Late Queen's favourite biscuit was a decadent treat you've probably never heard of

Queen Elizabeth II having tea
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Queen Elizabeth, a symbol of regal elegance and historical significance, was known to enjoy the simple pleasure of a well-made biscuit. The late Queen had a few favourites that she often savoured with her afternoon tea, a tradition deeply rooted in British culture.

Darren McGrady, who served as the Queen's private chef for 11 years, revealed to Hello! Magazine that Chocolate Bath Olivers were among her preferred treats. He also shared: "She is absolutely a chocoholic. Anything we put on the menu that had chocolate on, she would choose, especially chocolate perfection pie."

Chocolate Olivers are produced by the exclusive brand Huntley and Palmer, with a tin currently priced at £8.49, reports the Express.

The brand describes these biscuits as "Rich, dark chocolate, generously enrobed around a crisp slow-baked biscuit Chocolate Olivers are the ultimate biscuit indulgence, made using a patented recipe from the 1930's, which includes hops and malt, with the thickest, richest dark chocolate."

Interestingly, Huntley and Palmers claim that John Lennon of The Beatles once declined cash payment, "preferring Chocolate Olivers instead". These biscuits were part of the everyday moments that kept Queen Elizabeth grounded amidst the grandeur of royal life.

Darren, an erstwhile chef to the Royal Family, had once revealed a delectable recipe he used to whip up for the late Queen's afternoon tea during her sojourn at Balmoral - Scottish shortbread. Darren indicated that they relied heavily on the local produce from the estate's grounds for cooking, including for these biscuits, thanks to the castles own vegetable garden.

Queen Elizabeth was reported to have enjoyed her biscuits with a cup of Earl Grey, typically without sugar and occasionally enriched with a drop of milk. The late Queen's penchant for sweets has been pointed out by Darren in previous anecdotes, revealing that she did enjoy indulging in a dessert now and then.

However, Darren clarified that Her Majesty "never was a foodie", displaying a preference for traditional British and French fare over experimental dishes.

Unlike her husband, Prince Philip, she was not known for adventurous eating and usually stuck to a tried-and-tested menu each week.

In a collection of YouTube Q&A videos, Darren unveiled that during his tenure as her personal chef from 1982 through 1993, he had catered for the monarchs breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

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