After completing a marketing degree at Strathclyde University, Paula worked in a cake factory before joining Front Page in 2015, though unfortunately for us, her expertise was in the office, not the kitchen.

Front Page takes the biscuit

Sep 20th, 2016

Yesterday, twitter was aflutter with the news that Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, had been asked the now infamous Mumsnet Biscuit Question. For the record, his answer to the question ‘what’s your favorite biscuit?’ was “I’m totally anti-sugar on health grounds, so eat very few biscuits, but if forced to accept one, it’s always a pleasure to have a shortbread.”

The telegraph published a helpful article, which listed every politician’s answer to the biscuit question from 2009-2016. The article sparked a debate here at Front Page towers: what is the best biscuit, and what exactly constitutes a biscuit anyway? Some politicians seemed a little confused about the latter, with Andy Burnham answering that he’d have chips and gravy any day, and Tim Farron asking if Kendal Mint Cake counts as a biscuit – the clue is in the name there I think, Tim.

Tunnock’s caramel wafers proved popular with politicians north of the border – specifically Alistair Darling, Nicola Sturgeon and Mhari Black. There was some debate about the legitimacy of caramel wafers and Kit Kats as a biscuit, but both Tunnocks and Kit Kat websites describe them as a biscuit, so we’ll have to allow it.

After a poll of the studio, the results were inconclusive. Digestives were popular all round, but that sparked a further debate between dark chocolate, milk chocolate and caramel. Cookies and custard creams were also popular, and there were a few wild cards in there like happy faces and that lunch-box favourite, Breakaway.
There was no clear winner here, but I can say for sure, if you ask a room of people what their favourite biscuit is, you better be prepared for a lengthy discussion.

And if you’re really interested, here’s a breakdown of our favourites.

biscuit chart

We’d love to know your thoughts on the Great Biscuit Debate, get in touch on Facebook and Twitter to let us know!

1 reply
  1. mark gorman
    mark gorman says:

    Biscuits get softer as they get older. Cakes get harder. I believe that is the definition . For my part I’m going Twix. But if you are talking packets then I’d say Chocolate Hob Nobs.


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