tea break

UK’s Favourite Biscuit Revealed!

Very exciting news coming out of the UK today – the nation’s favourite biscuit has been chosen and we’re sure that it’ll come as no surprise to those of you who love to dunk merrily away in your bulldog mugs that it’s the chocolate digestive.

Compiled by the Blue Cross to celebrate its Paws for Tea fundraising event on May 15th, the top ten rundown was chocolate digestives, chocolate Hobnobs, custard creams, shortbread, Jaffa Cakes, chocolate chip cookies, digestives, ginger nuts, chocolate bourbons and chocolate fingers.

However, a separate list was compiled to find the nation’s favourite dunking biscuit, with the top ten looking like this: digestive, chocolate digestive, chocolate Hobnobs, Rich Tea, ginger nuts, custard creams, plain Hobnobs, malted milk, chocolate bourbons and shortbread.

“We all know us Brits love a brew and our poll showed that on average we consume three cups of tea or coffee in a typical day, two of which will be enjoyed with a biscuit or two as a treat,” centre manager at Blue Cross in Suffolk Andrew Gillon remarked.

We think both rundowns look pretty good – we’re fans of all those biccies here at Nadia Sparham. Certainly, we’ve been known to break out the cups and saucers and dunk a few of them in our time. But what we seriously enjoy doing is dunking a KitKat… we learned long ago that if you bite the ends off first, you can use them as a straw!

Perhaps not something to do in polite company when you’ve got the fine bone china out, but the next time you’re having a quiet brew to yourself give it a go. Life-changing!

hot chocolate

Recipe Time: Gourmet Hot Chocolate

Just because summer’s on the way doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy hot drinks out of our favourite greyhound mugs, does it? Certainly not! So here’s a recipe for gourmet Mexican hot chocolate that we think you’ll love. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Hot chocolate mix (3 tbsp – we love Cadbury’s!)

Chocolate syrup (1 tbsp)

Chili powder (a pinch)

Milk (enough to fill your choice of cup)

½ tsp ground cinnamon

Method

  1. Mix your chocolate syrup, hot chocolate mix, chili powder and cinnamon together in a large mug. Stir well.
  2. Pour the mixture into a large saucepan and cook over a medium heat until milk is about to boil. Take off the heat, pour into your mug and enjoy.

Be warned – this particular hot chocolate recipe is exceedingly rich so we wouldn’t advise making it all that often. That said, if you’re throwing a dinner party and aren’t entirely sure what to serve up for pudding, this would be the perfect substitute.

It takes no time at all to whip up and is an instant crowd-pleaser, plus it won’t break the bank so if you’ve splashed out on your starters and main course you can save a few pennies by serving up hot chocolate as a pudding. Just make sure that you’ve got lots of stylish mugs in your cupboards so you don’t lose marks on presentation.

Do you have any great hot chocolate recipes or for any other hot drinks? We’d love to hear what you’ve been cooking up recently so drop us a line in the comments below.