THE humble custard cream has been a stable in British biscuit tins for decades – but can own-brands beat McVitie's?
The Victorian biscuit usually features an elaborate baroque design on the top and originated in the UK back in 1908.
Traditionally, the filling was buttercream but nowadays cheaper fats have replaced the butter – that hasn't stopped the price of them from rising in recent months though.
The filling tastes of vanilla though manufacturers have experimented with other flavours including coffee, chocolate and rhubarb and custard.
Nothing beats the original though. But can supermarket own-brand options taste as good as top brands like McVitie's?
We asked Lynsey Hope, 41, from West Malling, Kent, to find out. Here she shares her verdict:
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Lynsey says: "Cheap but not cheerful. First bite and I could see why they were so cheap.
"The biscuit tasted plain and dry, there was none of the custardy sweet aromas you'd expect from one of these biscuits and there wasn't much custard filling.
"They were no good for dunking in tea either and would just disintegrate into my mug, or hand."
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- TASTE: 3//10
- VALUE: 3/10
- OVERALL SCORE: 3/10
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