• The Tenuous Purpose

    This Blog is built - not, as some might expect, on a flimsy whim but on a strong and single minded principle.

    That principle concerns Biscuits and their position in the world.

    We are really very keen on biscuits.
    As are many of you out there.
    We think.

    We wish to create an archive of Arrowroot, a backlog of Bourbons and a catalogue of Chocolate Fingers. Anybody can contribute an entry - or dispute somebody else's - provided they are not dull.
    Even Americans who perhaps don't really have the heritage of biscuitry that we are fortunate to have here.

    Or maybe they do and we are unaware of the full glory of the cookie.

    We realise that this whole subject is admirably and concisely dealt with by that excellent and unbeatable website A Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down. Our feeble efforts will be as the kicking of a gadfly in the face of their wisdom and experience but we hope that we may have a small contribution to make.

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    Gardener, Blogger, Journalist, Lecturer etc, etc. Much of his life is spent loafing around other people’s gardens issuing directives and generally cluttering up the place. However, like the great Mr Kipling, he does (occasionally) make exceptionally good gardens. (Although even Mr Kipling messed up a bit with the Carrot and Walnut Mini Classics.)

    Mark Diacono of Otter Farm
    He does sterling work growing many inappropriate plants in Devon. He dedicates a great deal of time and effort nurturing a plethora of plants that are (mostly) totally unsuited to our climate. His is a life of such extreme eccentric dedication that to start a Blog about Biscuits seems perfectly normal. He treads gently in the footsteps of people like the great William Buckland,a professor of Geology who claimed that he could tell location by tasting the local topsoil.

The hidden shame … of biscuit dunking!

From the Commissar and the Convenor: Our friends at Publicasity and McVities know that you, the audience of Encounters with Remarkable Biscuits, are the thumping heart of biscuitness in the UK and they’ve afforded us the rare pleasure of sharing with you the latest groundbreaking biscuit research.

Prepare to be startled.

As a nation we have been raised to love ‘tea and biscuits’ and regardless of age, status or gender we have a deep affection for the little treat. Whether it’s a McVitie’s Hobnob in a cup of builder’s tea or a McVitie’s Digestive in a steaming mug of hot chocolate, three in five Brits prefer to get their biscuit soggy (59%).

But despite this, one in four Brits are ashamed of their biscuit eating habits and will only dunk their favourite biscuit behind closed doors (27%), away from colleagues, family or friends. Is this because Dunkers are older and more reserved when it comes to consuming biscuits? Probably not – younger biscuit-eaters are almost 10% more likely to dunk their biscuits than those over 45 years of age.

Surprisingly the research undertaken by McVities to get under the skin of Britain’s dunkers and crunchers shows that dunkers are actually more likely to swear (34%), smoke (25%) and eat an entire pack of biscuits in one go without sharing (23%) than their biscuit crunching peers (27%, 19% and 19% respectively).

Bosses should also be aware that biscuit dunkers are far more likely to pull a sickie from work (54%) or plead innocence over an ignored email or phone call (56%) than biscuit ‘crunchers’ (46% and 52% respectively). The fact that they’re more likely to pinch their manager’s bottom shouldn’t be overlooked either (3% of dunkers).

Do you agree with the findings, are you a secret dunker? Or are you proud to dunk? Have your say at our website www.mcvitiesdunkornot.co.uk to vote for your favourite biscuit and reveal your secret biscuit eating habits.

Regional Breakdowns:
Most likely to dunk

1. North East (71% are dunkers)
2. Wales (70%)
3. South West (68%)
4. Midlands (67%)
5. North West (62%)
6. East (56%)
7. South East (56%)
8. London (53%)
9. Yorkshire (53%)
10. Northern Ireland (48%)
11. Scotland (48%)

National
79% dunk in hot drinks
28% only dunk in private
46% don’t dunk but eat their biscuit with as few bites as possible
51% have taken a sickie from work

East
77% dunk in hot drinks
24% only dunk in private
39% don’t dunk but eat their biscuit with as few bites as possible
44% have taken a sickie from work

London
81% dunk in hot drinks
30% only dunk in private
51% don’t dunk but eat their biscuit with as few bites as possible
57% have taken a sickie from work

Midlands
43% dunk in hot drinks
80% only dunk in private
28% don’t dunk but eat their biscuit with as few bites as possible
50% have taken a sickie from work

North East
75% dunk in hot drinks
12% only dunk in private
46% don’t dunk but eat their biscuit with as few bites as possible
51% have taken a sickie from work

North West
70% dunk in hot drinks
22% only dunk in private
51% don’t dunk but eat their biscuit with as few bites as possible
54% have taken a sickie from work

Northern Ireland
83% dunk in hot drinks
42% only dunk in private
54% don’t dunk but eat their biscuit with as few bites as possible
48% have taken a sickie from work

Scotland
85% dunk in hot drinks
38% only dunk in private
43% don’t dunk but eat their biscuit with as few bites as possible
54% have taken a sickie from work

South East
78% dunk in hot drinks
28% only dunk in private
48% don’t dunk but eat their biscuit with as few bites as possible
54% have taken a sickie from work

South West
82% dunk in hot drinks
30% only dunk in private
43% don’t dunk but eat their biscuit with as few bites as possible
51% have taken a sickie from work

Wales
80% dunk in hot drinks
34% only dunk in private
47% don’t dunk but eat their biscuit with as few bites as possible
49% have taken a sickie from work

Yorkshire
84% dunk in hot drinks
29% only dunk in private
44% don’t dunk but eat their biscuit with as few bites as possible
46% have taken a sickie from work

Do you agree with the findings, are you a secret dunker? Or are you proud to dunk? Have your say at our website www.mcvitiesdunkornot.co.uk to vote for your favourite biscuit and reveal your secret biscuit eating habits.

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3 Responses

  1. There is so much more to this whole biscuit phenomenon than we had at first thought, dear Commissar and Convenor. It seems a whole array of personality quirks has been spotted, not to mention moral values. Sickies??? Might it be asked if there is not a piece of equipment that could be used to hide the dunking? Like a pocket sized foldable fence that could be propped in front of the steaming mug, or fine china teacup? Alas, I cannot vote for lack of experience with each cookie, let along the dunking issue. Maybe after early May.

  2. Frances – I need to go to my photo archives I might have just the very thing.

    And HA! most of the links don’t work – didn’t you need to schedule this for April 1st instead? 😉

  3. I don’t quite know why the links don’t work: it is definitely a real site.
    I can get it but not every time I try: it plays a rather annoying tune.

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