Product Type: McVities Snacks
Newest Review: ... picture of a cheerful looking Penguin. The famous slogan "P..P..P...Pick up a Penguin" is also prominently displayed. My parti... more
P p - Oh you know the rest. McVities Penguin Biscuits.
Member Name: Karonher
Disadvantages: Small and prone to melting
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.
Summary: Small biscuit but a small price.