The British and Their Biscuits; A History Wiki

Traditional Digestive Biscuit

A digestive biscuit, sometimes described as a sweet-meal biscuit, is a semi-sweet biscuit that originated in Scotland. The digestive was first developed in 1839 by two Scottish doctors to aid digestion. The term "digestive" is derived from the belief that they had antacid properties due to the use of sodium bicarbonate when they were first developed.

About Digestives[]

Digestive many kinds -D

Digestives are one of the most common biscuits in England. You can find them in basically every single store across the country.

Like their name suggest, digestives were used to help digestion. First created by two Scottish doctors in 1839, digestives were patented in 1890. Digestives are relatively simple biscuits. They are made with brown wheat flour, sugar, malt extract, vegetable oil, wholemeal, some sort of raising agent, and salt, and are only 70 calories.

How to eat[]


Many foreigners find digestives to be bland. That's because they don't eat them the right way. Digestives are meant to be eaten with tea. Yes, the biscuit is dry, but dunking it in the tea solves this problem. Just make sure to eat it quickly, they tend to fall apart once dunked in the tea!

Digestives can also be eaten with any type of cheese.


You can kind all sorts of different types of digestives, from marmalade on toast, to cherry bakewell, to dark chocolate, to banoffee caramel, etc.