Nice biscuit

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Nice biscuit
Nice biscuit.jpg
Type Biscuit
Main ingredients Coconut flavouring
Cookbook:Nice biscuit  Nice biscuit

A nice biscuit is a coconut-flavoured biscuit. It is thin, rectangular in shape, with rounded bumps on the edges, and lightly covered with a scattering of large sugar crystals, often with the word "NICE" imprinted on top in sans-serif capital letters. It is often served as an accompaniment to hot drinks, such as tea.

A nice biscuit was listed in an Army and Navy Co-operative Society price list in 1895.[1] British company Huntley & Palmers made a nice biscuit as early as 1904.[2] Nice biscuits are sold by various companies under different brand names in most of the British Commonwealth as well as other countries. There is some debate about the pronunciation and whether it is /ˈns/ (as in pleasant or pleasing) or /ˈns/ (as in the city of Nice in southern France).[3] Use of the latter is not widespread, and is mainly confined to Australian speakers. The most commonly accepted pronunciation in most of the UK on the other hand remains /ˈns/. The anomalous Australian pronunciation may be explained by the fact that the Australian biscuit maker Arnott's claims that the biscuit is named after the French city[4] (known as Nizza prior to 1860, when it was ceded to France, and Niça [classical norm] or Nissa [nonstandard] in the native Niçard Occitan). The biscuits were originally called faite à Nice (the French for "Made In Nice") but this was harder to print onto the biscuit so the "faite à" was dropped and the "Nice" part remained. Dutch biscuit maker Verkade claims its Nizza version (introduced in 1910) as the Netherlands' "most beloved cookie", and is celebrating the company's 125th anniversary with the release of a new cinnamon variant.[5]


  1. ^ "Oxford English Dictionary". 
  2. ^ "Huntley & Palmer's Collection". Reading Borough Council (Reading Museum Service). Retrieved 22 November 2007. 
  3. ^ "Pictures of the Week: Nice Questions". Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Our Products - Nice. Arnotts
  5. ^ "Verkade introduceert verassende twist op de klassieke Nizza: Nizza Kaneel". Retrieved 13 September 2010.