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Revealed! The winners of Good Housekeeping’s best biscuit taste test

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There’s one thing that unites most households across the country – and that’s the biscuit tin.   

Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI) has carried out a blind taste test to reveal the best biscuits on the market – and with categories such as rich teas, chocolate chip cookies, bourbons and custard creams, as well as chocolate and regular digestives – there’s sure to be something for you.

Galaxy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, £1.99, placed not only best in its individual group category, but was also the overall winner of the best biscuit taste test. 

Meanwhile, the top-rated infamous sandwich biscuit went to M&S’ Custard Creams (£0.35 for 200g), which was also the second-highest ranked biscuit in the competition.  

Galaxy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (pictured), which cost £1.99 from Tesco, placed not only best in its individual group category, but was also the overall winner of the best biscuit taste test

Galaxy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (pictured), which cost £1.99 from Tesco, placed not only best in its individual group category, but was also the overall winner of the best biscuit taste test

BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Winner: Galaxy Cookies 180g, MARS, £1.99 from tesco.com

Galaxy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies placed not only best in its individual group category, but was also the overall winner of the best biscuit taste test. 

They scored an impressive 91/100 – with many of the blind taste testers putting it down to the renowned Galaxy chocolate flavour, which they praised for adding a caramelised taste to the cookies.

BEST RICH TEA BISCUITS

Joint winners: Aldi Belmont Rich Tea, 29p for 300g

ASDA Rich Tea Biscuits, 30p for 300g

Aldi's Belmont rich tea biscuits (pictured), which retail at 29p, placed highly thanks to their 'comforting, malty flavour and gentle sweetness'

Aldi’s Belmont rich tea biscuits (pictured), which retail at 29p, placed highly thanks to their ‘comforting, malty flavour and gentle sweetness’ 

ASDA’s rich teas (pictured), which are also a bargain at 30p, won a legion of fans due to being 'subtly sweet with milky undertones'

ASDA’s rich teas (pictured), which are also a bargain at 30p, won a legion of fans due to being ‘subtly sweet with milky undertones’

The judges couldn’t come to a joint decision on this one – with Aldi’s Belmont Rich Tea (£0.29 for 300g) and ASDA’s Rich Tea Biscuits (£0.30 for 300g) scoring joint first place with an impressive score of 74/100. 

However, the cheapest winner at just 29p a pack was Aldi’s biscuits, which placed highly thanks to their ‘comforting, malty flavour and gentle sweetness.’

Meanwhile, ASDA’s rich teas reaped praise due to being ‘subtly sweet with milky undertones.’

BEST CUSTARD CREAMS

Winner: M&S’ Custard Creams, 35p for 200g

M&S’ Custard Creams (pictured), which retail at 35p for 200g, scored 86/100 and was praised for its 'silky-smooth centre with a rich vanilla custard flavour'

M&S’ Custard Creams (pictured), which retail at 35p for 200g, scored 86/100 and was praised for its ‘silky-smooth centre with a rich vanilla custard flavour’

A favourite in many households across the nation, the top-rated infamous sandwich biscuit went to M&S’ Custard Creams (£0.35 for 200g).

And it turned out they were a great all-rounder, as they were the second-highest placed biscuit overall.

Coming in with a respectable score of 86/100, the crunchy biscuit was praised for its ‘silky-smooth centre with a rich vanilla custard flavour.’ 

BEST BOURBON BISCUITS

Joint Winners: Tesco’s Bourbon Creams (45p for 296g)

Co-op’s Bourbon Creams (95p for 300g)

Tesco’s Bourbon Creams (pictured), which cost 45p for 296g, were loved by testers due to the ‘smooth and crunchy texture’

Co-op’s Bourbon Creams, which retail at 95p for 300g, were praised for their 'sweet and creamy filling' (pictured)

Co-op’s Bourbon Creams, which retail at 95p for 300g, were praised for their ‘sweet and creamy filling’ (pictured)

There was yet another double win when it can to the Bourbon category. Co-op’s Bourbon Creams (95p for 300g) and Tesco’s Bourbon Creams (45p for 296g) tied with a score of 81/100. 

While the Co-op’s tasty treats won points for their ‘sweet and creamy filling, the judges raved about the ‘smooth and crunchy texture’ of Tesco’s version.

BEST CHOCOLATE AND PLAIN DIGESTIVE BISCUITS 

M&S’ Milk Chocolate Digestives (pictured), which come in at 80p for 300g, was praised for its 'deep, malty taste and balanced chocolatey hit'

M&S’ Milk Chocolate Digestives (pictured), which come in at 80p for 300g, was praised for its ‘deep, malty taste and balanced chocolatey hit’ 

McVitie's Digestives (pictured), which come in at £1.19 for 400g, took the crown for the plain digestive, scoring 72/100

McVitie’s Digestives (pictured), which come in at £1.19 for 400g, took the crown for the plain digestive, scoring 72/100

While much-loved favourite, McVitie’s Digestives, took the crown for the plain digestive, scoring 72/100, M&S placed first for the chocolate variety.

Testers adored the sweet-savoury flavour of the McVitie’s Digestives Biscuits, which retail at £1.19 for 400g from Iceland.

Meanwhile, M&S’ Milk Chocolate Digestives, which come in at 80p for 300g, was praised for its ‘deep, malty taste and balanced chocolatey hit.’

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