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|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Region or state||Yorkshire|
|Main ingredient(s)||Wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil, and malt extract|
|Food energy (per serving)||11 kcal (46 kJ)|
Rich tea is a type of sweet biscuit; the ingredients generally include wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil and malt extract. The biscuits are popular in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland, where their plain flavour and consistency makes them particularly suitable for dunking in tea and coffee. Originally called Tea Biscuits, they were developed in the 17th century in Yorkshire for the upper classes as a light snack between full-course meals.
In 2004, Terry Wogan, a radio presenter for the BBC, described the Rich Tea as the "Lord of all Biscuits" on his Radio 2 breakfast show. Perhaps the best-known manufacturer in the UK is McVitie's; however, all major supermarkets now sell an own-brand version of the biscuits.
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.
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