10 brands tested
The sum of its protein, fat, fibre, and sugar
The Marie is arguably the most recognisable biscuit—being distinctive, affordable and present almost everywhere. That it makes for the perfect accompaniment to tea only ups its popularity quotient. Not to forget its dieter-friendly character and composition. So, while there are biscuits and more biscuits in the market, at Consumer Voice we shortlisted 10 brands of Marie to test their claims in terms of dietary fibre, protein, fat, and total sugar. Are they really ‘healthy’ stuff, as their manufacturers claim? How low is the ‘low sugar’ and how high is the wheat-flour quantity? Also, is one Marie as good as another Marie—in other words, are they substitutable? Do they all meet the basic quality requirements as per the national standards? Do we know how much protein and fat we should expect to have in our biscuits? How much moisture is acceptable? This report is a firsthand study of some popular brands of Marie biscuits available in India.
A Consumer Voice Report
For our tests, we purchased 10 popular brands of Marie biscuits to assess them along key quality parameters specified by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) as well as methods of testing specified in Indian Standard (IS: 1011). The testing was conducted at an NABL-accredited laboratory.
The term ‘biscuit’ covers a large variety of sweet, salted, filled, and coated biscuits made from dough containing certain essential ingredients such as flour, sugar, milk fat, edible oil, milk and milk products, baking powder, and water. It is difficult to classify biscuits based on chemical composition and processing methodologies due to overlap. However, differences can be made by their sensory attributes. The healthier options are wheat-flour biscuits. They are high on fibre content and nutrition value. Marie biscuits fall in semi-sweet, light food category. Their ingredients generally include wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla flavouring, and malt extract. Dough is made by combining together all the ingredients; it is then rolled out and cut into round shape with a cookie cutter. Thereafter the name and the design are engraved and the biscuits are baked. Way back in 1874, when the London-based bakery Peek Freans created the Marie biscuit to commemorate the marriage of the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia to the Duke of Edinburgh, they would hardly have imagined how ubiquitous their creation would become. It was a matter of time before these caught the imagination of an entire continent and gradually of the world. Till date, it remains one of the favourite things to dunk in the tea.