The Great Celebrity Bake Off: Viewers divided over chocolate crumpets challenge

The Great Celebrity Bake Off fans are in the middle of an intense debate after contestants on the show were tasked with making chocolate crumpets.

On Tuesday's episode, ex-Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman, comedian Joe Wilkinson, Coronation Street star Sally Lindsay and former Queen of the Jungle Georgia Toffolo battled it out in The Great British Bake Off tent to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.

But, when it got to the technical challenge round, both the contestants and viewers were left confused as judge Paul Hollywood asked the celebrities to make “six chocolate crumpets with a rich black cherry jam”.

Reaction in the tent was bewilderment with each of the bakers admitting they had never heard of chocolate crumpets.

“I rather like crumpets but I’ve never had a chocolate crumpet, sounds absolutely disgusting”, Paxman declared.

Hollywood’s fellow judge, Prue Leith, even questioned his choice.

“You are very cruel Paul Hollywood,” she said.

Viewers at home were equally perplexed. While some were disgusted by the thought of a sweet crumpet, others wondered why they had never come across them before now.

“I’ve never seen a chocolate crumpet in my life,” one person tweeted.

Another commented: “Gimme gimme gimmeeeeeee a chocolate crumpet.”

A third person added: “Why have I never had a chocolate crumpet before??? Where do I buy them?”

Not everyone was convinced though, with one Twitter user going as far as to call the combination “filth”.

“That’s no a crumpet…I love chocolate, I adore crumpets, but chocolate crumpets? #thatsnotright,” one person wrote.

Another added: “Chocolate crumpets?! Absolutely not.”

At the end of the challenge, the judges declared that Paxman's crumpets were “turned too early”, while Lindsay’s looked like a “memory foam mattress”.

Hollywood did offer slightly more praise to Toffolo for her attempt at chocolate crumpets though, insisting they “don't taste too bad”.

However, the winner of the challenge was Wilkinson, whose crumpets were apparently “99 per cent perfect”.

If you would like to try and bake chocolate crumpets yourself, you can find the recipe on The Great British Bake Off website, here.