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|Rolled oats, jumbo oats|
Hobnob biscuits are a traditional British type of oat biscuit. They are similar to Anzac biscuits common in Australia.
They are primarily sold in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and Ireland but are available in the U.S, New Zealand 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 commercial 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".
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