It’s nice to be nice. Especially when being nice rewards you with a nice biscuit. Nice biscuits are oblong, thin biscuits which are coated with a mixture of sugar and coconut to give them their distinctive taste. They normally have little bumps along each edge, and the word ‘NICE’ written in big letters right down the middle to remind you that you are indeed eating a Nice biscuit.
Ok – we’ll cut to the chase. Is it pronounced “Nice like piece” or “Nice like mice”? The answer – Nice like mice!
Whilst some nice biscuits are coated with pieces of dessicated coconut the majority simply have sugar crystals sprinkled on top. The coconut flavour is created by adding small pieces of coconut into the biscuit dough itself. If you’d like to learn how to make the perfect nice biscuit then why not check out our Nice Biscuits Recipe?
History of Nice Biscuits
Not many people are aware that the Nice biscuit actually has nothing at all to do with the French city of Nice, and is indeed an English biscuit. They were first baked in the 1890’s and appeared in the London Army & Navy Stores catalogue where they were apparently a fashionable choice. Writing the word NICE on the side was simply a marketing trick to help the Nice biscuits stand out from the competition, and to remind customers just how nice they were!
The biscuit waned in popularity throughout the war years as coconut became a rare commodity in the UK, but nice biscuits have enjoyed something of a resurgence in the last few decades.