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Jul 26, 2023

The top cause of cookie contention is people tucking into the second layer of a 'posh' tin of biscuits - before the first layer is finished

More than a third of Brits have bickered about biscuits – with the top grumble being tucking into the second layer of a "posh" biscuit tin before the top layer is finished, according to 48% of biscuit-lovers.

Other cookie-related clashes have arisen from the sweet treats going stale after the pack was not sealed correctly (44%), and finding biscuit crumbs in bed (21%).

And the cupboard versus fridge debate remains a hot topic – as two-thirds (67%), of the 2,000 adults polled, would store their biscuits in a cupboard, while 20% prefer to keep them chilled.

On average, those who have argued about the crumbly snack do so as many as 24 times a year.

The research was commissioned by McVitie's ahead of National Biscuit Day on Monday 29th May, to reveal the nation's biscuit barneys.

It also emerged 23% of biscuit-lovers are so consumed by their favourite snack that they think about them more than their love lives.

And if they were in the early stages of a relationship, 13% would consider calling time on it if they deemed their love interest to have "odd" biscuit behaviours.

Aslı Özen Turhan, from the leading biscuit baker, said: "We know our fans are passionate about their biscuits, and this can clearly lead to debate.

"Whether you’re a cup of tea and a biscuit in bed type of person, or you keep your chocolate biscuits in the fridge, we encourage the nation to enjoy our biscuits in their own individual ways.

"Clearly, the one thing we can agree on is that we all love settling down to enjoy a biscuit break."

The study also found that two in three are willing to risk cross-contamination with their biscuits by storing them loose in the same tub, although 24% keep the different flavours separate – and a fifth have been shocked to find a Ginger Nut loose in the tin, making all the other biscuits taste "gingery".

And when it comes to who is in the firing line for biscuit-related arguments, it is most likely to be the other half (37%) or the kids (19%).

More than half (54%) also believe the person who takes the last biscuit from the tin should be responsible for ensuring it is restocked.

But thankfully, six in ten don't remember the last time their house was out of biscuits.

It also emerged 43% will put their foot down when it comes to eating the snack in bed – however, 34% will happily let their partner nibble away in the boudoir.

And although heading straight to the second layer of the "posh" biscuits is the biggest cause of biscuit contention, 42% still maintain it is an acceptable thing to do, according to the research conducted via OnePoll.


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