Saturday 31 January 2015

Today's Review: McVitie's Deli Choc

There are many varieties of biscuit on offer nowadays, with so many brands trying their hands at each one. One biscuit that I truly appreciate is the Choco Leibniz, the awesome chocolate covered butter biscuit. For a while, I'm sure they went unchallenged, but recently I've seen more imitations popping up, from Tesco to Asda, even Wilko has had a go. While they mostly do a pretty good job, nothing's come close to the original in my eyes. But now the big boys are stepping up, McVitie's have released the Deli Choc, a biscuit that bears many similarities to the Choco Leibniz, even the European sounding name.

Yes, it's a butter biscuit, covered in chocolate. I saw three varieties of these on the shelf: dark chocolate, white chocolate, and the classic milk. I went for the milk, as it's a good base to make my comparison. But hey, I can also review these biscuits in their own right. Let's tackle the chocolate first, it's a relatively thick layer that is smooth and creamy, and the uniform coverage of the biscuit means you get a good amount in every bite. No complaints about the chocolate at all, it's good stuff that would taste great on any biscuit. But the biscuit here? It's okay. It's certainly not quite the same as the one you'd find in a Choco Leibniz, it's more crumbly, somewhat akin to shortbread. Not that that's a bad thing, it would certainly set it apart from the other brands, but the consistency is just a bit off. The first thing I noticed was a very sugary taste, and it tends to overwhelm the chocolate. The biscuit also has a slightly gritty texture, as if there's just too much sugar for it to blend properly. It's still a perfectly good biscuit, it's just a little too sweet for my liking. If you like your biscuits a bit crumblier, this may be the one for you. Otherwise, the Choco Leibniz still takes the prize as the best chocolate butter biscuit.

My rating: 4/5


  1. They had these on promotion at ASDA yesterday, 98p. I also tried the milk chocolate. Not impressed, I have to say. Shortbread biscuit as you said FAR TOO SWEET and sugary and also the crumbly texture meant a lot of the biscuits were already broken - not ideal if you are planning to offer these to guests as the packet ends up full of crumbs which stick to the chocolate covering and the whole thing ends up looking a right mess. Won't be buying again.

  2. I agree with everything that's been said except that it's not the biscuit that's gritty - it's the chocolate! If you look carefully at an exposed (bitten) part of the chocolate, you can see the grains of sugar sparkling. Over all, pretty unpleasant and far too sweet for me.

  3. These buicuits are rubbish. The amount of sugar in them would make wonka sick. Like the poster said before me, take a bite and hold it up to the light. Big grains of sugar sticking out of the "chocolate".
    What proper chocolate has big grains of sugar stuck throughout it?? You couldn't give these to guests, total rubbish. No wonder they are on offer everywhere. Probably discontinued already!
    2/5 Barely edible.. AVOID!

  4. The chocolate is full of grains of sugar. It tastes awful.

  5. 4/5? You've got to br kidding, 1/5 would be too generous. This product is awful. I don't know what McVities think Belgian chocolate is but they're way off with this over-sweet, cheap tasting chocolate substitute rubbish. You can buy much nicer chocolate biscuits cheaply, don't waste your money on this.

  6. I have just complained directly to the manufacturer about the awfulness of these over sweet bicuits with their weird 'crunchy chocolate'. This is the first time ever I have actively complained about any product. They were that bad! 0/5 and thats generous.