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Tower Gate Rich Tea Biscuits 300g Vegetarian

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But another thing that the supermarket - which aims to open 140 new branches in the UK in the next two years - has become synonymous with is its copycat products, which at first glance are almost indistinguishable from some original family favourites. I decided to conduct a comparative taste test of four well-known biscuits bought from Lidl and Tesco to see how they fared against each other. I love digestive biscuits and particularly enjoy dunking them in my cup of coffee. Aldi’s Belmont Digestives have been my go-to for a while, as to me they taste just like the market leader but are a fraction of the price.

A consistently top contender in the age-old biscuit dunking debate, the plain digestive is a versatile option - often paired with not just a cup of tea but also cheese or chutney. They're almost indistinguishable from the outside, but the Magnum a lot more chocolaty (Image: WalesOnline) Since opening its first UK store more than 25 years ago, Lidl has become famous for a number of things, including its much-loved bakery, its weird and wonderful middle aisle and, of course, its bargain prices. A nifty British biscuit whatever it’s guise, it’s no wonder certain digestive brands are among the best-selling biscuits in the UK. The thing that really got me, however, was the ‘dunkability’. The structural integrity of the biscuit did not hold up to Tesco’s promise and half of the biscuit ended up at the bottom of my cup of tea - which I’d been looking forward to all day, by the way.So, next time you're in Lidl, maybe consider swapping your Oreos for a Neo - I know I certainly will. As I said, these are biscuits, you can’t expect them to be “good for you” or “healthy” by any stretch of the imagination… but, for the record, one digestive biscuit contains: Not surprising when you think that a biscuit recipe is: Take butter, sugar and flour, mix together and bake! If you fancy a real treat, I'd recommend splashing out for a Magnum or two - but it's worth knowing that there's a cheaper alternative that's just as indulgent on the shelf below.

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But while there's certainly very little difference in appearance, how would they fare against each other in a taste test? I headed down to Lidl in Cathays, Cardiff, to fill my basket and find out for myself. However, many lookalike items are still on offer, with Neo biscuits, Malt Wheaties and Snaktastic crisps available on the shelves alongside Oreos, Shreddies and Pringles. While the taste was pleasing and familiar, I was disappointed in not being able to enjoy the Digestive biscuits properly. Finally, I went for Tesco's own Malted Milk biscuits (45p) vs Lidl's Tower Gate Malted Milk Biscuits (29p) - both similar size. Ranking highly in the nation’s favourite biscuit poll, the plain digestive would look just as at home under a slice of cheese too. Working well with a creamy goats’ cheese as the pleasantly sharp flavour of the cheese brings out the sweetness of the digestive and it also shines with a classic cheddar for a rich, wholemeal mouthful.

I went into this thinking that the original products were inevitably going to be the nicest - after all, they're tried and tested, with some of them popular around the world and they are unlikely to have cut as many corners as Lidl to keep the costs down. We tested 'value' own-brand Digestive biscuits - they’re a classic! - from Tesco, Aldi and Lidl to see if it's really worth switching to save money. Here’s what we thought: Tesco Digestive Biscuits

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