Party ring

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Party ring
Nottingham MMB 11 Party Rings.jpg
Type Biscuit
Main ingredients Flour, sugar, icing, carob gum, food colouring
Cookbook: Party ring  Media: Party ring

The party ring is a British biscuit first made by Fox's Biscuits in 1983.[citation needed] It is a circular biscuit with a central finger-sized hole. On top of this is a layer of hard coloured icing with "wiggly" lines in a different colour. The five colour combinations are:

  • Orange icing with white lines
  • Pink icing with white lines
  • Pink icing with yellow lines
  • Purple icing with yellow lines
  • Yellow icing with pink lines

Party rings were a product of the 1980s fashion for the newly developed chemical food dye system that enabled more lavish colours to be incorporated into the manufacture of biscuits. This made them a very popular choice for children's parties.

The crisp, hard sheen on the icing is because of the use of carob bean gum — the carob, or locust bean, is also sometimes used as a chocolate substitute.

A standard pack of party rings consists of a long plastic tray containing five biscuit wells, each holding four biscuits of the same pattern, making twenty biscuits per pack.

Halloween Edition[edit]

In 2008, a Halloween edition in an orange and black plastic tub was produced. It contained the following two Halloween-themed colour variations:

  • Orange icing with black lines
  • Black icing with orange lines