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Some Hobnobs
Creator McVities
Manufactorer McVities
Price £1+

Hobnob biscuits are a traditional British type of oat biscuit.

Hobnob is also the brand name of a commercial biscuit inspired by the traditional recipe. They are made from rolled oats and jumbo oats, similar to a Flapjack / digestive biscuit hybrid.

Vegan

Nobbly oaty biscuits and Choc chip Varieties are Vegan.

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History

The commercial recipe was introduced by McVitie's in Scotland in 1985. The biscuit is currently available in many varieties.

Manufacture

Plain hobnobs are made at the Tollcross factory in Glasgow. The chocolate variety is made at the Harlesden factory. The basic ingredients for Hobnobs are oats.

Marketing

The original tagline of the Hobnob was "one nibble and you're nobbled",[1] and was removed. It has since been brought back, but slightly changed by adding "hob" to the beginning of the last word.[2]

Etymology

The name comes from an earlier phrase, to hob or nob, meaning "to drink together, taking turns toasting one another", probably from Middle English habbe "to have" and nabbe, a contraction of ne + habbe, "to have not", hence, "to have and have not", "to give and take".

References

  1. Justin Holloway (1999-06-24). "Keeping up with the Jonesness". http://www.salon.com/media/feature/1999/06/24/brand/print.html. Retrieved 2007-01-28. 
  2. McVities, UK. "HobNobs". HobNobs | McVitie's UK. McVitie's. http://www.mcvities.co.uk/product/hobnobs. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  3. The Office UK series, Season 2, Episode 1. Character David Brent, played by Ricky Gervais, makes a reference to Hobnobs as he is describing a hypothetical situation where his boss smokes marijuana and orders snacks from an employee. Approx. 22:00 min.
  4. http://www.sheldoncomics.com/archive/060213.html "Sheldon" webcomic, 13 February 2006
Tom Hiddleston interview. October 2013 during promotional tour for the release of Thor the Dark World