Buttery, crumbly and totally delicious. Let's take a moment to ponder their greatness

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Biscuits are a simple baking pleasure, unfettered by work-of-art-style intricacies and royal icing shaped into houses. 


To celebrate, we've chartered the tricky terrain of ranking the nation's favourite teatime biscuits.

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12. Rich tea 

The classic. No frills, no fanfare: just honest, tea-perfect wheels of greatness. 


11. Viennese sandwich 

Inspired by the land of strudel and the von Trapp family, can anyone truly argue with these dunk-perfect, butter-rich, cream-laden, sturdy stalwarts? No. No, they can't. 

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10. Oreos 

A US import that's truly captured our hearts. A pair on the side of a brew is, unquestionably, a fantastic 4pm call. 

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9. Hobnob 

We are cheerleaders for this flapjack-esque beauty. No bells and whistles, sure. But a honest, comforting and cup-of-English-breakfast-perfect joy.


8. Bourbon 

You just can't argue with the big-dog B. Chocolate buttercream, cocoa-rich biscuit… unstoppable. 

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7. Jammie Dodgers

We'll be frank. There's no buttercream in the mix and there's not a tremendous lot to these. But for the sheer joy of the memory of them at our fifth birthday party, they just have to make the list. 

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6. Caramel digestive 

The sexy sister of the classic biscuit. This riff on a tradition could have provoked outrage, but instead the nation reacted with collective glee to this chewy, chocolatey, jazzy teatime treat.

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5. Jaffa Cake 

This is not the time, nor the place, for the biscuit/cake debacle. For the purposes of this list, we're aligning these orange-packed joys with the former. (Even if they did make them in the cake round of GBBO last week. Whatever.)

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4. Chocolate fingers

Now we're talking. That luscious milk chocolate coating, the satisfying biscuit snap: a whole pack is just a little too easy to devour. 

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3. Penguin

Hello, chocolate-soaked layers of loveliness. For the after-school nostalgia alone, these deserve a place in your tin. 

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2. Viennese whirl 

Shortbread, jam, buttercream… the stuff teatime dreams are made of in one handy package. Actually an East Anglian creation, these don't have anything to do with our Austrian friends, making them totally patriotic to boot.  


1. Ginger nut 

It's time to take a bow, noble ginger nut. Prime for the dunk – it absorbs the perfect volume of Tetley's without woefully crumbling – soothingly spiced and just the right side of sweet. We are ever grateful for this invention.

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