Marie – the crispiest biscuit you’ll ever see
One of the most famous products from Oxford Biscuits is Marie Kiks. It was initially conceived in 1875 for the wedding between the second-oldest son of the English Queen Victoria, Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, and the daughter of the Russian Czar Alexander, Marie. While the church bells rang, English biscuit factory Peak Frean and Company introduced a biscuit under the name Marie. The biscuit was tastier than regular biscuits – and later on, many other companies followed in the wake of Peak Frean producing biscuits under the name Marie. By virtue of this, Marie became synonymous with a sweet, crispy biscuit, often with a mild vanilla flavour. The biscuit became so popular that biscuit factories all around the world today produce Marie Kiks. Oxford Biscuits also adopted the popular biscuit type.
Why are there holes in Marie Kiks?
In the good old days, Marie Kiks were baked in a long oven that produced 2,200 lbs. per hour. The holes in the biscuits allow the vapour to escape during the baking process. If there are no holes in Marie Kiks, bubbles will form in the biscuits.
In the early days, the biscuits were hand-wrapped in parchment wrapping. When packaging machines emerged later on, aluminium foil became common used.
Enjoy your Marie Kiks from Oxford Biscuits on the road with your family, combined with grilled marshmallows and delicious chocolate, or surprise the kids with Marie Kiks in their lunch packs.