Wednesday, June 12, 2013

McVities: Biscuits fit for Royalty

It’s quite amazing to learn that there is a food brand that is privileged enough to carry the Royal Seal of Approval and a rich 120-year-old history. McVitie’s, whose heritage began in 1830 through a provision shop in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. By 1892, McVitie’s was born and became the world’s 1st Digestive whose traditional secret recipe has been used until this very day.

In 1893, the company was asked to create a wedding cake for the marriage of Princess Mary of Teck and Duke of New York, who later became Queen Mary and King George V. The awesome cake was truly fit for royalty, it stood six feet tall and weighted 466 pounds.

 Due to this momentous event, McVitie’s received the Royal Seal of Approval. Since then, it became a tradition for British royals to have their christening and wedding cakes done by none other than McVitie’s and Price. Among the most memorable and distinguished list of illustrious royal clients include King George Vi and Queen Elizabeth in the year 1923, as well as the Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece in 1934.

 The commendations for McVitie’s did not stop even during the turn of the 20th century. In 2011, Prince William, next heir to the British throne, requested that one of the cakes during his marriage to Catherine Middleton be made of McVitie’s chocolate biscuits.  Prince William recalls his childhood eating McVitie’s biscuits during tea time and for that momentous occasion in his life, he asked McVitie's to create it according to a special recipe from the Buckingham Palace kitchens.

Buckingham Palace then sent the recipe to chefs at McVitie’s, who then made a wedding-sized confection composed of more than 1,700 biscuits and nearly 40 pounds of rich and luscious chocolate.

“It has a couple of secret ingredients we can’t tell you about but it will have dark chocolate to give it a really nice flavor, and use rich tea biscuits that will be broken up,” said McVitie’s head chef before the wedding.

Nowadays, one does not need to have a royal blood to enjoy McVitie’s Digestives biscuits.  Now available at leading supermarkets nationwide, Filipinos will now get the chance to experience this biscuit treat fit for Kings and Queens. 

For more information about McVitie’s Digestives, you may visit their official website

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