I put McVities chocolate digestives against Tesco, Asda and Waitrose brands — one was best by miles

A selection of chocolate digestive biscuits
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A chocolate digestive is one of the most comforting things in the world. Sweet, savoury, crunchy and perfect with a soothing cup of tea, it's been a staple in the biscuit barrel since 1839 since being invented by Alexander Grant with the aim of helping digestion.

The chocolate-topped version came later from McVities in 1925, who introduced the ‘Chocolate Homewheat Digestive’. A century later, and a 2018 YouGov poll named it Britain's favourite biscuit. But which type of chocolate digestive is the best? As with everything, there are so many different brands on the market today, with each supermarket producing their own, and other brands on top. So I did important work and tested out which is best.

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Waitrose: £1

Waitrose chocolate digestives -Credit:Chocolate Digestives story
Waitrose chocolate digestives -Credit:Chocolate Digestives story

The first chocolate digestive I tried was a Waitrose Essentials. Overall this was a very nice biscuit that wasn't too far removed from my usual beloved McVities, and definitely set me off to a good start. There was a good amount of tasty chocolate, which coated a biscuit that also had a good flavour. Not quite as nice as a McVities but taking into account the cheaper price it was not far off and I can recommend it.

Overall Score: 3/5

Asda: 77p

Asda's Home-brand -Credit:Chocolate Digestives story
Asda's Home-brand -Credit:Chocolate Digestives story

The biscuit-to-chocolate ratio leans heavily towards the former here but the chocolate that was on there was very tasty. There was also a nice smell when you opened the pack and a satisfying crunch to the biscuit. At 77p there's also the money-saving element, with a great taste to value ratio, which means the Asda biscuit slightly edges the Waitrose alternative for me.

Overall score 3/5

Tesco: 85p


Tesco -Credit:Chocolate Digestives story
Tesco -Credit:Chocolate Digestives story

Maybe the most surprising of all of the biscuits in this test and the runner-up on my list, with a really distinctive flavour that I liked a lot. Coming in at 85p, the Tesco option provides a generous coating of chocolate and moreish crunch with every bite. It was also another example of a great price-to-taste ratio, 8p more expensive than Asda but providing a slightly better quality for the money.

Overall score 4/5

Ms Molly's: 69p

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-Credit:Chocolate Digestives story

Another Tesco buy, Ms Molly's was a welcome addition, actually coming in as the cheapest option overall. There was a slightly different taste and texture to the Tesco own brand, but it held its own. A good proportion of chocolate and biscuit, tasty and moreish, along with a good aroma when you opened the pack. It's not the best on the list for sure, but at 69p it was good.

Overall score 3.5/5

Co-op: £1.10


Co-op -Credit:Chocolate Digestives story
Co-op -Credit:Chocolate Digestives story

My least favourite. For me the chocolate wasn’t quite as tasty as the others, even tasting a little harsh, with a biscuit that was not quite as nice either. It wasn't totally inedible but there are simply much cheaper and tastier options on the market.

Overall score 2/5

McVities: £1.90


McVities -Credit:Lewis Smith
McVities -Credit:Lewis Smith

I came into this experiment with an open mind, but there is no doubt that McVities retains its place as the king of chocolate digestives. Granted it was the most expensive of all on the list but the overall taste and quality of the thick chocolate coating and delicious biscuit made me think it was worth every penny. While I would say there is definitely stiff competition with the others on the list, and it is definitely worth trying them, particularly if you're trying to save money, the McVities is still my favourite and shows why they are the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a chocolate biscuit.

Overall score 5/5