Marie Bis­cuit

10 brands tested

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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.

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