One of the customs that children tend to have, and some adults too, during the snack is to immerse what they are eating in their drink of choice. The classic ritual of dipping the cookie into milk or chocolate is a tradition that is passed from generation to generation. Recently, a group of experts revealed how long it must remain under the liquid to maximize its flavor.

However, it is not the first scientific research published on this tea-time delicacy. In 1999, the British scientist Len Fisher released a study in which he defined the physical properties of a cookie. The only missing information was that revealed by specialists at the University of Utah.

For this opportunity, they used one of the brands of these sweets most recognized worldwide for its filling. In this way, they carried out several tests that consisted of sinking the food into the liquid and testing its effects according to how long it remains.

In this way, they defined three key times for this practice. If the cookie is submerged for 1 second, it absorbs about 50% of the liquid, which it can incorporate without falling apart. With 2 seconds this percentage increases to 80%, and with 3 seconds it reaches 100%.

Contrary to what one would think, it is best not to hold it for 3 seconds, even though it absorbs more properties. This is because it can disintegrate if it is left a few thousandths more. Therefore, the perfect time to leave it submerged is 2 seconds.


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