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Fancy a chocolate Hobnob?


Great taste and lashings of chocolate .

Not exactly healthy but not bad as far a a chocolate biscuit goes

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McVitie’s Chocolate Hobnobs

Remember the old slogan ‘One Nibble and You’re Nobbled’? Sadly they no longer use that on the packets or adverts but it went a long way to ensuring this biscuit would have its own special place in the annals of biscuitdom.

The hobnob came about after various experiments using the ingredients for McVities Digestives and the rolled oats from flap jacks. Once ‘Jumbo oats’ were added to the mix McVities had a more solid base to build a convincing biscuit. Adding the chocolate was a master stroke and the biscuit became famed for its hearty thickness and lashings of milk and later, dark chocolate.

The standard plain Hobnob was introduced in nineteen eight-four at the Tollcross depot in Glasgow, Scotland. The chocolate version and I think it is safe to say; the more popular version is made at the Harlsden factory. Hobnobs come in many different varieties these days; a milk chocolate and dark chocolate version and an orange chocolate version. You can also buy them in hobnob bars and flapjacks, with or without chocolate. They now also come in a vanilla cream version as a flapjack and a white chocolate biscuit.

The name ‘Hobnob’ comes from an old common saying amongst workers and pub drinkers. To ‘Hob’ or ‘Nob’ meant that you would be drinking with friends and toasting them or wishing them well. It is thought to have derived from ‘Habbe’ and ‘Nabbe’ or a combination of ‘Ne Habbe’ meaning ‘to have not’ or ‘to have and have not’ or ‘to give and take’; ‘to hob nob’.

Hobnobs are traditionally an English biscuit and are popular in Ireland and a few other European countries. You will find it quite incredible that they have only just been released in Canada (November 2012 to be exact) and that stems from the UK’s connection to ‘Walmart’ and the American/Canadian supermarket having an English section on their shelves, similar to some of the stores over here in Holland like ‘Jumbo’ and ‘Plus’.

McVities History

In 1890 after numerous tries, a Scottish man by the name of John Montgomerie was granted a patent for the manufacture of digestive biscuits. By the nineteen thirties McVitie & Price went onto manufacture some of the best loved biscuits in the UK and around the world from their base in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The original factory in Scotland was burned to the ground in a fire but rebuilt and operated until nineteen ten, when it moved to Harlsden in England. Another factory was built in nineteen seventeen in Manchester. The company still had strong Scottish links with Edinburgh bakery giants Simon Henderson and sons working with them from the nineteen twenties. In nineteen forty-eight they joined forces with MacFarlane Lang and Company, once again keeping their Scottish roots, and became known as the United Biscuits Group.

The digestive was the first biscuit produced by McVities and the first ever digestive to go full scale on the market. It was actually created by a relative nobody in terms of the trade and the company; a young lad, just finished his apprenticeship in eighteen ninety-two, who was named Alexander Grant. It became famous because of the rumour of its healing properties against indigestion.

The Hobnob came much later on with ‘Rich Tea’, ‘Ginger Nuts’ and many of the other famous biscuits under the brand. It was considered to be a hybrid of the digestive and the flap jack biscuit and once it was covered in chocolate it was revered by biscuit makers all over the world as a classic.

McVities are also renowned for trying to make their biscuits as healthy as is practically possible with this kind of food. They reduced the sodium in their biscuits by ten per cent in two thousand and four and have since lowered them even more.

My Thoughts

I love chocolate hobnobs. They are so thick and oatey and actually taste of goodness. I only eat wholemeal bread and would never dream of eating white bread so the Hobnob is like the biscuit equivalent of wholemeal bread. The chocolate just makes it a dreamy biscuit and as with most McVities products they stand up to a good dunking.

I would love to go to the McVities factory to smell the baking on a Sunday morning. Can you imagine? Heaven is a place on earth after all I should imagine.; although being an atheist I would rather put it down to the smells of a great baking factory and a British traditional company that surely must be the best biscuit makers in the world.

I would like to say that Hobnobs remind me of my Grandparents house or school packed lunches but they only came out in the year I left school so this biscuit goes down as one of my first adult memories and indulgences.
A fine biscuit which gets five hobs and five nobs out of five from me.

What’s in them

As mentioned already, the Hobnob is considered to be a hybrid version of a Digestive and a Flapjack. It contains both rolled and jumbo oats and as with most McVities products they contain very little sodium, which is currently only 0.16 grams per biscuit.

The rolled oats are the main ingredient and the healthy grain is rolled and flattened after being steamed for flexibility. Wholemeal is mixed into the oats before the final press and cut.

Other ingredients used are sugar and vegetable oil. The sugar is used to add sweetness along with glucose fructose syrup to the biscuit and the oil is used to bind the dry ingredients together to hold that biscuit or cookie shape. Salt is also added and constitutes the sodium content in the biscuit.

Sodium bicarbonate, better known to us as baking powder and Ammonium bicarbonate are used to help in the baking process and give the biscuit added sturdiness and help it to rise when baked as they are both raising agents.
The ingredients in total are as follows:

Rolled Oats (30%), Milk Chocolate (24%) (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Dried Skimmed Milk, Dried Whey, Butter Oil, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Vanilla Flavouring), Wholemeal, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt.

Dietary Information

Suitable for Vegetarians. Contains Gluten. Contains Milk. Contains Soya\Soybeans.
Hobnobs are free From Artificial Colours and Artificial Flavours.

Nutritional Data

Typical values per 100g Per Biscuit

Energy 2008kj 386kj
Energy 479kcal 92kcal
Protein 6.8g 1.3g
Carbohydrates 60.7g 11.7g
of which sugars 32.6g 6.3g
Fat 23.3g 4.5g
of which saturates 11.3g 2.2g
Fibre 4.5g 0.9g
Sodium 0.4g 0.1g

©Lee Billingham
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dawnymarie 05.01.2013 09:52

Another tempting review x

mumsymary 04.01.2013 08:53

not had one of these recently

Kukana 04.01.2013 08:23

Yum! I haven't had a hobnob for years.. not sure I've ever had a chocolate one.

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Type Chocolate Biscuits
Manufacturer McVitie's
EAN 5000396022315

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