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New Digestives Flavours Now Available

If you know us, you know that we LOVE trying new biscuits from around the world – but we also love when a new biscuit emerges in the UK, and these new digestives are just the thing!

McVities have not disappointed – having launched not one, not two, but THREE new flavours of their classic chocolate digestives.new

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New digestive flavours include marmalade on toast. Image from Newfoodsuk.

You can purchase these in three exciting new flavours:

  • MARMALADE ON TOAST
  • CHERRY BAKEWELL
  • STRAWBERRIES & CREAM

This isn’t the first time McVities have added a twist on the classic digestive, with digestives twists previously including dark chocolate, mini digestive nibbles, and the much-loved caramel digestives!

Now available in Morrisons for around £1.50 a pack. Will you be trying these new flavours? Which one are you most excited about?

If you love trying new biscuits, why not try one of our biscuit boxes – delivered biscuits from a different country every month! Find out more > Each month you’ll receive a great selection of tastes and styles of biscuits from around the world. Your box will include:

  • 5-8 full-size packets of biscuits (and sometimes crackers!)
  • A booklet with fun facts and history on the country and their biscuits
  • A scorecard to rate your biscuit with family, colleagues and friends
  • Free shipping throughout the UK

THE HISTORY OF FORTUNE COOKIES

The History of Fortune Cookies

As fortune cookies featured in our Chinese New Year box last month, we wanted to give you more information about these cookies and the history behind them. You may only know these cookies from your local Chinese takeaway or supermarket but there is more to learn about them than you think!

The famous cookie’s origin is unknown, however it is said to have first came amount in San Francisco, America. Nobody knows who invented the iconic fortune cookie idea. Although certain people such as David Jung and Seiichi Koto claim to have created them – it is not known for sure.

The fortune cookies were named as ‘fortune tea cakes’ until World War 2. The ‘tea cake’ brand can relate back to the cookie’s Japanese history as these were traditionally consumed with tea. Unexpectedly, they didn’t come to China until 1989 and were commonly known for being ‘American cookies.’

Each year, 3 billion fortune cookies are made. The largest manufacturer is located in NYC by Wonton Food Inc who produce around 4.5 million cookies per day. They start as round cookies and are folded round the paper fortune whilst they are still soft. Here is a video to show exactly how they are made in bulk.

The vice president of Wonton Food writes most fortunes and has a database and limited number for each. This company has around 15,000 fortunes sent in the biscuits to ensure there is variety and aren’t the same.

We hope you have learned more about background of fortune cookies and enjoyed them in your box last month!

Original Article found here.

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Attention Lotus Lovers!!

YOU CAN NOW DUNK & DISCOVER BISCOFF ON THE GO

It’s here!!!!! The moment you didn’t know you’ve been waiting for!

LOTUS HAVE NOW RELEASED DUNKING POTS.

I REPEAT. LOTUS COOKIE BUTTER SPREAD WITH DUNKABLE BREADSTICKS ARE NOW A THING.

Here’s proof:

A spokesman for biscoff said: “We are delighted to introduce Biscoff & Go in the UK, so that our customers can enjoy the taste of Lotus Biscoff anytime, anywhere and in a handy dunk and go format.”

Is this heaven? Image credit: Lotus / Amazon

Also, they added: “Biscoff & Go is the perfect snack and another way in which retailers can benefit from the nation’s continued obsession with the unique caramelised flavour of Lotus Biscoff.”

They’ll retail for around £1 at local convenience stores… Perfect for when you get a craving!

Will you be trying these? ???

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Attention America – this is not a biscuit!

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:

biscuits gravy
American “biscuits” and gravy
image source: Pillsbury Kitchens

Light, flaky savoury bakes smothered in creamy gravy. HOWEVER. Those in Britain will picture a whole different scene, something like this:

Britain’s “biscuits and gravy”…
image credit: Twitter user @imbadatlife

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! ???

Go on… DUNK & DISCOVER.

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Read All About Our Portuguese Box

 

October’s box sees us travel to Portugal, well-known for its port, football and Pastéis de Nata (egg custard tarts!). With a wealth of history and culture, what you may not know much about are Portugal’s biscuits! Read below to see what we selected to go into our Portugal box.

Nacional Max Strawberry Wafers


These wafers were a surprising texture! The wafer texture differed slightly from biscuits we’re used to here in the UK. Mixed with the creamy straw berry filling, we think the flavouring is reminiscent of a straw berry ice cream cone. The brand Nacional is extremely popular in Portugal, priding itself on Portuguese ingredients as per their slogan “O que e Nacional e bom” – what is national is good!

Diatosta Whole Wheat Toast


These twice baked rusk-like toasts are another item that would have been popular amongst sailors and travellers due to their ability to remain unspoilt for long periods of time. These toasts go extremely well with the topping of your choice – sweet or savoury. We tried these with the options of jam and cream cheese and both made for a delicious snack. Keep an eye out for our blog on recommended toppings!

Cuetara Ricanela Biscuits


These extremely moreish biscuits are light and, crispy with a cinnamon flavour throughout. With a sprinkling of sugar on top they are a delicious sweet treat. A firm favourite at The Biscuit Baron HQ! Slightly reminiscent of Christmas thanks to the spice used, cinnamon is actually a very popular flavouring in Portugal – and is actually used often in savoury dishes such as stews.

Bolacha Belga tipo Caseiro

Belga translates into English as Belgian and these crisp biscuit takes its inspiration from just there. Featuring the waffling texture most accustomed to Belgium and Holland although normally softer these crisp biscuits go well with any hot drink of choice. Not too sweet they make a great option if you fancy a light tea accompaniment but nothing too sickly.

Bolacha de Água e Sal

Translating as Water and Salt these water biscuits have a long history mostly favoured with sailors due to their ability to travel long distances without spoiling. These are popular in Portugal today and is perhaps an added homage to Portugal’s successful maritime history with the added sea salt ingredient.

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