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Since my boyfriend moved in with me six months ago, I have been trying to be a good gf and I make him a packed lunch every day. It would appear that despite his age, McVities Penguins are a lunch box favourite of his!
I bought these once as they were on special offer in Asda and he was so much so like a child at Christmas, that I now regularly p-p-p-pick these up on the weekly shop.
Penguin biscuits are quite small so they are suitable for children's lunch boxes (as well as 32 year old builders') and consist of two chocolate biscuits with a chocolate cream in between (not unlike a bourbon biscuit I would say) all then smothered in really rather thick chocolate.
Taste wise I completely get where my boyfriend is coming from. The chocolate is creamy and the biscuit is crisp. These really are rather moreish! and I have started taking one with my lunch each day too now!
In asda a 9 pack of these is £1.59 but I must confess that when in town at the weekend I nipped into a local pound shop for the first time and spotted the same 9 pack on the shelf for of course £1. I thought (and still think) that this is great value at 11p a biscuit and I am going to make a point of going to that same poundshop every month or so to get these seeing as they now form a pretty steady item on my weekly shopping list!
Whenever I am shopping in my local poundland I cannot resist having a look in the confectionary isle and always come away with a treat or two at a bargain price. Most recently I spotted a promotional pack of McVities Penguins which contained 9 bars instead of the usual six and couldn't resist popping them in my basket.
McVities Penguins come in a plastic wrapper, the front shows the brand and product name along with a cartoon picture of a cheerful looking Penguin. The famous slogan "P..P..P...Pick up a Penguin" is also prominently displayed. My particular packet has 50% free written in big bold letters on a yellow background on the right hand side.
General information is given on the back including ingredients, quality guarantee, a nutritional table and information on how to keep active. I was really pleased to see that the plastic packaging can be sent to terra-cycle to be recycled.
This pack contains 9 individually wrapped "milk chocolate covered biscuit bars filled with chocolate cream".
McVities claim that each Penguin bar contains 106 kcal per bar. They do not contain any artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated vegetable oil. They are suitable for vegetarian
The Penguin bar itself is a chocolate biscuit generously covered in a chocolate coating with a chocolate cream filling in the centre. Clearly, it is very chocolaty but it is not overly sweet or sickly, personally I think all the different layers work well together creating a lovely texture and taste. In no way is this a posh biscuit, but it is still delicious and a perfect lunchtime treat especially when accompanied with a nice cup of tea.
I bought these for my children and they have proved to be very popular both in the lunchbox and as a quick snack. I must admit, that I have had one or two myself and have found them to be very enjoyable and I will certainly be buying them again.
Lots of supermarkets are now making their own version of the penguin, and while they are nice biscuits they are not as good as the original. Penguins seem to have been around for ever and they must be doing something right if people keep in buying them.
Penguin is a chocolate biscuit that has a chocolate filling and chocolate covering. They are two wafers stuck together then covered with chocolate. It's a simple process, but an effective one. I remember them as being a big biscuit when I was younger but they have shrunk over the years. Part of that can be put down to a child's memory but even over the last 10 years they seem to have got smaller.
They are made by Mcvities and they do have a good name for making good sweet tasting products and here there seems to be plenty of chocolate on them. Not as much as I remember etc etc... - you know the rest.
They bring back memories of Sunday tea and if we had been good and eaten the sensible things we could have one as well as cake. Sponge cake AND a chocolate biscuit - we really knew how to live back then!!
Even though they are smaller than the originals, they are still a good price. They come in packs of 9 - I am sure it used to be 6 but I could be wrong - and more recently there have been 18's and 27's. Sainsbury's often have them on offer and places such as Home Bargains sell them for around 79p to 99p for the 9 packs.
The biscuits are individually wrapped in various coloured wrappers and while they are easy to open they are not very substantial. There is little chance of using one to hold the biscuit if it is a hot day and the chocolate a little runny. The chocolate is runny but it makes a nice contrast to the crunch of the biscuit.
As a vegetarian I am able to eat these and they state that there is milk, soya and gluten in them. There is a more detailed list but again I can only read bits of it - milk, emulsifier and vegetable fat. One issue I have is the writing on each biscuit as it is very small. There is one section that gives the quality guarantee but it is very small dark blue writing on a light blue background so I still don't know what to do if there is a problem with the biscuit. The best before date is not on the individual wrapper - like that will be a problem here- but if you don't eat many biscuits it can be a concern.
For entertainment there is a "joke" "how do you get in touch with a penguin?" "Give him a wing"
All in all this is a decent biscuit for a decent price. It is a nice little taste of chocolate but if you want a good sized snack it will be best to look for something else - or eat more than 1 I suppose.
Penguin makers are the most parsimonious, tight fisted and money grabbing organisation one could find in a year of chocolate biscuit hunting. I have been eating Penguin's since I was a boy in the 1950s but since then the size has been drastically reduced but not the price. They are not the most cost effective biscuit of its type.
McVities penguins have been around for years and years and probably longer than most of you think. I remember taking them to school in my lunch box or buying them from the tuck shop. I also remember the many advertising campaigns over the years.
Penguins, the chocolate bar, not the creature are probably one of the best chocolate bars on the market for a quick snack. They are small enough to not ruin your appetite for dinner and large enough to tide you over. They also taste yummy and come in many different variations these days.
They were first introduced by McVities in nineteen thirty-two (yes, before the Second World War) and have been enjoyed by children and adults alike ever since.
The founder or creator of Penguin biscuits was William Macdonald, who worked at the Glasgow branch of the McVities Company.
The numerous variations on the Penguin include 'Penguin Chukkas'. 'Penguin Wing Dings', 'Penguin Flipper Dippers' and the 'Splatz' and 'Mini Splatz' bars. A triple chocolate Penguin wafer was produced for sale in two thousand and eight.
The advertising campaigns were mostly run with real penguins in funny situations and the wrapper of each bar contains a funny joke or anecdote.
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 Penguin chocolate biscuit bar was one of the pioneers of the company having been first produced in nineteen thirty-two. Some of the more famous biscuits came much later on with 'Rich Tea', 'Ginger nuts' 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.
When McVities were taken on by 'United Biscuits' in nineteen sixty-four, the Penguin brand was one of the flagship products in their advertising campaigns.
In two thousand and seven United Biscuits repackaged the biscuits to let the public know that they had stopped using trans-fatty acids in them after receiving many complaints from professionals in the food and healthy industry.
They also had a famous court case where they took 'Asda' to court after Asda made their own biscuit called 'Puffin', which was remarkably similar to a Penguin bar. United Biscuits accused Asda of trying to pass-off their biscuit as a penguin bar. The court was found to be in agreement with United Biscuits and Asda were found guilty off trying to cash in on the Penguin name but were found not guilty of infringing the Penguin Trademark.
There is a famous biscuit in Australia called the 'Tim Tam', which is very similar and was probably made famous in the UK when Natalie Imbruglia showed Graham Norton how to suck tea through one and then immediately place it in your mouth.
What's in them?
Penguins are milk chocolate covered biscuit bars that are filled with chocolate flavoured cream.
Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Flavouring], Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Raising Agents (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Natural Flavourings, Salt.
Believe it or not, Penguins are actually regarded as a healthy snack for children as they are low on calories and are a good Source of Calcium. They contain twenty-five per cent of kids recommended daily calcium intake per bar. In fact, one bar provides twenty-five per cent of Children's (7-10yrs) Reference Nutrient Intake and seventeen per cent of Adult Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA).
Typical values per 100g per biscuit
Energy 2175kj 479kj
Energy 520kcal 114kcal
Protein 5.2g 1.2g
Carbohydrate 62.4g 13.7g
of which sugars 39.8g 8.8g
Fat 27.7g 6.1g
of which saturates 15.5g 3.4g
Fibre 2.4g 0.5g
Sodium 0.1g <0.1g
Penguins are quite moreish and hard to beat for a standard chocolate biscuit. I used to love taking them to school and even though they are meant to be nutritious, as far as a chocolate biscuit is concerned, I seem to remember my friends consuming them five or six at a time, which cannot be a good thing. That, of course, is not the fault of the biscuit bar but the fault of greedy kids and inadequate parenting.
On the whole I think Penguins are synonymous with fun and energy, just like the actual bird and they taste great so I would recommend them to anyone who wants a nice tasty snack.
I bought these in tesco for 91p for a pack of 9 which I thought was great value for money for a branded chocolate bar - I think they're usually just about £1 so even without an offer they're relatively cheap.
Penguins come in a larger red plastic wrapper - containing all 9 (or however many bars) bars. Each biscuit is individually wrapped in a different colour plastic wrapper - all come with a cheesy joke on the back, which shamefully I find quite entertaining and I think it's a nice touch.
The taste is what I could describe as essentially a chocolate covered bourbon biscuit. It's really chocolatey (obviously) and crumbles nicely in your mouth. My only negative is that it is way too moreish so the size of the bar is never quite satisfying - though this may be a good thing, considering it's about 106 calories per bar so if you had a bigger bar the calorie count may not be worth it... However, if you're anything like me, it just encourages me to have more than one bar at a time!!
So overall, if you're looking for a small chocolatey snack it's definitely worthwhile, but if you want a proper chocolate fix, you may be better off buying a larger bar. Works well for a packed lunch but not as a stand alone snack.
The McVitie's penguin chocolate biscuit bar has been around for years and is a biscuit that have eaten since being a child. I do still buy penguin bars on occasion to keep in the house as a sweet treat or to add to mine and my husband's lunch boxes.
The penguin biscuits consist of two chocolate flavoured biscuits sandwiched together with a chocolate flavoured crème then covered in a layer of milk chocolate. The biscuits can only be purchased in multi-packs, you can find them in most supermarkets with my last purchase being from Tesco. I paid just £1.00 for a pack of nine of the penguin biscuits. I thought that was pretty good value, they are not the largest biscuit but are good quality and it is nice to have biscuits that are individually wrapped to prevent them from going soft. You can also buy the penguins in Orange and Mint flavours too.
One thing that I used to love as a child when my parents brought a pack of penguins was to see what colour each of the individual penguin wrappers was. The outer wrappers has always been predominantly Red in colour but inside each of the biscuits are wrapped in different colour wrappers and have a picture of a penguin in a different pose. Another unique feature is that the individual wrappers also have a joke or fact printed on them which I think is a lovely novel idea and adds a fun element to the biscuit.
Now no biscuits are very good for us but in my opinion it is everything in moderation and the odd chocolate biscuit here and there never hurt anyone. The nutritional content of one penguin biscuit is:
Calories - 106
Fat - 5.6g
Carbohydrate - 12.7g
Protein - 1.1g
I have always really like penguin biscuits, to be honest if you like chocolate and biscuits then you will like penguins. They are quite a basic biscuit and remind me of a posh bourbon cream but the fun element of the packaging adds a little quirkiness to them. I really enjoy eating a penguin with a nice mug of hot chocolate as they do dunk fairly well as the chocolate covering stops the biscuit from going too soggy too quickly. They are a lovely biscuit which has a great combination of taste and textures with the crunchy biscuit, creamy filling and smooth milk chocolate covering. If you have not tried a penguin yet then I can certainly recommend them as they are a great value biscuit.
Penguins have been a lunch box favourite for sometime, in fact I used to get them provided by my mum along with biscuits like Jacob's Clubs all of the while when I was younger. They are very popular in this regard due to their size and their individual cost; I say this as they are more often than not sold in multipacks of say 9 or 27 for example.
A penguin is a chocolate biscuit filled with chocolate cream and then finally coated with chocolate, yes lots of chocolate. They are very crunchy and quite tasty and many people will have eaten one of these or at the very least heard of the brand. In all honesty although these biscuits are perfectly fine and tasty they are not a brand that jump out at me as something I really want to eat, this could be because I had so many of them when I was a child, they were always in the chocolate box along with Breakaways and things like that. They are not as exciting as a Wispa or a Crunchie and I suppose are just a little like a Bourbon biscuit with an extra chocolate coating.
Despite that these are ideal for children due to the colourful packaging and the Penguin pictures on the front; these are perfect for having at parties on a plate. It is also good to note that there are no artificial colours or preservatives in these and each one contains on average 106 calories and 5.6g of fat so as part of an active lifestyle for a young child or and adult would be no bother.
I am not a huge biscuit fan, but one biscuit that I really do enjoy is McVities Penguin.......it's a time honoured classic and its quality hasn't diminished since I was a kid. I generally buy them to put in the kids lunch boxes, but I have to admit to sneaking one or two for myself every now and again. Luckily, they come in multi-packs and so no one seems to notice! I usually pick up a packet of 27 from Tesco's for £3.69, although at present they are reduced to just £1.84 (and I've noticed they often seem to be on offer). That means that, at the reduced price, each biscuit costs just under 7p - which I believe is really good value.
The biscuits come in a plastic wrapper and each individual biscuit is also individually wrapped in plastic - which makes them ideal for kids lunch boxes because they stay fresh and uncontaminated from other food in the box. The wrappers each have a picture of a penguin on the front and this design seems to be appealing to children also.
The biscuit is essentially a chocolate biscuit which is arranged like a sandwich with a chocolate cream filling and then the sandwich is covered in delicious milky chocolate. As you would expect, the overall taste is very chocolately, but its not too much because the different textures (the biscuit, the chocolate, the cream) all combine perfectly. The biscuit portion is always crunchy and sweet - and the chocolate coating is very melt in the mouth and tastes very good.
This biscuit is not particularly nutritionally sound but I'm a firm believer in "everything in moderation". One biscuit contains 113 calories and 6g of fat - and so its not too bad as part of a lunch or a small snack.
I really enjoy them and if you like chocolate then I suspect you will also!
The MacVities penguin are a well known popular chocolate biscuit brand and have been around for countless number of years ever since they were first produced back in 1932 which seem like quite a long time now thinking back. It was known that they were first produced by a lady named Abigail Pittard, who was a biscuit manufacturer in Swansea and became a McVitie's brand when Pittard had then apparently joined with McVitie's and Price, MacFarlane Lang & Co and Crawford to form united biscuits a few years after in 1946.
The McVitie's penguin biscuits are sold in many shops and supermarkets and are sold in multiple packs ranging from 9 to 12in a pack up to 18 in a multiple variety pack. They vary in price so you can expect to pay anywhere from 99p to £160 depending if there is a special deal/offer going on. However I normally buy mine from Tesco and you can get (9 per pack - 216g) in a multipack for just £1.00 which is a great bargain compared to some other retailers.
They are quite short and light in size and weight compared to other chocolates but they do still contain a good amount of fulfilling milk chocolate with an inner chocolate cream and thick layered biscuit portion and added crunch.
The packaging is very distinctive with a colourful picture of a cute blue penguin on the front surrounded by a bright red background with the words McVitie's printed on the side.
I have been eating these penguin biscuits now for as long as I can remember and I have never got bored of eating them as I like to eat them occasionally as a light treat now and again. They are very tasty and wholesome to eat. I tend to like opening the two biscuit layers and lick of the delicious chocolate cream inside and then let the biscuit part melt in my mouth.
They are just so addictive and my whole family also enjoy eating these McVitie's penguin biscuits. Another great thing about these is that within every single penguin biscuit wrapper there is a small light hearted joke or funny fact printed on the back.
I would highly recommend you try these as they make a great light tasty snack and are quite popular among a wide range of age groups. But I must say to be careful as they can be quite addictive.
I give it a Dooyoo rating 4/5
McVities penguin are a chocolate biscuit snack, consisting of a milk chocolate covering, with a centre of chocolate cream sandwiched between two biscuits. First made in 1932, they are manufactured by McVities (established since 1830) under the parent company United Foods. As well as individual biscuits, multipacks, orange and mint flavours, penguin chocolate wafers, cakes and stix are also available. Expect to pay around £1.40 for a 9 pack of the original and £1.60 for a six pack of penguin stix.
Penguin packaging is very distinctive, consisting of different brightly coloured backgrounds, with an image of a penguin taking up most of the wrapper. The slogan 'P..P..P...Pick up a...penguin' can also be seen. The designs often change, and there is usually a joke printed under the label of each bar. They should be kept in a cool dark place and will keep for several months.
Each biscuit contains `113 calories, 8.7 grams of sugar and 6.1 grams of fat (of which 3.4 is saturated). These are not a healthy snack, but equally, as a treat they are absolutely fine. They also contain milk, soya and gluten.
Penguins are one of my favourite biscuits: the chocolate outer layer is very chocolatey (and less milky than cadbury's for instance), the biscuit layer is crisp and crunchy, whilst remaining sweet, and the creamy central layer is smooth and creamy. Put together, the whole effect is delicious and satisfying.
I've just eaten a penguin bar for the first time in ages so I thought I'd write a review while the taste is still in my mouth and the chocolate is still on my lips, lol.
These things have not changed a bit since I was a kid, I'm sure of it. So chocolately and oh so tasty, these go great with a cup of coffee and I'm guessing are a welcome addition to a lunchbox (whether you're a kid or an adult).
Just as I remember from my childhood, Penguin bars are EXTREMELY moreish. What the hell do they put in them?
The only thing I can say against Penguin bars is about those truly terrible jokes. Who the hell writes them? Have they changed at all in the past 20 years? And why is there only 5 or so jokes that seem to be on a loop throughout the packet?
But overall I'll say that Penguin bars are truly tasty, melt in the mouth delicious, and will be featuring in my lunchbox more often from now on!
For some reason in our house, we always have chocolate biscuits but usually keep to the same ones. One brand we rarely have is Penguins. I don't know why, we just don't for some reason! However, somehow a big packet of penguins appeared in the fridge last week and I've gradually been working my way through them!
Penguins come in a variety of pack sizes and flavours. They cannot be bought individually. A traditional penguin is a chocolate biscuit, with chocolate cream in the middle and then coated in milk chocolate. However, you can also get mint and orange varieties. Aswell as normal penguin bars you can get penguin wafers and penguin mini rolls! Original Penguin biscuits come in 3 pack sizes - 9 bars retailing at £1.31 (currently on offer at Tesco for £1), 18 bars (which I cannot find a price for) or 27 bars costing £3.22. I can vaguely remember being able to get variety packs when I was younger with 9 bars of each flavour but I cannot find these now.
So the multipack is predominantly red in colour with a large picture of a penguin. Inside, each bar is wrapped individually in a different colour with a cartoon of a penguin on the front. On the back there is always a joke which makes them quite fun for lunch boxes or parties. Opening the bar is easy, you just tear down the packet so easy for little hands.
Inside, the bar is about 3 inches long by 1.5 inches wide. It is covered in bumpy milk chocolate and looks very appetising. Biting into the bar you are hit with a rush of chocolate which is lovely. The biscuit is firm and tastes fresh and mixed with the chocolate and the cream it creates a lovely milk chocolate flavour in your mouth. The bars are very moreish and you can quite easily polish off two or three in one sitting.
Each penguin contains 113 calories, 8.7g sugars, 6.1g fat, 3.4g saturates and trace of salt. Now the first thing I noticed here was how much fat a little bar contains! Nevertheless they are very tasty!
I would recommend these as I think they are very nice and certainly give you a chocolate hit!
I agree with other reviewers that these used to be a lot bigger. I also bought these at Tesco on special offer recently and I was quite looking forward to them. But when you get them out of the packet, they are awfully small. They are so small that you can finish in about three bites which is quite ridiculous. However, I guess these are more of a kiddy snack so I imagine it is perfect for lunchboxes. I remember I used to take these to school with me every day.
These still taste as good as they used to with a layer of chocolate in between a biscuit sandwich type thing. What I don't like about these is that they really stick to your teeth due to the biscuit layer and that's obviously not good for the teeth. For this reason I don't think that they are good in-between meal snack as they'll just ruin your teeth unless you brush them straight after (and if you do that then what's the point of eating it...) Guess this is a bit by-the-by though.
The jokes are alright. I remember they used to be quite alright when I was younger, anyway, but now they are so predictable that I can guess the answer before I look. I'm not sure if this is because I am older or because the jokes now suck or because they reuse the same jokes over and over. Probably a little of all. However, I think this is again good for little kids cause it's always nice to have a little something aside from teh chocolate - probably the attraction of kinder surprises really with the toy. It gives you something to look at before tearing open the wrapper.
I do like the taste of these but it's definitely not worth the price. In my opinion it's better to buy the cheapo supermarket version than buying the McVities version. It's really not worth the price different because they all taste the same anyway - it's such a simple recipe it would be hard to screw up. It's all chocolate anyway. And as such, thsi is obviously quite unhealthy. I guess that's why these are again good for small kids over teens/adults because one will probably do them. Pretty much everyone in my family talked about how they could eat two or three of these now that they are so small. That said, there are only about 100 calories per bar which I think is pretty reasonable. You could fit this into your diet if you're on one if you put aside the fat content. It's a nice treat to stick in with an otherwise healthy lunch (hopefully).
Penguin biscuits were first produced in 1932, by William McDonald, a biscuit manufacturer from Glasgow. In 1946, McDonald joined with McVities and Price, MacFarlane Lang & Co and Crawford to form United Biscuits. Penguin biscuits are now manufactured under the McVities brand.
I have eaten Penguin biscuits since my childhood and dread to think how many I have consumed over the years.
McVities Penguin biscuits come in a pack of nine. The biscuits are all individually wrapped and each one has a funny picture of a penguin on it.
The individual biscuits are then all sealed inside a red wrapping with a large picture of a penguin on the front.
On opening, you find a sweet, chocolatey smelling biscuit. It is rectangular in shape and is covered in rippled milk chocolate on the top and sides and has a smooth chocolate covered bottom. When broken in half you see that there are two chocolate biscuit sections, sandwiched together with a chocolate cream filling and it does look very appetising.
Biting into a Penguin, you find that the chocolate is quite thick, smooth and sweet. The biscuit is a good thickness and is also sweet and very crunchy and the chocolate cream filling is deliciously smooth and soft. The combination of textures works perfectly together, but you definitely have to be a fan of chocolate for this biscuit. You do however find Penguin biscuits in orange and mint flavour now, but as yet I haven't tried either.
*Nutrition Value Per Biscuit*
Energy - 113 kcal
Protein - 1.1g
Carbohydrate - 13.4g
of which sugars - 8.7g
Fat - 6.1g
of which saturates - 3.4g
Fibre - 0.5g
Sodium - Trace
Calcium - 138mg
RDA - 17%
This product contains gluten, milk, soya/soybeans. It has no artificial colours or flavours and is suitable for vegetarians.
McVities Penguin biscuits are available from Tesco in a pack of 9 for £1.31 but they are on special for £1 only until the 11th May.
These biscuits do make an ideal snack, which will definitely fill a gap but not waste your appetite. They are really good value at full price but for £1, they are a brilliant buy and I will be stocking up!
Go on grab them while they are on special!