Fox's Party Rings
The party ring is a British biscuit first made by Fox's Biscuits in 1983. 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.
Until the end of 2015 the icing contained gelatine so weren't vegan but now have packets are labelled suitable for vegetarians