National Biscuit Day celebrated at Hill's

By William Dodds

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Hill's representatives support students at the bake off event. Credit: Hill Biscuits
Hill's representatives support students at the bake off event. Credit: Hill Biscuits

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Manchester-based Hill Biscuits is marking National Biscuit Day with a series of community events.

The biscuit manufacturer, which will celebrate its 170-year anniversary in 2025, hosted a school bake off earlier this month and on the day itself, 29 May 2024, will donate to care homes and hospices and host community events with the Portland Basin Museum and The National Trust.

The bake off at Laurus Ryecroft School in Droylsden, Manchester, enabled 30 hospitality and catering or food and nutrition students from Year 10 to compete using Hill’s range of custard creams, gingerbread men and digestives.

The students, who were supported by three Hill representatives, were judged on their baking skills, imagination and creativity with different flavours, followed by a career talk about future pathways into the food industry. The winner was awarded with a book donated by Christine Wallace, a quarter finalist in The Great British Bake Off in 2013, and Hill donated vouchers to the winner and two runner ups.

On the day itself, Hill’s staff will deliver thousands of biscuits to care homes, hospices and community radios, while biscuits will also be available for free at Portland Basin Museum.

Finally, Hill’s has committed to support The National Trust by planting one tree for every 40,000 biscuits produced on National Biscuit Day, when 8m are scheduled to be baked.

Hill’s CEO Frank Bird commented: “As a nation, we consume the most biscuits in the world per capita. We want to celebrate the success of our industry with something really special that our community can also get involved in. What’s more, we want to bring the joy of a cuppa and a biscuit to everyone, and how better to help reintroduce staffroom breaks too!”

On the school event he added: “National Biscuit Day inspired us to encourage young people to be as creative as they like in the kitchen, using our products in a fun baking competition. And who doesn’t love The Great British Bake Off!”

Ciaran Ellis, curriculum lead of D&T at Laurus Ryecroft, said that the school was delighted to take part in the celebrations: “It’s very exciting for us as a school but particularly for our Year 10s who are gearing up for their GCSEs next year.

“This was a challenge with a lot of fun thrown in and our students were thrilled about it. It’s a real treat working with Hill, who are local to us, and as their teacher, the icing on the cake was seeing them planning their recipes and using their imagination to create something really special.”

In other news, Crosta & Mollica has recalled a range of pasta sauces over fears that it may contain pieces of glass.

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