Hobnob biscuit

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This article is about the oat biscuit. For the football site dedicated to Reading F.C., see Hob Nob Anyone?.
Type Biscuit
Place of origin United Kingdom
Region or state Scotland
Creator McVitie's
Main ingredients Rolled oats, jumbo oats
Cookbook: HobNobs  Media: HobNobs

Hobnob biscuits are a traditional British type of oat biscuit.

HobNobs is the brand name of a commercial biscuit inspired by the traditional hobnob biscuit recipe. They are made from rolled oats and jumbo oats, similar to a flapjack/digestive biscuit hybrid. Among the most popular British biscuits, McVitie's launched Hobnobs in 1985 and a milk chocolate variant in 1987.[1]

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 and Hong Kong). 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 McVitie's Hobnob is the third most popular biscuit in the UK to "dunk" into tea, with its chocolate variant sixth.[2] In 2014 a UK survey declared the Chocolate Hobnob the nation's favourite biscuit.[3]


The commercial recipe was introduced by McVitie's in Scotland in 1985.[1] The biscuit is currently available in many varieties, including dark chocolate, chocolate orange, and Hobnob bars. Other HobNobs-branded snacks include a HobNobs flapjack. Hobnobs contains approx 0.16 g of sodium per biscuit.[4] The name hob-nob comes from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.


A packet of McVitie's HobNobs.

Plain HobNobs are made at the Tollcross factory in Glasgow. The chocolate variety is made at the Harlesden factory.[citation needed] The basic ingredients for HobNobs are oats.


The original tagline of the HobNobs was "one nibble and you're nobbled",[5] and was removed. It has since been brought back, but slightly changed by adding "hob" to the beginning of the last word.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Crumbs, we've been eating McVitie's Digestives and Hobnobs all wrong! Firm says chocolate part is the BOTTOM". Daily Mail. Retrieved 28 December 2014
  2. ^ "Chocolate digestive is nation's favourite dunking biscuit". The Telegraph. May 2, 2009
  3. ^ "What is the nation’s favourite biscuit?". Kernpack. December 11, 2014
  4. ^ United Biscuits[dead link]
  5. ^ Justin Holloway (1999-06-24). "Keeping up with the Jonesness". Salon. Retrieved 2007-01-28. [dead link]
  6. ^ McVities, UK. "HobNobs". HobNobs | McVitie's UK. McVitie's. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 

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