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What do Digestives Biscuits taste like?

gmm Aug 24, 2009 11:05 AM

On one of the Barefoot Contessa episodes Ina made s'mores using chocolate Digestives. This seems like a great idea to me, because when I've made them the traditional way using a chocolate bar and graham crackers, the chocolate never gets melted enough for me. My question is, do Digestives taste at all like graham crackers?

  1. shaogo Aug 25, 2009 12:04 PM

    Digestive biscuits are just like the "Sweet Meal" crackers that can be found in the Pepperidge Farm cheese cracker assortment.

    While one can buy British versions, $4-$6 for a small sleeve of biscuits, we find them, of all places, in our local Asian market. Made by the Chinese manufacturer Khong Guan, they're delicious and a bargain at about $3.50. The packaging is similar to the British brands.

    I can't get enough of Digestive Biscuits and good brie cheese!

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      crazybrave Zoe Sep 4, 2009 01:37 AM

      McVities are absolutely delicious, but I don't eat them anymore because they're made with orangutan slaughtering palm-oil - http://www.zoo.org.au/PalmOil/informa...

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        DougWeller Oct 29, 2009 01:19 PM

        Digestives have about twice the fat as graham crackers.

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          Paulustrious Oct 29, 2009 03:07 PM

          I know. Good, eh?

    2. jmckee Aug 25, 2009 11:18 AM

      My wife loves these. I keep them on hand in the winter, when it's traditional for us to have one with a cup of tea in front of the fireplace on Sunday.

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        Tohono Rat Aug 24, 2009 09:36 PM

        Digestives are wonderful. The plain ones are flexible and can go well with sweet jams and savory cheeses; they are great with a cheese and fruit board. The plain chocolate ones are addictive. Although there are other brands, McVitties is the best!

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          Harters Aug 25, 2009 05:47 AM

          McVitie used to make them at their plant in Stockport (where I live - north west England) but moved production about 6 years ago.

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            coney with everything Aug 25, 2009 06:00 AM

            What kills me about McVitties is that the store by me has the packages marked 90p--which they sell for $5.00!

          2. re: Tohono Rat
            cathodetube Sep 4, 2009 11:16 AM

            I must suggest that when pairing a digestive with cheddar to put some butter on first. It elevates the taste to a new level.

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            smartie Aug 24, 2009 06:03 PM

            Plain digestives are wonderful as a cheesecake base and way better than Graham Crackers being slightly salty but holding their crispness better. They are also fantastic dunked in tea or coffee but you have to get the timing right or they fall in.

            As someone else said the plain ones are terrific for cheese.
            I personally prefer the plain chocolate digestives over the milk ones.

            In Florida they sell them in Publix in the British section.

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              Paulustrious Aug 25, 2009 06:28 AM

              I agree about the cheesecake base. Mixed with butter and then baked blind. Each country in Europe had its own base. Many varieties made their pilgrimages to the USA but seem to have been swept away by the Graham wave.

              The dunk-without-drowning is an art. Maximising the tea in the biscuit without maximising the biscuit in the tea. A few seconds too long and the biscuit 'landslides' into the tea.

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                Harters Aug 25, 2009 07:59 AM

                Ah, but you can't beat a McVitie's Rich Tea for dunking.

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                  Paulustrious Aug 25, 2009 09:56 AM

                  They are even more prone to catastrophic failure and must be rotated out of the beverage in a vertical rather than horizontal plane.

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                    smartie Aug 25, 2009 02:28 PM

                    ah but there is nothing like a Rich Tea dunked to the optimum time, brought carefully to the mouth and slapped in allowing a full mouthful of dunked hot soft bickie. This does not work with Digestives because they tend to break off.

                    btw only McVities bickies will do, all others are a poor imitation.

            2. Passadumkeg Aug 24, 2009 03:13 PM

              In Norway they were called Maria Kjeks, great w/ creamy goat cheese.

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                chococat Aug 24, 2009 11:57 AM

                I would compare Digestives to a graham-y shortbread. Very tasty.

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                  MsMaryMc Aug 24, 2009 01:55 PM

                  ...and they're heavenly with sharp cheddar cheese and a crisp apple!

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                    Harters Aug 24, 2009 02:46 PM

                    Although not the chocolate ones.

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                      MsMaryMc Aug 24, 2009 06:55 PM

                      True (ewwwwww!)

                2. Ruth Lafler Aug 24, 2009 11:28 AM

                  Yes. Digestive biscuits are very similar to graham crackers. They're not quite as sweet, and the texture is different (Digestives are thicker, less crisp), but they can be used in many of the same ways.

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