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      01.03.2011 09:15
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      Good value for money.

      As most of you who read my reviews on a regular basic know that I have a very sweet tooth and love my snack and I have a huge appetite, I love to eat biscuits and chocolates as I find they help keep my hunger at bay in between my meals and also for eating at night while watching the television.

      I buy these biscuits on a regular basis, they are from the Sainsbury's cheaper brand of biscuits and they are priced at around only 23p for a 400g packet. The packaging is very basic looking and in the colours of the basics range of Orange and White. The packaging is plastic and it is packed very well indeed to house these nice biscuits.

      They are circular shaped and quite thick, the texture of them is very crumbly and they do taste absolutely delicious for the small price. They are a nice light tan colour and they are a good size of 4 inches or so in diameter. They are a good quality biscuit and very good value for money. I find they do not break easily as I first thought they would when I first started buying them some time ago. They are a good solid biscuit and if they need to be broken in half for any reason they can quite easily but they do not break easily as they are being eaten whole.

      I use these biscuits when I make a cheesecake as they are very good for the base of the cake and all I do is place a few into a plastic food bag and roll the rolling pin over them and they crumble nicely for the base. They are very handy for crumbling over a yoghurt as a pudding after a meal and I love them eaten in this way and I have been known to crumble them over ice cream too, simply delicious and cheap way of making ice cream or yoghurt have a little extra taste, especially if the yoghurt is natural with no added flavour.

      These do not taste bland, they taste really nice and I think they are second best to the higher brands on the market to be honest. Obviously they are not to the high standard the branded ones are but they come very close.

      They are made with palm oil, not sure what that is exactly but it tells me that it is made from this oil, they contain per biscuit...61 calories, 2.9g of fat, 2.7g of total sugars. And 0.14g of salt.

      There are also 33 biscuits in the pack and so a good amount for the price, I would have thought they could have probably rounded the amount up to 34 at least as I just think an odd number does not work for me but it does not stop me from eating them as they are very moreish lol.

      I like to dunk my biscuits in my hot drinks and these do dunk very well and they do not break while dunking them into the drink and so they are good for me and just the way I like biscuits to be when I do this.

      My grandchildren love these too and they like the taste and eat them for treats when they are visiting my home. They are good for anyone looking to save some money as they are cheap enough and a good price and they are good for people who have lots of children or like myself have lots of grandchildren.

      I cannot fault these for the price and also for the nice taste and I recommend them for anyone to buy and to try them to see if you like them as much as I do and I will always buy these because they are nice, good quality biscuits at a low price.

      I rate them 5 stars.

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        28.01.2011 10:50
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        A very decent product offering excellent value

        I have read a few biscuit reviews lately and am amazed at the variety of biscuits dunked by dooyooers up and down the land. On many occasions these are decent expensive biscuits that need to be savoured on their own without suffering the ignominy of being unceremoniously dunked in a hot drink and be reduced to mush in an instant.

        I bracket this lamentable practice with those Weetabix eaters out there in dooyoo land who let the milk soak in until the finished product looks like it has already been eaten and then sicked up. Sacrilege!

        This simply won't do. To all those Johnny Come Lately dunkers who haven't been educated in the finer points of dunking custom and practice, let me advise that there should only be two biscuits used for dunking. Rich Tea if you are drinking tea and Digestives if you are drinking coffee. That's it. No arguments. End of!

        There - having got that off my chest, I turn to these Sainsbury's basic digestives and to summarise before I begin, I think they're rather good. They're tasty, tasty, very very tasty - they're very tasty! I particularly like their versatility:

        * Eminently dunkable (in coffee only remember) with a decent score on the soakabiity scale. Nobody likes these to drop to the bottom of the mug, so knowing just how long you can dunk for is a key point.
        * Crunch Factor 5 on the Crunchometer. A cracking score.
        * Not as crumbly as the McVities ones - you can scoff a few - leave no evidence and escape being berated as a fat pig by your partner
        * Not as sweet as premium brands either. They are OK for eating on their own, but double up as a good option to have with cheese. This is one of my weaknesses when fridge-raiding. A nice slice of Wensleydale and a dollop of Branston's Small Chunk Pickle on buttered digestives! (None for you, Gromit!) Just the job to line the stomach before climbing the wooden hill to Bedfordshire.

        Now there will be plenty of you posh people out there who will poo poo the idea of Basics digestives; they certainly wouldn't serve them to the vicar (Point of information here: vicars are forbidden from dunking whilst visiting their flock - in fact they should steer clear of dipping anything for fear of getting into frightful trouble!)

        I say Pah!...... Pah! There is nothing wrong with these digestives and if you buy these, you will not only save a few pennies but you will enjoy your digestive experience. You pays your money and you takes your choice.

        I'll give 'em 5 - because they're worth it! (Cheryl thinks so as well)

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          24.08.2009 17:33
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          A Fantastic Biscuit From The 'Basics' Range.

          Digestives are actually one of my favourite biscuits and I'm partial to a few of them whether or not they are covered in chocolate. It's quite unusual for me to like a biscuit without some sort of chocolate or chocolate/caramel combination smothered over the top but I love these just as they are .

          In Sainsbury's I can purchase a 400g packet of Digestive Biscuits from the 'Basics' Range for just 31p and this is only 3p per 100g cheaper than the chocolate covered ones so I chose these purely because I like them rather than for the price.

          The biscuits appear to be a pretty standard size and they are round in shape. They are lovely and crunchy and crumbly and they are made from wheat flour. I personally find these to taste just like any other digestive really, particularly when they are dunked in my tea or crushed up as the base of a cheesecake.

          These may be cheap biscuits but when I throw them in to my biscuit barrel with a mixture of other biscuits I never get any complaints from the nieces and nephews when they visit! These don't look cheap once they are out of the packet although they may be a little bit smaller than the branded version.

          Each biscuit contains 59 calories, 2.8g of fat and 0.16g of salt so these should definitely be enjoyed in moderation.

          I would recommend these if you are looking for something to add to your biscuit barrel but it's always nice to have a selection of biscuits (in my opinion at least) and these are one of my favourite biscuits although they are admittedly a little better when they are covered in milk chocolate or dark chocolate, yum!

          These biscuits get a 4/5 from me as the size is fairly decent and the price is fantastic. I wish they had slightly less fat like some of the other brands that I've recently tried but for the price paid I'm not really complaining!

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          13.08.2009 09:45
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          I am digesting one right now.

          Cruising the biscuit aisle one day, I spotted a familiar white package. A white package with orange writing - the sign of Sainsbury's basics. This makes me happy, to spot new Basics items I was not aware of before. Becaue Basics items are, as a rule, awesome. So I decided to buy a packet of these because they were only 31p and I felt they would be awesome. And, dear reader, they were awesome.

          As is to be expected.

          I like these digestives because they're quite a neat size. Usually, digestives are huge, massive. These are quite a regular old average size. And so you don't feel overly fat when you go and eat one. Then two. Then...yes. But then you undo the goodness of a small size digestive but it doesn't matter anymore. As they are...delicious!

          Now. I was looking at this old packet of one of those fancy digestive brands the other day - probably it was just supermarket own but, this, to me, is now fancy - and it had all these weird ingredients in it, like, er, sodium bicarbodextrinellophinix and calcium cooxeph or something weird like that and I was like, shock! horror! How dare these weird, GCSE Science names be in MY DIGESTIVES! And then I remembered that I had not bought these crappy digestives but rather had simple, ol' Basics sitting at home. Sitting at home with very few fancy smchmancy names. And this pleased me.

          SO LETS HAVE A LOOK

          Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Wholemeal Wheat Flour, Sugar, Oatmeal, Whey Powder, Raising Agents: Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, Ammonium Hydrogen Carbonate; Salt.

          OK EVIDENTLY I LIED. There are some weird names but they are only raising agents and they are so nice that...I don't care. :( Sorry.

          They're sort of chewy and dry. I think they taste like any old digestive, to be honest. I think I may have to go get one and eat it to prove this for certain. But I have already eaten one so this is not a good idea. I will try to resist. I really enjoyed these dry at first but, as digestives do, they tend to stick to your teeth. And this was unfortunate. My dad eats his dunked, in hot tea.

          So I tried this. I do not like tea but I had tea, purely for dunking. And oh dear god these are so so so so so so so GOOD dunked! Aghhhh. And also it is very good when you dunk half of it and have this smidgen of undunkedness so you have soft biscuit and then a bit of chew. Om nom nom nom.

          Anyhow, I cheerfully recommend these undunked but they are at the best dunked in something. I tried water but it was not quite the same as hot tea. I mean, these are just great for when you've come back from doing the garden or walking the dog or painting the bedroom and you're having a 'hot cuppa' (sorry, I stole this from an advert I suspect). And then you want something to dunk. Or maybe you don't. But I'm telling you you do, secretly, in the back of your mind. Something luuuuvly.

          Such as Basics Digestives! Oh ho ho ho.

          It is not a good idea to eat too many, though. To be honest. Per biscuit there is 2.8g of fat and 1.3g of saturates, 58 calories. It's not AWFUL but it's not great, either. But for one or two this is a lovely treat in the morning/afternoon/midnight when the wolves are howling.

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          17.07.2009 23:47
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          I would buy again

          In a bid to try and save some money on my shopping bill i am trying some supermarket own brands and vale brands to see if i can come across any products that are alot cheaper than the big brands and still be good enough to pass my test. Some have failed miserable, some have passed with flying colours. These have breezed this test. I do relise to cut down on my shopping bill completely is to not buy them at all, but i do love a biscuit :)

          Firstly, lets start with the main point. A pack of chocolate digestives for i thought i paid 33p the other day, but i have read a couple of other reviews which suggest they was 31p but either way they are still cheap!

          The packaging is the standard Sainsburys basic brand, the plain white with the orange logo. It also states on the packet "no fancy packaging, still great with a cuppa" So i thought it would be rude not to try this theory out.. and i agree!

          We must have all seen the Peter Kay sketch with the weak biscuit in the cup of tea, these helf very firm. I dipped them and they did not go soggy. Infact the chocolate started to melt a little bit and tasted very nice.

          The biscuits them self are clearly smaller than the other brands such as Micvities, but they are quite chunky biscuits. The taste also isnt as good as Mcvities but then for 31 or 33p they are not going to be, but as a cheaper alternative, these definately will more than do.

          Eash biscuits provides 70 calories, 2.4g of fat, 1.7g of sat fat, 0.13g of salt and 4.0g of total sugars.

          A good way for me of finding out weather these are good or not is if i would buy them again. My answer is definately!

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            02.04.2009 00:29
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            A store cupboard necessity for biscuit fans!

            When I spotted these I couldn't resist purchasing them the other day! Nice big packet for the little price tag of 31p for such a large packet of biscuits, they had to be bought cos I just love biscuits and simply adore plain digestives!

            The Packaging....

            Long, white and orange plastic 'tube' shape packet. On the front of the packet in white and orange writing I'm told they are Sainsbury's Basics, Digestive Biscuits that are 'smaller but great for dunking' and there is a scribble in orange colour of what is meant to be one of the biscuits. I'm told they now contain less salt and there is a nutritional at a glance pye chart on there and the best before date is clearly stamped on in black ink. On the back of the packet all in black writing I'm given a full nutritional value table, ingredients and allergy advice are given, I'm told how to store them, I'm given contact details for Sainsbury's, size is stated (400g) and finally there is a bar-code on there. Very simple and economy looking packet but I do like the little tab on the side of my packet to make them easier to open and these I couldn't wait to try!

            The Biscuits....

            Well I counted 32 in total in my packet. Smaller than what I'm used to in appearance but not by all that much really. Although round, golden and smaller than usual they still look good quality. They have written on each one of the biscuits the word sweetmeal and a few small holes are dotted into the biscuit. The top other than that is smooth in appearance and the base is slightly rough and lined giving it a different texture entirely to the top of the biscuit. There is no real smell to these even if you sniff hard (which I did) lol.

            Taste wise they are really good and not at all greasy. Not too thick, they have a really nice crunch to them that melts in the mouth. They are not too sweet and the taste is rather wheaty but with a really nice oat taste to them making them feel substantial and filling too.

            As I said they do melt in the mouth and chew up and digest really easily. As for dunking well a quick dunk and your fine but yes these biscuits do drink your tea and do scum in the bottom of the mug but they don't give up all signs of life when they come into contact with liquid but you don't wanna hang about with these too long at the same time cos you will lose them in a drink lol!

            Overall....

            Great quality and great flavour. At 31p a packet they are economical alone but to be able to say they taste great too is brilliant! I certainly wouldn't be ashamed to take these out of the packet and offer them to visitors. Usually a packet of branded biscuits will set you back over 80p and they're a smaller size in volume though only bigger in diameter.

            They taste really nice and as you would expect a branded biscuit to taste. They are not overly sweet, have a nice crunch and creamy taste (when chewed) and are seriously a must have for biccie lovers!

            Ingredients....

            Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Wholemeal Wheat Flour, Sugar, Oatmeal, Whey Powder, Raising Agents: Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, Ammonium Hydrogen Carbonate; Salt.

            Allergy Advice....

            Contains milk, wheat gluten & oat gluten

            Not suitable for soya allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of this product.

            Nutritional Information... Per Biscuit....

            Calories 61
            Fat 2.9g
            Sat Fat 1.4g
            Salt 0.14g
            Total Sugars 2.7g

            Only available in this size (400g) for 31p a packet in Sainsbury's.

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              22.02.2009 15:06
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              Why spend a fortune on McVities when for 30p you can have excellent biccies?

              My nine year old granddaughter wanted to do some cooking at the weekend but I didn't want all the cleaning up afterwards. I decided to get some biscuits and let her ice them and decorate them with sweets, I knew she'd enjoy that and it meant a nice snack and not too much washing up afterwards.

              I had cocoa and icing sugar in the cupboard as well as some silver balls (tooth-crackers!), marzipan, mini marshmallows and various shades of food colouring. All I needed to buy really was biscuits and as my brother and his wife were visiting that evening I decided I might as well buy plenty of biscuits so my granddaughter could serve them out after we'd eaten.

              I knew the toppings were going to be exceedingly sweet so digestive were the only choice really, I saw the Basics Digestives and decided to take the plunge as I reasoned that even if the biscuits weren't so good you'd be pressed to tell under the three tonne of sugar my granddaughter was planning to coat them with!

              They cost just 30p a packet and are a very tasty digestive in their own right. They don't echo the moister, more crumbly McVities Digestives but they come pretty damned close and have a delicious wheaty flavour which I think veers towards being sweeter than a McVities but no less tasty. They are slightly drier in consistency but not so much as to leave you with a dry mouth after eating, indeed I find they melt in my mouth much better than I had originally thought they would. I dunked one in a cup of tea and was disappointed to find it crumbled into my cup a little, after that I didn't dunk another as I hate bits in my tea and anyway it didn't soak up the flavour of the tea as well as other biscuits.

              The biscuits are smaller than other more expensive digestive and slightly stockier, the biscuit itself is denser than other brands though and this makes them all the more substantial to eat. They were perfect for my granddaughter's decorations and no-one guessed they were actually very cheap biscuits, it's one of those products that you want to take out of the cheap and nasty orange packaging as soon as possible and then you can pass them off as branded biscuits!

              I am going to make cheesecake using these biscuits as a base next week, they will mix nicely with some butter to create a lovely flavoured base which will crumble just perfectly I think. I think these are great for their price, actually they're great biscuits overall and could easily justify a higher price tag. I've eaten Tesco Value Digestives before and didn't find them half as tasty as these and soon resorted back to buying the very expensive McVities, I'll still buy those occasionally but these Basics Digestives are perfect alternatives for a cheaper everyday biscuit.

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                23.01.2009 08:08
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                Great tasting inexpensive biscuit

                Background:

                I have been buying these biscuits for the past six months. They were indeed the first product from the Sainsburys Basic range that I tried and I have been purchasing them ever since.

                Price:

                Immediately I am impressed, a packet at my local store cost me just 31p for a 400-gram packet. This compares very favourably with the admittedly larger 500n gram branded products currently costing 84p.
                This seems fine on paper but it is a false economy if the product is either tasteless or unpleasant when you eat them.

                Packaging:

                All the products in the Sainsburys Basics range are in a distinctive white and orange packaging, which is clear and unfussy in appearance. The packet does not look anywhere near as attractive as the branded ones.

                The packet provides a lot of information to the buyer. The first I notice is the fact that this product is suitable for vegetarians, and then I see the Sainsbury's pie chart or traffic light telling me what each biscuit contains (details listed below). On the chart green is low, orange is medium and red is high, probably not surprisingly for a biscuit this was is high in fat and saturated fat, nothing is green.

                The packaging also lists all the nutrition advice plus importantly the Allergy advice. This advises that it contains milk and wheat gluten, which because of the way it is manufactured that it, is not suitable for nut and Soya allergy sufferers.

                The product:

                I found the packet easy to open following the advice on the item. However I encountered a problem when I paced the biscuits on a plate. Three of the biscuits were broken out of the 32 in the packet. That's 9.375% and this is typical from my experiences over the past few months. That said they are still edible it just creates a mess with crumbs everywhere.

                Appearance:

                The biscuit is slightly smaller than the branded ones by approximately 2cm in diameter by seem of similar depth. Despite this they look similar and have a good effective design on each one that looks very similar to the branded ones.

                Smell:

                They smelt to me of wheat but not much else, certainly not unpleasant.

                Taste:

                I bit into the biscuit and was immediately impressed the biscuit was nice and firm and did not crumble either in my hand or my mouth. The biscuit was crunchy, with a distinctive wheaty taste, maybe a little dry in taste but very similar in overall taste to the branded ones. It was a pleasant and even pleasurable experience, even though I did find the biscuit did stick in my teeth. They were very morish and they did not crumble straight away in my mouth they required a certain amount of chewing.

                Although I'm not a cook, these biscuits would I believe be ideal in some cake receipes, because of there quality.

                Dunking test:

                Whenever I have a biscuit I always like to dunk them in my tea or coffee, so I had to try them for this. My experiment was very successful the biscuit on no occasion dropped in the drink and tasted very nice coated in coffee. Plus an expected bonus for me, because their diameter is not as large as the branded ones I did not have to bite o break the biscuit to dunk it, it could go straight in the drink! A bonus to me!!

                Would I recommend these?

                Yes is my simple answer. The product tasted to me exactly the same as the higher costing branded ones and the only noticeable difference is they are slightly smaller in size than the others. Indeed I would feel more than comfortable offering this product to my friends and family when they visit. The only thing I would do is put them in the biscuit tin, so they did not see the packaging.

                Conclusion:
                A very good cheaper alternative to the branded product. I would without hesitation recommend these and I will continue to purchase them in my weekly shop because there is no difference in their taste and they are a fraction of the cost.
                Well with a try!!

                Each biscuit provides:

                Fat: 2.8g
                Sat Fat: 1.3g
                Salt: 0.2g
                Total Sugars: 2.7g
                Calories: 60


                Thank you for reading mt review.

                @CPTDANIELS January 2009

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                  09.09.2008 02:33
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                  A good store cupboard stable. Will make good cheesecake base.

                  These are slightly smaller in diameter than the leading brand digestive biscuit and apparently this makes them easier to dunk. As an avid dunker, I thought I'd put these to the test and compare them with my usual cheap and cheerful Asda Smart Price Digestives (see my review of these for a comparison)

                  The Sainsbury's Basics Digestives are a lovely deep golden tan colour, quite similar to the lead brand. On opening the packet by using the 'tear here' strip (always a plus as there's no need to find a sharp knife to cut through the packaging) it's clear that these biscuits are very crumbly. This is not a feature I appreciate in biscuits for dunking, too much residue in the bottom of the cup (or worse still, the dreaded dunk-drop), but it could be useful in a digestive that was to be used as a cheesecake base, so I'll let the decision over the benefits of crumbliness lie with the individual.

                  Biscuits don't fall into the 'healthy eating' criteria for most people, so it helps to know what potential nasties lie in wait inside each naughty portion, hence I've listed the salt, fat and calorific values in the Sainsbury's Basics Digestives here and you can look up the Asda Smart Price review to make a fully informed comparison (Tesco to be added later if my waist line can take the hit). I also put each brand to the '2 second dunk test' and roped in my daughter to make sure I was timing it fairly!

                  Remember from the off that the Sainsbury's biscuit is smaller in diameter than it's rivals, branded or otherwise, but both the cheapies come in 400g packets, so you get slightly more individual biscuits from Sainsbury's than from Asda (sorry, we ate them before we remembered to count them!!) and this should be considered when comparing fat values etc...

                  Sainsbury's Basics Digestives come in the usual orange and white style packaging of this range, but compliments should be given for the clarity of their ingredients labelling and the way that dietary information is provided. These biscuits contain 2.8g of fat per biscuit, 2.7g of sugar per biscuit, 0,2g of salt per biscuit and 60Kcal (253 Kj) each. The biscuits were inconsistent on the 2 second dunk test, with one dunk-drop on my daughter's foot and 2 in the cup during whole packet testing (this was a two day, two person effort!).

                  The taste of these biscuits is superb. They easily take up the taste of coffee during dunking and elicit a sweet, almost nutty taste. Nothing bland here. On dunk-free testing they were very crumbly, cleavage hoovering was essential and they're probably not best eaten in polite company.

                  Overall, a bargain at 38p per packet, but liable to become samey if eaten too often.

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