I was today years old when I discovered that different states have DIFFERENT Ginger Nut biscuits.
Honestly, I feel like I just found out that Santa isn’t real. This is huge news to me.
As somebody who has lived in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria in my 22 years of life, and who is a giant biscuit goblin, I was blissfully unaware that I have been eating *different* biscuits.
According to Arnott’s, there are actually four different types of Ginger Nut bikkies, all with different colours, textures and flavours.
New South Wales and the ACT share one variety, Victoria and Tasmania have their own, Queensland has a whole flavour just to themselves, and the other three states share one too.
Honestly, when I first heard about this, I thought it was a dumb marketing ploy, but I mean it when I say, all of these biscuits are completely different. It’s wild.
“The Ginger Nut started long ago back in the 1960s, when we used to have different bakeries in different states each make a Ginger Nut biscuit that their locals loved. When Arnott’s became a national company we looked at the possibility of selling one Ginger Nut nationally,” revealed Amy Wagner, Arnott’s spokesperson.
“However, Aussies in each state made it clear they loved their homegrown variety, and there’s just no substitute for their Ginger Nut, the version they had grown up with and loved!”
So, as a multi-state-living biscuit goblin, I have taken it upon myself to find out once and for all, who has the best Ginger Nuts.
4th – NSW/ACT:
In last place is the NSW and ACT variety. I’m sorry, but this is objectively the worst of the bunch. Would I dip it in my morning tea? Absolutely. But if given the choice, this one is what you’ll find at the bottom of the biscuit tin.
According to Arnott’s, this is the thickest and hardest of the bunch. They claim it’s best for dipping in tea, but sometimes I want a bikkie that doesn’t require a cuppa, you know?
Sorry, but New South Wales has let me down.
The state I now call home, unfortunately, does not reign supreme in the biscuit category.
Victorians and Tasmanians prefer bigger, softer and sweeter Ginger Nuts than the NSW folk. It’s definitely an improvement, still dunkable in a cup of tea, but slightly less harsh on your teeth, and let’s be real here: is anybody really complaining about a biscuit being too sweet? Absolutely not.
In truly disappointing news, I must report that none of the three states I have lived in win the best biscuit award. It was a really close call, with the SA/WA/NT variety being slightly sweeter than the Victorian option.
This biscuit is absolutely delicious and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t eat half a packet of them for the purpose of researching this story. But unfortunately, it just can’t compete with the winner.
As much as it pains me to admit it, Queensland has the best Ginger Nut. They just do. What they lack in good State of Origin teams, they sure make up for in Ginger Nuts.
Now, I realise this is a controversial take, especially for someone who grew up on the other three varieties, but I truly believe that the Queensland bikkie is the best.
It’s thin, which makes it easy to bite through, it’s darker in colour and it tastes more like gingerbread.
Maybe it’s because we’re close to Christmas and I’m craving gingerbread, but I wholeheartedly reckon this is the best of the bunch.
Queensland, you’ve got something right here. Congratulations.