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Doing Vital Research

I’ve just done some important research (cough cough) and I know you’ll appreciate my dedication.

I’ve been reading some English books lately — rom-coms, some of those those “woman escapes from rotten old life and starts a new one along with gorgeous new man” books, and also cosy-ish UK crime novels, and in each one of them the heroine kept munching on chocolate hobnobs. The universe was clearly sending me a message!

So, naturally I had to discover what this important aid-to-literature was. (I’m conscientious like that, dedicated to my craft!)

I found them in the biscuit (cookie) aisle at my local supermarket. And lo, I found there was an English version (called unsurprisingly Chocolate hobnobs) and an Australian one, called Chocolate Wheaten Biscuits. They looked the same, but a search on-line explained the difference: The wheaten bikkies are made with wholemeal flour and baking powder, while hobnobs are made with rolled oats and white self-raising flour.

But my task was to try the hobnobs — brave of me, I know, because  in all these books, the heroines were clearly  addicted to chocolate hobnobs. The things I risk for you, my readers!

The verdict? They were very nice. The oatmealy base made you feel as though you were eating something healthy, and the chocolate topping was your reward for being healthy. Obviously.

I don’t buy biscuits as a rule — because they just seem to disappear  — I know, strange! And a bit spooky! — but now I’m wondering whether I should have been more scientific and bought  a packet of chocolate hobnobs AND one of chocolate wheaten biscuits so I could properly compare them.

What do you think? Should I test both kinds?  Are you impressed with my dedication to my craft?
Do you have a favourite (favorite) chocolate biscuit (cookie)?

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Lis Ricketts
Lis Ricketts
18 days ago

As a Brit , I am glad you managed to find proper McVities Hobnobs. I can easily eat a packet with a good book, hence the reason I don’t buy them.
In the UK , the perennial topic, of course, is whether you should ever dunk a Hobnob…dunkability being one of the main criteria for biscuits here. Personally I find Hobnobs disintegrate too quickly in the tea so Digestives or Rich Tea work better. People write PhD’s on stuff like this!

Ellie
Ellie
17 days ago

I am addicted to digestives. So delectable and special. I dunk them in tea. They are my favorite biscuits by far. I grew up eating them when I lived in Canada. Very hard to locate in the US. Pity.

Merrilyn
Merrilyn
17 days ago

Dark choc pepermint creams

Robin
Robin
17 days ago

McVities Dark Chocolate Digestive biscuits ( Wheat meal) are my weakness here in the State. To be “virtuous” I usually try to confine myself to the Original McVities Digestives.

Malvina
Malvina
17 days ago

Ha, I took one for the team after reading heaps of English books also. Curiosity and all that, then someone brought me back a tin of Chocolate Biscuits from Harrods – oh my! Hooked! So I bought some Australian Chocolate Wheaten – divine – and then some McVitie’s Digestive Wheaten biscuits, which was the closest I could find to Hobnobs. Somehow or other my packet disappeared too…! So I suggest test merrily away and post your findings. I did favour the English McVitie’s better than most! Now…my quest continues to find Hobnobs…

Malvina
Malvina
17 days ago
Reply to  Malvina

P.S. Just found the chocolate hobnobs in Coles! Joy!

Carol Eckelkamp
Carol Eckelkamp
16 days ago

But has anyone tried the American Oreo?

Vicki L.
Vicki L.
15 days ago

Oreos are nothing like digestives or hobnobs! Speaking as someone who has consumed her share of all…

Ann
Ann
16 days ago

By all means, to do a thorough job, you should try one of each!!

Janice
Janice
16 days ago

This is noble work you’ve done and the world should know of it.

Sharon Sherry
Sharon Sherry
16 days ago

I feel that in the name of proper research- for which you are properly recognised – you need round two and a trial of both biscuits over several days because one comparison might not be enough. I salute your dedication!

Krystina
Krystina
15 days ago

Get both. Then add mint slice and the double choc Tim Tam or the mint version.

C savery
C savery
15 days ago

I really enjoy chocolate Hobnobs with the and a good book but I am really addicted to Oreos so I try to avoid purchasing the latter.
My Scottish friend turned me on to Hobnobs and I usually find them in my Christmas bag.

Sandra Edwards
Sandra Edwards
15 days ago

I am always so impressed with anyone who dedicates themselves to the greater good of the sisterhood!! Can we expect to see the results of your scientific research feature in your next novel? How proud we would feel to know we have participated in this experiment and plot development.

Simone
Simone
15 days ago

I live in Germany, but my favourite is a whole-wheat biscuit with chocolate called Cereola. Seems to be a World Wide addiction…

Mrs Gene Martzloff
Mrs Gene Martzloff
13 days ago

you owe it to yourself to trry them both and then give us the receipe, I don’t think we have them in the states.

I really enjoy your bolg. thank you.

Sharon
Sharon
12 days ago

Absolutely you should have grabbed a packet of each for scientific comparison purposes. I’m assuming the ‘wheaten’ version are what we (in the UK) know as digestives. To cover the full scientific spectrum (McVities’ digestives & hobnobs only – unless you decide to expand the comparison to other brands, in the interests of science, of course!), you should be aware that they are also available in dark chocolate versions here. And there are more ‘traybake-like’ versions of the milk choc varieties sold, softer bars rather than biscuits. And, as one of my old school friends points out whenever I embark… Read more »

Sharon
Sharon
12 days ago

And now I see I should have read the comments before commenting … oh well, I may just go and do some experimenting of my own.

Julie
Julie
7 days ago

ABSOLUTELY, YOU HAVE TO TRY BOTH KINDS OF COOKIES (BISCUITS). IN TERMS OF THE FAVORITES? THE GIRL SCOUTS (GIRL GUIDES?) IN THE USA DO A COOKIE SALE EACH SPRING. THEIR BEST CHOCOLATE IS A SHORTBREAD DISK, UNDERSIDE COATED IN CHOCOLATE, TOPPED WITH TOASTED SHREDDED COCONUT THEN DRIZZLED WITH CARAMEL AND CHOCOLATE. YUM! FORTUNATELY, THEY ARE ONLY AVAILABLE ABOUT ONE MONTH PER YEAR.