8 biscuits we loved and lost

Every cup of tea deserves a good biscuit. But while the classics have lasted since our grannies were dunking their post-war treats, others have come and gone, leaving only crumbs and happy memories. We take at look at the biscuits we loved – and why



These orange or mint chocolate biscuit discs were a pretender to the Wagon Wheel throne, but lacked the exciting mallow layer. What your mum bought when Wagon Wheels were too much of a treat. See also Yo-yos.


In a striped, football- themed wrapper, Uniteds were half sweet, half biscuit, with a substantial chocolate layer on a boring biscuit base. Mums bought them in multipacks for the kitchen cupboard.


Blue Riband

Launched in 1936, these chocolate-covered wafers were tucked into every child’s school bag for playtime, or bought at the tuckshop. Not satisfying enough to be essential, but tasty all the same.


Gipsy Creams

McVitie’s finest hour, these crunchy, fondant cream-filled biscuits came in a red packet, and carried a rakish air of the campfire and the wild wood along with them. A staple for any 1970s coffee morning.


Abbey Crunch

Politely bland biscuits with a huge following, these oaty discs were not made of bits of crushed Abbey, but they were the genteel biscuit of choice for the Shires. If vicars made biscuits (and some do) they would be these, sadly now discontinued.



Advertised by a very shouty little cartoon girl (no, we don’t know why) the Trio came in threes (cunning) and featured a biscuit base covered in chocolate and toffee. From what we recall, they were delicious.



Peek Frean’s Playbox came in a metal tin, and each biscuit was decorated with coloured icing and a picture of a toy. As the years went by, the icing became more rudimentary, but they were still delicious and fun if you were small.


Lincoln biscuits

Largely ignored for being too dull to live, these functional snacks were made from shortcake, and featured a pattern of concentric dots. Both serviceable and mildly crunchy, it was a biscuit that never did harm. But ultimately, that wasn’t enough to recommend it.

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