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Dunking biscuits in Tea

Discussion in 'Life in General' started by Meandering, August 13, 2018.

  1. Meandering

    Meandering New Member Scribe

    There's this large article on a site I read talking about dunking biscuits being wrong and crass and so on. Then I got distracted when half my digestive fell into my cup. Is dunking wrong?
  2. porridge

    porridge Active Member

    If dunkin's wrong, ah don' wanna be right!
  3. tirial

    tirial IT fixer extraordinaire

    If I'm at someone else's house using their mug I probably won't, because if the biscuit snaps thats a mess for them to clean up.

    My house, my rules? I'm dunking!
  4. Reader

    Reader Vile Critic

    I would only vary the rules slightly, by taking my cues from the host. For example, when taking tea with the Queen it would only be good manners to wait for her to dunk first.
  5. athersgeo

    athersgeo New Member

    The very first time I met my friend's kids, her eldest very earnestly informed me on the correct procedure for dunking biscuits in tea. I was very, super polite and didn't inform J that I'd figured the correct procedure out for myself a good many years earlier. His mother was not quite so polite and spent the next ten minutes giggling at the idea of her 10yo son instructing me in the art of biscuit dunking!
  6. Kindler

    Kindler Active Member

    The question is not whether you should dunk biscuits, it's which biscuits should you dunk.

    Ginger Nuts and Hobnobs are a definite, Bourbons are a maybe and Custard Creams are right out.

    Anyone else got a favourite biscuit for dunking?
  7. Terry

    Terry Active Member

    Digestives - it's the only way to go .
  8. Zelda

    Zelda Member

    The etiquette sites I've been on have all voted against it. I think if you're in a casual enough setting then it's perfectly fine. Like some of the rest of you have said, I'd probably take my cues from others around me if I was somewhere else, especially at a friend's house.
  9. Angel

    Angel Munificent Critic

    I am not a great tea biscuit person and I'm not really fond of other people doing it. Why would you ruin a perfectly good cup of tea by sticking a biscuit into it.

    And most people are constantly tapping their biscuit against the side of the cup to remove excess liquid and then leave a horrible sludge at the bottom. You wouldn't spend your time tapping with a spoon, so stop doing it with a biscuit.

    This is like the argument about whether you should use a slice of bread to wipe up gravy off a plate after you finish.
  10. penumbra

    penumbra Member

    I like dipping biscuits in tea but it's usually something I only do at my own home. People tend to have pretty strong opinions about this (and really, any time you use food as a means to eat other food/drink), so I typically avoid it when I'm out in public or around someone that I'm trying to impress.
  11. nangk08

    nangk08 New Member Scribe

    I like to dunk biscuits in my tea but not at someone else' home. When you have tea and biscuits, you have to dunk the biscuits in the tea otherwise they don't taste so good.
  12. luri

    luri Member Scribe

    There is nothing wrong with dunking biscuits in tea. This is all about one's preference and taste. However, it is also true that a lot of people interpret this as a childish act. Even though I don't always dunk biscuits in tea, I sometimes do this especially when I am at home. I do not dunk biscuits in public places, a restaurant, for example, or when I am someone's home.
  13. Lily

    Lily Active Member

    When I want a bit of danger and excitement in my life, I dunk coconut rings. Just one millisecond too long and it's all over.

    I'm also that heathen who dunks bourbons and custard creams (the texture of the latter does make them unsuitable for dunking though).

    Digestives are the ideal biscuit for dunking. I like to sandwich two plain digestives together with chocolate spread and dunk them in tea; it really brings out all the chocolatey goodness.

    If I ever happen to find myself chilling with posh people though, I would be polite and refrain from dunking.
  14. Kindler

    Kindler Active Member

    I always thought posh people would delicately dunk Nice biscuits, but who knows.

    I wonder if the answers would be the same if we talked coffee instead, Bourbon creams excel in this area, or anything with ginger in.
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  15. jessica

    jessica Citizen of Logres

    ::coffee::Can you delicately dunk Nice biscuitso_O? They always fall apart!::coffee::
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  16. When I was a kid, it's our common practice to dip our bread to milk or coffee we drink.

    I never thought that biscuits are dunk to tea not until I read from the magazine and watch it in TV as a part of commercial.

    Why we are dipping or dunking as it's termed here to soften the bread.
  17. Lily

    Lily Active Member

    Wait, aren't you from Asia? What kind of bread are you eating that it needs to be softened first?! The best bread I've ever eaten in my entire life is the type I found all over Asia. It's soft and delicious and has a cake-like texture.
  18. CatInASuit

    CatInASuit Administrator Staff Member

    I always find I dip for too long and wind up with the biscuit breaking off and sitting at the bottom of the cup.
  19. Terry

    Terry Active Member

    I have recently come round to dunking toasted, buttered muffins in tea. British, not American muffins.

    I'm sure there are other things that can be dunked, but this'll do for now.
  20. Kindler

    Kindler Active Member

    Got a new one as well, which is gonna be a lot easier with it coming up to Christmas.

    Ginger Snaps get slightly melty when dunked. Sweetens a cup of tea up nicely as well.
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