We have seen some highly unimpressive new products here in the UK recently but we were excited to find a new variety of our favourite biscuits on offer in Tesco last week. Being the adventurous type (tongue firmly in cheek here!) we we replaced our standard weekly packet of McVitie's Chocolate Hobnobs with these new McVitie's Hobnob Chocolate Chip. Described on pack as 'oat biscuits with chocolate chips) we were a little curious whether they were going to be anything different from the McVitie's Hobnobs Cookies Choc Chip & Hazelnut we reviewed a few years ago but we put faith in Mcvitie's not to have just repackaged a previously released product.
We bought these in a standard 300.0g pack that contained around 20 or so biscuits. The packaging was your standard film based plastic wrapping - we've always wondered how this flimsy stuff keeps most packets of biscuits in such fresh, undamaged condition but it seems to more often than not do a decent job. Suffice to say we did the typical 'British' thing of testing these with an afternoon cup of tea, we've done nothing here to dismiss the stereotype labeling us Brits get landed with here have we :-)
Out the pack the first remarks from our mini tasting panel were the lacklusture aesthetic appeal of the biscuits at hand. Replacing the usual half covered chocolate biscuits the biscuits at hand seemed to have a very lacklusture amount of chocolate chips and didn't look too promising delivering a chocolate experience of any great significance. Of course this didn't put any of us off trying them and we duly took them to task with dunking, dipping and munching fast commencing. What met us was a greeting of buttery, oaty biscuit flavours that established a very familiar Hobnob experience. As predicted the chocolate influence on the taste was pretty limited with the sparseness of the chocolate chips in most biscuits. Some of the biscuits that did have more chips in weren't quite so lacklusture, but for the main part the chocolate delivery was all snap without the crackle or pop! For this reason we didn't find these as satisfying as our usual chocolate covered Hobnobs.
Overall you can probably tell from our taste test musings above that we were a little disappointed by these. We felt they fell short to both our usual McVitie's Chocolate Hobnobs and the McVitie's Hobnobs Cookies Choc Chip & Hazelnut. If anything these just came across as an unnecessary half-way house of both those products.They perhaps may be suitable for those looking for a plainer biscuit without the nut influence but we believe that particular consumer group is going to be pretty small - are many people really going to be wanting less chocolate on their biscuit ... they wont be joining our CLUB ...terrible joke sorry! Anyway, we welcome McVitie's trying new things with their biscuit ranges, especially when they are as good as the McVitie's Double Chocolate Digestives. Sadly these just weren't very exciting and could of been a variety of Hobnobs that we could have been spared.
6.1 out of 10