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Dunked in tea or savoured on their own, crunchy, crumbly, iced or chocolate coated, nobody can say no to a good biscuit! That’s why in the UK, we have a whole day dedicated to celebrating them, with National Biscuit Day falling on May 29th every year. It’s even been revealed that Britain eats 52 biscuits per second on average!1
Thought to have first appeared in the 14th century, the term biscuit, derived from the Latin word ‘bis’ meaning twice and ‘coctus’ meaning cooked, to describe a confection of a twofold process, baked, then dried out, to produce a hard flat item that will go soft over time.2
And here’s another few fun biscuit facts for you to digest(ive):
- With the need for easy to store, long lasting food on ships, biscuits, or ‘hard tack’ were a key part of the sailor’s diet until the mid-nineteenth century when newer preservation methods, such as canning, were introduced.3
- As we spent more time at home, the sales of biscuits increased by a staggering £19 million during the first three months of lockdown!4
- Queen Victoria declined requests to have a biscuit named after her, despite Albert biscuits being named after her husband.
- Ever wondered where a digestive got its name? It was originally intended to aid digestion, thought up by two Scottish doctors in 1839.
Celebrating National Biscuit DayAs if you need an excuse to tuck into a packet of your favourite biccies... today you’ve got a guilt-free pass! There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked biscuits filling the house, so why not have a go at baking your own? It’s the perfect after school activity to entertain the kids and let them unleash their creative side with the decorating while you enjoy yours alongside your favourite tea. And here are our two all time favourite recipes to get you started;
Need ovenspiration?We’ve got you covered. Our handy buyers guide is jammie dodgered with information to help you make the best choice for your home. And there’s no need to worry about those pesky crumbs, we’ve got vacuums for those.
After all, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles!
It’s Crunch time! What is the nation's favourite biscuit?
In a survey of British biscuit lovers, Chocolate Digestives were named the clear favourite with 69% of respondents!5 But the team at Euronics has been divided on theirs. Why not be a smart cookie and help us decide on Facebook which of our favourites takes the biscuit?
And in case you’re wondering why jaffa cakes aren’t included among our top treats, whilst we’re big fans of the chocolatey orange rascal, it’s because they were ruled as a cake for tax purposes in the heated and costly VAT tribunal in 1991!6