I love biscuits especially chocolate ones but they are so very unhealthy. Despite trying to cut back on the amount of them I eat I still cannot resist a chocolate digestive when I see one that's why I bought McVities Milk Chocolate Homewheat Digestives.
Now I'm sure that most people all know what a chocolate digestive is but for those of you who don't I shall explain. A digestive biscuit is rather different to other biscuits as it is made of wheat and has a sweet wheat taste that you just don't get in any of the others. It also has a nice texture, not like the smooth mush you get when you are halfway through eating a Rich Tea, these have a slightly rougher texture and are easier to break down, which is why they are called Digestive Biscuits as you can digest them more easily than others. Now that you know what a digestive biscuit is I'm sure that you can tell what a chocolate digestive is, yep that's right it's a digestive which has been coated in chocolate on one side.
McVities Milk Chocolate Homewheat Digestives are better than most chocolate digestives, firstly they are made by McVities who are well known for being one of the best biscuit makers in the country and secondly because they are coated in Milk Chocolate rather than normal chocolate.
They come in the usual McVities packaging, a round shape because all of the biscuits have been stacked on top of each other inside and it has a picture of the biscuit with the McVities logo on one side with the ingredients, nutritional information and contact details for the company on the other side. The packets are normally varying shades of brown because of the chocolate topping to the biscuits. A packet of 400g which contains 24 biscuits will cost you around £1.20 which isn't bad especially considering that these are made by the best biscuit company there is.
As soon as you open the packet you will get a whiff of the lovely milk chocolate and wheat smell that comes from the biscuits, yum. The biscuits themselves are normally in quite good condition but you will find that some of hem have been broken on the way back as the packaging isn't very strong, oh well crumbs are still tasty. The biscuit half at the bottom is a dark golden brown colour and you can see slightly varying colours in it from the wheat. The chocolate on the top isn't very dark because of it being milk chocolate, it's a light brown colour and has a slightly bumpy texture. The biscuits are circular and about 5 or 6cms in diameter which is a good size. I can't be sure of their exact measurements as they never last long enough in this house to be measured.
They have a lovely taste. The digestive biscuit is very nice and sweet just like a good digestive should be, it also has a lovely crunch to it, however if you're not going to eat them all at once then I suggest you put them in an airtight container to keep them fresh and stop them going stale. There's nothing worse than a soft stale biscuit. The chocolate on the top is lovely, you can taste the milk and it has a nice creamy texture plus there seems to be plenty of it so if you're a chocoholic then don't panic these biscuits are great for you.
Unfortunately they aren't great for those who are allergic to Wheat or Dairy as they contain both of these. They are also very unhealthy so if you're on a diet then you should probably try to avoid these as they do contain 91 Calories each plus over 4g of fat each!! That's a lot for a biscuit but they are chocolate coated so you have to expect that.
Overall I think that these biscuits are great and I like to eat them when I really feel like having something sweet, otherwise I prefer the plain chocolate version of these as the chocolate on them helps to balance out the taste of the sweet biscuit. Overall a great biscuit that I highly recommend to anybody else who loves chocolate biscuits.
What have McVities done to the Plain Chocolate Homewheat (Digestive)?This once top range product is now no better than the cheap home supermarket brands!!! - I thought, at first, that I had a "bad packet" but subsequent packets, since Christmas have all been dreadfull.This just isn't the same product - perhaps it is healthier, perhaps it is cheaper to manufacture - but it IS awful, if McV don't do something then it will be another British Culture loss and McV will lose market share on what must surely be one of their top brands.Shame on you Mc V - Please do something before it is too late.
Chocolate McVities have been around before for a long time. The company began producing them for the first time in 1925. On the side of the pack the manufacturers go to the trouble of assuring us that McVities chocolate biscuits can be eaten as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. This is only true if you also accept that pancakes, vanilla ice-cream and deep fried Mars Bars can also be eaten as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
A 2008 packet of milk chocolate McVities contains 24 individual biscuits enclosed within a chocolate and yellow coloured wrapping that can be opened at one end by pulling a cunningly hidden cellophane strip. In truth there are usually only 23 biscuits in each pack because the one in the bottom is usually broken into several pieces of which several fall onto the floor as you empty out the final contents. Each biscuit takes the form of a circular base of wheaty digestive topped with a modest rippled chocolate coating. There are other similar biscuits by other companies. I have tried a Cadbury version and more recently an Aldi brand neither of which come close to the texture and taste of McVities.
That isn't to say I adore the milk chocolate McVities variety. I actually prefer the plain chocolate variety and find the milk chocolate ones a little too sweet and rather sickening after eating two or three. They are rather a mediocre British chocolate biscuit with a typical lack of chocolate taste. The chocolate covering shouldn't be called a chocolate covering at all as it is mostly made from butter oil and vegetable oil. There is no indication on the packet of the percentage of cocoa solids - obviously it must be very little otherwise they would have mentioned it. The texture of the biscuit is of a better standard - light and crunchy with the taste of dusty well-cooked wheat. The sensation in the mouth is of a husky slightly dry crumble that requires medium lubrication from a cup of tea or milk.
The price of a pack hovers around the £1.10 mark although it is common to find special offers whereby three packs can be bought for the price of two. Supplies can be found at such outlets as Waitrose, Tesco's, Asda and Morrison's. Only recommended for those that depend on sweetness.
It's 12midday, and my boss has been out all morning at an 'important business meeting'. When he rang this morning he didn't sound very happy, and it seemed as though this meeting was something big. Not a word was hear all morning, until suddenly the front door slamed open, up the stairs he stomped, and plonked a packet of McVities Milk Chocolate Digestives on my desk. "Part payment for a cup of tea" he grunted.
Great. He's in another increadible bad mood. However, the biscuits had given me an idea....Instead of just making the tea, taking a couple of buscuits, and putting up with him being moody all day, why not try cheer him up?!
We are famous with all of our clients and suppliers for having a pool table in our office. It doesn't get played very often, but if somebody is particularly stressed, they'll take ten minutes out and have a quick bash on the balls (so to speak).
By the time I'd made his tea and brought it upstairs, he'd already started munching on the biccies. I racked the balls up, and ventured into his office. It looked like the biscuits were starting to work, as he was looking a tiny bit happier already. Who says chocolate is only a anti-depressant for women?! Anyway, I told him that we were having a pool competiton, and he was only allowed one biscuit per ball pocketed.
I'm rubbish at pool, so knew I was getting the short straw, but surely it would be worth it? Of course it was.
After being severly beated at pool, he decided we we're going to have a 'who had the most strange way of eating a digestive buscuit' competition. After dunking, sucking, crumbling, making sandwiches, eating whole, etc, covering our pool table with tea and crumbs, and 2 more packets later, we decided to call a draw. But at least he was smiling again!!!
McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive Biscuits come in a brown cylendar shaped packet made of plastic; tight around the biscuits so they dont move and get crumbled, but lose enough so that its not a fight trying to get one out! They have the McVities logo on the front and a photo of one of their delicious biscuits with a bite taken from it.
Apparently these biscuits are by appontment to her majesty the queen!! The packet also shows all nutritional information (4g of fat & 5.1g of fat PER BLIMMING BISCUIT!!!), and states that they contain Milk Soya & Gluten. Theres all the other information that you'd espect to find aswell.
They have a tear strip type thing to open, which removes a strip about 1cm thick, which is good because you dont spill them everywhere. Boy, you wouldnt want to do that!
To be honest, I don't like normal digestive biscuits. I think they are dry and sticky, and unless I have a suitable drink in which to dunk them, I wouldn't normally eat them. However, the chocolate on these make them delightful.There's just enough to make them not dry, but not too much to make them soggy. There's also just enough chocolate to taste, but not too much that you can't taste the biscuit. In fact, they are perfect all round!!
All in all these were excellent value for money at 89p from our local corner shop. Of course, playing pool and having a cup of tea were factors in the 'cheering my boss up' procedure, but I feel that the biscuits just gave it that extra edge! There's not a problem in the world that chocolate can't solve, and dunkable chocolate just makes it a whole load better!!! The only thing I will say is that I don't advice eating them over a pool table, because they are the messiest crumbliest things I've ever known. I also don't advise sharing 3 packets between two people. I think I'm going to be sick....
I would like to tell you a secret...... despite my recent dieting efforts I too have a weakness. This weakness is exposed each time I visit a supermarket or my local corner shop. This weakness is exposed by one company and one company alone.
They are ' McVities. '
More specifically my achilles heel is the
' Milk Chocolate Digestive Biscuit '
Before I go into too much detail of my personal favourite I'll tell You some more about these two evils namely Chocolate and Digestive Biscuits came to be;
* The History of Chocolate
The origins of chocolate can be traced back to the ancient Maya and Aztec civilisations in Central America. Christopher Columbus is said to have brought the first cocoa beans back to Europe from his fourth visit to the 'New World' between 1502 and 1504. There were many other treasures on board his galleons were of far more importance, and the humble cocoa beans were not considered anywhere near as exciting.Chocolate was only ever consumed for drinking purposes until the early Victorian times.
Up until this point all chocolate recipes were based on plain chocolate. It was an English doctor, Sir Hans Sloane, who - after travelling in South America - focused on cacao and food values, bringing a milk chocolate recipe back to England.
I'm not such a huge fan of plain chocolate, never have been its far too bitter for my liking. But Milk chocolate I do like. Not too much, but not too little.When I do treat myself to a hunk of chocolate, I love the dreamy taste as it melts in my mouth. The rich consistancy disolving on my taste buds.......I'll stop im salivating on my keys!
* The Digestive Biscuit:
A digestive biscuit is a semi-sweet biscuit known for its qualities that enable it to be easily digested. The typical digestive biscuit contains wheat flour, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, sugar, wholemeal, cultured skimmed milk, partially inverted sugar syrup, raising agents, and salt. An average of around 70 calories are present in a given digestive biscuit, although this varies according to the factors involved in its production. I love the wheaty almost malty taste of these biscuits and they are by far my favourite of the plain brigade.
So there we have it two products on their own which are particular favourites of mine. I'd have been happy to indulge every now and then in the odd piece of chocolate, the odd digestive to dunk in my tea. Quite happy, I wouldnt have the problem I have today if it hadn't been for a certain person at a certain factory getting clever one day and combining the two. Now this is where my boundaries of self control get somewhat confused and blurred. This is where the 'one more won't hurt ' syndrome kicks in.........
The first ever biscuit that found McVitie's on the road to success was the McVitie's Digestive the first ever digestive biscuit created by Alexander Grant. Who at the time was a relatively new employee. This was around a hundred years ago.....so McVities have been in the seduction game a long time now. The name was derived from its high content of baking soda as an aid to food digestion.
The McVitie's Digestive is still to this day a household favourite and is the highest selling brand in the everyday biscuit segment.
McVitie's first attempt into the blending of biscuit and chocolate resulted in the Homewheat Chocolate Digestive brand (now simply known as McVitie's Chocolate Digestive) in 1925. Over 71 million packets of McVitie's Chocolate Digestives are eaten in the UK each year that's an astounding 52 biscuits per second.Now this fact does not suprise me one bit....why as you read this how many of you are reaching for another nibble of a biscuit?
The McVitie's brand has recently had a makeover - 'McV' now features across McVitie's best selling product lines. This is by way of a large arrow shaped logo with a yellow border and royal blue background. The word McV is picked out in white, with a smaller MCVitities on the top left corner.These are now in place on the more favourite brands of McVitie biscuits such as Digestive, Chocolate Digestive, Hobnobs and Mini Cookies. Unfortunately for me, two lovely new products have been added to their range Munchbites and McV Cookies.
* My Packet:
I was in Tesco's yesterday and there it was on the shelf a packet of the afore said biscuits.
" Now even more chocolate! " It says helpfully on the packet (Not!) So that was it SOLD to the lady with a penchant for a bit of choccy and digestive biscuit. They were £1.38 for a 600g packet.
When I got them home I investigated further. The biscuits are wrapped in cellothane with its familiar brown choclatey coloured wrapper. It was 29cm long and had a circumference of 22cm. They have been sold in hard cylindrical shaped boxes with a resealable lid. Which is handy for storage.
Inside is around 35 biscuits. On this fact I cannot be sure as I'd devoured a couple whilst putting them into the biscuit barrel. The Digestive biscuit withthe top side coated with a generous layer of Milk Chocolate. On the packet is a display of the ingredients:
Wheat Flour,Milk Chocolate,Sugar,Dried Whey,
Butter Oil,Vegetable Fat,Natural Vanilla Flavouring,Vegetable Oil,Wholemeal,
Glucose Fructose Syrup Raising Agents
* Nutritional values:
Calories per Biscuit: 84
Calories per 100g (for those who like the slack handful)487.
There is also a customer careline printed on the packet I considered phoning it and abusing them for making such a delicious biscuit....
McVities Careline: 0500 011710
Or possibly a letter with a similar content? Write to:
PO Box 7249
Or maybe I should just shut up complaining a resign myself to my fate and have a cup of tea and a couple of my favourite biscuits.
I specially like these biscuits after they have been in the fridge for half an hour or so. Not too cold that the biscuits is hard but cold enough to make the chocolate hard and slightly crispy. One bite into this biscuit and you get an immediate taste of the wheaty sweet almost malty goodness associated with the Digestive and the sweetness of the chocolate all blended in together. Its crispness is to perfection. And the smell is mainly of chocolate with wheaty based overtones. The overall taste is delicious a fantastic combination. The main problem being one is never quite enough. They are quite pricey compared to other leading brands, working out that each biscuit costs nearly 4 pence each, but I consider this to be acceptable given the high quality of the biscuit.
Well done McVities I conceed defeat! I can't resist them, no matter how I try. Once a packets opened all good intentions go out of the window. There are lots of copies out there of the chocolate Digestive Biscuit but this is a true king amongst biscuits.
Is there anything more comforting than a chocolate digestive? Now that the stunning summer is over (ahem!) and the days are drawing in, the nights get colder and darker and I find myself craving comfort food. I love the food of my childhood; warm, cheap and cheerful with the occasional treat. I remember that our bedtimes were very comforting; a bath, a bowl of cereal and then a mug of warm milk with two biscuits while mum read us a story. This ritual was always made extra special if we got chocolate biscuits instead of plain ones
Now I am allegedly grown up I dont have the warm milk anymore, but I still adore chocolate biscuits. After many years of testing and being a skinflint and buying all the supermarket own brands I can safely say that for your run of the mill day to day biccie McVities are quite definitely the best. Foxs do a nice line in fancy tins and boxes, and there are numerous handmade delicacies around, but good old McV come up trumps every time on the ordinary dunk-them-in-your-coffee packets of biscuits
Last night when I woke up just before midnight with a bad case of leg cramp and the munchies. After a good search through the kitchen cupboards I remembered the ubiquitous biscuit tin. What chance was there of it having anything remotely edible in it when the house has been full of teenagers for the past few days? Come to that where was the stupid tin? After a moment or two of cursing all teenagers the penny dropped. Yes, I was the last person to have it and it was tucked away inside my bedside cabinet. Oh dear, in that case the chance of anything nice being left in it was even slimmer.
But for once fortune favoured me, that and the fact that I hadnt been the pig I usually am for there, nestling inside was a satisfyingly large pile of McVities plain chocolate digestives. After a few weeks in the tin they looked a little untidy with their shiny chocolate tops scattered and smudged with biscuit crumbs. But they still look very enticing and smell delicious. I love the combination of aromas from chocolate digestives, the first to hit my nose on prising off the lid is naturally chocolate, because these are plain the scent is quite rich and dark I reminds me of velvet and wine and dark dramatic colours. The underlying smell is of freshly baked warm biscuits, a real smell of infancy for me as my mother used to bake a lot when we small.
Its no good; it is the middle of the night and I have the munchies. There will be no formality or seduction here; I just want to cram these lovely circles into my mouth as fast as I can. I take a big bite of the biscuit. I always eat mine chocolate side up but I have a friend who has to eat hers chocolate side down, is that normal? My top teeth meet the chocolate layer, which gives gently under pressure before revealing the gentle roughness of the biscuit base, which crumbles satisfyingly in my mouth.
The chocolate melts and melds with the biscuit to create a layered flavoured mouthful of pleasure in my mouth. The uppermost flavour is of dark chocolate, not a fine, expensive chocolate, but a homely familiar one. The oaty taste of the biscuit layer begins to come through just confirming the flavour of the chocolate; this is definitely a comfort treat. Everything about these biscuits seems designed to bring a feeling of old fashioned comfort and security. They dont surprise with wild and wacky flavours, they stay they same ordinary chocolate and oat flavour. After eating one the main feeling in my mouth is of oats with a small hint of chocolate flavour still lingering and my bed is covered in crumbs and smudges; it really does seem impossible to eat these tidily!
Other than for comfort food when I really ought to be asleep, I really enjoy these biscuits straight from the fridge washed down with chilled Perrier, possibly a strange combination but on a hot summer day it is surprisingly refreshing and makes me feel quite posh for some odd reason! Of course they are wonderful for dunking once you have the knack the slightly melted chocolate slips down a treat and the biscuit softens and soaks up the warm liquid without losing the pleasant oat texture, unless you leave it in too long and it disintegrates of course!
A quick tip here; never, ever store your biscuits I a plastic box, after a few days they will taste of plastic, which is utterly disgusting! Buy a nice tin if, not a pretty one then just treat yourself to a tin of Foxs or similar, eat al the contents and then voila one official biscuit that needs to be filled up with McVities choccie biccies! Do mind how you mix your flavours ginger nuts tend to overpower all the other flavours and malted milk, if left in too long, can make the rest taste slightly stale. This is a good excuse to go out and but another tin of posh biscuits so that you can keep all your new biscuits unadulterated by each other!
I have checked the United Biscuits website (parent company of McVities and both ilk and plain chocolate digestives are listed in their nut free range. Each little biccie has around 85 calories and also 4 grams of fat so they arent particularly good for dieting. To be honest the fact that they have a nice oaty flavour always make them feel quite healthy to me, especially for snacking on at odd times! Just remember if you eat something and nobody sees you eat it, it has no calories so get midnight snacking!