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      26.04.2012 20:19
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      Beautiful oaty biscuits.

      I have always been a big fan of the milk chocolate variety of McVitie's Hobnobs, but have only recently got around to trying the plain chocolate ones! I can safely say that there aren't many biscuits I don't like (I will generally eat any!) but these have to be among my favourites.

      Apparently these delicious biscuits have been around since 1984 - I thought they were much more recent but what do I know! If you aren't familiar with these biscuits, they are crunchy oat biscuits, fairly thick for this type of biscuit, with a lovely moreish taste and flavour. They have a lovely texture, which I think is a little different than most of the other types on the market, and if you are a fan of oats I'm fairly certain you will enjoy these! They are slightly crunchy, but not overly so, and can be a little crumbly. The great thing about them is that apart from the amazing oat flavour, they are also topped in a generous helping of dark chocolate! The chocolate certainly doesn't taste at all cheap, very rich, and compliments the base of the biscuit perfectly.

      I can imagine that these yummy biscuits might make for an interesting base for a cheesecake, which is something I think I will try out in the future!

      Now, these biscuits are definitely a little more expensive than I would normally pay, however I usually try and pick a couple of packets up when they are on offer because they are truly delightful. They normally cost £1.75 for a 300g packet (from Tesco) so I would say the price point is fairly high. I managed to find these on offer the other week for around 89p or something in that area, although I bet I could find these cheaper from stores such as Wilkinson's or B&M.

      They are available in a couple of formats, one of them is in the hard tubular tub, as shown in the above picture. This is great because it comes with a plastic resealable lid, to ensure that the biscuits stay fresh for as long as possible. The ones I bought came in a normal plastic wrapper, so I would need to pop them in a biscuit barrel or something similar. I believe they are also available as mini flapjacks, so I would certainly try them too!

      These biscuits are suitable for vegetarians, and I'll list a little bit about the nutritional aspect of these biscuits below.

      Calories per biscuit - 95
      Fat per biscuit - 4.6g
      Salt - 0.2g

      As you can see, they aren't the healthiest biscuits around, but I think they are great for the occasional treat.

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        03.01.2011 17:29
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        Give them a go.......a bit of what you fancy does you good.

        Do you know, I've never tried McVitie's Hobnobs. I try and eat as healthily as I can, but without being faddy.

        So if I have a biscuit - it's usually a wholemeal or chocolate digestive....rather than one of the more "treat" type biscuits.

        But wherever there's a bargain to be had, principles fly out the window and I'm first in the queue.....

        Sainsbury's are doing McVities chocolate Hobnobs, both the milk and dark choc varieties for 69p instead of the usual £1.38 for a 300gm pack.

        So I bought 8 packs!!!!!

        Oh boy! Am I glad I did. First of all the nutritional bit (which made me feel a whole lot better having bought half the store's stocks....)

        Per biscuit: 93 kcals

        Fat 4.6 gms (not too bad - will keep you feeling full for longer than a low fat biscuit)

        Sugar 6.0 grams - that's one and a half teaspoons sugar

        Content 45% oats and wholemeal - now that's quite a good percentage if you're into fibre
        24% chocolate - dark chocolate especially has many health benefits (believe it or not) and as
        we've already seen the sugar content.......we can forget about it here......

        I could tell you all the other ingredients, but to be honest, these are the most important things when looking at sweet food products....I've never been particularly interested in exactly how much bicarbonate of soda I ingest during my tea break.

        To the taste test. Well, the thing I loved about Hobnobs is the texture. The oats add a really interesting, almost homemade texture, and the longer you chew, the more tasty they become (they must be magic biscuits) it's almost a coconutty feel.....but not coconutty flavour.

        Mingling with the dark chocolate is quite a taste sensation - as far as biscuits go.

        And the chewy, wholesome nature of the biscuit means you have to chew them for longer than say, a custard cream, which gives you time to ponder the gorgeous flavour

        They're the nearest I've come to homemade biscuits and (unfortunately) are very more'ish.

        I was quite impressed with the ingredients, compared with "healthy" snack bars (many are not as nutritious as they appear), they are quite a healthy little snack and obviously much cheaper than health food shop bars.

        I can hardly believe I'm telling you that bickies are healthy, but I studied Food Science many years ago, so have always had interest in "ordinary" foods versus so called "healthy". Not is all as the marketing peops lead you to believe.

        If you've never tried Hobnobs before, give them a go - especially as they're half price at the moment.

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          16.05.2010 14:40
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          Great biscuits packed with oats and topped with smooth dark chocolate

          I tend not to buy many biscuits particularly as I can't stop with just eating one! However, whilst shopping in Home Bargains on Friday, I was drawn to the Hob Nobs, which were prominently displayed on a shelf so I couldn't miss them when I walked in through the door! Great sales tactic on the shop's behalf as their marketing worked as I just couldn't help myself and ended up buying two packets!!

          The Hob Nobs I'm reviewing are the Dark Chocolate variety and for anyone who hasn't tasted one of these delicious biscuits, you really don't know what you're missing!!

          Until I started researching the Hob Nob I was unaware that they're actually listed in Wikepedia. Whilst I'm not particularly impressed with the site, their definition of a Hob Nob is "a brand name of biscuit made from rolled oats and jumbo oats".

          I searched on McVities website for some background information on the Hob Nob and was unaware that the manufacturer is United Biscuits. I was surprised to learn that they are the owners of dozens of brand names, such as Penguin, KP, Jaffa Cakes, Jacobs, Twiglets, Hula Hoops, Skips and McCoys.

          Hob Nobs were first introduced in 1985 (I can't remember these gorgeous biscuits in the 80's - I guess I was too busy listening to Duran Duran and Adam and the Ants!!) They were initially just a plain hob nob, with the milk chocolate variety being introduced in 1987. I was unaware that it wasn't until 2008 that the dark chocolate variety was manufactured.

          Anyway, back to the actual biscuits - the packet is red, yellow and orange with the word "hobnobs" written in bold white letters throughout the packet length and the famous blue, white and yellow McVities logo is situated in the top left hand corner. The advertising on the packet advises that the oaty biscuits are 45% oat and wholemeal and have no artificial flavours or colourings.

          As of yet, I haven't indulged in my newly purchased biscuits and the packet remains intact, but I need to open it for the purpose of this review - oh dear!!

          On opening the packet I could smell the delicious chocolate and oaty aroma. The biscuits are approximately 6 cms in diameter and are fairly thick. The underside of the biscuit is a light brown colour and I can see numerous oats throughout the biscuit. The top of the biscuit is covered in dark gorgeous looking chocolate. In order for me to advise you correctly, I'd better taste one of these beauties.

          Mmmmmmm. They are simply delicious. On biting into the biscuit I can instantly taste the delicious oaty flavour and the thick chocolate is extremely chocolatey and simply melts in my mouth. I think it's impossible to eat one of these without getting crumbs everywhere, but I supposed that's the same with all biscuits. The trouble is, I now want another!!! The things I have to go through for the purpose of reviewing!!!

          There is a considerable amount of health information on the packet as McVities are promoting healthy eating and keeping active! Healthy eating and keeping fit on a Hob Nob packet?!! They state "Dark Chocolate Hobnobs can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle". As we're talking about healthy I'd better give you the nutritional information for one biscuit so you can decide for yourself:-

          Energy 389 kJ
          93 kcal
          Protein 1.2g
          Carbohydrates 11.6g
          Carbohydrates of which sugars 76.0g
          Fat 4.6g
          Fat of which saturates 2.3g
          Fibre 1.0g
          Sodium 0.1g


          McVities Dark Choc Hob Nobs can be found in most supermarkets and cost around £1.38 for a 300g pack. However, Tesco current has a promotion where you can buy one and get one free until 1 June 2010.

          I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.

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            20.02.2010 22:16
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            Until recently I hadn't tried the Plain Chocolate McVitities Hob Nobs. I'd had, and loved, the original version and the milk chocolate version, so I decided I'd give this ones a try as well. I'm not a massive fan of dark chocolate, but I do enjoy it for a change every now and again. These retail in Tesco for £1.38 for a 300g tube.

            I have to say firstly that the price does feel a little on the high side for regular tea time biscuits, but these are something a little bit beyond your standard biccy, and they aren't unreasonably priced for what they are. These are like a cross between a biscuit and a cookie in my opinion, and for that reason they're worth considering every now and again despite the price tag.

            These biscuit/cookies are circular discs of thick, chunky, and slightly chewy oatiness. They're the perfect mix between being sweet and savoury in my opinion. These dark chocolate ones are topped off with a thin slither of dark chocolate across the top, that's sparing but very full of flavour. I'm normally a bit criticial when choccy biscuits skimp on the chocolate topping, but in this instance, they seem to have struck the right balance to create a really pleasant taste. The chocolate isn't perfect, but it does blend nicely with the hobnobs and it has a smooth but punchy flavour.

            These are packaged slightly extravagantly, which I'm not entirely sure I approve of as it does push up the price a little unnecessarily. They come in a thick tube container, with a plastic lid on top. The idea is that you can just keep them in the tube after opening, but to be honest, I think I'd rather they shaved 10p off the price and I'd just slip them into the tin with the rest of the biccies.

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            26.11.2009 09:01
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            Delicious Biscuits.

            When buying some present in Sainsburys recently I was starving and went on a bit of a food rampage just throwing things in to the trolley and grabbing whatever was on offer from the ends of aisles, what can I say I was hungry!

            These dark chocolate hob nobs are currently half price reduced from £1.33 down to 66p which is an absolute bargain.

            McVities Hob Nobs come in either a tube or a sealed wrapper and as I brought the 300g one mine were in a sealer wrapper which I just peeled open and then emptied in to my biscuit jar. There were around 15 biscuits within which may not sound like a lot but they are much thicker than some of the biscuits I usually buy so it really doesn't matter.

            The Hob Nob itself is a oaty biscuit made with rolled oats & molasses and covered in delicious thick dark chocolate. The whole thing has an uneven texture to it which is delicious and when you bite in to a hob knob you can taste the delicious oats and feel the texture immediately. The dark chocolate is a bittersweet addition and works very well with the oats and the whole thing is mouth wateringly delicious. The oats are a very decent quality as is the dark chocolate and the thickness of the biscuit meant that 2 was enough with my mid-morning cuppa to keep me satisfied until my late lunch at 130pm.

            Per hob nob there are 93 calories, 6g sugar, 4.6g fat (2.3g saturates) & 0.2g salt so although these are fairly high if you just stick to one or two there is no reason why you can't have a nice treat occasionally. I found I could stick to two quite easily and I am normally a greedy pig when it comes to any kind of foodstuff.

            Ingredients: Rolled Oats (30%), Plain Chocolate (24%) [Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Vegetable Fat, Butter Oil, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Flavouring], Wholemeal Wheat Flour (16%), Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt.

            Overall these biscuits are delicious and I enjoy the dark chocolate version just as much, if not more, than the original milk chocolate version. These biscuits taste even scrummier if they have been chilled in the fridge beforehand but it was so cold in my house that they were chilled even when I got home from the supermarket and forgot about them for a day in one of my Christmas present bags! I am going to rate these delicious dark chocolate hob nobs 5/5 as they are tasty and I will be buying a few more packets at the bargain price of 66p each!

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              09.06.2009 01:12
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              All round excellent biscuit!

              Well if you were ever looking for my one weakness, would have to say, plain chocolate Hobnobs are probably it! I love these things. They are so moorish. I can't eat just one, it has to be three minimum. To be honest, if I were feeling a bit down and not bothered about my weight, I would just eat the full packet. They are just that good.

              McVities Plain Chocolate Hobnobs are 'Nobbly oaty biscuits'. And that's a pretty good description, the biscuit itself has a really nice oaty texture. These are quite, erm, manly biscuits? They taste bog and strong, they are filling and full of flavor. Have had the milk chocolate ones and they are not nearly as nice, the dark chocolate just goes so well with the rich oaty taste.

              Each biscuit contains, 93 calories, 6 grams of sugar, 4.6 grams of fat and 2.33 grams of saturates. This is bad. Not enjoying reading that. If you eat four of these, that 50% of your daily allowance of saturates. Hmmm, not to healthy then! These are very fattening biscuits, but lets be honest, thats what these biscuits are all about.

              Price wise, a packet of these at Tesco will cost you £1.32 this for a 250g tube. You can get though two packets of 300g for £1.28. Tesco prices make me laugh sometimes. So obviously the twin pack is far better value and quite a bargain I would say!

              Overall these are probably my favorite biscuits. They taste so good, I love the texture, and they are chaep. What more could we ask for? Excellent biscuits!

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                28.11.2008 18:41
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                nice treat

                Hob Nobs are delicious oat biscuits made by Mcvities. The dark chocolate version of the Hob Nobs make a very nice change.

                These biscuits are one of husband's favourites so to get in his good books I treat him to a pack every now and again.
                They are packaged in a dark brown packet. They have a picture of the Hob Nobs on the packet. They have a new piece on the packet saying bigger biscuits! Great. The packet has 300g of the chocolate Hob Nobs.

                As soon as you open the packet the oaty sweet smell wafts out. The biscuits are very moreish. They are oaty and described on the packet as 'nobbly'. They have a lovely texture and dissolve lovely in a cup of tea. The chocolate on top is delicious plain chocolate. The biscuit is sweet and they are very crumbly. The two textures of the biscuit work very well together. The slightly bitterness of the plain chocolate goes very well with the sweetness of the biscuit. The oaty texture of the biscuit with the smooth chocolate is perfect. These biscuits are not so good for dunking as they soften very quickly and break off in your tea!

                If you are watching your weight then unfortunately these may not be for you (unless you run around the block first!). Each biscuit has 92 calories.

                They are available from supermarkets and cost £1.31.

                They are also available with milk chocolate. They also do these biscuits in a keep fresh tube which is very handy, but a bit more expensive.

                Ingredients:Rolled Oats (30%), Plain Chocolate (24%) [Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Vegetable Fat, Butter Oil, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Vanilla Flavouring], Wholemeal (16%), Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt

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                05.09.2008 16:25
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                great with a cup of tea

                Mcvities Hob Nob biscuits with Plain Chocolate.....


                I am becoming quite the biscuit connoisseur at work and because we have to pay £3 per month on tea and coffee (and I only do a few hours) I am getting in as much as I can whilst I am there. These Mcvities Hob Nobs have been on sale for quite a while but because it is not usually something which I would buy for myself at home the only chance I have had to try them is when someone gets them in at work and this week they did.

                I am usually more of a milk chocolate person rather than a dark chocolate but as these were the last packet I could have I thought any biscuit is a good biscuit! The first time I had one I really enjoyed it, enough to keep pestering the girl who is on the biscuit run to make sure she gets them again.

                The chocolate layer on top of the hob nob is fairly thick and exceedingly chocolate tasting and this is even more the case because of the chocolate being plain and this seems to give it a stronger flavour. This top layer of chocolate really complements the bottom layer of crunchy, oaty biscuit. Together they really work well and taste delicious. The chocolate melts on your fingers if you are not quick enough, but I have managed to squeeze a whole one in at one time! Expert!

                All in all the Plain Chocolate HobNob is a great biscuit. Not one I would usually have a home but I may well get a packet next shopping trip 9/10 for these scrummy snacks.

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                  17.02.2008 18:06
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                  Great tasting substantial biscuit.

                  As far as Peter Kay is concerned Hob Nobs are the Marines of the biscuit world when it comes to dunking in your brew, they are the hardest ones on the shop shelves, pretty sure he was not referring to the chocolate variety as the chocolate just melts but they are a substantial biscuit that can take a good dunking.

                  Now I'm more a fan of milk chocolate rather than plain but sometimes plain chocolate works really well as a compliment to some foods and in the case of hob nobs I prefer the plain version to the milk one.

                  Hob nobs are an oaty wholemeal sweet biscuit which has a lovely taste, you can see the oats in the biscuit and they have a nice crunchy texture, the combination with the thin layer of dark chocolate that covers the top of the biscuit worksreally well as the slightly bitter taste of the chocolate offsets the sweetness of the biscuit.

                  They come in a distinctive tube packaging with a plastic resealable top underneath which is a foil seal which you peel back to get at the biscuits. These are probably my favourite biscuits but I rarely buy them as they do not last very long as they are a bit moorish and I need to control my weight.

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                    09.08.2006 23:01

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                    Peter Kay once did a sketch about dunking biscuits, in which he described Hobnobs as "the marines of the biscuit world". If they are good enough for him, then they are good enough for me!

                    I was in Tescos this week, and Hobnobs were on buy one get one free. "Ooooooh," I thought to myself, as I admired the attractive display, "I haven't had a Hobnob in ages!". I quickly worked my way through the first packet, and in the words of Kellogs, I had "forgotten how good they taste".

                    They are extremely tasty, and because they are full of oats you can kid yourself on that you are being healthy as you reach for your seventh biscuit. The packet does say that they are "60% oat and wholemeal goodness", and at 64 calories and 1.4g of saturated fat per biscuit, you could do a lot worse. Oats are full of fibre, so these biscuits will keep you regular.

                    My only gripe, and it is a very small gripe, is that they are extremely crumbly, and you do get crumbs everywhere. It is actually a good thing, because you probably use up the 64 calories sweeping up the crumbs - its practically a full workout!

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                    27.06.2006 22:59
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                    Oaty, chocolately, not totally unhealthy, ummm!

                    McVities chocolate Hobnobs are a family favourite in our house. I buy them for my husband and if we're not careful, he eats the lot.

                    They are approx 6 cm in diameter and covered in a layer of milk chocolate which for me balances perfectly with the oaty taste of the hobnob, stopping the biscuit being too crumbly or dry.

                    The chocolate does tend to have a tendancy to melt in the hot months, so I put ours in the fridge in summer which makes the biscuits even more crunchy but are still delicious.

                    Each biscuit has 76 calories and 3.7 grams of fat so they aren't the healthiest option around but if you're eating chocolate biscuits, who cares.

                    On the side of the hobnobs packet, there is a 1-2-3 steps for a healthy balance guide.
                    1 is Eat Healthly. Snacks can be part of a balanced diet of carbohydrates, fat, protein and fibre, including plenty of fruit and vegetables. Goes on to give guidelines to the Nutrition information and the guideline daily amounts for men and women.

                    2 is Keep Active. Whatever you choose to do. It includes a linke to a web site for advice on how to exercise and have a balanced diet.

                    3 is Enjoy the Taste. As part of a balanced lifestyle. Includes all the ingredients used.

                    You can't help wondering whether McVities are trying to help us justifying eating chocolate biscuits after all??

                    It does say on the packet that they are ' Now lower in salt and No artificial flavours and colours'.

                    You can just about taste a salty taste, but it is not overwhelming as it is balanced by the sweetness of the chocolate.

                    The ones I bought are in a 500g packet at a cost of £1.57 but I did find these on offer buy 1, get 1 free so it was even better. You can also buy chocolate hobnobs in a tube which I have seen selling for 99p for 250g with a sealable lid, which is great for taking some on holiday with you.

                    Hobnobs are also available in plain chocolate in the tubes which I would prefer, but aren't able to get in my local supermarket. Why is there is never much choice with dark chocolate?? If you really want to be good, you can always buy hobnobs with no chocolate but if you are eating a biscuit, why not go the whole hog and eat chocolate too, I say!

                    You can also now buy hobnobs flapjack but I haven't tried this as yet.

                    I used to enjoy the hobnob creams but I haven't been able to buy those for a couple of years now which is a shame, but never mind, there's always my chocolate hobnobs in the cupboard.

                    Contrary to what it says below, I would definetly recommend you try them for yourself. I seem unable to adjust the recommendation to say yes.

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                      21.02.2006 21:44
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                      Lovely Tasty Biscuit.

                      About Hobnobs

                      McVitie's biscuits have been enjoyed by generations for over 100 years. They initially started with Chocalote Digestives and then the HobNobs brand was launched in 1985 and a milk chocolate variant followed in 1987.

                      My opinion

                      Now I do enjoy a nice biscuit with my cup of tea in the evening. I know that is very British, but it is just a nice evening snack and definetely recommended.

                      Now Hobnobs are just lovely, they have a great taste, go well with Tea and are just simply a nice snack for an evening. I should state that I do not buy these quite as often as I would like, because I find it impossible just to eat one biscuit - rather I have to have 2 or 3. Therefore I just do not buy them as much as I would like.

                      My favourites are probably the Chocalate Hobnobs as these are just lovely. The mix of Chocolate and Hobnob is just lovely and I really recommend these above all else.

                      One possible drawback is that the Hobnob is by nature a biscuit that causes a lot of crumbs. These go all over the place and really can cause a mess - probably not the best if you are giving to a child and you do not want crumbs.

                      All in all I would say that this is a nice snack and worth having in the cupboard for when you are needing a snack.

                      Verdict: 3 out of 5

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                        I'm not a great biscuit eater but I do like Hobnobs. The plain ones are just right for me, I find the chocolate ones too fussy.

                        The plain ones are crunchy, but not hard and have a crumbly texture but without falling apart - unless you dunk them. If you do dunk them then you have to be quick - a quick in and out, but you don’t have to be faster than the speed of light like you do with Rich Tea biscuits, which are still the king of dunkers as far as I am concerned. Once dunked these wonderful biscuits just seem to melt away inside your mouth.

                        They have a lovely oaty taste and you can actually see the oat flakes in the biscuits. Despite being oaty they aren't dry and have an almost syrupy feel and taste too - but not too sweet. They have a smell that is only a little oaty and again not too sweet. Your nasal senses are not overpowered but your taste buds may be!

                        Each biscuit is a nice size - about 6cm diameter, so not too big for dunking, and good for my childrens’ and hubbys lunch boxes. They seem to be a nice thickness, about 3mm so, in my opinion, not too thin and not too thick. They are a nice light brown colour, broken up by lighter oat flakes.

                        The only downside is that they can get stuck in your teeth, but I think most biscuits have that problem. With the syrupy feel though they do tend to weld themselves into your fillings!

                        They come in bright orange packs with the Mcvities blue and yellow banner on and a picture of the biscuits with Hobnobs written in white. They are described on the pack as 'nobbly, oaty biscuits', which is a pretty accurate description! A 300g pack costs around £0.72 which isn't cheap but the contents are extremely yummy. The pack has a tear strip at the side to enable you to break in easily and I must say that most times it works. Of course when you are desperate for a biscuit then you will not be able to gain access!!

                        Each biscuit contains 69 calories and 3.1g of fat so don't get too addicted! They are made with 38% rolled oats, which is why they taste so oaty - if you don't like oats then don't buy these! They also contain partially inverted sugar syrup which explains the texture I described above.

                        For me these are the biscuits we tend to have in the biscuit barrel. Fortunately we don't eat lots and lots of biscuits so when we do it is nice to have a tasty one.

                        I was reminded to write this review whilst watching Peter Kay at the Manchester Arena a couple of nights ago on TV – anyone else see it and cry laughing?


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                          03.11.2004 17:35
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                          There is a bit of a tradition in the Waterhouse Homestead. Sundays involve a couple of newspapers, a milky coffee for me (black for Alun) and a few biscuits to dunk! Tange’s biscuit of choice at the moment is the one described by Peter Kay as the Marines ~perfect for dunking, he says they are “like the bloody SAS of the biscuit world.” My Sunday favourites ARE McVities Hobnobs!

                          **How much & where from?

                          We either get ours from Farmfoods, where you can get two 300g packs for a pound, or from the local Spar (across the road) where the same 300g pack costs 83 pence for just the one. The former is the ideal, the latter option is for when we get desperate and the biscuit tin is bare (this happens frequently because we’ve been sneaking them during the week)! McVities Hobnobs are easy to find and you should be able to purchase them in most Supermarkets.

                          Top tip here is to look around for offers and get the best price ~ two for ones crop up quite a lot.

                          **What are they?

                          Biscuits! My choice is the plain, non-chocolate coated variety ~ although I won’t turn down the plain choc ones if offered! Hobnobs are round, made from rolled oats (apparently 38% of the ingredients ARE these rolled oats) and sugar syrup. They first came on the scene in 1985 and I have been dunking them ever since! The plain ones came first and there are now chocolate coated ones (plain and milk) and Hobnob bars as well. The oats are good roughage too! I’ve also just discovered the wonderful ones that have hazelnuts in them ~ absolute class!

                          **What do I think of them?

                          I think you can probably tell that I am a bit of a fan of the Hobnob. I love the way they crunch when you bite them. They are quite robust and don’t collapse when you bite, but you do have watch for bits of oats falling off ~ I find a cupped hand under the mouth collects any escaping crumbs!

                          **The look, the aroma & the taste

                          First look at your biscuit ~ it is round (about the diameter of a coffee mug) with the oat flakes easily visible. If you sniff your Hobnob before eating you will find a honey and oat scent; not strong but quite distinct. Take a bite and the flavour comes through straight away. They taste sweet, but not sickly and have a flavour not unlike a flapjack. The syrup and oats are dominant and mix really well. There is a good combination of sweet and savoury ~ both are evident but none dominate.

                          **To dunk or not to dunk....

                          Whether you are dunking or not dunking completely changes the texture of your Hobnob!

                          DUNKING ~ If you dunk the biscuit will retain the same flavour, but will go softer as the oats soak up the liquid. The sugar syrup will melt slightly but still retain a bit of chewiness, thus holding the biscuit together. They melt in your mouth nicely after dunking too. Top tip is to dunk them for a second or so and then suck ~ don’t leave them in your drink for too long or they start to get a bit slushy and the substance goes.

                          NOT DUNKING ~ Dunking is not compulsory! Non-dunked Hobnobs are hard, crunchy and the oat flakes separate in your mouth and the biscuit becomes slightly crumbly at this stage. Here comes my only criticism of the Hobnob! The flakes of oat can get stuck in your teeth and can sometimes be slightly sharp if they get in your gums. The biscuit will stay quite hard and have a nice crunch as you bite!

                          **My Final Thoughts.

                          I’m with Peter Kay on the Hobnob! They have flavour, texture and are nice for dunking. They don’t collapse in your coffee cup and they have a pleasant combination of sweetness and oatiness in the taste.



                          I am leaving the last word to Peter Kay….

                          “Rich Tea are bad for dipping – you got to be like lightning with Rich Tea. HobNobs now that’s a biscuit for dipping. HobNobs are like the Marines!”

                          ….’nuff said!



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                            So it's another snack based review from me...yeah I reckon I eat too much of this stuff, but it tastes so good!

                            Anyway, ahhh Choco-late Hob-nobs...These have been around a while now but I still believe that they are my favorite biscuity style treat.

                            They used to come in a normal blue biscuit packet but, "the times they are a changing" and these days they come in this funky new tub thing. The tub is foil sealed and also means you can keep your biccies nice and fresh without needing to spend extra money on a tin. Money of course which could be spent on more Hobnobs! Hurrah!

                            These Chocolate Hobnobs will cost you just under £1 from most supermarkets and boy howdy, it's money well spent!


                            The Test Drive
                            Right so now to test drive the Hobnobs. First of all I made myself a nice cup of tea. Not a normal cup of tea, a NICE cup of tea. Mmm nice. Anyway armed with my cup of tea I set 4 chocolate hobnobs beside it, to represent the 4 seasons of the year, obviously. I then took a deep breath and then began the biscuity test drive...

                            Taking a big bite of my first Chocolate Hobnob, (which from this point on I shall refer to as a "CHB" in a vain attempt to appear hip and in touch), I was hit with the chocolate and oaty taste. I felt that using chocolate on the CHB is a clever touch as it stops the biscuit from becoming too dry.

                            Another bite and that's one CHB polished off. I must say I am a fan of the milk chocolate they use on CHBs, it has a rather nice tang to it.

                            A quick slup of my tea now...mmm nice.

                            Taking a look at the next CHB, I observed that there is a pattern they use on the chocolate, similar to the one you get on McVities Chocolate Digestives. A nice bit of continuity across the range there I think!

                            Anyway taking a bite of this particular biscuit I had a think about the oaty part. This is definitely nice and crunchy and the texture is a good contrast to the smoothness of the milk chocolate. The oaty part also looks to have become a bit darker to me these days, but maybe the old eyes are playing tricks on me again! Anyway another couple of bites and that particular CHB was finished off, gone to join its compatriot in my tum.

                            OK time for some more tea now...mmm still nice.

                            Onto the 3rd CHB now. This time for variation I decided to put the entire biscuit into my mouth in one go! After a considerable amount of crunching and chewing I can confirm that it is indeed possible to eat an entire Hobnob in this manner. I did feel that it marked the fact like so many other snacks these biscuits may have become smaller. I'm sure I never used to be able to fit one in my gob!Anyway from this rather extreme experiment I can tell you that there is definitely a bit of a taste explosion to be had here although on the downside the CHBs do tend to disappear at a rather fast rate!! This is probably not recommended for kids though, just big kids like me!

                            Another tea break, had quite a glug this time...

                            The final biscuit now. Quite a poignant moment as after I had scoffed this biscuit the test would be at an end. On eating this CHB I was impressed by the lack of crumbs it produced. These Hobnobs do seem to hold together rather well, unlike some other brands which seem to leave you covered in lots of biscuit debris!

                            Just time to finish off my tea while I think how to sum up the test drive...


                            Conclusion
                            In conclusion then I can thoroughly recommend Chocolate Hobnobs to all biscuit fans. They score highly on taste and texture and also seem to be quite robust.

                            Once point to mention is that in hot weather the chocolate does tend to melt rather easily!

                            Anyway aside from this slight reservation, I think these can truly be crowned the King of Biscuits!!

                            Thanks for reading!


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                            Ingredients: rolled oats, plain chocolate, wholemeal, sugar, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, partially inverted sugar syrup, raising agents, salt