I SHOULD confess that I no longer eat biscuits.
That particular avenue of pleasure was closed off by the need to slim down a tad or ton.
I eat oatcakes from time to time, but these don't count, even when plastered in jam. But, once upon a time, I enjoyed a biscuit as if there were no tomorrow.
Indeed, when it came to custard creams in particular, I was pretty much a packet a day a man. The problem with biscuits, by and large, is that they make you large by consisting of little more than lard. Even a garibaldi doesn't count as one of your five a day.
The very word "garibaldi" hints at the antiquity of biccies. You'd think therefore that today's young persons, with their headphones and peculiar trousers, would not give a fig for a bourbon nor yet a Jaffa Cake.
Presented with tea and told to dunk, they'd try to stick their faces into the cup. Or so you would have thunk. But, hearteningly, an important survey by market researchers Mintel has found that the youth of today like nothing better than a traditional biscuit.
They eschew heavily advertised post-modern creations that appear to muddy the waters and, if I may mex my mitpahors, cross the line into the dangerous territory of chocolate cake.
One top expert told a packed public square: "The youth of Britain is growing up immersed in digital media, text-speak and cutting-edge gadgetry, but this doesn't mean they don't appreciate a good old-fashioned custard cream."
The survey found that 70 per cent of 16-24 year-olds sought solace in a traditional biscuit, and 46 per cent had even mastered the art of dunking. This is heartening news that should also boost the traditional dieting industry in years to come.
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