calories.
The biscuits have one major difference to the standard version. They are actually firmer and the biscuit has more crunch than the ordinary ones. This is of course a good thing for biscuit dunkers as they will hold their shape better but I'm not a fan of dunking, yuk!
As for taste the biscuit tastes slightly different to the standard ones, not as wheaty and sweet but it's not very different. I think if you took these out of the wrapper and handed them out most people wouldn't really notice. The chocolate tastes the same so I'm presuming the fat is saved through a slightly different biscuit recipe and not the chocolate. The chocolate is still as thick and coats one side completely. They are still very tasty and quite obviously chocolate digestives.
Overall I'm glad I bought the light version and would do the same again if I had another attack of biscuit fever! Less fat and calories and not much compromise on taste. I can highly recommend these for anyone wanting a lighter version.