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Nice biscuit

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Nice biscuit
Main ingredientsCoconut flavouring

A Nice biscuit (pronounced /ˈns/, like the name of the French city)[1] is a plain or coconut-flavoured biscuit. It is thin, rectangular in shape, with serrated edges, lightly covered with a scattering of large sugar crystals and 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.

The name probably derives from the city of Nice in the south of France.[2] 1929 editions of the Hull Daily Mail carried an advertisement for Huntley & Palmers Nice Biscuits using the phrase "Delightful as the town after which they are named", indicating that by this point their manufacturers intended the public to associate the biscuit with the French city, whether or not that had been the intended pronunciation.[3]

A Nice biscuit was listed in an Army and Navy Co-operative Society price list in 1895.[4] The British company Huntley & Palmers made a Nice biscuit as early as 1904.[5] The Australian company Arnott's Biscuits also claims to have invented the Nice biscuit.[2] Nice biscuits are sold by various companies under different brand names in most of the British Commonwealth as well as other countries.

The Dutch biscuit maker Verkade claims its Nizza version (introduced in 1910) is the Netherlands' "most beloved cookie", and in 2010 celebrated the company's 125th anniversary with the release of a new cinnamon variant.[6]


  1. ^ Rigler, Natasha (23 October 2017). "You may have been pronouncing the name of this biscuit wrong your whole life". Cosmopolitan.
    - Blake, Imogen (24 October 2017). "Revealed: How you should REALLY pronounce 'Nice' biscuits (and it DOESN'T rhyme with 'mice')". Metro.
    - "Andrew Hunt -> Arnott's Biscuits". Arnott's Biscuits Facebook page. Archived from the original on 26 February 2022. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Nice Biscuit". Ifood.tv. Archived from the original on 14 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  3. ^ The British Newspaper Archive. "Register". British Newspaper Archive. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  4. ^ Nice.
  5. ^ "Huntley & Palmer's Collection". Reading Borough Council (Reading Museum Service). Retrieved 22 November 2007.
  6. ^ "Verkade introduceert verassende twist op de klassieke Nizza: Nizza Kaneel" (PDF) (in Dutch). Retrieved 13 September 2010.