Bourbon biscuit

The Bourbon biscuit (/ˈbʊrbən/[1][2]) is a sandwich style biscuit consisting of two thin rectangular dark chocolate-flavoured biscuits with a chocolate buttercream filling.

Bourbon biscuit
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Alternative namesBourbon cream, Bourbon, Chocolate Bourbon
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Region or stateLondon
Main ingredientsDark chocolate-flavoured biscuits, chocolate buttercream

The biscuit was introduced in 1910 (originally under the name "Creola") by the biscuit company Peek Freans, of Bermondsey, London, originator of the Garibaldi biscuit.[3][4][5] The Bourbon name, dating from the 1930s, comes from the former French royal House of Bourbon.[1] A 2009 survey found that the Bourbon biscuit was the fifth most popular biscuit in the United Kingdom for dunking into tea.[6]

The small holes in bourbon biscuits are to prevent the biscuits from cracking or breaking during the baking process, by allowing steam to escape.[7] Many other companies make their own version of the biscuit under the "Bourbon" name, including major supermarkets.


  1. ^ a b "Bourbon or Bourbon biscuit". Chambers Concise Dictionary. Allied Publishers. 2004. p. 144. ISBN 9788186062364.
  2. ^ Wells, John C. (2000). "Bourbon dynasty". Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (2nd ed.). Pearson. p. 94. ISBN 978-0582364677.
  3. ^ Schofield, Hugh (26 December 2014). "The link between bourbon biscuits and bourbon whiskey" – via
  4. ^ Prudames, David (25 Jan 2005). "Museum to remember birthplace of the Bourbon". Culture24. Retrieved 11 Dec 2009.
  5. ^ Hibbert, Colette (8 Feb 2005). "Biscuit factory makes 'comeback'". BBC News Online. Retrieved 11 Dec 2009.
  6. ^ "Chocolate digestive is nation's favourite dunking biscuit". The Telegraph. 2 May 2009
  7. ^ "This is why bourbon biscuits have holes in them". The Independent. 27 October 2017.

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