Biscuit / Cookie Loving US based MeFites! What's Good n Oaty?
June 11, 2019 4:26 AM   Subscribe

I live and am from the UK near London. My Friend lives and is from Manhattan USA and we've agreed a snack food exchange. They have requested Plain Hobnob biscuits. What else can I send they might like?

I know there is a vernacular confusion that sometimes happens here, but in the UK Biscuit means what most US people refer to as Cookies and *Not* Biscuits as in Biscuits and Gravy (which most people in the UK call Dumplings)..

But I digress.

So considering my friend has expressed a need for Plain Hobnobs, I know that oaty biscuits are their kinda thang. So What else that's Oaty, Biscuit like, and hard to find (or is at least is prohibitively expensive) in the USA, but is available in the UK can I send?

Please note we both agree that Marmite is the Devil's Toejam, and would prefer to keep recommendations focused on the Biscuit/Cookie arena, or at least crunchy/oaty snack adjacent.

Thank you !
posted by Faintdreams to Food & Drink (20 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Nairn's oatcakes are relatively findable these days in the US, but the biscuit varieties are not: the stem ginger or fruit and spice ones sound nice to me.
posted by holgate at 4:55 AM on June 11 [1 favorite]

I have never seen McVities Digestives Milk/ Dark chocolate or versions of it sold in the US (although my information could be out of date), so that's an option.
posted by moiraine at 5:05 AM on June 11 [4 favorites]

Possibly ANZAC biscuits, if you want include other parts of the Commonwealth.
posted by chrisulonic at 5:14 AM on June 11 [1 favorite]

Seconding Nairn's biscuits, especially the fruit and spice ones. (Actually I haven't eaten those for ages and had forgotten about them- must go buy a packet!)

Nutrigrain raisin breakfast bars? They are a bit oaty, and are yummy.
posted by Balthamos at 5:15 AM on June 11

Borders' Dark Chocolate Ginger biscuits (not oaty, but crunchy and amazing)
posted by knapah at 5:48 AM on June 11 [3 favorites]

McVities Digestives Milk/ Dark chocolate are in fact available here in many specialty stores in Manhattan, but they are always a nice treat to have!
posted by something_witty at 7:01 AM on June 11 [4 favorites]

On the savoury side of things, Rude Health does a delicious line of snacks they call oaties: The Oaty, Ginger & Turmeric Oaty, Spelt Oaty, Rye Oaty. AFAIK these aren't available in the US.

For sweet stuff, do they still make Abbey Crunch biscuits these days? They were ace.
posted by ZipRibbons at 7:11 AM on June 11

Some kind of flapjack? I don’t have a suggested brand, but it’s a classic UK oaty snack.
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 8:01 AM on June 11 [1 favorite]

Shortbread also good, although Walkers is fairly available. Is there another brand like that? I might also suggest tossing in a tube of Smarties...
posted by nkknkk at 8:16 AM on June 11

If you're going for flapjack, I'd suggest Stoats porridge oat bars, they come in a few different flavours. Should post well.

I've an American friend who requested Kit-Kats sent to her, I don't know if that's because they don't exist over there, or just that our version tastes better. But I happened to find the pink ones on sale recently and sent her some of those. And a tube of all-orange Smarties, since nkknkk mentions those!

Seconding Border's biscuits - mm mmmm.
posted by penguin pie at 9:17 AM on June 11

If this is Manhattan, New York, New York - we have quite a few places where we can purchase UK goods. Myers of Keswick may be the most well known of this ilk and they list what they've got thats currently available. I suppose you'd be saving your friend a trip to the village but prices in nyc being what they are - UK biscuits are generally not prohibitively expensive imo. This should give you an idea of what's easy to get here vs what's not. Note the link is just to the biscuit section so take a wander if you're interested in what else they carry.
posted by rdnnyc at 9:20 AM on June 11 [2 favorites]

There isn't, plain Hobnobs are the best. Just send a case.
posted by rhizome at 9:51 AM on June 11 [4 favorites]

Hovis crackers.

From Wiki- "Now produced by United Biscuits, Hovis biscuits are sweet enough to be eaten on their own, with their slow release carbohydrates, dunked, or are bland enough to be taken as a savoury snack with a cheese topping."

They are so good with Boursin spicy red pepper cheese.

I always always want Club bars- preferably Orange.
posted by Ftsqg at 10:01 AM on June 11

do they still make Abbey Crunch biscuits these days?

Le Crunch de l'Abbaye n'est plus. There are recipes that approximate it. (In passing, the Cape Breton oatcake is legit though every recipe you'll find online is different.)

I've seen chocolate Digestives in the US (milk, not dark) but not unchocolate Hobnobs. And yes, flapjacks are good but they're not biscuits.
posted by holgate at 12:09 PM on June 11 [1 favorite]

I am a snack-loving US-based person somewhat familiar with the tiny "British food" shelf in the international aisle of my local supermarket. When I went to London I was prepared to be unimpressed; I know the digestives and the hobnobs and the jammie dodgers... The thing that absolutely floored me was McVities Ginger Cake. That stuff is delicious!! And I'd never heard of it! While I know I could search it out in US specialty stores, I've never seen it in casual supermarket shopping.
posted by aimedwander at 2:23 PM on June 11

I can also get Hobnobs at Stop and Shop in Boston, but I can't get Jaffa Cakes. So maybe those??
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes at 3:41 PM on June 11

nthing flapjacks....which are a synonym for pancakes this side of the pond

maybe oatibix?
posted by brujita at 4:01 PM on June 11

Jaffa cakes! In all the flavors!!!
posted by katypickle at 4:59 PM on June 11 [1 favorite]

Another vote for assorted varieties of Border biscuits, although the oat crumbles (probably the best bet) are quite crumbly and may not transport well. Other UK biscuits (besides Hobnobs, especially chocolate ones) that I miss: McVities chocolate digestives, McVities ginger nuts, Walker stem ginger and shortbread (these are easier to find in the US), Fox's crunch creams (especially the ginger ones), and very occasionally, Jaffa cakes.
posted by karayel at 6:22 PM on June 11 [1 favorite]

Chocolate Trek Bars
posted by BinaryApe at 10:24 PM on June 11

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