“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Biscuits „
I'm a sucker for biscuits when the weather's a bit cooler and I can settle down with a cuppa tea in the stereotypical way us 'Brits' are supposed to! I don't tend to eat them that often though, so I like to know the biscuits are worth it! Strangely enough, I've never gone for supermarket brand biscuits, always seeming to opt for brand names like McVities when they're on offer. It's only because the boyfriend picked up Oaties that I found a new brand that's reasonably priced and actually very yummy!
These come in a blue packet that suggests they're a supermarket brand rather than a more popular make, so the packing isn't particularly fancy. However, I'd always rather pay less for the same product and go without the brand images and design on the front that will inevitably end up in the bin. To the top left is the Oatland logo, which is a discounter brand at Tesco, and to the right is an image of what you can expect. I'll admit, seeing the picture really did tempt me in to trying these! I had actually been buying the Oatland regular oaties, so just the biscuit minus the choc, then came across these and thought I'd splash out a little!
What are they? Simply put, they're oat based biscuits with a layer of milk chocolate on top. Think HobNobs, but a bit cheaper and only available in Tesco. They come in a 300g packet so there's enough there for a few sit-down munchy moments, though these don't seem to last very long after we've bought them! I love the smell and they look like a descent size too, both in diameter and depth, so they appeal in a way that makes them seem satisfying. I like to break these in half and dunk them in a cuppa tea as they pass the dunk test quite well. The oats are just the right consistency; they're not too soft that they're overly chewy but not hard either. I find that some oat biscuits can be too bland and too soft, but these are just that little bit harder and thicker, which I find to be the perfect texture.
As for the taste, I don't find these too bland because the oats and the combined milk chocolate adds a good level of sweetness without being sickly. Two biscuits usually does the job well, though I could easily eat more. I actually prefer these to other supermarket brands, and possibly even to the big brands. There's something about the biscuit that makes them that bit more moreish because they seem thicker, more satisfying and more oaty. I'd say they're just dry enough to go great with a cuppa with without being bland, and the chocolate really helps to make them that bit more special than a plain oat biscuit. I also like to think they have their health benefits, because after all, oats are good for you! Any excuse for a cuppa and a biscuit...
To compare Hob Nobs and Oaties, their chocolate varieties, the former costs £1.75 and the latter 99p, both for 300g. I would say that I'd opt for Oaties. Even if it were a more 'special' occasion, the Oaties are good quality and taste yummy, and I've not had a 'bad' packet yet (unlike with Hob Nobs, unfortunately).
One slightly irritating thing, which isn't to do with the product itself, is that they can be more difficult to come across. I've noticed with both the regular and chocolate Oaties, you can sometimes find them in larger Tescos and sometimes not, and my local Metro store now stocks neither variety. However, if you can get your hands on them then they're worth trying for 99p.
Each serving, which is considered to be one biscuit, contains 95 calories and 4g of fat. Now, I don't know about anyone else but just the one isn't really a serving, so having two or more to satisfy your need for oaty and chocolately yumminess will knock up the fat/cals quite a lot for what is just a small snack.
It should be noted that these do contain milk, wheat, soya and gluten, for those with allergies. They're made without nuts but I don't think they can guarantee being nut free, which should be kept in mind. They are, however, suitable for vegetarians. They should be stored in a cool and dry place, then stored in a biscuit tin / airtight container as they can go stale otherwise as with any other biscuit.
All in all, I'd definitely recommend these if you want something that's reasonably priced but very tasty and that little bit more special thanks to the layer of chocolate on top. Perfect with a cuppa tea and some TV, just don't expect the one-biscuit-serving to be enough!
300g packet selling (at Tesco) for 99p
I brought these for my mate last week, she'd rung when I was on the way to her house and said to take some biscuits round so we could have them with a coffee. I was going to get Hob Nobs because I know her little boy loves them but they was on special offer in the supermarket so there was none left because everyone had been buying them.
I got these Tesco Milk Chocolate Oaties because the description on the packet and the photo made the biscuits sound just like Hob Nobs.
They're proper nice, I don't think the actual biscuit is exactly the same as a Hob Nob because they are not quite buttery enough but they taste of oats and there's a sort of syrupy flavour to them too. They crumble lovely and the taste of them is gorgeous, the texture of the biscuit is a bit like a digestive but more bitty and there are loads of oats in it to give it more of a Hob Nob feel.
The chocolate is quite thick on the biscuits and it's a wickedly rich milk chocolate. It's quite sweet and melts nice as you bite into the biscuit, I love the feel of the melted chocolate in my mouth because it munches up lovely with the oaty biscuit and gives the whole thing a yummy smooth but knobbly texture.
I dunked mine in my coffee when I got to my mates and I couldn't believe how yummy the biscuits were, the oaty biscuit soaked up the taste of the coffee and went soft but didn't break up and fall into my drink. The chocolate melts with the hot coffee but it doesn't drip off the biscuit and soaks into the biscuit as I bite into it.
Recommended.... it's not quite a Hob Nob but it's majorly close!!!