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It was Christmas, it was biscuit tin season and it was definitely one of my favourite times. Even more so after Christmas when they were on special offer and I grabbed a tin which we finally opened this week!. The tin of choice this year was McVities Victoria in its glossy blue tin announcing its luxury contents. So I feel it's my duty to tell you lovely people exactly what it contains!
White Chocolate Cream Wafer: This is rather an explosion of taste in the mouth. Pity about the wafer though. I was expecting crisp and crunchy, but more of a squish. It has two layers of wafer sandwiched with chocolate cream and covered in white chocolate. You can't taste the chocolate cream but the white chocolate is overpowering. Not so much the creamy kiss of Dairy Milk Buttons but a punch in the gob. Thankfully it's the only white one in the tin.
Milk Chocolate Wheel: A digestive biscuit covered in milk chocolate but in a wheel shape. Well, what exactly can I say about it? It's not exactly new or different and does exactly what it says on the tin.
Milk Chocolate Shortcake: Ooh wrapped in gold foil, we must be getting posh! I like my shortcake crumbly and buttery and this doesn't fail. Exactly for the crumble, it's encased in chocolate and is decidedly compacted but it is buttery and quite delicious.
Milk Chocolate Crispy Biscuit Finger: This is to Cadburys Dairy Milk Fingers as a Punto to a Porsche. Absolutely not a patch on them. Ignoring the chocolate they are delicious in their own way and very crispy.
Plain Chocolate Coated Coconut Flavour Square: These, long with the white cream flavour are the last left in the tin. They don't look very nice, they're very thin and the dark chocolate is quite matt. But the dark chocolate is quite nice, not too bitter, the coconut is not quite apparent except as an after-taste.
Plain and Milk Chocolate Finger Cookies: Two separate cookies by the way! The dark, like above isn't too bitter, but the milk chocolate isn't very creamy. The cookie though is lovely, crumbly and quite sugary.
Milk Chocolate Cream crumble: Another posh one wrapped in red foil. Now this is a thick biscuit! A solid slab of buttery biscuit, a cream topping and completely covered in a thick layer of chocolate. It would be the nicest, the flavours are lovely but it's too darn thick and people with falsies are going to have problems!
Fully Coated Milk Chocolate Digestives: This I was looking forward to. I love digestives, their wheaty crumbliness and the way it mushes together in your mouth. Bit difficult with these as the wheatiness is solidly welded together giving it a solid snap instead of a gentle parting.
Chocolate Chip Cookie dipped in Milk Chocolate: I had to save the best till last. Deliciously large crumbles with large chocolate chips and a just perfect layer of chocolate on top. The kind of biscuit you could eat 20 of and still want more.
The main issue with these biscuits is the chocolate; the quality is just not good enough. There's no melt in the mouth, no creaminess to it. The biscuits are covered with 'chocolate', but with the exception of the white chocolate it's so incredibly weak you could eat 4 or 5 before you even feel like you've had a decent chocolate fix.
They're perfect for that special tea with granny or as a gift, but for the price of over a fiver you could get a decent box of chocolates. Personally for something extremely special, a cheer me up, or just because you're feeling a bit piggy the Cadburys version would do the job perfectly.
McVities Victoria Biscuits. A selection of biscuits luxuriously covered in white and milk chocolate supplied in a decorative tin.