Parle G available at New India Bazar SF

The Difference between Parle G and Parle G Gold

So here’s something that’s been bothering me for a while, and it’s not something I get asked about a lot at the shop. What’s the deal with Parle G and Parle G Gold? What’s the difference? Are they really different? Is it just a marketing gimmick? I did some research.

Hands-on research. Taste testing. Putting my body on the line. The whole family joined in. Mom, dad, my brother. We have all done that which you won’t have to. We ate a bunch of Parle G and Parle G Gold. Cookie after cookie, wrapper after wrapped. Coffee, chai, cold milk, warm milk, water, even. 

Here’s the verdict:

Parle Gold has a slightly different recipe and manufacturing process than Parle G. A bit more milk, a little more sugar. Thus, Parle Gold is slightly sweeter, and slightly crunchier. It’s mostly the same, but it may still come down to personal preference. I like Parle Gold, my folks like Parle G, and my brother asked me to repeat the question.

Parle G available at New India Bazar SF

Here’s a few fun facts:

Parle G was first manufactured in 1939- that’s right, even before India’s independence. Parle Gold was introduced in 2012. The branding has remained mostly the same. They used to be packed in wax paper. The girl on the packaging is not a real girl, but just an illustration made by Everest creative Maganlal Daiya in the 1960s. What’s also amazing is that there’s a reported billion packages of Parle G made per month. 1,000,000,000 every thirty days. 

Parle G available at New India Bazar SF

Here’s a bit of fluff:

What’s your take on it?

Is our assessment wrong? Do you have a favorite between the two? Is Parle G best with chai, coffee, or milk? Let us know! Stop by the shop or order online if you want to run your own experiment, or if all this talking about Parle G has you craving the decadent biscuit. I totally wasn't trying to do that.

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