This is the UK's favourite biscuit

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Chocolate digestives? Hob nobs? Jammie Dodgers? We finally know what Britain’s favourite biscuit is. And you probably won’t be surprised…

The “which is the best biscuit?” debate has raged in offices across the country for many years – but now it looks like we might actually have an answer.

Channel 5 surveyed thousands of viewers for its show, Britain’s Favourite Biscuit, which aired earlier this week. And according to the survey, Brits eat 52 biscuits per second on average – so we really do know our stuff when it comes to sweet treats.

And the biccie that that topped the list?

The chocolate digestive.

Hobnobs, Jammie Dodgers and custard cremes were close behind, with 12 of the top 20 including chocolate. 

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When it comes to dunking, however, Ginger Nuts beat the rest, presumably for their sturdy, non-breakable nature. Digestives and Rich Teas completed the dunkable trio – biscuits that only true experts can prevent sinking, mushy, to the bottom of the mug. 

In 2016, tech site conducted a dunk-ability test, using a robotic arm to immerse a selection of popular biscuits in a hot cup of tea. It found that the rich tea was the best (“strong and absorbent”), followed by digestives ("satisfying all-rounder”) and Fox’s party rings ("strong and crunchy”). Maryland chocolate chip cookies fared less well ("feeble dunk”). 

The full list from Channel 5 is below:

  1. Chocolate Digestive 
  2. Chocolate Hobnob
  3. Jammie Dodger 
  4. Custard Creme
  5. Shortbread 
  6. Bourbon 
  7. Jaffa Cake 
  8. Ginger Nut 
  9. Digestive 
  10. Wagon Wheel 
  11. Kit Kat 
  12. Caramel Wafer 
  13. Double chocolate chip cookie 
  14. Rich Tea 
  15. Fig Roll 
  16. Milk chocolate chip cookie 
  17. Malted Milk 
  18. Chocolate Finger 
  19. Hob Nob 
  20. Chunky Cookie

We still haven’t made our minds up – which means we have to eat one of each to decide, right? Right. 

Images: iStock


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Emily Reynolds

Emily Reynolds is a journalist and author based in London. Her first book, A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind, came out in February 2017 with Hodder & Stoughton. She is currently working on her second.