National Biscuit Day – 29th May

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What better way is there to celebrate National Biscuit day than to buy some packets of biscuits for the team to enjoy over a cup of tea or coffee on this day?

National Biscuit Day, which is celebrated on May 29 annually, is a British holiday that allows us to appreciate the biscuit and all its various types and flavors. Biscuits are flour-based products that are baked in a variety of shapes. Typically, they are made and sweetened with flavors such as sugar, chocolate, icing, jam, ginger, or cinnamon. Biscuits, like crackers, can also be savory. A biscuit can also refer to a hard flour-based product made specifically for animals, such as dog biscuits. A biscuit is a small baked product that is commonly referred to as a “cookie” or a “cracker” in the United States and most of English-speaking Canada outside of North America.


The need for nutritious and long-lasting foods that could easily be transported on long journeys, particularly at sea, was initially solved by taking live food along with a cook. However, depending on the mode of transportation at the time, which was either horses or small ships, this would require additional space. This would eventually lead to the baking of processed cereals (including the production of flour), providing a more reliable source of food.

In earlier times, most physicians believed that most health problems were related to digestion, and ‌it was considered and recommended that biscuits be eaten daily for sustenance and to avoid illnesses. Because hard biscuits soften with age, early bakers attempted to create the hardest possible biscuits. When baked hard, biscuits could be stored for years without spoiling as long as they were kept dry. As the supply of sugar increased, as did the refinement and supply of flour, and so did the ability to sample more leisurely foods, including sweet biscuits.

The British biscuit business established market dominance with new products and visually appealing packaging. In 1831, the British company Huntley & Palmers invented the decorative biscuit tin, which resulted in biscuits being exported around the world. By 1900, Huntley & Palmers biscuits had been sold in 172 countries, demonstrating their global reach. Because of the historical importance of this type of food, many regions of the world now have their own distinct style of biscuit.



Huntley & Palmers Invent the Biscuit Tin

The biscuit tin is invented and used for the transport of biscuits during exportation.

Cadbury Patents the Chocolate Covered Biscuit

Cadbury patents the chocolate biscuit.

McVitie’s Digestive is Made

The McVitie’s Digestive biscuit is first made in 1892.

Hunter & Palmers Sells In 172 Countries

Hunter & Palmers makes sales in up to 172 countries by 1900.

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