Origin of Names and Packs

Ginger Nuts

This was a generic biscuit.  That means everybody made them.  They were first made in Britain in about 1840 and it was a very popular variety in Britain and it was at one time Huntley and Palmer’s top-selling line (about 1933).

There appears to be no information about the origin of the name, but one of the ladies in our office reminded me that the pieces of dough that bakers put on the baking pans to make biscuits were commonly referred to as nuts.  One could surmise that because the biscuit mix contained ginger and the product had a ginger flavour, the bakeries used to refer to this product as ginger nuts in their production process and possibly this then became the accepted trade name.