10/26/2016 06:00 am ET Updated Nov 10, 2016

Italy Proves That, Yes, We Can Eat Cookies For Breakfast

We're not talking whole wheat, chia-seed breakfast cookies. We're talking real deal cookies. For breakfast.
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It’s hard to beat Americans at the breakfast game. We know how to throw down when it comes this meal. There are pancakes, French toast and waffles; eggs Benedict, biscuits with sausage gravy and breakfast sandwiches; and then the classic diner options like the kitchen sink (every breakfast item piled on a plate) and the 2-2-2 (two eggs, two meats, two pancakes). If you like to eat, there’s no place better to be than the states in the morning.

Or so we thought.

It turns out that there’s one country that might do it better, because they’re breaking all the rules. They eat cookies for breakfast ― and not those health-nut breakfast cookies, either ― but real deal cookie cookies. The country that daringly does this is Italy, ovviamente.

Biscuits and coffee.
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Biscuits and coffee.

Italy has long been a country revered for its gastronomy and this little bit of information is proving that it deserves that reputation. Italians don’t make a big deal out of breakfast. They don’t spend a lot of energy whisking eggs and flipping pancakes. The kids drink milk, the adults drink caffé latte, and they all grab a cookie (or more) to dunk in their beverage. It’s simple, but it’s grand.

Many people will tell you that Italians eat croissants for breakfast. And they will, if eating out. But at home most Italians eat cookies. Mulino Bianco, one of Italy’s biggest cookie brands, claims on its website that Italians eat more cookies than Americans because so many eat them for breakfast.

Chiara Piotto of HuffPost Italy explained that the question for Italians isn’t whether one should eat a cookie for breakfast, but which type of cookie to eat.

“Not all biscuits are created equal,” she explains. “To choose the correct cookie is a serious matter. With or without chocolate chips? With or without a hole in the middle? Low fat or whole wheat? Supermarkets sell them in family packs because we go through them so quickly.”

We always thought Italy was heaven on earth. Now, we know it is.

Here are a few of the cookies Italians choose (and so can you, because they’re all available for purchase online):