What's your favourite biscuit? Whether you're a ginger nut girl or a fruit shortcake fanatic, there's no question that here in Britain, as a nation of tea drinkers, we don't half love our biscuits – often than not, dunked in or enjoyed with a good brew.
So to mark National Biscuit Day on May 29, McVitie’s has teamed up with tea expert Angela Pryce to reveal the secrets behind our biscuit lovem alongside tasting notes to help you pick the perfect biccie to enjoy with your chosen cuppa – a tradition we've been enjoying for centuries.
“Consuming food with tea has been a custom in Britain since the 19th Century, and the biscuit has become one of the nation’s most popular food choices to enjoy with a brew. Sitting down with a cup of tea and a biscuit is now a cornerstone of British life – and with very good reason!” says Angela.
Milk chocolate digestive
The perfect mood or occasion: There’s something straightforward about this biscuit – it is guaranteed to deliver, whatever the circumstances. You’re in the mood for something solid, nothing too fancy, but a delicious treat.
Tea Matches: A Sencha green tea, with its crisp astringency and natural grassiness, cuts through the creamy milk chocolate, forming the perfect accompaniment.
Be warned though, this is one combination that shouldn’t be dunked – simply enjoyed together! The green tea cleanses the palate, shortening the creamy taste and offsets the sweetness of the chocolate – leaving a fresh taste in the mouth.
Always serve green tea without milk, brewed in boiled, cooled water (around 80ºC) will give best results.
- McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives were first created in 1925 – celebrating their 90th Birthday this year
- Chocolate Digestives are the second best biscuit to dunk in tea. The chocolate coating gives the biscuit additional strength and melts in the hot tea, gluing the surface of the biscuit together. It lasts over six times longer than the naked Digestive when dunked
- Chocolate Digestives are actually meant to be eaten with the chocolate side facing down, as this is actually the bottom of the biscuit
Milk chocolate hobnob
The perfect mood or occasion: A biscuit for sharing, something to be savoured – elegant and also rather special.
Tea Matches: A Darjeeling black tea, with its crisp finish cuts perfectly through the creamy milk chocolate of the Hobnob. The Darjeeling tea cleanses the palate, shortening the creamy taste and offsets the sweetness of the chocolate – leaving a fresh taste in the mouth.
- McVitie’s Hobnobs were launched in 1985. Huge demand for the original led to the introduction of McVitie’s Chocolate Hobnobs two years later
- The Hobnob biscuit is only suitable for short dunks because it is an oat-based biscuit, so the larger oat particles provide less structural strength to the biscuit
The perfect mood or occasion: The name says it all! Best served with good, old-fashioned tea.
A biscuit for dunking – preferably into a large steaming mug of a traditional ‘Builders Brew’ British black tea. The rounded, creamy taste combined with warm milky tea offers comfort, warmth and a reassuring feeling of home.
Tea match: A rich brown tea with a coppery infusion, ensure it’s served with milk as it enhances the biscuit’s creaminess and rounded taste. If you’re feeling fancy, try it with an Assam – the malty character of Assam tea complements the maltiness of the biscuit.
- The McVitie’s Rich Tea is the most robust biscuit for dunking, ahead of Chocolate Digestives and can withstand multiple dunks
- Fit for a King (or Prince) – McVities Rich Tea biscuits were a key ingredient in Prince William’s wedding reception cake, said to have been chosen by the Prince himself.
The perfect mood or occasion: Definitely a livener, if not already fully immersed in the chaos of the day. Guaranteed to perk you up, refresh the senses and avoid a potential mid-morning slump.
Tea matches: English Breakfast, which is blended especially to take milk and sugar well, is a perfect match in terms of flavour and strength to stand up against a the rich fruit flavours of the biscuit.
- Fruit Shortcake lovers are most likely to describe themselves as ‘charming’, but wish they were more patient
- McVitie’s Fruit Shortcake fans are predominantly from North West of England, and would choose a staycation in the UK over a holiday abroad
The perfect mood or occasion: Uplifting and stimulating – suited to mid-afternoon when you’re feeling the slump, and in need of a reinvigorating lift.
Tea matches: Earl Grey is a classic partner for the Ginger Nut biscuit thanks to its scents of oil of Bergamot and citrus fruits. Citrus and ginger is a popular exotic flavour combination and complement each other beautifully.
Felling playful? Try a Ginger Nut biscuit with a Peppermint herbal infusion. The fiery heat of the biscuit contrasts with the pure coolness of the mint – creating an intense flavour sensation!
Ginger Nut fast fact: McVitie’s Ginger Nuts are the third best McVitie’s biscuit to dunk in tea, behind Rich Tea and Chocolate Digestives
What does your favourite biscuit say about you?
McVitie’s has polled the nation and conducted its very own ‘biscuit census’ to uncover what Brits’ favourite biscuits reveal about their personalities.
Digestive lovers are most likely to…
- Describe themselves as ‘fun-loving’
- Watch Hollyoaks
- Wish they were a little bit wiser
- Cite Frozen’s Elsa as their favourite Disney Character
- Invite Cara Delevingne out for a drink
Milk Chocolate Digestive lovers are most likely to …
- Go on beach holidays to Spain
- Watch Coronation Street
- Class themselves as a ‘kind’ person
- Live in London
- Want to take David Beckham out for a drink
Rich Tea lovers are most likely to …
- Head to Paris for culture and romance for their holidays
- Describe themselves as shy
- Enjoy watching The Only Way Is Essex
- Wish they were funnier
- Live in East Anglia
Jaffa Cake lovers are most likely to …
- Want to go for a drink with Joey Essex
- Describe themselves as ‘cheeky’
- Watch Geordie Shore
- Wish they were more responsible
- Claim their favourite dessert is banoffee pie
Hobnob lovers are most likely to …
- Be 36 years old
- Choose to holiday amongst the bright lights of Las Vegas
- Describe themselves as ‘funny’
- Invite James Corden for a drink
- Watch Eastenders
Ginger Nut lovers are most likely to …
- Be female
- Wish they were more sophisticated
- Most want to hang out with Russell Brand and Adele
- Describe themselves as ‘feisty’
- Take a trip to Tokyo for their holiday
Fruit Shortcake lovers are most likely to…
- Describe themselves as ‘charming’
- Choose a ‘staycation’ in the UK over holidays abroad
- Watch Neighbours
- Wish they were more patient
- Live in the North West of England