“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Biscuits „
I have a terrible sweet tooth, so I try to ration the amount of sugary treats I buy during my weekly grocery shop. I find a packet of biscuits keeps me going for a good portion of the week, and has far less calories than the truly heroic amounts of chocolate I would ingest if given half a chance!
Since my shopping budget is especially tight these days I generally purchase one of the Sainsbury's Basics biscuit packs, and these chocolate digestives are one of my favourites.
These milk chocolate digestives come packed as a roll of biscuits wrapped in white plastic. The packaging is quite thin and I've managed to accidentally rip packs of this product during transport home, resulting in me having to put the biscuits in an airtight container to prevent them going soft (or Hubby scoffing them!). The packet doesn't have an 'easy tear' ribbon on it so unless I want to pick the heat-sealed end apart I use scissors.
Each pack contains 300g of product (30ish biscuits) and costs around 50p.
The packet contains all the nutritional information that would be expected: the traffic-light nutrition wheel on the front of the pack states that these biscuits are in the 'medium' range for sugar, salt and calorie content and in the 'high' range for both fat and saturated fat. The biscuits are suitable for vegetarians, but that they contain wheat flour, wheat gluten, milk and soya.
The ingredients list states the biscuits contain Milk Chocolate (24%) (which seems high to me which is good!).
The biscuit itself contains: Wheat Flour, Sugar Syrup and Salt. The chocolate contains: Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Dried Whey, Dried Skimmed Milk, Cocoa Mass, Butter Oil, Emulsifier and Flavourings.
The biscuits themselves are noticeably smaller than branded chocolate digestives: around 5cm in diameter. The biscuit itself is quite coarse and has the traditional words 'sweetmeal digestive biscuits' stamped on the reverse. The coarse texture means these biscuits crumble more easily than branded versions.
The chocolate coating is fairly thick - a good 2mm on a 5mm thick biscuit in my estimation - and is sweet and very milky.
The packaging states these biscuits are 'smaller but great for dunking'. I don't dunk biscuits myself as I don't drink tea or coffee, but I would imagine they would fall apart more readily than other digestives, again because of the coarse biscuit mix.
I really like these biscuits and purchase them regularly. A pack contains around 30 biscuits, which, considering the 50p price tag means each biccie costs just a penny or two: excellent value! I find they crumble easily when eaten the 'right' way 'round, so I always eat them upside-down, as the chocolate layer stays intact more easily than the biscuit itself and holds the item together.
The biscuits taste lovely, with the crumbly biscuit in pleasant contrast to the smoother chocolate. The biscuits are sweet and sufficiently chocolatey to satisfy my cravings for something sweet.
I do find them very 'more-ish' but, nevertheless, the bisucit itself is so filling that I only ever eat 2 or 3 in a sitting which is exceptionally good for me.
I really like these biscuits as they're cheap, sweet and chocolatey. They contain a fair few additives, which I'm not so happy about, but since they limit my intake of straight chocolate bars I consider them the lesser of two evils.
These are a cupboard staple for us mainly because they help keep the grocery bill down and they are tasty biscuits. With the amount of biscuits the children manage to get through this sort of saving makes sense.
Currently (12/07/13) these are 50p for a 300g pack - 23 biscuits per pack. This is much less than premium chocolate digestives such as Cadburys which are currently £1 at Asda for a 300g pack or McVitie's double chocolate digestives also £1 at Asda.
Sampling one now in the interests of research.....
What you get with these is a round sweetmeal digestive biscuit about 6cm across covered in a thin layer of milk chocolate. The biscuit is crunchy, without the grittiness present in some digestives and of consistent texture. It remains firm when you bite into it and doesn't crumble too much. The chocolate doesn't taste 'cheap;' it tastes like smooth, creamy milk chocolate - but admittedly there isn't much of it. Milk chocolate is the last ingredient to be listed on the list of ingredients below salt - which is a little concerning.
Looking at the nutritional values on the packet...oh, dear...just eaten 71 calories. Bang goes the diet. In fairness to Sainsburys, however they do give you warning that this is a treat food. They display the easy to understand 'traffic light' system on this pack. This pack is given reds for the amounts of sugars and fats the product contains and oranges for the amount of salt and the amount of calories.
I use these biscuits not only for dunking in the occasional cup of tea or coffee but also as a constituent in fridge cake: smash some of these up and blend with melted chocolate, melted butter, nuts, raisins, dried apricots, a little golden syrup and voila - fridge cake.
How do these fair with the premium brands? If someone offered me a plate of double chocolate McVitie's and Sainsbury's basics milk chocolate digestives - would I still reach for this brand to which I must admit I have become quite loyal? Don't be silly.
The biscuits are a trade off between head, heart and purse - but they're O.K.
Best choice for a budget. Would recommend.
There is nothing I love more than a good cup of tea and a biscuit for dunking. I love them all: dodgers, jaffas, bourbons. I just can't get enough. Usually I go for the preferred brand such as Fox's or McVittie's however when times are tight I do dabble in own branded biscuits. Due to the fact I live near Sainsburys I often get a packet or two of their Sanisburys Basic Chocolate Digestive Biscuits.
They come in a large 300 gram packet (it's a cylinder of biscuits surrounded in a plastic packet.) The packet is a plain white with the Sainsburys orange basic branding. It comes with the usual spiel with a description and nutritional information found on the back.
As for their taste they are not bad. The biscuit taste like a digestive should and is fresh and crunchy. It is let down by the quality of chocolate on top. The thin layer is a long way off the quality of Cadbury but when you are spending 30 pence a packet what can you expect.
When it comes to dunking into a cup of tea they do show some durability. I hate biscuits that get so soggy they break off. These do not have this problem and are very good when you have friends over for a cuppa (then you can save your more expensive biscuits for yourself.)
It is incredible that you can get an entire packet for 30 pence but they are missing the quality that a McVittie's offer.
Who does'nt like a nice biscuit with their cup of tea occasionally! I know I certainly do and Sainsbury's Basics Milk Chocolate Digestive Biscuits are just that, I have never been a big digestive fan in the past and have only really taken to them in the last year because my partner loves them, Sainsbury's Basic Milk Chocolate Digestives are a great alternative to the real macoy and at a bargain price of just 39p for 300g! Who can complain at that!
We buy 2-3 packs of these bisuits every week in our family as it has become a bit of a routine now to have a biscuit with our cuppa of an evening when the little one has gone to bed....also great as an odd treat for our son too, we all love them.
I dont think these biscuits taste cheap at all and must admit I am definatly now a digestive fan and would miss them if we stopped buying them.
Sainsbury's Basics Chocolate Digestive Biscuits
Sainsbury's, like many other major supermarkets, carry their own 'basic' range of goods. These are simply packaged, value for money groceries, household and beauty products, aimed at the budget conscious shopper. In these days of spiralling prices, more and more shoppers are looking to save a few pennies on their grocery bills and with this in mind, I purchased a packet of Sainsbury's Basics half coated chocolate digestive biscuits recently to try.
Sainsbury's Basics products come in a fairly plain wrapper, white with the company logo in orange. The biscuits' wrapper is basically a plastic cover, which is, I must admit a little tricky to open. A pull tag would make life much easier, as I ended up breaking the first two or three biscuits in my endeavours to open the packaging...sadly I had to eat those myself, what a shame!
**The product, taste, texture and appearance**
The biscuits are simply a digestive biscuit half coated with milk chocolate. The biscuit is a circular shape with the words 'sweetmeal, digestive biscuit' printed on the base. The chocolate is thinly coated and is fairly glossy with a ripple textured finish. The biscuits are very crisp with a distinctly wheat flavour, the chocolate is rather thin, so thin in fact, that it is hard to discern any particular taste other than sweetness! The chocolate is not unpleasant, just sparse!
The biscuits carry a very chocolatey aroma which is extremely pleasant. These biscuits are ideal for family use and make a pleasant everyday biscuit.
There is no dunking performance information in this review as biscuit dunking is banned in my household!!
**Price, weight and ingredients**
At 39p for a large 300g packet which contains approximately 22 biscuits, these will not break the bank. In all honesty, they are in no way comparable to some well known brand name chocolate biscuits and at a third of the price of the big name products, it would be most unfair to compare them! What you are getting is a perfectly acceptable, pleasant biscuit that in my opinion, represents very good value for money.
Chocolate biscuits are never going to earn a healthy eating label and with 3.4 g of fat per biscuit, Sainsbury's Basics chocolate digestives are certainly in the high fat category, especially as they are on the small side at 5.5 cm diameter. The biscuits weight in with a calorie count of 70 per biscuit, again a high figure for a smallish biscuit.
I won't pad out this review with a long list of ingredients, that I am sure no one really wants to trawl through.
Suffice to say the biscuits are suitable for vegetarians, as they contain wheat, milk and sugar products and although the recipe does not contain nuts, the factory of manufacture does produce foods containing nuts, those who have nut, dairy and gluten intolerances, should beware.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
I am aware that Basics products can be a little hit or miss, some are very much better than others. I have to say that I have found product reviews on these simple everyday items very useful and have discovered several things that I would have possibly otherwise disregarded, as a result of using sites such as this one.
I think that Sainsbury's have produced a winner here, these biscuits do fit the bill when you fancy something sweet with a hot drink and whilst they are not very healthy for the waistline, they are a good buy in my opinion.
These chocolate digestives certainly are well worth trying. No, they are not as good as 'McVities Homewheat', but they do not pretend to be anything other than an economy biscuit.
In the light of recent price rises, more and more Sainsbury's Basics products are on my shopping list and I would recommend this particular product to others.
I awarding the product 4* due to the high fat and calorie content.
Thank you for reading.
© brittle1906 June 2011
UPDATED DECEMEBR 2011
These biscuits are still available from Sainsbury's stores and are still stocked at the budget price of 39p.
N.B. My reviews may be found on other review sites under the same user name.
Everybody loves some sort of biscuit, some are more picky than others, but everybody enjoys a nice biscuit. Whether it be with their tea, coffee, as dessert, with milk or just on their own - biscuits are delicious.
As part of the Sainsburys Basics range, they've made milk chocolate digestives, which like a lot of Sainsburys basics taste just the same as the expensive branded stuff such as 'McVities'.
Milk chocolate has always been one of my favourite digestive biscuits along with Rich Tea and a few others.
The way i see it, McVities do all the marketing, then you go to buy them - see the exact same thing for a fraction of the price and you buy that - so well done Sainsburys for that clever idea, as i personally don't like big brands being so rich etc.
Sainsburys also have a other biscuits in their basics range, with which you can make some lovely stuff... for example Bannoffe Pie (my favourite, i wrote a review on it) and much more.
To prove that there was no difference, and to have some fun, we once had a blind test with sainsburys basics pack of biscuits and McVities biscuits.
Perhaps you won't agree, but i personally cannot tell the difference between the two, they're both chocolate digestive biscuits and thats what i like - i don't eat the brand... do I?
If everyone wasn't afraid of looking cheap etc. These would be a lot more popular.
When I am at work, I will sit with a packet of biscuits on my desk and munch on them all day. I have never been one to care about the brand that I am eating, but with only a Spar near by, it was difficult to find cheap biscuits and I was constantly paying for brands like McVities. I wouldn't usually mind this, but the pennies soon start to add up. I have a Sainsburyc close by to me and decided to go and stock up.
*Price, packaging and availability*
The biscuits are priced at 30p for a 300g packet, a great price compared to branded products! They always seem to be stocked up on the shelves and I have not been into a sainsburys yet where they have run out.
The packaging is plain white and has orange writing, to match the rest of the Sainsburys basics range. The packaging has nutritional information on it, along with contact details for Sainsburys and a best before date.
Next to the 'milk chocolate digestives' label there is a small statement that says 'no fancy packaging. still great with a cuppa'. The perfect statement for these biscuits!
As with most biscuits, these are not healthy and should not be eaten all of the time. I probably cant say that as they are all that I eat!
The nutritional information on the back of the packet states that there are 70 calories per biscuit and 3.4g of fat. This is the first time I have looked at these values and I am quite disappointed that I now know I should calm down with them.
*The biscuits themselves*
The biscuits themselves are quite small, especially compared to a McVities biscuit. I do prefer the sizing on these biscuits as they are great for dunking in your tea!! The top of the biscuit is covered in milk chocolate and, I must say, Sainsburys have not been shy with the chocolate! There is a very thick layer on the top which makes them extra yummy!
I think these biscuits taste lovely, they are nice and crunchy and have the distinctive digestive taste. They don't taste like McVities, but I prefer these anyway. I always find that McVities have an oaty feel to them, like there are little bits flaking away. The Sainsbury's biscuits do not feel like this and have a very smooth yet crunchy texture.
I do love these biscuits, they are definately my favourite to keep on my desk and my boss seems to enjoy them too. If you are not fussy about having branded products and you love digestives, these will be perfect if you're on a budget!
We have about five thousand packets of these downstairs because my brother likes them a lot and for some bizarre reason takes them for lunch. I'm sure that's very healthy. But I guess they're only 30p so it's not something you can really complain about.
For 30p, I think this is a bargain amount of biscuit you get. I don't know how many are actually in there but the packet is about the same size as most other brands you get. The biscuits themselves also look like regular chocolate digestives though I'd say they are a bit smaller, unless other brands have also got a bit smaller, too. I remember digestives used to be massive. However, my family agrees that it's just a nice size to eat because you still only want one or two. There are about 70 calories per biscuit which I think is pretty reasonable all considering, though there are 4 grams per biscuit and 1.7 grams of saturates which is a bit hefty considering the daily limit for the latter is 20g. That said, why get caught up in it really? I mean obviously it isn't a good thing to eat the whole packet but just to have with a hot drink I think these are very nice.
However, I don't think these are spectacular dry. I just ate one on their own and I don't think the biscuit tastes of much and the chocolate is hardly in your face. I think this might apply to all chocolate digestives, however, though I haven't eaten any other brand for so long I couldn't truly comment. Besides, the rest of my family enjoys them dry so I might just be a bit weird on this point. The biscuit also sticks to your teeth pretty bad if you are eating it dry which I find quite annoying.
However, if you dunk this is a hot drink, they are fabulous! You have to hold it in a for a few seconds so that the chocolate melts as well as the biscuit getting soggy. Then you get the full flavour of the biscuit and the chocolate and you can see why people might gorge on the whole packet. I really think you have to have these wet if you want to apprecaite it. When I eat a dry one, by the end I am always holding a chunk of it in my mouth to melt the chocolate that way before chewing. That's kind of sad but it makes it taste a lot better. There is nothing particularly wrong with the dry biscuit but I just think it tastes about a hundred times better when it's dunked.
If you're buying branded chocolate digestives, I would really recommend these because I did find some own brand ones a while back and ate the two side by side. The Basics ones really outdid the others as they just had a much pleasanter taste. The chocolate doesn't have any tang like some others do but just tastes like chocolate. Also, it's obviously only 30p so you can't really go wrong to give it a go!
These basic brand biscuits are the best i have tried! At about a third of the price of leading brand biscuits they are fantastic value. These are 33p a packet for a 300g pack. Other than being slightly smaller in diameter than leading brand i am confident you will find no other differences.
They come in basic white and orange packaging. Stocked in all sainsburys along the normal biscuit aisle. The chocolate is lovely, not cheap tasting and is just the right thickness. The biscuit itself is just as tasty as others crunchy but not dry. You tend to get a slightly bigger pack at sainsburys than you would at other supermarkets making them even better value. I have also found these biscuits to be better at transporting the end couple in the pack dont break up and they keep well in the biscuit barrell. Ideal if you don't eat a lot of biscuits or just keep them in for visitors.
Very moreish so financially you can afford to eat more at this fantastic price. They go well with a cuppa and withstand being dunked without breaking in your coffee.
I do not buy leading brand even if on offer as these are still cheaper and as nice if not nicer!
I love biscuits of any kind or brand, and I am not a biscuit snob and so I buy what is sometimes the cheapest and sometimes the well known brands as I am always snacking at work and at home.
These biscuits are from Sainsburys lower range of food, the basics range, they are digestives covered in nice milk chocolate and are very tasty, I first tried these last year and bought them ever since.
They cost only 33p for a 300g packet and for that price it is a bargain and I must say very good quality, there are around 15 biscuits, maybe more in this pack so they are worth the money.
For one biscuit they contain 70 calories, and the packet is in an orange and yellow coloured stripes for the basics range of colours, so they are very easy to spot on the supermarket shelves.
They taste nice and light and the amount of chocolate on the biscuit is very generous and just the right amount.
They are best stored in a cool place or in a biscuit tin or put into the fridge as I do mostly and they are nice and crunchy when eaten.
They are ideal for people with large families and their children want a biscuit for a snack after school as they are always hungry when they come home.
The packaging is easy to recycle and of a good strength too, the packaging does not tend to rip as some do.
I think if you are on a low budget, try them and see if they suit your family and yourself and they are good to offer a guest when they come to visit.
I rate this product 5 stars.
I am not one for turning my nose up at a bargain or at bargain products, if something seems like exceptionally good value then I say give it a try and that is exactly what I did with these Sainsbury basic range chocolate digestives.
It is fair to say that these are not as good as McVities but then at only a fraction of the price I didn't expect them to be but what I do have to say is that they are certainly good enough and so much cheaper that I have stopped buying the much more expensive Mcvities in favour of these.
The biscuit is crumbly and melts in the mouth, it is not too sweet and doesn't take away from the chocolate taste, as for the chocolate the only real problem with it is that it is a bit thinner than the chocolate you get on the brand named ones and it tends to melt very easily so you have to store these somewhere cool at all times.
At only 32p for a 300g packet they are great value alongside the much more expensive 90p per packet McVities so I am more than willing to put up with the thinner chocolate to get three packets for the price of one.
Being that they are chocolate biscuits they are of course fattening and each biscuit has 70 calories and 3.4g of fat so certainly not one for the weightwatchers amongst us but a very tasty and very cheap biscuit for those that get away with eating them.
Strangely, I prefer sainburys basic chocolate digestive to leading brands! Although the packaging is not very eye catching, just sainsburys basics white background with orange writing, they are worth trying for the difference in price compared to larger names. If you are my family and tend to go through a whole packet in one sitting, it is pointless paying out for expensive biscuits when they are gone so quickly.
The digestive biscuit is crispy and sweet with a thick layer of yummy milk chocolate. The whole texture of the biscuit is quite dry but this is balanced with the smooth chocolate. The chocolate doesn't taste 'cheap' like you could expect from a basics range, it tastes just like any other chocolate on top of a biscuit. Children really enjoy them so they make a nice treat for them too.
They are quite high calorie, with 70kcal in each biscuit, but it certainly is worth forgetting the diet just to try them. I would recommend these even if you don't normally buy supermarkets own /basic ranges because they are real value for money, and when it comes to biscuits its always good to get two or three packets for the same price as one of the higher priced brands.
Since being in a bit of a financial crisis I have noticed I have changed more and more of my weekly brought branded named products for Sainsbury's own brand basic range. My trolley was no longer full off colourful packaging it just seemed to be full of white and orange packaged item. And id saved a fortune as was still eating great food.
A product that occurs in my trolley on a weekly basis was McVities chocolate digestives. Priced at staggering £1.24 for a 400g packet. Surly there's a way I can save a few pennies by buying a cheaper version. So I got the cheapest I could find being the Sainsbury's own branded basic range of milk chocolate digestives priced at only 33p. This is a difference of 91p, although the packet is smaller containing only 300g.
The biscuit its self isn't as nice as the McVities. They don't taste as sweet and they aren't as filling. But they are great for dunking. They don't crumble when you dunk them and they still have a great taste. I suppose I don't feel as naughty eating them as they aren't as sweet and sugary. The chocolate of the top is of different quality. Yet again the branded it's sweeter and more full of flavour. But the basic range of milk chocolate digestive is a good substitute if you want to save some pennies.
For 32p a packet these are exellent value for the money.
They are good for snacks and for parties, they come in the Sainsburys Basic range and come in orange and white pack.
Sainsburys do a good range of products in the lower brand and at a nice price too, they are sometimes good and bad product but it just depends which one you have bought but with these biscuits they are fine in my opinion.
The amount of chocolate, which is Milk is enough on the top of the biscuit, some manufacturers do not use alot on the top but these are just the right amount for the money.
The biscuits is nice and crumbly and melts in the mouth, when I first tried them I did not think I would like them because I adore digestive biscuits but I was not disappointed in these ones.
The biscuit is not very big, I would say they are a little bit smaller than the usual McVities ones but they are ideal for children as they are just handy to hold and not so big for them. I use these to give visitors and I have not had any complaints so far, ive used in for picnics but always kept them in a cool bag as the chocolate would melt.
The milk chocolate is quite tasty to be fair, I found them a nice sweet taste and love them.
They are sometimes on offer but not very often, I once bought them for 10p a pack and so bought more than one and stocked them up.
Even at the usual price they are a bargain but 10p is a give away in my opinion, so look out for the offers and try them and see what you think, I do not think you will be disappointed for the price and value of them.
I am a regular shopper at Sainsbury's and I like looking for great bargains but I do think that there are some thing's that you can't go cheap on.
I have been a big fan of Mcvities for years and if ever I was going for any kind of biscuit, if Mcvities do it, I'll get it.
So I'm walking down the biscuit isle and just seeing what they have on offer and I do something I have never really done before, that was to look to the bottom Shelf and see what there is, and there it was, just staring up at me, a picture of milk chocolate biscuits, I figured these are not going to be good at all.
This day and age anything that's worth anything is not cheap but when I opened this packet of biscuits (which I have to say was quite difficult just because I was looking for that tag that unravels the pack but for some reason I can never work it out or its just not there) when I broke it in half it was crispy and crumbly just like a Mcvities, it tasted just like a Mcvities including the chocolate that melts off .
when you put the biscuit in your mouth and crunch down it crumbles and starts to dissolve with the choolate melting off, especially if theres a tea involved.
So picture this
A cold winter night sitting in front of your open fire wrapped in a duvet watching a movie with a cup of
tea dunking your chocolate biscuits in at your own leisure with the chocolate slowly melting off and
adding a sweetness to your tea.
The packaging is not appealing, with the white packaging and the orange strip that identifies the packet as a Sainsbury's own product.
I'm not going to tell you how many calories and stuff there are because it will just take away how good it is because lets be honest, anything that taste's this good wont have healthy ingredients, so why tell you stuff that's going to bring you down.
It's just great that if you are entertaining guests you can get like 6 packets for just under 2 pounds (at like 33p a pack). AMAZING.
I Guarantee you that if you open a pack of these biscuits you will finish the whole pack before you realise you have.