|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Region or state||Scotland|
|Main ingredient(s)||Rolled oats, jumbo oats|
They are primarily sold in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and Ireland but are available in the U.S., and several European and Asian countries (e.g. Taiwan). In Italy they are now marketed as a variety of digestive biscuit, having previously been known as Suncrok. They were also released in Canada in November 2012, made available in Wal-Mart's British modular section in their food aisles.
The recipe was introduced by McVitie's in Scotland in 1985. The biscuit is currently available in many varieties, including dark chocolate, chocolate orange, and Hobnob bars. Other Hobnob-branded snacks include a Hobnob flapjack. Hobnobs contains approx 0.16 g of sodium per biscuit.
The name comes from an earlier phrase, to hob or nob, meaning "to drink together, taking turns toasting one another", probably from Middle English habbe "to have" and nabbe, a contraction of ne + habbe, "to have not", hence, "to have and have not", "to give and take".
- United Biscuits
- Justin Holloway (1999-06-24). "Keeping up with the Jonesness". Salon. Retrieved 2007-01-28.
- McVities, UK. "HobNobs". HobNobs | McVitie's UK. McVitie's. Retrieved 3/3/13.
- The Office UK series, Season 2, Episode 1. Character David Brent, played by Ricky Gervais, makes a reference to Hobnobs as he is describing a hypothetical situation where his boss smokes marijuana and orders snacks from an employee. Approx. 22:00 min.
- http://www.sheldoncomics.com/archive/060213.html "Sheldon" webcomic, 13 February 2006
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