Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy 140th birthday, Marie

Looking for something sweet on the bakery shelves, 
I came across dear old Marie! 
She turns 140 this year, 
but does not look a day older since I met her a few decades ago.

DKK 9,50 or R18,50

According to Wikipedia Marie is a type of sweet biscuit that is most popular in most other countries, particularly Venezuela, Denmark, Norway, Brazil, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Mexico, Australia, Costa Rica, Pakistan, the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Spain and Egypt.

The Maria biscuit was created by the London bakery Peek Freans in 1874 to commemorate the marriage of the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia to the Duke of Edinburgh. It became popular throughout Europe.

The Ubiquitous Marie


On looking back I find I’ve known
The MARIE biscuit all my life.
It has not changed, while I have grown
Through childhood days to plain housewife.

Like the daisy, modest and shy
It none-the-less has held its place
Almost unseen by passersby,
It’s sales must top the biscuit race.

Through all the years it has retained
It’s simple flavour, mildly sweet, 
While it’s texture has remained
To make a biscuit good to eat.

Bakers win the MARIE award
South Africa’s “Top of the Pops”
Voted “The Best” by general accord
May it always be found in our shops.

MARIE has earned its accolade
For, like the cup that always cheers,
Its simple purity has made
It rank so high amongst its peers.

For babies and toothless old men,
MARIES will do equally well
Given one, two or even ten,
Their smiles seem to say “Gee that’s swell”.

So, dear delectable MARIE
Please continue to refresh us
While at home or on safari,
MARIE snacks are quite delicious

As biscuits come and cookies go,
The MARIE stays on each one’s list
When served as snacks salivas flow,
And Junior holds one in his fist.

What makes MARIE so appealing?
Is its crisp and mild, sweet taste
Which creates that more-ish feeling
So, with MARIE there’s just no waste.

Sorry Marie, but I could not resist the rich almond temptation . . .