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 British Isles, 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.
|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|
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