The History behind the ANZAC Biscuit
ANZAC Day (25th April) is a nationwide day of commemoration for Australians and New
Zealander's of the lives lost at war, especially the ANZAC’s (Australian and New Zealand Army
Corp) of WWI.
The sweet ANZAC biscuits that we know and love today, originating from World War I, are in
fact a derivative of the hard-tack soldier’s biscuit that was consumed in the battlefields (which is
commonly confused) . They are thought to have been carefully created by a team of women on
the home-front who were searching for a solution to a biscuit that could be easily transportable
to their men on the front line in care/comfort packs. The sweeter and more palatable biscuit
recipe It was important that the biscuits and its carefully selected ingredients didn’t spoil in the
long voyage, were readily available and delivered nutritionally, hence the inclusion of golden
syrup and the exclusion of eggs and butter traditional used in biscuit cookery. The biscuits were
then packed into tins, sometimes billy tea tins, to keep them airtight as is done with the Emu
Bottom ANZAC Biscuits with Wattleseed.
It is also believed that the sweeter biscuit recipe is celebrated and shared as the ‘ANZAC
biscuit’ due to the love and compassion from the home-front that is associated with them and
the care packs they were and still are a part of today. To this day they represent more than a
biscuit and a recipe as they are an iconic tradition that is passed down through the generations
of Australians and New Zealanders, i.e. from mother to daughter as was done with ours, where
the stories of our past are shared, and of the gentle reminder of the ANZAC legacy and spirit
that is never to be forgotten – lest we forget.
For more information visit: www.awm.gov.au