Food For Thought: A Short History of the Digestive Biscuit 9 years ago

Food For Thought: A Short History of the Digestive Biscuit

We need food and drink to survive, to nourish us and to keep us in tip-top shape. But did you ever wonder about the history behind certain foods and drinks?

This week we’re bringing you the history behind the delicious digestive biscuit.


Regardless of the true origin of the digestive biscuit, both stories date back the 1800s. One popular one is that of while Alexander Grant was working for McVitie’s.

Originally called Homewheat biscuits in 1839, McVitie’s chose to use British-grown wheat instead of imported produce. The name was later dropped.

According to McVitie’s, the name Digestive comes from the baking soda that was used in the production of the biscuits. It was presumed that it settled stomachs (though this wasn’t exactly proven).

The classic chocolate covered digestive was released in 1925.


Though the name and the recipe has not been changed over the years, it remains top secret.

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