Samosa and a cup of anyone? Why the young people avoid biscuits for savory snacks

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Whether digestifs or rich teas, bourbon or custard, enjoying a biscuit with a cup of tea has been part of British life since the 19th century.

But young people eschew sweet treats in favor of more filling savory snacks like samosas with their concoctions.
With “little time” for three sit-down meals, teens and twenties will eat smaller bites throughout the day, according to food and drink experts.

Exposure to more diverse cuisines through short cooking tutorials on TikTok also encourages young people to look further afield for their snacks, she added.

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The trend has led to warnings that cookie sales could be jeopardized if the younger generation doesn’t pick up the traditional habit.

Granola bars are the tea snack of choice for one in ten 18- to 29-year-olds, more than double the number of those over 65, according to a survey of 1,000 people by the United Kingdom Tea & Infusions Association (UKTIA).

“Maybe they’re looking for something more substantial”

Although granola is often sweet, it differs from traditional sugary cookies.

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Dr Sharon Hall, the CEO of the UKTIA, said: “I think muesli bars are probably quite filling too, so maybe people eat that as a snack with their tea to fill them up.

“Maybe they’re looking for something more solid. The same goes for a samosa.”

About eight percent of the young people surveyed opt for a samosa with tea, while no one over the age of 65 did.

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Dr. Hall suggested that younger people probably preferred “nutty or spicy flavours”, as they evoked memories of dishes eaten in between years.

“One thing we’d like to know more about is that such foods might remind them of recent trips they’ve taken and a cup of coffee with a samosa will take them back to that memory,” she said.

“We know from the data that a cuppa evokes many types of positive emotions, and that’s something that really affects all age groups.”

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