To dunk or not to dunk: a simple guide to biscuit etiquette

To dunk or not to dunk: a simple guide to biscuit etiquette


Posted 27th Jul 2018

Where do you stand on biscuit dunking?

For some, it is the only way to enjoy a biscuit, for others, it induces a shudder. The debate has prompted McVitie's to investigate exactly what the nation's worse biggest biscuit bug bears are...

The top biscuit offence was revealed to be leaving crumbs (31%), followed by casually leaving an empty packet (29%).

Whilst 71% of us are dunkers, it seems this behaviour is normally reserved for outside of the workplace, with 18% saying they would not be impressed by a colleague dunking.

However, if you're an eager biscuit eater, there's some better news - 93% view it as acceptable to be the first to reach for a biscuit. However, 19% considered it poor form to only take one for yourself and not offer them around first.

The study also settled the debate over dunking a Jaffa Cake, which divided the nation during Great British Bake Off 2016, with the majority agreeing with Mary Berry. One in seven actually viewed dunking a Jaffa Cake to be the biggest biscuit offence of them all.

With so much at stake, McVitie's has spoken to Royal Butler Grant Harrold, who has created a go to guide which settles debates over several issues...

He said: "We’re a nation of biscuit lovers, and that spans from members of the Royal household, to someone you’d meet in your local pub. A cup of tea and a biscuit has long been a British institution, but there are definitely some parameters to how they should be eaten, especially in the workplace."

"For example, dunking a biscuit in a hot drink is a simple pleasure for many that shouldn’t be stopped, but ‘dunkers’ should be aware of the setting in which they’d do this. In formal contexts, such as work meetings, one should most definitely avoid this however when alone, or in the company of friends or fellow ‘dunkers’, this is perfectly acceptable."

"One point that the British public appear to be mistaken on is the consumption of biscuits in bed. This is far from an uncouth act – biscuits have been served on calling trays to the bedrooms of Royal households for centuries. Though one wouldn’t serve a Chocolate Digestive at breakfast – traditional is best."

The nine essential biscuit rules:

1. When in the company of others, you should always offer biscuits around prior to helping yourself. You should also ensure you never finish the packet - instead, always give others the chance to have it first.

2. Dunking should never be done in formal settings - instead, save it for when you're in the company of friends, family and fellow dunkers.

3. Never lick a biscuit in public. You are a lady or gentleman enjoying a biscuit with your hot beverage and will act accordingly.

4. Never dunk a Jaffa Cake - the clue is in the name.

5. When you enjoy a biscuit, keep your mouth closed, and keep sound effects to a minimum.

6. When it's possible, use a napkin - it's a great way to catch crumbs and avoid mess.

7. If you want to open a packet of biscuits in someone's home, ask first - never assume you can just help yourself.

8. Moderate your intake - you should be polite and show you enjoy it. A third biscuit can be viewed as more than your fair share.

9. Always keep a good selection of biscuits on hand - it's recommended to have both plain and chocolate biscuits to allow you to cater for most tastes.






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