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Digestive Biscuits

Renguin Aug 7, 2008 03:14 PM

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!

  1. MMRuth Aug 7, 2008 05:32 PM

    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.


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

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    1. re: MMRuth
      scoopG Aug 7, 2008 05:55 PM

      That would be Meyers of Keswick!


      1. re: MMRuth
        JungMann Aug 8, 2008 05:56 AM

        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
          MMRuth Aug 8, 2008 06:52 AM

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

        2. c
          cimui Aug 7, 2008 09:01 PM

          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. j
            JMJD Aug 7, 2008 09:37 PM

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

            1. c
              carijo3 Aug 8, 2008 06:42 AM

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

              1. s
                Stuffed Monkey Aug 8, 2008 08:42 AM

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

                1. r
                  Renguin Aug 8, 2008 11:14 AM

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

                  1. c
                    chowbie Jan 14, 2010 07:25 AM

                    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. _emilie_ Jan 14, 2010 08:32 AM

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

                      1. D...DF Jan 14, 2010 12:47 PM

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

                        1. j
                          JMJD Jan 14, 2010 04:14 PM

                          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.

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                            olia Jan 15, 2010 08:08 AM

                            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.)

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