“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Biscuits „
Seeing as I eat so many biscuits (terrible habit I know!), I thought I would give 'Tesco Reduced Fat Rich Tea Biscuits' a try. Costing 64p for the 300g packet, they are a little more expensive than Tesco's regular fat Rich Tea's, but cheaper than the McVitie's brand.
In terms of their appearance, they look identical to any other Rich Tea - but appearances can be deceptive - therefore, the question that should be asked is 'can you tell this variety apart from regular Rich Tea biscuits in terms of the flavour'?
Before we get to the taste test, I thought it would be interesting to compare the nutritional info (per 100g) between these Rich Teas and Tesco's regular variety.
Fat: 11.0g - (Regular Rich Tea: 15.0g)
Saturated Fat : 4.1g - (Regular Rich Tea: 6.5g)
Sugar: 21.0g - (Regular Rich Tea: 20.7g)
Salt: 1.3g - (Regular Rich Tea: 1.3g)
As you can see, ther is a fairly big difference in terms of the fat levels, but with the sugar and salt, it's only a marginal difference.
In terms of the ingredients, the product contains; Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Malt Extract, Salt, Raising Agents (sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Disodium Diphosphate), Emulsifiers (mono- and Di-acetyltartaric Esters Of Mono- and Di-glycerides of Fatty Acids, Lecithins), and Glucose Syrup.
To me, the most obvious difference between Tesco Reduced Fat Rich Tea and the regular version lies with its dunkability. It may sound strange, but leaving these biscuits in hot tea for five or six seconds doesn't make them go as soft as a regular Rich Tea would. In practical terms, this means that you have to dunk for longer to gain the same buiscuit floppyness.
The taste is incredibly similar - perhaps a little less sweet, but it's only a slight difference if any, and still pleasant enough for my needs.
On the whole I would recommend these biscuits as a suitable Rich Tea alternative for dieters - but for dunking afficianado's like myself, I would give them a miss!