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Our last look at biscuits paid homage to that enduringly popular sandwich biscuit, the Bourbon. This blog concentrates on a very different sandwich biscuit, the Garibaldi. I remember the first time I ever took the opportunity to try one. I sat, wrapped in an old towel, next to an unheated swimming pool while on holiday in North Devon. Another child had smuggled a packet out from his holiday apartment and thereby provided a welcome snack for us all after our bracing exercise. If it hadn't been for the customary hunger I always feel after swimming, I might have declined the 'squashed fly' biscuit, but it remains on my list of favourite tea and coffee accompaniments to this day and I optimistically consider it a 'good for you' biscuit due to that squashed layer of currants!

Amazingly, the Garibaldi first went on sale a century and a half ago in 1861. Developed by John Carr, who left his family's biscuit business in Scotland and headed south to work for Peek Freans instead, it is thought that the Garibaldi was named for Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian general who led attempts to unify Italy and came to Britain in 1854. Naming a product after a famous person is a good way to get it noticed and so it appears the company capitalised on both his popular visit and exotic name too. The Garibaldi might not have the mass appeal of the Chocolate Digestive or the Rich Tea, but it still occupies a strong niche position, so if you'd forgotten all about them, or even never tried one, why not get a packet in to go with your afternoon tea or coffee.

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