Crucial biscuit question - which are posher: Rich Teas or Custard creams?

(285 Posts)
JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 02-Jul-09 13:26:40

We're split down the middle at HQ and it's more important than you think!

Jux Sat 04-Jul-09 16:23:00

So what's it all about (Alfie)? Why are you asking us about biscuits, getting us into newspapers as mc airheads and telling us it's crucial?

We need to know [stern]

Creme Anglais biscuits <snurk> grin

Mumsnut Fri 03-Jul-09 14:53:38

You need custard cremes to be really posh!

Wheelybug Fri 03-Jul-09 14:52:49

Custard creams are definitely less posh. DH insists on having custard creams, bourbons and jammy dodgers in the house. If they're crawfords he's happiest. I call these his 'common biscuits'.

Me, being posher than dh obviously, bought cadburys chocolate digestives the other day and DH could not believe they were cadburys and not mcvities. He thought me the epitomy of posh. Its a good job I didn't buy green and blacks eh ?!

MangoJuggler Fri 03-Jul-09 14:45:50

Cafe Noir are posh

<aspirational>

notcitrus Fri 03-Jul-09 14:35:12

Rich teas - average. Too boring to bother eating, IMO.

Custard creams - so unposh that I once got a black eye from one that hit me in the face.
Took me a decade before I could eat another one... blush

Katisha Fri 03-Jul-09 14:25:54

This site, Gourmeton is helpful on all food matters I find...

So, where do these fit in? scratches head

jemart Fri 03-Jul-09 14:01:05

For me custard creams are the most aspirational of the two, unless the rich tea biscuits are the chocolate covered ones.
Neither are posh really, you need some hand baked cookies/cream filled macaroons or similar for posh. Belgian chocolate butter cookies....mmmmm yummy.

I love venison. <wipes mouth politely with napkin after dribbling slightly>

I'm not sure I'd like shortbread made with it though [boak]

Habbibu Fri 03-Jul-09 13:35:41

Nah - commoners make their shortbread with butter up here, wmmc - you can't move for the stuff, which makes it by definition common. But we also get shedloads of vension, and it's often cheaper than beef, so have maybe a different perspective on posh food...

Now Iced Gems and Pink 'n' Whites are very unposh.

Shortbread is by it's nature posh though 50% butter, not your nasty riff raffy vegetable fat grin

May I widen the MNHQ search for class appropriate snacking pleasure to include tiffin? grin

Habbibu Fri 03-Jul-09 13:19:29

Shortbread not posh up here - it's ubiquitous.

oh the suspense....
really wondering what this is all about

PuppyMonkey Fri 03-Jul-09 12:38:57

I like a nice Bronte biscuit myself. Does anyone else get Bronte biscuits... usually in a cafe? Dead, dead posh.

hatwoman Fri 03-Jul-09 12:34:56

well we had a complete disaster in the hat household last night. dh is still recovering from the awfulness of it all. he came home from Tesco's (and I reserve my right to have an apostrophe and an s on that) with shock PLAIN hob-nobs shock shock shock. he was devastated.

but there's a sliver lining - equally shocking - I have discovered that I prefer them shock. I don;t get it. I adore chocolate, but feel that plain hob nobs have a whole crumbly biscuity quality that the chocolate ones lack.

Dunking is what we do with common witches Leningrad wink. Not with biscuits.

LeninGrad Fri 03-Jul-09 08:23:14

Which means RT must be posher because I'm sure posh people don't dunk biscuits in tea, or at least not when anyone is watching. I have no such shame.

LeninGrad Fri 03-Jul-09 00:13:57

Dunkability is the litmus test for me; if they break up they're no good, so custards win.

What were those Peak Frean ones called? Two circles of biscuit, sandwiching a pink cream. Had a little hole in the middle of the top biscuit?

They were pretty horrible. But not as horrible as custard creams.

Now, Fox's Millionaire Caramel Shortbreads - there's a classy biscuit <drools>

CKelpie Thu 02-Jul-09 23:38:35

Rich Teas are on a par white bread, custard creams are the Deliverance-Banjo-Boy of the biscuit world.

If you are going to do biscuits you want to find something with integrity like a Chocolate Hobnob.
IMHO

blithedance Thu 02-Jul-09 23:27:24

DH is from a posh family. He says that biscuits as a rule aren't posh at all (if posh you would serve small cakes).

Custard creams are the most downmarket as they are trying to be fancy (like souping up a Ford Escort).

(starting to feel outclassed here)

Let's be honest, quality people don't offer biscuits after 11am - for afternoon small cakes or shortbread should be served rather than biscuits (and no, Jaffa cakes don't count).

In extremis, I suppose you could crush the rich tea biscuits as a base for cheesecakes hmm.

Re: fig rolls, is this a vegetarian alternative to parma ham covered figs? grin

QuintessentialShadow Thu 02-Jul-09 23:04:38

ahhhh choco leibnitz.........

<swallows hard>

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