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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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We’ve just discovered that fizzy coffee exists, and we have one important question…

 

Cancel my usual low-foam, skinny, double-shot, extra hot with hazelnut syrup latte please. Sign me up for a fizzy coffee!

Recognise that phrase? If not, you’re not alone! We’ve just discovered carbonated coffee is a thing in the UK, and has been for a while!

This bubbly take on the traditional morning beverage actually originated in Italy, where espressos are often served with a glass of sparkling water on the side. Did anyone go full-Italian with our last box from Italy and try this with their biscuits?

In order to stay on-trend and unique, restaurants and coffee bars are even offering a serve with the likes of tonic water or lemonade.

The coffee-based drink is often sweetened slightly with fruit juice or syrup.

It does sound refreshing, and we do love discovering something new, but we have one really important question…

Can you still dunk???

What do you think of this Italian twist on your morning coffee? Have you discovered any unusual drinks you wish were brought to your hometown?

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