McVitie’s: Biscuits Fit for Royalty

How many food brands can proudly claim that they carry the Royal Seal of Approval and a rich 120-year-old history?

Perhaps there is just one—McVitie’s, whose heritage began in 1830 via a provision shop in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.  And by 1892, became the bakers of the world’s 1st Digestive whose traditional secret recipe has been used until today.


In 1893, the company was asked to bake the wedding cake for the union of Princess Mary of Teck and the Duke of York, who later became Queen Mary and King George V. The magnificent cake, truly fit for royalty, stood six feet tall and weighed 466 pounds.

Because of this “royal” feat in baking, 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 McVitie’s and Price. Among the company’s distinguished list of illustrious royal clients include King George VI and Queen Elisabeth in 1923 and the Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece in 1934.

But McVitie’s turn-of-the-20th-century accolades did not stop. About two years ago in 2011, Prince William, the next heir to the British throne, requested that one of their cakes during his wedding to Catherine Middleton be made of McVitie's chocolate biscuit. Prince William was fond of this biscuit during teatime as a child 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.

You don’t have to be royal 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 www.mcvities.com or join their Facebook fanpage www.facebook.com/mcvitiesdigestives.