Having previously extolled the merits and given a brief history of tea, it is time to explore the virtues of biscuits, for in my humble opinion you can’t have one without the other! In fact an old advertising slogan springs to mind ‘a drink is too wet without one’ referring to the stoic pleasures of a certain brand of Rich Tea biscuit!
Where does it all begin? The Romans fuelled their legions with an early version of the biscuit. Bland & tasteless, it supplied the calorific needs of the soldiers. Long lasting too, they outlasted the Romans.
By Medieval times biscuits trod the path between the religious significance of bread, and cakes which were the treats of noble & royal families.
Sweetened biscuits were made by monks using spices and honey, an early version of the ginger nut perhaps?
Tudor nobles delighted in a variety of delicate biscuits, the very richest using sugar, but honey was commonly used to sweeten. However, the sailors of the day fared less well eating a biscuit called a hardtack, the clue is in the name, which has a familiar ring of those eaten by Roman legionnaires.
We as a nation are loyal to our favourite biscuits. Last year we ate a staggering £3 billion pounds worth of them! Our favourites have graced our pantries for decades if not longer.
Custard Creams arrived in 1908 elegantly decorated with a pattern of fern fronds. The chocolatey delight that is the Bourbon even has its own entry in the Oxford English Dictionary. Whatever your favourite and whether you nibble or dunk, there isn’t an end in sight for the British love affair with this delicious tea time treat.
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