Nice biscuit

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Nice biscuit
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Main ingredientsCoconut flavouring

A Nice biscuit (pronounced /ˈns/, like the name of the French city)[1][2][3] is a plain or 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. The name probably derives from the city of Nice in the south of France.[4] 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 town, whether or not that had hitherto been the intended pronunciation.[5]

A Nice biscuit was listed in an Army and Navy Co-operative Society price list in 1895.[6] British company Huntley & Palmers made a Nice biscuit as early as 1904.[7] The Australian company Arnott's Biscuits also claims to have invented the Nice biscuit.[4] Nice biscuits are sold by various companies under different brand names in most of the British Commonwealth as well as other countries.

Dutch biscuit maker Verkade claims its Nizza version (introduced in 1910) as the Netherlands' "most beloved cookie", and in 2010 celebrated the company's 125th anniversary with the release of a new cinnamon variant.[8]


  1. ^ Rigler, Natasha (23 October 2017). "You may have been pronouncing the name of this biscuit wrong your whole life". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  2. ^ Blake, Imogen (24 October 2017). "Revealed: How you should REALLY pronounce 'Nice' biscuits (and it DOESN'T rhyme with 'mice')". Metro. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Andrew Hunt -> Arnott's Biscuits". Arnott's Biscuits Facebook page. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Nice Biscuit". Site does not display in Mozilla or IE, W3C validation fails with dozens of errors 29-09-17. Archived from the original on 14 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  5. ^ Hull Daily Mail. 29 June 1921 Retrieved 7 September 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Nice". Oxford English Dictionary.
  7. ^ "Huntley & Palmer's Collection". Reading Borough Council (Reading Museum Service). Retrieved 22 November 2007.
  8. ^ "Verkade introduceert verassende twist op de klassieke Nizza: Nizza Kaneel" (PDF). Retrieved 13 September 2010.