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A choc chip cham­pion

Clas­sic cus­tard creams and rich teas are beaten by US cook­ies

- By Sean Poul­ter Food · Tea · Beverages · United Kingdom · United States of America · Marks & Spencer · Tesco · Dove · CO-OP Financial Services · Ahmad Tea · PG Tips

WHIS­PER it qui­etly in the tea rooms – but a bis­cuit which can trace its ori­gins to the other side of the At­lantic has been named as Bri­tain’s best.

It seems the tra­di­tional cus­tard cream, rich tea, bourbon and even the mighty di­ges­tive can’t quite match Amer­ica’s chocolate chip cookie.

Bis­cuits are big busi­ness in the UK with six bil­lion packs sold a year and av­er­age con­sump­tion run­ning at 500 a year.

Taste test ex­perts in­ves­ti­gated the best the high street has to of­fer across pop­u­lar clas­sics. And it seems peo­ple do not need to take tea at the Ritz to en­joy an up­mar­ket ex­pe­ri­ence.

The best bis­cuit was the Galaxy chocolate chunk cookie, which was not only the best of its type but also the over­all winner of the taste test. Good House­keep­ing

In­sti­tute, which con­ducted the tests, said: ‘Their im­pres­sive score of 91 out of 100 was achieved thanks to the in­fa­mous Galaxy chocolate flavour, which added a caramel-like taste to the cook­ies.’

Chocolate chip cook­ies were in­vented by ac­ci­dent in the 1930s. An Amer­i­can chef added chocolate bar pieces into her cookie bat­ter think­ing it would melt through­out the dough. In­stead, the clas­sic dessert was born.

The best cus­tard cream was won by the ‘de­light­fully mor­eish’ of­fer­ing by Marks & Spencer – which placed second over­all. And the best rich tea was shared by Aldi and Asda. Judges en­joyed the Aldi bis­cuit’s ‘gen­tle sweet­ness’ and praised Asda’s ‘milky un­der­tones’.

Rich teas were cre­ated in York­shire dur­ing the 17th cen­tury as a light snack for the up­per classes.

The best bourbon was shared by Co-op and Tesco.

No bis­cuit tin could be com­plete without a di­ges­tive bis­cuit. McVi­tie’s took the crown for the plain di­ges­tive, while M&S claimed the top spot for the chocolate va­ri­ety.

Good House­keep­ing also found the per­fect cuppa to en­joy with a bis­cuit. Ah­mad Tea had the best break­fast tea while the top de­caf­feinated drink was from PG Tips.

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