One biscuit to rule them all

May 26th 2013
Published: June 11th 2013EDIT THIS ENTRY

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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You might think these are called Anita. But look carefully and you can see that it clearly says Marie biscuites in small letters.

It took a bit of effort but eventually we found Marie biscuites in Greece. They are made in Spain though

Marie biscuits are mixed with other bisquits of similar kind

11th June 2013

Oj, vad många kex du måste ätit! Lycka till med "jakten" i Rwanda!
12th June 2013

Who travels the world to compare marie biscuits? but i found this very enlightening. Ive always thought that Marie was a brand and that it's only found here in the Philippines. I believe ours is the most simply wrapped compared to your pictures. Its very third world.
12th June 2013

mmm, biscuits!
Marie biscuits are most definitely found in the majority of countries. There is nothing quite like a Marie biscuit dunked in a cup of hot coffee and gobbled quickly to stop the disintegration of the biscuit! In the UK we have a similar biscuit (in consistency and taste) to Marie called Morning Coffee...maybe you could do a comparison?
13th June 2013

Very cool blog
I love it! Love the photos and the idea.
26th October 2013
United Arab Emirates 2

Parle Marie is from India
Parle Marie biscuits are manufactured by an Indian company called Parle Products ( This particular pack in the photo is meant for export as it says in the packaging.
27th October 2013
United Arab Emirates 2

Manufactured in India, bought in UAE
Many of these packages are manufactured in one country and sold in another. We count the country where we buy them. Hope you enjoyed the blog entry. /Ake
31st October 2013

Marie in the Philippines
Hi - this is awesome!! but there are also Marie in the PH too ^_^
6th January 2014

In California at least, Maria\'s are easily found. They are a Mexican import.
6th January 2014

Thanks for letting us know
Thank you for letting us know. We might go to California this summer. It feels good to know that, if we do, we can add one more coutry to the list./Ake
24th May 2014

Marie kex in the USA
Marie Kex are available in many places in the USA, manufactured by Goya Foods based in Secaucus, New Jersey. Goya offers Spanish, Hispanic, and Mexican speciality products so the Marie Kex are found among beans, vegetables and spices in the ethic food sections - not among the cookies - in the large chain grocery stores that carry the Goya line.
26th May 2014

Thank you for the advice
Thank you for the advice on how to find Marie Kex (Marie Bisquits) in the USA. We are going to the States this summer and we will use your information so we can add one more country to our list. /Ake
30th March 2015

Love marie biscuits alot
FIY you can find marie biscuits in iraq where i come from, and it's been manufactured since forever, and also i've seen it in jordan, and saw another version of it made in quwait and tried it and was delicious :)
31st March 2015

Wonderful news
Good to hear. We will have to go to Iraq one day and buy some. Thanks for letting us know. /Ake

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