Do you think it is funny that Marie biscuits are called the same all over the World?
Do you think it is funny that Marie biscuits are called Marie biscuits all over the World? We think that is strange. We have no problem understanding that Colgate, Coca Cola, Microsoft Windows and Gillette can be found all over the World under the same brand name. But for some reason Marie biscuits don't fall in the same category as those. With this blog entry we only wish to point out that the simple, but yet tasty, Marie biscuit can be found not only in a shop near you but also elsewhere.
While doing this totally non-scientific research into the brand Marie biscuit we have noticed a few things that might or might not be of interest for you.
Marie biscuits have pretty much the same taste everywhere. It differs a little but that probably has more to do with the production process than the recipe. However, we have found examples where they deliberately have altered the biscuit from the original to create an entirely new product. Such as Marie biscuits with chocolate flavour or where the original flour has
been replaced with whole grain flour. We have even found Digestive Marie biscuits.
When we went into a shop in Spain we found out that there is a fierce competition among makers of Marie biscuits. Every biscuit maker seemed to have their own version. We found five different brands of Marie biscuits in one shop and if we had continued to another super market we probably would have seen even more different versions.
On the backside of a packet of Marie biscuits bought in Norway there was a text telling the background of the Marie biscuits. It read Marie Biscuits originates from England. The name "Marie" was given to a biscuit in 1875 to commemorate that Queen Victoria's eldest son, Alfred, was getting married to Maria Alexandrovna, the only daughter of the Russian Tsar Alexander.
On one packet of Marie biscuits that was bought in Mexico the following text was written "Auténticas como el amor de mamá" which translates as "As authentic as the love of a mother" or "As true as the love of a mother". Is it silly? Maybe not on a blog entry dedicated to Marie biscuits...
How do you enjoy Marie
biscuits in the best possible way? You can of course eat them plain. But our favourite is with a thin layer of butter and slice of cheese. If you haven't tried it you have missed out on something amazing.
It is a sad fact that many people in the world can't buy Marie biscuits. In France for instance we have tried hard to find the small yellow treat that this blog entry is dedicated to but we have failed. The poor people of France don't know what they are missing. Other countries where the Marie biscuits are difficult or impossible to find are Albania, Croatia, Czech Republik, Germany, Monaco, Montenegro, Poland, San Marino and Slovakia. In the USA it took us three visits to the country before we finally could find Marie biscuits. The first two times we were in the country we didn't know where to look. But people who read this blog entry gave us advice on where to go in the supermarkets and in 2014 we finally found them.
We have up until now been able to track down Marie biscuits in a total of 31 countries. We have listed photos of the Marie biscuits
from all of these countries in alphabetical order. After those photos we have added photos of some, far from all, alternative brands from some of the countries we have visited. We have no intention of quitting travelling so when we visit more countries and buy Marie biscuits in those we will keep adding photos. It's a slow process but if you return every now and then you will hopefully notice that photos from more countries have been added.
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