We’ve all got personal comforts, but there’s something special about a hot cup of tea and a biscuit (or a few) that’s so satisfying. Not to mention mastering the art of the ‘biscuit dunk’ and feeling smug when you pull the biccie out of your cuppa just before it melts into a soggy mush. Well, it turns out you may have been eating your favourite teatime treat wrong this whole time.
To mark World Chocolate Day today (7 July), McVitie’s has sparked up a debate about which way up is best to eat a Chocolate Digestive. An independent scientific report, conducted by Oxford University food scientist Professor Charles Spence, revealed Chocolate Digestives are at their optimum taste when eaten with the chocolate on the bottom. This finding also applies to other half-coated chocolate biscuits like Chocolate Hobnobs.
The report suggested eating the biscuit chocolate side down is the best way to maximise the ‘oral-somatosensory experience of the chocolate melting on the tongue’. Our minds are blown.
Research conducted by McVitie’s found that the majority of people go against this serving suggestion. 77 per cent of Chocolate Digestive eaters actually choose to take a bite with the chocolate on top. 52 per cent said this was the way they had always eaten them so didn’t think about an alternative method. 33 per cent said they considered the chocolate as a topping as the reason behind their munching method.
Just over a third of those eating Chocolate Digestives the ‘right’ way agreed it’s because the chocolate is the best part. 13 per cent also confessed they like to lick off the chocolate underneath the biscuit first before taking a bite.
Mark Schomberg, Head of Chocolate and Culinary Craft at McVitie’s, said: ‘There is no “right or wrong” way to eat a Chocolate Digestive, however, we’ve previously confirmed that technically speaking the chocolate is on the bottom of the biscuit as that’s how it’s enrobed when they are created.’
To help biscuit lovers make the most of their Chocolate Digestives, McVitie’s has even created a step-by-step guide detailing the best way to eat them.
We’re taking this as an excuse to grab some biscuits and give it a try…