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Aug 24, 2009 11:05 AM

What do Digestives Biscuits taste like?

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?

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  1. 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.

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

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      1. re: chococat

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

        1. re: MsMaryMc

          Although not the chocolate ones.

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

        1. 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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          1. re: smartie

            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.

            1. re: Paulustrious

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

              1. re: Harters

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

                1. re: Paulustrious

                  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. 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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            1. re: Tohono Rat

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

              1. re: Harters

                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

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