Ciao! This month we traveled to Italy for our tasty biscuit selection. Filled with wonderful flavours including lemon, cappuccino, and of course biscotti there’s sure to be a battle over which one is the favourite!
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Scottish Couple, owners of The Biscuit Baron, to Seek Investment
A Scots couple will appear on Dragons’ Den this week to seek investment for their subscription box business supplying monthly boxes of biscuits from around the world.
Falkirk based Fraser McIntyre and Sophie Whittaker will enter the Den looking for a £50,000 investment in return for a 25% stake in their business – The Biscuit Baron.
Now Fraser, 28, and partner of 8 years Sophie, 28, will pitch their company to the Dragons with the hope of winning investment to support their business as they grow and spread the word of their biscuit boxes.
The couple said the experience was “one of the best experiences for the business”.
Fraser said: “Owning my own business has always been a dream of mine, and going into the Den really helped us focus on our objectives and future plans.
“We know that many people love biscuits and we wanted to bring something different to the mix by importing biscuits from different countries with new flavours, styles and packaging for people to experience.”
Sophie added “We get lots of really great feedback from our customers including workplaces, schools and gift-givers, so we’re really excited to grow and keep bringing something different to all biscuit lovers out there.”
The episode will air on BBC 2 next Sunday, the 15th of September and be available on catch up via iPlayer shortly after.
Let’s get one thing straight. Brits LOVE biscuits. Like, we love them. Friends coming over? Whip out the biscuits. Rubbish day? Have a biscuit. Treating yourself? Biscuit. Treating someone else? Box of biscuits. So, I mean Brits are pretty much experts.
However, if you live in American and hear “biscuits and gravy”, you’ll probably picture this:
Light, flaky savoury bakes smothered in creamy gravy. HOWEVER.
Those in Britain will picture a whole different scene, something like this:
Sweet, crispy pieces, sometimes with a creamy filling, often with chocolate or vanilla flavour, and definitely never to be paired with savoury, salty brown British gravy.
So what is this madness? Why are the words so similar, yet
so different across the pond???
In fact, the actual translation of biscuit means “twice cooked”
– official fancy translation: the Middle French word bescuit is derived from
the Latin words bis (twice) and coquere, coctus (to cook, cooked) – “twice-cooked”.
So… technically Brits version of a biscuit is closer to the real deal! More like a “cookie” as Americans known them, although Brits almost ALWAYS need a cup of tea with a biscuit. ☕
The American “biscuit” is actually similar in texture to a British scone, although (yet another difference) scones are more commonly sweet and served with jam/jelly and/or cream!
If you want to know more about the British biscuits we know and love so much (“cookies”), look no further than the below classics. From custard creams, chocolate sandwich biscuits, buttery shortbread, orange jelly sponge to jammy shortcake – there are a huge variety of different flavours and styles! ???
AND if you love seeing how other countries do their biscuits/cookies, why not take a look at one of our biscuit boxes? Sending an exciting selection of biscuits from a different country each and every month, the perfect treat, gift, or workplace pick-me-up! ???
You’re on your way to a friend’s house, you’re buying biscuits to share round the office or you’ve got the family coming over and you’ve ran to the shops.
Buying biscuits is not an easy feat. Whether you’re the panicker who just grabs them and runs, the indecisive one who stands and looks at 10 choices for 20 minutes but buys the first choice anyway, or the savvy one who buys which ever one is on offer, here’s what your choice says about you:
A bit of a
random choice, unless you’re a diehard Scottish person, or have watched
Braveheart a few too many times. It’s probably likely that you’re regifting
this from an old Christmas hamper, or that the local shop has put this down to
50p and you’ve gone for the “bargain”. You definitely have a stingy streak, but
have still gone out of your way to buy biscuits so we suppose a bit thoughtful
A big kid
at heart, you just can’t resist the jammie biscuit with the love heart on top.
In fact, these aren’t even your first choice – you only bought these because
your local didn’t sell BNs (doo-doo-doo-doo-doo). You have strong relationships
and are still close with many of your childhood friends and make time to see
your family. You wear your heart on your sleeve, as well as on your biscuit choice.
Digestives? There’s playing it safe and then there’s this. You’re keen to be everyone’s
friend, and love to talk about the weather, your 2 cats and your neighbors putting
their wheely bins out extra loudly. Your idea of wild is putting cheese (yes,
cheese!) on your digestive and eating it after 9pm… you go, you rogue digestive
reasonably safe choice, many will scoff these if you bring them. Your heart’s
in the right place, but you can be a bit unreliable. You seem strong, sturdy
and trustworthy… but the minute you’re in hot water (tea) you bail and leave
your friends hanging. It’s OK though, you always get a second chance and are given
another dunk try.
card who never says no to a tequila shot. First to suggest “just one more drink”,
you love to party and everyone knows it. If you bring these on your visits, they’re
not just a biscuit, they’re a hint that this catch-up needs more than just tea
to it. You love a good time, and are well liked by many.
troublemaker. Although you’re a softie really, you love a bit of controversy
and are always up for a heated debate. A confident speaker, you probably bring
Jaffa Cakes and eagerly look around the room wondering who’ll crack and ask the
PS: IT’S NOT
A CAKE (sorry, couldn’t resist)
choice for when you don’t want to splash the cash. It’s not even really chocolate
is it – more like a brown biscuit. A solid dunker and a general crowd pleaser,
you love a good gossip with these and a cuppa, and jump at the opportunity to
have a good whinge about the latest drama or work annoyance.
choice, a bit adventurous but still well received. You like to think of
yourself as a bit of a detective, you’re the friend that gets asked to do some
research on your Ex’s new girlfriend to see what she’s like and you can find out
her favourite colour and hair stylist in 0.5 seconds.
does the Pink Panther live? – Durham
A bit of a slob,
you’re not phased by bringing hobnobs to the gathering and getting approximately
10,435,251 crumbs on the carpet. You leave your washing to reach the ceiling before
you think about doing laundry, and your idea of dusting is when you accidently
brush your arm over a solid surface. Loved nonetheless, your friends can see
past your imperfections and appreciate your good qualities.
Let’s be honest, if you’re bringing fig rolls to the party, you can’t have many friends.
Fancy trying something a bit different from the usual biscuit choices? Dunk & discover with biscuits from around the world, discover biscuits from a different country delivered each month.
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Biscuit and custard cream lovers unite… There’s a new biscuit flavour in town!
Tesco have launched a new flavour of Custard Cream biscuit, and it might surprise you…
That’s right… Rhubarb custard creams! A classic combination loved by many, now in a biscuit.
Here at The Biscuit Baron we love new and different biscuit flavours and styles, so we couldn’t wait to try these. They’re similar in texture to the traditional custard cream, two crisp biscuit layers but with a sweet, slightly tart rhubarb flavoured cream. Sadly, despite the name there’s no taste of custard – but still a great biscuit and a nice change!
What’s even better? They are only 40p! Bargain.
Love trying new biscuits? Try our biscuit boxes sending you biscuits from a different country every month. Great for a treat for yourself, the office, and a fab unique gift idea. ???
If you’re partial to a biscuit (or twelve), there’s good news from the king of all biscuit tins McVitie’s, who have just announced that a new version of their iconic digestive is about to hit shelves.
Called Digestive Twists, the new creation will be available in two new flavours: Chocolate Chip & Caramel Bits and Chocolate Chip & Coconut.
Combining the classic crunch and crumbly texture of Brits beloved biscuit with an almost cookie-esque filling, it sounds like you get all the enjoyment of a digestive, but with a lot more flavour than usual.
An entire pack of each of the new flavours costs £1.25, with the new biscuits already available in Asda,before making their way to Tesco in May and Morrisons in June.
Pladis, who acquired the McVitie’s brand a few years back, hope that the new look biscuit will appeal to younger biscuit fans, thanks to its intriguing flavour combinations.
Emma Stowers, brand director for McVitie’s at Pladis UK&I told FoodBev Media “We’re thrilled to be launching a brand new range inspired by our classic McVitie’s Digestives that will enable us to extend appeal and bring our much-loved brand to a younger audience.”
Burton’s Biscuit Company is set to launch individually wrapped packs of a UK favourite, in a move designed to target the convenience channel.
Wagon Wheels will now be on sale individually! The product will be available from March in cases of four branded counter display units (CDU), comprising of 24x37g individually wrapped Wagon Wheels per unit. Each single pack will retail at 49p each.
Burton’s said the units are “ideal for positioning at till points or on hot-drinks counters to drive impulse sales”.
The launch of Wagon Wheels single packs follows a “successful” year for the brand, which the company said is currently bought by almost one in five households with annual sales of £19m, up 9% year on year.
Burton’s said one in five Wagon Wheels are already eaten as an “out-of-home lunch accompaniment”, highlighting the opportunity for a new “grab and go’” variant.
Isabel Lydall, category and insights controller at Burton’s Biscuit Company, said: “With Wagon Wheels single packs, we are tapping into the food-to-go mission and enabling retailers to drive sales from impulse purchases of a well-loved biscuit brand.
“With so many products vying for space, stand out on shelf generated by recognisable brands such as Wagon Wheels has become important to driving impulse purchases.”
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