It divides breakfast time up and down the nation – do you pop the toast back down for another minute or is it already golden enough?
For that perfect butter-melting canvas, people can’t agree on whether toast should be slightly white around the edges or black enough that you get that delightful essence of charcoal when you take a bite.
Twitter user Imzy posted a picture of a toast scale (from 1-9) with the highest number being the most incinerated and the lowest quite honestly just looking like cold bread. And no one can agree.
Obviously the only correct answer is 5 or 6 (don’t argue, you know we’re right,) but people have been quick to share their thoughts on the complexities of the great toast debate.
And then there are those who go to the (grim) extreme.
And the other end.
But people aren’t impressed with those who choose nine.
Not that we want to nag but those who have chosen the higher end of the scale might want to heed the government warning that eating foods cooked to this degree could increase your risk of cancer.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued a public warning over the risks of acrylamide – a potentially carcinogenic chemical compound that forms in some foods when they’re cooked at temperatures above 120C.
The FSA advises people not to toast their bread above a ‘golden colour’ (definitely not dark brown) as well as not fluffing up roast potatoes. It said both potatoes and toast should be enjoyed at the “lightest colour that is acceptable”. Sorry.