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According to the researchers, Rich Tea, Hobnobs and Digestives should be submerged for less than a second.
Dr. Helen Pilcher, Ph.D., in stem cell biology, recently conducted an experiment to determine the optimal time to soak cookies in hot beverages.
As part of his research, he also analyzed at what point a cookie reaches the “dunking danger zone.”
He found that the average cookie should absorb 20 percent of its original weight in liquid for an optimal dumk experience.
To reach this point, milk chocolate digestifs and hobnobs can be submerged for more than three seconds, while penguin bars must remain in the hot drink for six and a half seconds.
However, fruitcake and gingerbread take just five and seven seconds to reach the danger zone, meaning they are at risk of breaking.
Appointed by McVitie’s as their “Chief Dunking Officer” (CDO), Dr. Pincher’s Chocolate Caramel Digestive can withstand 40 seconds of dunking before completely disintegrating.
Each of the cookies involved in the study was placed vertically, up to the middle point, in freshly prepared tea with milk, without sugar, and kept at a temperature of 60 to 65 ° C.
Taking on the role of CDO, Dr. Pilcher is looking to make the biscuit and drink issues a thing of the past and take the guesswork out of it.
The study found that an average of 83 snacks per dunker are lost to the depths of the mug each year due to poor dunking technique, according to a cookie manufacturer survey.
As a result, 43% are even worried about losing their sweets during immersion.
29% of participants even admitted that they need to perfect their dunking technique.
Dr Helen Pilcher said: “The natural porosity of the biscuit makes it an ideal snack to soak up all the flavours.
“However, Brits still tend to overeat their biscuits – so we’ve identified the optimal Dunking time and the Dunking Danger Zone.
“Each cookie is unique in terms of texture, structure, flavor and size, and all of these factors affect how it settles.
“Respect the dunking danger zone and we can save the nation from future dunking disasters.”
What is the UK’s favorite drinking biscuit?
According to a survey of 2,000 biscuit dunkers, Digestives are the favorite food for dipping.
They were closely followed by chocolate digestion and rich tea.
Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are the most popular drinks to drink – although some are dipped in cold or warm milk, milkshakes and even orange juice.
More than half (53%) of those polled by OnePoll said they liked their cookies because they liked the taste, and 50% said they liked the change in texture.
Generation X eats cookies the most, with one-third saying “often,” followed by Millennials (29%) and Baby Boomers (29%).
James King of McVitie’s UK and Ireland said: “We were shocked by the results of our survey to find out how many biscuits are being wasted each week due to harmful dunking.
“As the nation’s original biscuit maker, we feel it’s our duty to help, which is why we’ve appointed a Chief Dunking Officer to save the UK public from dunking and achieve the perfect dunk every time.”