Take a peek in most UK kitchen cupboards and you’re bound to find a pack of biscuits. As a nation, we are obsessed with the sweet snacks. According to a survey by big biscuit brand McVitie’s, the average Brit scoffs their way through roughly 500 biscuits a year, with the irresistible treat being bought and eaten on six billion occasions annually.
Yes, biscuits mean big business, so our team of testers rounded up a mix of the most popular and sought-after flavours, and put them to the test to bring you the best. We tried everything from the classics to the most indulgent, with our final list of tea-time favourites consisting of rich teas, chocolate chip cookies, bourbons and custard creams, as well as chocolate and regular digestives.
Whether you’re a dunker, a dipper or a straight-out-of-the-pack nibbler, we’ve got the perfect picks for you.
Here are the winners of our best biscuits taste test...
BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Top of the lot, Galaxy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies were not only best in class but the overall winner of our best biscuit taste test. Their impressive score of 91/100 was achieved thanks to the infamous Galaxy chocolate flavour, which added a caramel-like taste to the golden cookies.
BEST RICH TEA BISCUITS
When it came to this classic choice, it was a double win. Aldi’s Belmont Rich Tea (£0.29 for 300g) and ASDA’s Rich Tea Biscuits (£0.30 for 300g) took the lead, scoring 74/100. The cheapest winner, and a steal at just 29p a pack, Aldi’s biccies have a comforting, malty flavour and gentle sweetness. An equally thrifty pick, ASDA’s rich teas are subtly sweet with milky undertones.
BEST CUSTARD CREAMS
Delightfully moreish, this sandwich biscuit is a family favourite and our winner definitely deserves pride of place in the cookie jar. M&S’ Custard Creams (£0.35 for 200g) triumphed in this category, and were also the second-highest placing biscuit overall. Scoring 86/100, these crunchy custard creams have a silky-smooth centre with a rich vanilla custard flavour.
BEST BOURBON BISCUITS
Another double win in the best bourbon category. Co-op’s Bourbon Creams (95p for 300g) and Tesco’s Bourbon Creams (45p for 296g) both achieved a score of 81/100. Co-op’s version of the classic biccies were loved for their sweet and creamy filling, sandwiched between two buttery biscuits, while testers adored the pleasingly smooth and crunchy texture of Tesco’s rendition.
BEST CHOCOLATE AND PLAIN DIGESTIVE BISCUITS
No biscuit tin could possibly be complete without a digestive biscuit. While household-name McVitie's takes the crown with 72/100 for the plain digestive biscuits, it was M&S who claimed the number one spot for chocolate. Their familiar taste and sweet-savoury flavour make McVitie's Digestives Biscuits (£1.19 for 400g from Iceland) an easy win. However, you can’t go wrong with M&S’ Milk Chocolate Digestives (80p for 300g). The supermarket earned its score of 78/100 thanks to the biscuits' deep, malty taste and balanced chocolatey hit.
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