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Digestive Biscuits

I had a friend just come back from a business trip from london. He asked me if i wanted anything, so i made a list of sterotypical english foodstuffs I wanted to be brought back as a joke. among these items was digestive biscuits. I had never actually eaten them before, but had heard them lovingly referred to by english friends. well I actually ate my joke gift and now i really like them. The particular brand in question was "hobnobs" which are chocolate covered. Now I want more and don't know where to find them. I've done some cursory browsing in conventional grocery locations to no avail. Does anyone know of any specialty english stores that sell these things?? no need to be chocolate covered, but if they are so much the better!

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  1. I am pretty sure my local little market, Patrick Murphy, on Madison at 92nd, carries them. I'll take a look next time I'm there, which I'm sure will be tomorrow.

    I would think also that British food shop in the West Village, the name of which is currently escaping me, would also carry them.

    Edit:

    It's Myers of Keswick - http://www.myersofkeswick.com/ and they have HobNobs.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      That would be Meyers of Keswick!

      http://www.myersofkeswick.com/directi...

      1. re: MMRuth

        Myers of Keswick is a little expensive for Hobnobs as you can get them for a couple dollars less at a regular market. Even my Pioneer sells them!

        1. re: MMRuth

          I did just see them - plain and w/ chocolate (dark and milk) at Murphy's. Didn't check the prices.

        2. They're actually available in many 'regular' supermarkets in Manhattan in the cookie isle. I know Food Emporiums and Whole Foods often have them. The Morton WIlliams on LaGuardia in the W. Village carries them, as well.

          1. fairway. Also, try the McVitie's kind. They're a bit different than the hobknobs.

            1. You may want to also try Carr's Whole Wheat crackers (red box). They are just like digestives.

              1. Myers of Keswick deffinately, and also in the British Foods section at Fairway.

                1. thanks all, i will give all these things a try.

                  1. To be clear: digestives are not the same as Hob Nobs. Hob Nobs are oaty and usually chocolate covered while digestives are more like crackers.
                    You can, however, also purchase chocolate-covered digestives, and plain Hob Nobs.
                    My local Key Food has some varieties of both and for sure Myer's of Keswick will be able to guide you to all varieties of lovely English biscuits!

                    1. I have gotten HobNobs at Gracefully on Ave A. Agree that these are not really digestives, but they are VERY delicious!

                      1. The "East Village Farm" bodega on the SW corner of 4th Street and 2nd Avenue has 'em.

                        1. You can buy them lots and lots of places these days -- Fairway carries them in a small British foods section, and so do a lot of regular stores. I've seen them at Garden of Eden, and lots Korean grocery stores (like Broadway Farm on the UWS) have them too. Favorite are McVitie's milk chocolate-- but agree that hobnobs are not the same as digestives -- digestives are like a nuttier graham cracker and hobnobs seem more cookie-like to me.

                          1. for cheaper prices (but maybe not the same brands) for digestive bisquits you can try any one of large chinatown markets (among other cookies) (kam man, etc.)