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1.What, technically, is a Jaffa Cake?

a-a cake: Much to McVitie's joy and the chagrin of the taxman (chocolate coated biscuits are subject to tax, cake isn't), the Jaffa Cake was categorized as cake, following a legal wrangle over its status. McVitie's were adamant that it is a cake and proved it by showing what happened to it when it went stale! Stale biscuits go soft and stale cake goes hard, which is what happened to the Jaffa cake put on trial. Thanks to the demonstration, we haven't had to deal with a price rise on an old favourite, which surely would have occurred had taxes eaten into the biscuit's profits.

2.Where are Jammie Dodgers made?

b-Wales: The Jammie Dodger first appeared in 1960, named after the well known Beano character Rodger the Dodger. Jammie Dodgers were conjured up by the company Burton's Biscuits, founded by Joseph Burton in 1935. The biscuits are still made by them at their factory in Llantarnam in south east Wales.

3.What kind of nut do you find in Anzac biscuits?

d-Macadamia: Originally from Australia, species of Macadamia have since been cultivated with success elsewhere on the globe, though Australia still exports the lion's share. Anzac biscuits were made by the spouses of the men fighting abroad in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps- in order to survive the trip, the recipe omitted certain staples like eggs and added other items to ensure they would not spoil.

4.Who invented the chocolate digestive?

c-McVitie's: Digestive biscuits first showed up halfway through the 19th century. They appeared under a number of different guises, but the biscuit we typically think of today is attributed to Alexander Grant, who came up with his recipe in 1892 whilst working for McVitie's. The name for the biscuit came from the inclusion of baking soda, which at the time was thought to be an aid for digestion. Whilst this association has since been proven wrong, the name remains. McVitie's hit upon the excellent idea of slathering one side in chocolate in 1925, much to everyone's delight!

5.Which country's favourite biscuit is the ginger nut?

b-New Zealand: The claim is backed up by Griffin, one of New Zealand's top biscuit manufacturers. Griffin produce tens of millions of ginger nuts for the home market each year- considering the country's population of 4.5 million, that's an awful lot of ginger nut biscuits per capita!

6.Which biscuit was first known as the Creola?

b-Bourbon: The Bourbon biscuit was the brainchild of Peek Frean's, who started making them in 1910. Back then they went by the name Creola. Quite why the name was changed nobody knows, though given the association with the House of Bourbon, the reimagining may have been an attempt by the marketing department to garner some extra publicity!

7.What colour did the Kit Kat wrapper change to during WW2?

a-Blue: Rowntree's, the creators of the Kit Kat, felt obliged to change the wrapper during the war because of a lack of milk in the recipe due to rationing. Alongside the change in colour, they even had an accompanying explanation telling their customers what had happened. It took until 1949 for Rowntree's to get back to the original recipe and the original packaging.

8.Which Scottish company also make biscuits for Prince Charles' Duchy Originals?

d-Walkers: Walkers (the bakers, not the crisp makers) started in 1898 when Joseph Walker opened a bakery in the village of Torphins in Scotland. Alongside other products, he started selling an all butter shortbread of his own devising which soon garnered a crowd from further afield and helped to expand his business.

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