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Bad Habits Die Hard

Whilst there has been an interesting discussion on the Biscuit Blog of the pros and cons of dunking biscuits and whether it is something one should do in polite society, I have another biscuity confession to make.

When I am in need of a pick me up or comfort food my favourite thing is a digestive biscuit with a thick layer of butter on.  The butter has to be very cold.  Ideally I have two digestives sandwiched together with butter.

This is a bad habit and one that I seem to have managed to weaned myself off of in recent months and has probably contributed to my satisfying weight loss.  But with the evenings drawing in, rainy nights and SAD syndrome looming on the horizon I think it is only a matter of time before my butter knife encounters the digestive biscuit.  And yes it has to be a digestive biscuit as nothing else is as good.

Helen Johnstone


7 Responses

  1. Then add a little sliver of a nice strong cheddar & a waft of marmalade………………………mmmmmmm!

  2. In my case it’s no butter, but lots of strong cheddar!

  3. What?! Has the world gone crazy?

    I’m off to lie down.

  4. I don’t know what to make of this confession. It sounds dreadful to me, but if it helps you, I am all for it. As John Lennon so aptly said, “Whatever gets you through the night.”

  5. It’s taken me all day to get wordpress to give me access to the comments section and now the only thing I can think to say is, “Ewwwwwwww”.


    I really should have spent my day drafting a response that really expresses just how outrageous this is. They’ll be putting cheese on them next…oh wait…damnit.

  6. I was at first revolted by this thought, but only because my mind had inserted the word “chocolate” before the word “digestive”.

    Now I realise that I was hallucinating chocolate, it sounds fine although would be improved, as some have already said, by a chunk of cheddar.

  7. OHMIGOD! Not cheddar! It should always be Wensleydale with digestive biscuits.

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