“ Brand: Burton / Type: Mints „
Please don't be put off reading any further by the way I begin this review but....
When I was a boy.... (anybody still reading?)
We always used to have Viscount biscuits with our Sunday night tea.
I'm talking proper tea time with sandwiches, sausage rolls, crisps and cake.
They were my favourite biscuit and I couldn't get enough of them.
Really, I couldn't as there were five kids plus two parents and only seven biscuits and sometimes my Nan would come around so you had to be quick to get one. She may have had a dodgy hip but she was like lightning if chocolate biscuits were involved!
As time passed by and my older siblings left home, the biscuit rationing ceased and I would often get two biscuits and if I was lucky, I'd even have one left for my school lunchbox.
So why, apart from the sentimental reasons, do I love these so much?
Well, they have a crunchy biscuit base, a mint cream centre and they are covered in delicious milk chocolate. A perfect combination in my opinion.
Wrapped in an emerald green foil, they look classy and quite possibly fit for a real viscount.
I remember coming home from school after being berated for my choice of lunchtime biscuit by the fashionable set who ate trendy Yo Yo mint biscuits.
"Mum" , I said. "Why do I have Viscount biscuits when the rest of the boys get Yo Yo's in their packed lunch?"
"Well" she replied, "In the words of Oscar Wilde, we are all lying in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars"
Which didn't really answer my question but I suppose was far more enigmatic than "Have you seen the price of them Yo Yo's? Do you think I'm made of money!"
Anyway... Another thing I love about Viscounts and mint chocolate in general is that I can eat as many as I want and I never find them sickly. Tremendous!
Milk Chocolate (34%), (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Skimmed Milk Powder, Milk Fat, Whey Solids (from milk), Vegetable Oil, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil and Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Whey Solids (from Milk), Glucose Syrup, Raising Agents (Sodium Hydrogen arbonate, Disodium Diphosphate (contains wheat flour), Salt, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Peppermint Oil,
Contains 34% Milk Chocolate and 16% Mint Cream.
Nutrition Per Biscuit:
(of which sugars) 5.5g
(of which saturates) 2.3g
Salt Equivalent 0.1g
Contains: Wheat, Gluten, Milk and Soya
Made in a factory that also handles nuts.
So, not too healthy but at least the mint will keep your breath fresh. Everything in moderation as I like to say!
As far as price is concerned, they retail at £1.48 for seven biscuits. A little expensive but they do crop up on offer from time to time. If you have never tried one then I strongly recommend that you give them a try.
Thanks for reading.
Whatever chocolate i buy my boyfriend always ends up eating it before i get a chance to so as he hates mint, i always buy treats with mint in them so he doesnt touch them! I love anything with mint in, and these biscuits are a great mint biscuit treat.
These viscount biscuits cost around £1.50 and you get 7 in a pack. I dont think these are the cheapest of biscuits, especially when you see the size of each biscuit! They are quite small, but they are more than enough for me as they can be a bit sickly, so you wouldnt really want them any bigger anyway.
These biscuits consist of a light crunchy biscuit base, with a mint cream centre, finished with a coating of chocolate. The biscuits are wrapped in a green foil, which is really easy to unwrap and get the biscuit out.
The mint centre is quite sickly, but it is not runny, but not too thick either. It is really smooth and has a nice mint taste which is quite strong. The biscuit base is nice and light, it crumbles easily and it isnt chewy at all. The milk choclate is not too thick, it is a nice layer and is really creamy.
Each viscount biscuit has 73 calories each, which is actually not bad at all for a treat. If you had a kitkat you would be comsuming 107 calories, so they are not too bad at all. The only thing is they are not filling at all, but you dont want another one afterwards as they are too sickly to have two.
These need to be stored in a cool dry place, i think they are nicest kept in the fridge. They are suitable for vegetarians but may contain traces of nuts, so no good if you have a nut allergy.
I love these viscount biscuits, i get to eat them all to myself without my boyfriend pinching any! As long as you love mint then you will love these!
The wife bought a load of these at Christmas Time. Every year we have her family in on Christmas Eve, make a Buffet and we all have an eat, drink and laugh on the Wii. Yes, we always buy too much food, but the wife likes left overs. Then again if you're still eating leftovers about a week later than I think it is too much food. We make the same mistake every year though. We got 2 packs of these for the Buffet, as Asda was selling a 7 pack for £1.30 or 2 for £2, and we needed some Chocolate Biscuits said the wife. I put a couple in my lunchbox this morning, as no one else ate them at the Buffet - shame because we like them!
These are Crumbly Biscuits, sort of like Digestives but not as malty tasting. There is a layer of Mint Cream on the top. Not runny Mint, just a spreading of a white Cream and it is all covered in Milk Chocolate. Not sure if the Chocolate is Mint Flavoured as well, don't think so.
These are nice because the are quite simple and I like Mint Chocolate Biscuits as well. They are qutie Minty, but not overpowering and it isn't a fake Minty taste, there is plenty of taste in this, and it all works well with the thick enough covering of Chocolate, the crumbly Biscuit part and the thin but tingly Minty taste.
I can eat 3 in a row of these as they aren't huge. Just round Biscuits which are covered in foil.
I used to love these when I was a kid, and for some bizarre reason they either disappeared for a short while or they were not bought any more in my household.
But recently they have returned, and I think they are more than ready for a review.
Viscounts come in a green packet, with the word Viscount stretched across the middle. Next to this is a graphic image of half a viscount, to show you what they look like inside.
The packs hold 7 biscuits which sit on a clear plastic tray and are all individually wrapped in green foil. Bright green foil at that. The foil has a cool wavy pattern over it too. The packaging gives them some kind of expensive feel along with its kind of posh name too. Interesting marketing concept but looks like it worked too.
Now onto the actual biscuit.
Viscounts are chocolate covered biscuits which have a lush amount of mint fondant cream layered on top of the biscuit in a sort of little bulge. The biscuit is actually quite soft nothing to break a tooth on but is very similar to a digestive in texture and taste, but you hardly taste it due to the mint and chocolate. The mint flavour is strong and overpowers pretty much everything but I like that and that's what makes these individual. They are roughly 4cm in diameter and very very tasty!!
So overall these biscuits are very minty and taste great, you can get larger packs of 16 I think. But they are great tasting and great value for money!
These are a huge favourite in our house and to be quite honest I'm not really sure why? Whenever we go shopping they always seem to be on offer, so either they are priced wrong or they seem to have to put them on offer to sell them. Either way it isn't always a good sign.
Most of our viscounts are bought from Home and Bargain or Asda. In Home and Bargain, they usually work out about 10p each, so I can't really argue over the price. But what is it I'm getting for my hard earned 10p. Well the biscuit, which usually comes on a tray with another 6 (in the case of a 7 pack) is well wrapped with a green type foil. Underneath there is a round chocolate covered biscuit. Half of it is a hard crunchy type biscuit. The other half is a mint cream layer.
I usually scrape the top layer off with my teeth (strange I know) and eat the biscuit. I really can't see what people find special about it. The cream has a strong taste to it, as you would expect from mint. The biscuit is hard and crunchy but the taste is nothing to write home about, probably due to the fact that you still have mint cream 'swilling' around your taste buds.
Milk Chocolate (34%), (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Skimmed Milk Powder, Milk Fat, Whey Solids (from milk), Vegetable Oil, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil and Hydrogenerated Vegetable Oil, Whey Solids (from Milk), Glucose Syrup, Raising Agents (Sodium Hydrogen arbonate, Disodium Diphosphate (contains wheat flour), Salt, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Peppermint Oil,
Contains 34% Milk Chocolate and 16% Mint Cream.
Contains: Wheat, Gluten, Milk and Soya
Made in a factory handling nuts
Nutrition Per Biscuit
(of which sugars) 5.5g
(of which saturates) 2.3g
Salt Equivalent 0.1g
An average biscuit for an okay price. Loved a lot more by my children than myself. For that reason I'll give it an extra star - 4*
Having not had one of these tasty little morsels for a few years, I was drawn towards a pack of 14 on a 2 for £2 offer at Asda. I do enjoy mint flavoured chocolates & biscuits, but for some reason tend to forget about Viscount biscuits.
The packaging seems to have changed since I last bought any, being a rather classy looking green wrapper with a translucent window through which the biscuits can be seen. The biscuits are still individually wrapped in a bright green foil, same as they always were, & placed in 2 plastic trays each with 7 biscuits (yes, the packaging does seem to be a bit excessive...).
Viscount biscuits are round biscuits, of approx 2" in diameter. They consist of a biscuit base, topped with a mint cream layer, covered in milk chocolate. Perhaps it's just me, but the biscuits seem to have shrunk since I last had any...but isn't this always the case?!...
Biting into one, the biscuit is delicious - really light, crumbly & melt in the mouth. The mint layer is a perfect consistency for a biscuit - not runny so that it will ooze everywhere but not so hard that it seems dry. (And before anyone asks, no, I didn't stop at just one!).
Similar biscuits for comparison would be 'Mint Club' biscuits - but Viscount beats these hands down.
Each biccie will provide 73 cals, & 4g of fat (of which saturates are 2.3g). This is an extremely high fat content for such a small biscuit, although being individually wrapped they are easier to eat just 'as one' rather than the whole pack, & are really handy to pop in your lunch box.
I will definitely be buying these little delicacies more often now that I've re-discovered them!
***** Introduction *****
On Monday while making a flying visit to Home Bargains, I noticed a packet of Viscounts. These instantly stopped me in my tracks as the memories of me, my brother and my sister fighting over these came flooding back. As as child we only had these as a treat and like most kids if they were there we had to eat them.
The biggest problem was that there was three of us and there were seven Viscounts, which always ment one would get three of them, leaving the other two out. Me being the youngest always seemed to go with out.
And with that in mind I could not resist them, as I scooped up a couple of packets and placed them in the shopping basket.
***** Viscounts ******
Burtons Viscounts are flavoured chocolate biscuits, with are all individually wrapped in colour foil, the foils colour indicates which flavour you are buying.
Each packet comes with seven foil wrapped biscuits, which are all delicately wrapped and placed in a plastic tray, to stop them getting bashed up and battered. They are then wrapped in an outer sleeved wrapping to protect both the biscuits and the tray.
Each biscuit is roughly the size of a golf ball in width and a centimetre thick. The biscuit is made up of three very distinguishing layers the first being a digestive type biscuit which automatically melts as you place it in your mouth, it then has a mint cream layer and then totally covered in milk chocolate.
Viscounts are currently available in two flavours, main and orange. The mint one's being my personal favourite.
I bought these for 49p a packet from Home Bargains but you can also get the in Tesco for as little as 79p a packet.
Nutritional Information for each biscuit is as follows:
***** My Views *****
Viscounts have been around for as long as I can remember, although they seem to be a lot smaller that they actually were when I was a kid, but this maybe because I was a lot smaller in those days.
I actually forgot how good these actually tasted and I can say I know anyone who does not like them.
Since buying them the two packets have devoured within a few days, so they have defiantly brought out the child in me.
I love a good biscuit and they do not come much better than the classy mint Viscount. Wrapped in green foil these biscuits have a real classy look and the taste matches it well.
The regular packs of these contain seven delicious biscuits, they also come in orange flavour but I do not like the orange ones nearly as much. When you unwrap a mint Viscount from its foil wrapper there is no hiding the fact that it is mint as the smell is very strong.
A mint Viscount is made up from three layers; a crunchy tasty biscuit layer on the bottom which has a layer of delicious mint cream fondant on top of it and then the whole thing is covered in a thick layer of delicious chocolate.
The mint taste is very strong but it does not totally over power the chocolate and the two combine perfectly whilst the biscuit base gives the perfect crunch, not too hard but crisp enough to give a nice crumbly crunch.
A packet of seven typically costs around about 79p but I have seen them a few times on offer in Asda at 2 packs for £1. I often over indulge on these but I have to be careful as they do have a lot of calories so not one for the dieters out there.
Now i know that it's a New Year and we are supposed to be being good but these little delicious biscuits just shout at you (come eat me).
The packaging is quite exspensive to look at makes you know that you are going to get something different. It's dark green which fades to a lighter green and very strong meaning its not going to fall to pieces. Once open this pack has 14 round little biscuits in a nice bright green foil wrapper so they stay fresh.
Now to the biscuit
It is possible to put a whole one straight into your mouth but that would be a sin so take your time. When you bite into it you get a lovely taste of fresh mint which is what makes the biscuit
However the chocolate coating is nice and thick and a fine layer of biscuit just just adds so much to the taste lovely with a hot cup of tea. Bliss! The only problem is,you know your going to want more than one.
So i say when you feel the need for a chocolate kick these are perfect.
Beware though there is 73kcals per biscuit but hey what the heck we all need a treat sometimes.
Whilst in my local Lidl I caught sight of these chocolate biscuits. These have been around for many years, but they seem to always appear in my local pound shops, lidl and aldi's as well as main supermarkets.
So What are Viscounts? They are Milk Chocolate coated biscuits with a Mint Flavour. You used to get an Orange flavour of these as well, but haven't seen them for ages, so don't know if you still get the Orange ones. They are round in shape and are individualy foil wrapped in a shiny green wrapper with the word Viscount written in white on the wrapper. I'm sure these used to be larger, but things always seemed to be bigger when you were younger - didn't they? I would say the size of the biscuits is a good bit smaller than the size of the lid of a can, but bigger than a £2 coin.
Nutritional Information per 1 biscuit
These biscuits normally comes in a pack of 7, but often they can be sold as 100% free, so 14 biscuits for the price of 7, which makes it better value. They cost me 69p for a 14 pack from Lidl.
The outside packaging Is a green pack, which merges from dark green to light green and it has a picture of a biscuit on the front. The biscuits are in a black plastic rectangular tray inside and are in 2 rows of 7 biscuits.
So are they any good? Yes. I like Milk Chocolate with Mint through it anyway. The biscuit is a kind of crumbly digestive style and the chocolate is milky and smooth. The mint layer is sandwiches between the chocolate and biscuit, so it is very tasty
There are biscuits then there are special biscuits, I would includes in the special biscuit category things like Fox`s classic, Cadbury chocolate fingers and these delicious Burtons Viscount mints. The mint Viscount is a biscuit I buy with great regularity and as there is only seven in each packet I often buy a couple of packs at a time and even then they don't last two days in my house.
Both hubby and I love these biscuits and eat far too many of them. A viscount mint for anyone unfortunate enough not to have tried them is a biscuit made up with a layer of crisp shortcake biscuit on the bottom a layer of delicious mint cream on top of the biscuit then a layer of creamy chocolate covers the whole thing.
Although these biscuits are very special and a real touch of class they are actually not that expensive, asda are currently selling the pack of 7 for 81p but the poundland shop in our local high street is doing two packs for a pound (I bought ten packs, don't tell anyone).
No matter what price you are paying whether it be the bargain two packs for £1 or the full 81p per pack these biscuits are worth every penny!
Saturday is shopping day in our household, well for me and the wife anyway. My son just sits and waits then empties us out when we return.
The biscuit aisle in our ASDA is fifth from the right as you stand looking at the aisles. Now I know this because I just love biscuits. All that sugar and chocolate and calories................just yummy. There was a time when I'd try and watch what I ate but I now believe that we should make the most of things while we are here, and if that means having an extra choccy biscuit then that's just a little bonus. So you can look forward too or not as the case may be to more reviews on biscuits in the future.
Viscount biscuits come in a rather attractive shiny green foil wrapper. In this particular pack there were 7 little gems all wrapped up neatly into a larger package which was that of green plastic with the large word VISCOUNT printed prettily along it's adequate length. On removing one of the gems I discovered a vital ingredient missing...........................YEP a cup of coffee. I prefer coffee with this biscuit since I find the mint and coffee compliment each other rather well. So kettle boiled coffee made we can start again. After removing the foil wrapper you get and instant waft of mint which is very pleasing indeed, it's not too strong but is a good indication as to how minty they are going to be. They are slightly bigger than a fifty pence piece in diameter and probably about half an inch high in the middle slopping ever so slightly toward the edge forming a small dome. There is a small ripple effect over the chocolate and the biscuit itself looks nice too nice to bite into even................... that'll be right it's for the off no questions asked. It is quite a struggle to get all this information since my usual consumption method entails two quick bites a few savouring chews then another biscuit. So bear with me while I suffer a little here. The inside of the biscuit consists of a layer of shortcake biscuit topped with a substantial layer of mint cream, all covered nicely with chocolate.
First bite and you can taste the cool mint instantly followed by a hint of chocolate. The thin layer of shortcake on the bottom of these gives it a nice crunch and adds to the texture. Those of you who know me will have already realised that there is going to be no calorie, nutritional of any other information of that kind, because as I've said before if your gonna have a biscuit you don't need all this to worry about, you just want to enjoy the moment. With these biscuits you will certainly do that. My only criticism is that they are perhaps just a tiny bit too small for a man size bite but that is a minor detail when you get 7 in the packet for round about 69p
So if you fancy a few little treats with your cuppa, ( and these go nice with tea too, I just prefer coffee ) then go for a right royal treat and get a packet of Viscount.
I have succumbed to the cold, dark, long nights and felt the desperate need for some fat storing produce as if I haven't already been a glutten over the festive period!!
It has to be said that I NEVER even entertain the notion of walking up the chocolate / biscuit aisles in the supermarket, but last night, Morrisons had strategically and most would agree, cunningly put a special offer basket at the end of an aisle, sticking out so far that a blind man on a galloping horse couldn't have missed it!
So there they were, a blast from the past, Viscount mint biscuits, 100% extra free so it only cost me 79p for 14 biscuits instead of 7!.
~ The packaging ~
The biscuits came in a black and dark green cellophane / plastic bag. Inside this holder there are 2 black plastic 'trays' with little indentations in so that each biscuit sits neatly in it's little slot.
The biscuits themselves are wrapped in green foil with Viscount printed on the foil.
Viscount has been making biscuits for more than half a century and as far as I am aware have never strayed from the conservative stance of producing two flavours, mint and orange.
I mention this now as it does relate to the packaging.......Viscount colour code their biscuit wrappers and no PHD is required in deciphering the code! Green for mint and orange for .........yes you guessed it, orange.
~ The biscuit ~
On opening the foil, you are greeted with a milk chocolate circular, disc like chocolate.
These can be eaten in one large mouthful, if the mood takes you but I tried to adopt a more elegant approach and ate the biscuit in 2 medium size bites.
The base is a crunchy yet slightly crumbly biscuit on top of which is a creamy mint circular 'blob'. This is lovely as it's not an overpowering minty flavour which I find with the likes of After Eight Mints.
My friend and I diligently tucked in to these last night and both agreed (being from the same era) that we were sure that the mint 'blob' used to extend almost to the edges of the biscuit whereas now it's literally in the centre.
This doesn't however spoil the biscuit, if anything in my opinion it has improved them, as I stated above, the mint is more delicate and with the combination of the lovely textured biscuit base these are a great treat to have.
- Nutritional values (for those of you interested in these things!) -
Energy ~ 331kJ 79kcal
Protein ~ 0.8g
Carbs ~ 9.2g (of which sugars 5.9g)
Fat ~ 4.3g (of which saturates 2.5g)
Fibre ~ 0.2g
Sodium ~ Trace
~ Nut allergies ~
Just be aware that these biscuits are made in a factory handling nuts.
These are suitable for vegetarians.
In short, it was great to have an inexpensive blast from the past, they must have been good as we devoured a tray each (7 biscuits per head).........My waistline just wishes that I had looked at the fat content before being so greedy!
Viscounts are manufactured by Burton's Foods Ltd.