McVities Hobnobs Oats Biscuits Review - Mishry (2023)
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No maida? Check. No added flavors? Check. So does this make McVities HobNobs Oats Biscuits healthy?

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McVities HobNobs Oats Biscuits may look like a better alternative to your regular cookies but in reality, these are recommended only if you wish to eliminate refined wheat flour. The sweeteners, caloric values are similar.

HobNobs are not your regular cookies. Made using rolled oats, HobNobs are another variety of digestive biscuits, a hybrid if you will.

McVities first launched these in 1985, and recently they added a new variant. In this McVities HobNobs Oats Biscuits review, we shed light on all parameters that would influence a buying decision.

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The following table holds all crucial details.

McVities HobNobs Oats Biscuits Product Details
Price Rs 65/-
Net Quantity 153.85 grams
Main Ingredients
  • Oats (38%)
  • Wheat flour (21.1%)
Mishry Rating 3.6
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Our Review Factors

What were we looking for in McVities HobNobs Oats biscuits?

The original HobNobs are made using rolled oats and considered a hybrid between flapjack and digestive biscuits. We gauged the taste, texture, and look an attentive glance at the ingredient list. 

HobNobs biscuits are a novel product for the Indian market. How did McVities fare?

1. Taste

Oats do not really have a characteristic flavor. This is what makes it versatile. Wholemeal (whole wheat) has earthy flavors. We were looking for freshness and balanced sweetness without any undesirable or rancid flavors. We also checked for balance of sweetness.

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2. Texture

Often described as moreishly crunchy, we set out to explore more. Are these biscuits crumbly? Do they have a dense bite? When dipped in a cup of warm beverage, did the cookie break apart or was it relatively firm?

3. Nutrition Quotient

Claims on trans fat and ingredients were checked.

Are these cookies truly devoid of refined flour? Do they really don’t have transfat? What is the primary source of fat used? How are these sweetened? How many calories does one serve offer? 

4. Other Parameters

We dug details on the price, packaging, and shelf life here. 

McVities Hobnobs Oats Biscuits – Detailed Review

Price + Packaging

The cookies are individually wrapped and placed in a orange and blue carton. Each pack holds two cookies, weighing 30.22 grams, and there are five such packs. This is priced at Rs 65/- and has a shelf life of nine months. 

The pack also mentions these are transfat-free and have 0% maida. 

Main Ingredients

The main ingredients are Oats (38%), Wheat flour (atta – 21.2%), Edible vegetable oil (palm), Sugar, Invert sugar, Honey, Raising agents (INS 500 (ii), INS 503 (ii)), Wheat bran (1%), Iodised salt.

One pack (two cookies- 30 grams) offer 145 Kcal with 2 grams of protein, 21 grams of carbohydrates, and 6 grams of fat. This makes the cookies as good as a snack, in terms of calories. 

Oats biscuits offer 129 Kcal with 1.7 grams of protein, 17 grams of carbohydrates, and approximately 6 grams of fat for the same quantity. 

Our Verdict

McVities HobNobs are similar in terms of caloric values to other oats-based cookies with slight variations in the macronutrient distribution.

mcvities hobnobs oat biscuits packing
Each pack had two cookies.

Aroma + Appearance

These biscuits are larger than an average-sized cookie. They have a golden brown surface with some cracks. There is an abundance of oat flakes on top. There was no dominant aroma but nothing odd or undesirable either. 

Taste + Texture

Predominantly, these cookies are crunchy. They have a light, fibrous bite. In terms of taste, the sweetness is delicate. Overall, the cookies taste fresh and one pack is fairly filling considering these would be consumed as a mid-meal snack with a cup of coffee or chai.

mcvities hobnobs oat biscuits appearance
These were larger than regular biscuits.
Taste- 4/5
Texture- 4/5
Nutrition Quotient- 3/5
  • True to the claims (no maida, no transfat)
  • Crunchy
  • Mildly sweet, not overpowering
  • Quite filling
  • Over 59% whole grains
  • Not the cleanest ingredient list

If you’re trying to eliminate refined wheat flour from your diet but need something to nibble on during tea breaks, we recommend McVities HobNobs Oats biscuits. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some interesting FAQs on McVities HobNobs Oats Biscuits. 

Not really, these contain only 2 grams of protein per 30 grams. 

Yes, you can pair these with your preferred beverage. 

You can eat absolutely anything during dieting phases. Just ensure you do not go overboard with the calories.

That said, it is more beneficial to consume high volume, low calorie foods that will enhance the feeling of fullness. 

Yes, these have 0% transfat.

No, but these contain raising agents INS 500 (ii) and INS 503 (ii) which MAY cause nausea, abdominal pain, etc. 

Final Words

That’s a wrap on Mishry’s review of McVities HobNobs Oats Biscuits. The mild sweetness and bold crunch had us going back for seconds. But when we read the ingredient list, we held back.

Cookies, rusk, or nutty nankatais, what is your pick?

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