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NOW CLOSED McVitie's Breakfast Biscuits feedback thread

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AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 28-Jan-13 16:26:59

This thread is for the MNers who are trying out the new Breakfast Biscuits from McVitie's (RRP £2.29 for a 6 pack carton).

So testers please let us know....

Your overall views of breakfast - what you normally have, where you normally eat it - if it's normally a rush?
Your first impressions of the Breakfast Biscuits
How well the Biscuits work as an "on the go breakfast solution" - where did you eat them?
How would you describe/ rate the taste?
How do these compare to other breakfast biscuits you may have tried/ bought?
Would you buy these again? If so why? If not, why not?
Any other comments?

Everyone who is selected as a tester and adds feedback as required will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will get a £250 voucher.

Thanks
MNHQ

ControlGeek Wed 13-Feb-13 18:06:46

<squeeeeee> thank you alex grin grin grin

AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 13-Feb-13 14:12:49

Thanks for all the feedback testers! The prize has now been drawn and it is ControlGeek who wins a £250 voucher. Congratulations!!

AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 13-Feb-13 12:15:04

bakingqueen says: Biscuits were a big hit taste wise with us all, would have preferred a variety of flavours in the box however for a bit of variety.
They had a very dry texture however and broke very esaily which would put me off taking them out with me.

Overall I wouldnt buy them just because if the easy breaknature of them as i wouldnt want crumbs all over my handbag

AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 08-Feb-13 14:01:46

JustFabulous says "Ds1 aged 11 said more berries would be nice as he couldn't really taste them. 9 year old dd loved them. 7 year old ds said they were v nice."

Mehrida Japan Thu 07-Feb-13 21:07:29

Your overall views of breakfast - what you normally have, where you normally eat it - if it's normally a rush?
I either spoil myself to a bowl of cereal if DS has gone down for a nap in his cot or I grab something as we're rushing out the door.

Your first impressions of the Breakfast Biscuits
The external box was attractively enough packaged. However, the biscuits themselves were packaged pretty cheaply. Nothing attractive about clear plastic!

How well the Biscuits work as an "on the go breakfast solution" - where did you eat them?
Grabbed them a couple of times when I was rushing out the door. Didn't work hugely well as they're quite crumby so got bits everywhere.

How would you describe/ rate the taste?
They're not 'not nice', but they're a bit bland, and I found they stuck to my teeth. Would've liked a bit more fruit to give them more flavour.

How do these compare to other breakfast biscuits you may have tried/ bought?
Quite like the odd nutri-grain. These aren't quite as nice.

Would you buy these again? If so why? If not, why not?
Hmmm, probably not. Just not that tasty or filling, sorry!

Any other comments?

Your overall views of breakfast - what you normally have, where you normally eat it - if it's normally a rush?
Normally try to eat it before the kids wake up, either have toast or cereal. If the kids are up it's normally shared with DS1 & in a rush.

Your first impressions of the Breakfast Biscuits
How well the Biscuits work as an "on the go breakfast solution" - where did you eat them?
You can eat them anywhere, very good for DS1 when he refuses breakfast, he can have them in the car. DH has also had them in the car. I've eaten them as a passenger in a car, but not as a driver.

How would you describe/ rate the taste?
Overall pleasant, but quite sweet. Bit of a strange, almost 'fizzy' aftertaste that I can't quite put my finger on.

How do these compare to other breakfast biscuits you may have tried/ bought?
Haven't tried any others, but was pleasantly surprised, was expecting cardboard to be honest.

Would you buy these again? If so why? If not, why not?
I would be interested to try the Oats & Honey flavour. I wouldn't immediately chose it for breakfast but a useful standby.

Any other comments?

HanneHolm Thu 07-Feb-13 17:13:20

I'm stunned at you lot skipping breakfast. Get up earlier

HanneHolm Thu 07-Feb-13 16:17:12

Your overall views of breakfast - what you normally have, where you normally eat it - if it's normally a rush?
Airways eat it. Never a rush. I lovebreakfast. Wouldn't be able to work without it.

Your first impressions of the Breakfast Biscuits
They looked like standard biscuits. Liked the individual packaging.
How well the Biscuits work as an "on the go breakfast solution" - where did you eat them?
I can't imagine planning to be on the go. I'd just get up earlier to eat breakfast. I ate at home.
How would you describe/ rate the taste?
Not keen on the fruit ones. Liked the oat texture.
How do these compare to other breakfast biscuits you may have tried/ bought?
I've never bought any.
Would you buy these again? If so why? If not, why not?
No. I don't like the idea much. I might do if a kid were on a school trip maybe and let early. Tbh I'd just have a banana.

Other comments. I think it's a breakfast development I can live without.

MumToTiny Thu 07-Feb-13 15:24:14

Aargh! Try again...
Your overall views of breakfast - what you normally have, where you normally eat it - if it's normally a rush?
- I don't usually eat breakfast, but occasionally have toast or cereal if I have time, or occasionally belvita breakfast biscuits (usually in the car!). When on holiday though, I really enjoy a relaxed breakfast.

Your first impressions of the Breakfast Biscuits
- fairly uninspiring packaging, very beige biscuits, and all mine were broken.

How well the Biscuits work as an "on the go breakfast solution" - where did you eat them?
- they're rather dry so not that easy to eat on the go as you need a drink with them. Toddler DS seems to quite like them though, and they're portable for him.

How would you describe/ rate the taste?
- not as fruity as I expected, very sweet, forgettable!

How do these compare to other breakfast biscuits you may have tried/ bought?
- I prefer the belvita filled ones, especially the ones with strawberry jam.

Would you buy these again? If so why? If not, why not?
- as I received a case of the red berries ones, I've got enough to last for quite a while... Then I'll probably go for belvita instead.

Thanks for the opportunity to try them though!

Bladderama Thu 07-Feb-13 13:44:51

Also meant to add that I was impressed that the packet of biscuits did not disintegrate in my handbag and were still intact when I wanted to eat them, nice and robust for eating on the run.

MumToTiny Thu 07-Feb-13 11:43:48

Your overall views of breakfast - what you normally have, where you normally eat it - if it's normally a rush?
- I don't eat breakfast very often, but if I do it's normally toast or cereal. Usually at h
Your first impressions of the Breakfast Biscuits
How well the Biscuits work as an "on the go breakfast solution" - where did you eat them?
How would you describe/ rate the taste?
How do these compare to other breakfast biscuits you may have tried/ bought?
Would you buy these again? If so why? If not, why not?

Bladderama Thu 07-Feb-13 11:27:12

Firstly thank you for the entire box of breakfast biscuits.

I do not normally eat breakfast as I do not have time before leaving for work at 7am and am very bad at just grabbling a coffee. If I remember to take anything to work to eat it would be some natural yoghurt and fruit.

The biscuits were well packed and looked like a good size of portion that would be easy to stick in my handbag.

I did take some into a meeting to eat with my morning coffee but really struggled to eat them. They were very dry and creamy so needed a lot of liquid to drink whilst eating them.

The taste was nice I quite liked them but found the texture/dryness very hard going so even one biscuit took me ages to eat - not great at work.

The children have loved them and they have proved very useful this week when we have had a few early morning starts. Again a huge glass of milk was required along side them for the children.

I will buy these again especially when travelling with the children because they are so easy to pack and take along and for the children to eat without making a huge amount of mess.

I have not tried other breakfast biscuits so cant comment but we only have 3 boxes left which I think shows how much the children have enjoyed them.

THERhubarb Thu 07-Feb-13 11:05:31

So are McVities saying that they don't add any sugar to their biscuits? And that the only sugar there is naturally occuring fruit sugar?

I doubt it. They can cut right back on added sugar. I don't really think there is enough fruit there to explain the huge amount of sugar in one biscuit. Just take away the added sugar, add more natural fruit pieces (not ones coated in sugar) and you will have a tasty, healthy breakfast biscuit that doesn't fall apart as easily.

And yes McVitie's have adhered to the rules but you have to read the smaller printed blurb on the back to get the full picture. The easy guide on the front, the one that catches the consumer's eye shows the content per biscuit and yes this is stated in much smaller letters at the top.

It's all about psychology of shopping isn't it? You use the colour green (to indicate safe) on the nutritional info on the front of the box. You give clear, bold amounts that are easy to read and because the eye naturally follows those guidelines downwards, you put the little *per biscuit at the top where they won't see it.

Big companies spend a fortune on this kind of marketing and even pay experts to advise them on, essentially, how to con consumers whilst staying within legal guidelines.

That money would be better spent on making a healthy, tasty breakfast biscuit that would be endorsed by Mumsnetters, recommended by health professionals and given great reviews. You spend so much money on design, marketing and psychology when actually, just making a better biscuit would be an easier and cheaper option smile

robdan Thu 07-Feb-13 10:43:26

Brilliant found them sooo useful for my family n dd loved them
I found them abit stale tasting
But lovely biscuits thp

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 07-Feb-13 10:02:23

Hello - thanks for all the feedback so far...please do let us know any further thoughts.

We have shared the feedback with McVitie's and they have asked us to post the below on their behalf:

"Thank you for your feedback on McVitie's Breakfast Biscuits and we are glad that most of you are enjoying them.

We have carried out extensive consumer research to get the flavours right but we have noted that some of you find them a bit too sweet and some are asking for more fruit, we welcome feedback and will look into any improvements we can make. It is worth noting that some of the sugar is driven by the addition of fruit pieces, therefore adding more would increase the sugar content.

Some of you have also commented on the GDA numbers being different to those on the NHS website and the fact that we quote calories per biscuit and not per pack. All food manufacturers base their GDA calculations on the industry recognised figures provided originally by the IGD. There are very clear rules which McVitie's have adhered showing nutrition information per 100g, per individual biscuit and per portion across the range, this way consumers are able to compare one product to another.

The GDA's also refer to total sugars (90g/day for an adult) however the NHS website refer to added sugar (50g/day) which may help explain the difference"

susiey Wed 06-Feb-13 23:05:16

Your overall views of breakfast - what you normally have, where you normally eat it - if it's normally a rush?
I usually eat alpen porridge pouches or shreddies with fruit. I mainly eat breakfast before leaving for work but sometimes have to eat on the go if its one of those mornings that's not going to plan

Your first impressions of the Breakfast Biscuits

They are in great packaging and were very tasty with a cup of tea

How well the Biscuits work as an "on the go breakfast solution" - where did you eat them?

They were very tasty but quite dry so you would need to have a drink with you at the same time

How would you describe/ rate the taste?

Very tasty and fruity and oaty

How do these compare to other breakfast biscuits you may have tried/ bought?
Would you buy these again? If so why? If not, why not?
Any other comments?

I have never bought breakfast biscuits before but these were good and good value. I also used them as a snack for the kids

hypnotisingchickens Tue 05-Feb-13 10:46:12

Your overall views of breakfast - what you normally have, where you normally eat it - if it's normally a rush?
Breakfast tends to be eaten very quickly in the house and generally rappled out of the hands of a toddler, in the car, or at my desk. I take much more time over it at the weekend, but generally it's a meal eaten out of necessity, rather than something I can take my time over.
Your first impressions of the Breakfast Biscuits
I was quite impressed - although the packaging wasn't terribly inspiring. I was pleased with the number in the packet though. Although I am quite greedy....
How well the Biscuits work as an "on the go breakfast solution" - where did you eat them?
For me, they worked perfectly, as I tend to eat them at my desk. The fact that there is 4 in the packet means that I can graze on them throughout the morning too, rather than a cereal bar which I would eat in one sitting and then be moohing for biscuits an hour later.
How would you describe/ rate the taste?
Good, but I have quite a sweet tooth. I liked the oaty taste (made it a bit more breakfasty I guess!) Colleagues who also tried them liked them too - they didn't last long in the office.
How do these compare to other breakfast biscuits you may have tried/ bought?
I have never tried any other breakfast biscuits, but have probably tried every other cereal bar under the sun. They are certainly better than some of the other cereal bars on the market.
Would you buy these again? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes, if they were on offer. £2.29 seems a bit steep to be honest.
Any other comments?

MrsKwazii Mon 04-Feb-13 21:52:02

Your overall views of breakfast - what you normally have, where you normally eat it - if it's normally a rush?

I eat at my desk on workdays as I don't have time to eat at home. Tends to be fruit or a bacon butty from the canteen. I eat wholegrain cereal or toast when I'm at home and like to take a bit of time over it.

Your first impressions of the Breakfast Biscuits

There were rather a lot of them! I liked that they were wrapped in portion packs, although four biscuits seems quite a lot.

How well the Biscuits work as an "on the go breakfast solution" - where did you eat them?

I ate some in the car, and some at my desk. Eating them in the car was a bit claggy as they're very dry. You definitely need a drink while you're eating them. At desk with some tea was better. Was able to get going with work and eat at the same time without looking too odd.

How would you describe/ rate the taste?

I had the red berry biscuits. I found them overly sweet and with a bit of an artificial taste. The crunch and texture was OK though, although dry if you don't have a drink with them.

How do these compare to other breakfast biscuits you may have tried/ bought?

These were the first I've tried/bought so I don't know.

Would you buy these again? If so why? If not, why not?

Not the berry flavour, no, but I might try the honey ones. Handy to have in my desk drawer.

Any other comments?

They're quite high in fat, and a friend who had a few was shocked that they were two weightwatchers points each, as she would normally only spend three on breakfast.

AfternoonsandCoffeespoons Mon 04-Feb-13 21:35:28

Your overall views of breakfast - what you normally have, where you normally eat it - if it's normally a rush? I think breakfast is very important, and feel much better on days when I manage to eat, but find it really boring tbh!

Your first impressions of the Breakfast Biscuits They look lovely, although 4 in a pack seems a lot, assuming they are intended as part of a healthy breakfast.

How well the Biscuits work as an "on the go breakfast solution" - where did you eat them? They do work as an "on the go breakfast solution" and I have eaten them on the bus on the way to work, however they are preferable when eaten alongside a cup of tea at home!

How would you describe/ rate the taste? They are very sweet. I enjoyed the flavour, though, it just didn't need to be that sweet!

How do these compare to other breakfast biscuits you may have tried/ bought?
I have tried bellevita and they are nicer than these, although these are nicer than the all bran ones!

Would you buy these again? If so why? If not, why not?

I would buy these again in ordre to try the other flavours, but probably only of they were on offer.

Any other comments?

I don't normally eat breakfast just grab a coffee between getting the children and husband sorted.
First impressions, the box looks nice quite large but not too daunting. But upon opening not one biscuit was intact, my parcel seemed to have been kicked around the warehouse!
As an on the go solution they are too dry, but were nice as a mid-morning snack with as coffee.
The taste was good but dry and sweet, they were all broken and the whole family enjoyed them, the council workers said that they were pleasant enough for their tea
break.
I've only ever tried tracker bars and they are lovely and moist and don't disintegrate.
We may possibly buy them again if they were on offer. But they taste too sugary and dry.
Like the others I too would like a mixed flavour box and make them less dry please.

diamanteasbigastheritz Mon 04-Feb-13 19:16:22

Your overall views of breakfast - what you normally have, where you normally eat it - if it's normally a rush? Usually eat something fast and easy during the week - cereal,toast, porridge in the microwave, fruit and yoghurt. I usually eat at work, as time's tight in the morning.

Your first impressions of the Breakfast Biscuits. I was a bit confused by the portion size. I didn't mind the appearance but I like a more rustic biscuit.

How well the Biscuits work as an "on the go breakfast solution" - where did you eat them? Way too dry for without a drink, which limits their on the go potential. I tended to have them mid morning/afternoon as a snack. Might try with yoghurt as others have suggested.

How would you describe/ rate the taste? Too sweet for me, but I like the texture of the oats.

How do these compare to other breakfast biscuits you may have tried/ bought? Not my favourite - I prefer a cereal bar

Would you buy these again? If so why? If not, why not? Probably not - prefer other types of breakfast bars/biscuits

HanneHolm Mon 04-Feb-13 18:06:21

WEll i have taken them into work for secondary school pupils who dont always get given breakfast.
They pronounce them lush. They are ideal for this kind of situation - I would never choose to eat them at home but for maybe even school trips where there is an early start or someone who works shifts.

my kids did NOT like them as I had the red berry flavour.

TeamEdward Mon 04-Feb-13 18:04:29

Your overall views of breakfast - what you normally have, where you normally eat it - if it's normally a rush?
The children always have a "proper" breakfast at home or breakfast club, but DH & I rarely have time. I might grab a quick yogurt or bowl of muesli and DH has cornflakes if time. Weekends we will have eggs or a bacon sandwich.

Your first impressions of the Breakfast Biscuits
A large box, promising many biscuits!
The biscuits themselves were very brittle and snapped too easily - once out of the box it was easy to end up with a sachet of crumbs.
The flavour was nice (Red Berries) but too sweet. I could not eat all four biscuits in one sitting.

How well the Biscuits work as an "on the go breakfast solution" - where did you eat them?
I found them to be a useful "gobbled in the car on the way to work" breakfast. DS1 took them to school to have at snack time, and they were useful t keep in the glovebox as an emergency "Mum! We're starving!" after school snack.
How would you describe/ rate the taste?

How do these compare to other breakfast biscuits you may have tried/ bought?
I thought the McVities biscuits were too sweet and dry on their own. To be honest I prefer Bel Vita.

Would you buy these again? If so why? If not, why not?
I don't think I would. The biscuits were too sweet, I'm not convinced they are a healthy breakfast choice and the seedy bits got stuck in my teeth!

AlexReidsLonelyBraincell Mon 04-Feb-13 17:53:28

Sorry about the above, multiple major bolding fails.

AlexReidsLonelyBraincell Mon 04-Feb-13 17:52:26

Your overall views of breakfast - what you normally have, where you normally eat it - if it's normally a rush?
*I believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, however mornings are hectic so I prefer something that can be prepared and eaten quickly, sometimes on the go.
I normally eat cereal - I stick to healthy options like shredded wheat and Weetabix but do like a bowl of Rice Krispies. I love porridge but cooking, waiting for it to cool and actually eating it can take too long.
I keep breakfast biscuits in my drawer at work for those days where I haven't had time. I work as a nurse so need a good start to the day.*

Your first impressions of the Breakfast Biscuits
The packaging was similar to most other cereal/breakfast biscuits, the biscuits themselves looked appetising, I like the wheat shape in the actual biscuit. I has the red berries and they looked and smelled very appealing.

How well the Biscuits work as an "on the go breakfast solution" - where did you eat them?
I received loads so took some to work and shared them with colleagues, if anybody knows biscuits nurses do grin.
*I ate them before my busy morning clinic with a cup of coffee. They are great for keeping in my drawer and handy to have at around for snacking. My husband ate his in the car on the way to work.
For on the go they are fine, I do think four biscuits was a lot for even my big appetite though.*

How would you describe/ rate the taste?
*I really liked the taste, I'm not usually a fan of things with berries in so was pleasantly surprised, one colleague commented that they tasted 'breakfasty' and 'healthy' others thought they were quite sweet for first thing in the morning. My children loved them.
You can taste the oats which is nice, I also liked that the fruit tasted of fruit and not artificial. They left a pleasant taste in the mouth afterwards too.*

How do these compare to other breakfast biscuits you may have tried/ bought?
Would you buy these again? If so why? If not, why not?
*I usually buy Belvita. The McVities biscuits were fairly similar I thought. The calorie content is pretty high and as somebody who watches what I eat I think to eat all four biscuits would be a lot, perhaps smaller packs of 2-3 biscuits would be better?
I agree with previous reviewers that the nutrition content regarding calories is misleading and makes the biscuits look 'healthier' than they actually are.
I would buy them again because I enjoyed them, I choose breakfast biscuits 1-2 times per week so they would be part of a balanced lifestyle for me. My children loved them and DC1 has had one in her lunchbox a few times now.*

Thank you for the opportunity to try this product, I, my family and my colleagues have very much enjoyed them and people have asked me where to buy them so they were obviously impressed.

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