“ Brand: McVities / Type: Biscuits „
When you have a sweet tooth it is extremely difficult to just ignore it, I find that I just have to dig into the cupboard and find something to satisfy those cravings. No matter where you go you are confronted with the words low fat, less sugar, no added this and that, as if that is meant to make you feel any better about the fact that you have just devoured a half a packet of low fat biccies.Many of my friends love the Go Ahead range but I don't find them very appealing. I love digestive biscuits, the nutty McVities digestive biscuits are marvellous dunker's, they are gorgeous with a hunk of cheese and I find that they are quite filling. In our local Farmfood's store I spotted the packets of McVities Light digestive biscuits and decided that they merited a trial run. If you wanted to kid yourself then you could easily fall into the trap of thinking that the McVities light digestive biscuits contain far less calories than the originals but that is not the case. Each of the Mcvities light digestive biscuits contains 65 calories and this is just 5 calories less than the conventional digestive. The packaging is littered with `come hither` words, for example the biscuits contain 30% less fat , they contain 70% wholemeal and wheat goodness , they are a great source of fibre ( and we all know how vital that is ), McVities have added no artificial colours or flavours and last but not least they contain no hydrogenated vegetable oil. I think that the main issue that McVities are trying to point out is that the digestives are low in fat. The low fat digestive biscuits look more or less exactly the same as the traditional McVities digestive but I would say that because they contain less fat the texture of the biscuit has been changed slightly. I also find that they do lack the amount of `nuttiness` that the originals contain although they are still well browned. I find that the low fat digestives are marginally `crunchier`, when you break them in half they snap more so than crumble and I liked that. The low fat biscuits still dunk well but I would far rather save them to eat along with some cheese. They make the perfect partner for a slice of mature cheddar cheese. I think that McVities are indeed trying to create a biscuit that you can enjoy without feeling riddled with guilt, we only have to take a good look at the information on the wrapper to see that the company have worked hard to modify the original digestive recipe. If anything I maybe prefer the low fat variety, they are still sweet and they can satisfy my sugar craving but the added `crunch` is pleasing. Digestive biscuits are quite versatile, I also like them just spread with butter or butter and jam. The biscuits make a good base for cheesecakes and Millionaires Shortbread. I realise that Mcvities intended this biscuit to be a healthier version so it would be rather unkind to use it as a cheesecake base ! McVities say that they have introduced the low fat biscuits for those of us who would like to try to eat a far healthier diet and all of the ingredients point in the right direction. McVities have managed to create that biscuit without losing any of the taste of the conventional digestive and as such they should be praised for their efforts. If the choice was mine I would buy the McVities milk chocolate digestives all of the time but they are reserved for special occasions!
For most of this year, I have been becoming intimately acquainted with the downright pain in the arse (or more accurately, pain in the right upper quadrant) that is gallstones. I won't go into the gory details here, except to say that one impact this has had on my life is to make me cultivate an intimate knowledge of the fat content of everything in the supermarket. Gone are the carefree days of chocolate and pizza. Hello to foods whose names contain the words "Diet", "Light" (or "Lite"), "Good for you", "Healthy choices" etc ad infinitum. My dietician gave me a very simple instruction: aim for foods with no more than 5g of fat per 100g, and an absolute maximum of 15g per 100g. At 14.4g of fat per 100g, these "Light" digestive biscuits are pushing the upper limit, but that's okay because my dietician gave me another rule to follow when it comes to digestive biscuits - stick to no more than two a day. So with this ration in mind, just what sort of a treat are these low fat biscuits? They are slightly paler and a bit less rich and crumbly in texture than the usual full fat variety. As you would expect, they are also less rich and buttery in taste as well. On first taste they reminded me very much of Rich Tea biscuits rather than digestives, and I think the best way to describe the overall taste and texture 'experience' is as a cross between those two - the rich, comforting taste of the digestive crossed with the crisper, lighter feel of Rich Tea biscuits. Crucially for the dunkers amongst us, they taste just as lovely once dunked in your cuppa as the normal digestives do. I've had these for a few months now to eat as an occasional gap-filling nibble or to dunk in my post-breakfast tea, and I can honestly say I don't have any yearning to return to the days of full-fat indulgence. I may even stick to them once my defective gallbladder is consigned to history, and I will be allowed (theoretically!) to eat whatever I like again. Down to the nitty gritty, you get 2.1g of fat in each biscuit, and one will cost you 65 calories, so a snack of two with a cup of tea is reasonable on most diets. The package promises 30% reduced fat than the normal variety, and they are suitable for vegetarians. If sugar is your area of concern, each biscuit contains 3g, or 20.1g per hundred - I don't know what is considered acceptable but that seems reasonable to me in something sweet. Sainsburys.co.uk lists a 400g pack at 99p, which seems very reasonable to me. And when you are rationed to two a day, that pack lasts a long time!