Rich tea is a type of sweet biscuit; the ingredients generally include wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil and malt extract. Originally called Tea Biscuits, they were developed in the 17th century in Yorkshire, England for the upper classes as a light snack between full-course meals. One of the best-selling biscuits in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland, the biscuit is also popular in Malta and Cyprus. The plain flavour and consistency of rich tea makes them particularly suitable for dunking in tea and coffee; McVitie's rich tea is the second most popular biscuit in the UK to dunk into tea.
|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Region or state||Yorkshire|
|Main ingredients||Wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil, and malt extract|
|38(per biscuit) kcal|
|Cookbook: Rich tea Media: Rich tea|
In 2004, Terry Wogan, a radio presenter for the BBC, described rich tea as the "Lord of all Biscuits" on his Radio 2 breakfast show. McVitie's is the best-known manufacturer in the UK; however, all major supermarkets now sell an own-brand version of the biscuits. A Cadbury's variant of the rich tea is coated in chocolate, similar to a digestive.
They are also sold as a finger variety and, as Rich Tea Creams, a long thin rectangular version with vanilla cream sandwiched between two biscuits (made by Fox's). The Morning Coffee biscuit is rectangular rather than round but tastes very similar to the rich tea.
Blue with all brands, but Jacob's had them in red until 2001
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