Here are some of the injuries they came across:
- people poking themselves in the eye with a biscuit
- falling off a chair while reaching for the biscuit tin
- sustaining burns after dunking a biscuit in scalding tea
- being hit by fragments flying through the air
- choking on crumbs
- damaging a tooth or filling on a hard biscuit
- and one person managed to get stuck in wet concrete after wading in to pick up a stray biscuit!
Fifteen types of biscuit were tested on their physical properties, along with aspects of their consumption such as 'dunkability' and 'crumb dispersal'. They then compiled a list of 'riskiest biscuits' with a 'danger rating' from their tests. To see the list click here. Custard Creams have been discovered to be the riskiest with a danger rating of 5.64! The least dangerous is the Jaffa Cake with a rating of 1.16. But is the Jaffa Cake a biscuit or a cake? The name suggests cake but that's not where you'd find it in the supermarket, no, Jaffa Cakes hang out with the dangerous biscuits.
So the next time you reach for a biscuit on your tea break, think twice, are you going to risk the deadly Custard Cream or play it safe with a harmless Jaffa Cake? Thanks to this valuable research you can now save yourself from a terrible biscuit related injury - money well spent obviously!