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|Main ingredients||Flour, sugar, icing, carob gum, food colouring|
The party ring is a British biscuit first made by Fox's Biscuits in 1983. It is a circular biscuit with a central finger-sized hole. On top of this is a layer of hard, coloured icing with "wiggly" lines in a different colour. The original five colour combinations were:
- Pink icing with white lines
- Orange icing with white lines
- Brown icing with white lines
- Beige icing with brown lines
- Yellow icing with pink lines
The beige and brown icing Rings have since been discontinued and they later introduced new colour combinations:
- Pink icing with yellow lines
- Purple icing with yellow lines
- White icing with pink lines
Party rings were a product of the 1980s fashion for the newly developed chemical food dye system that enabled more lavish colours to be incorporated into the manufacture of biscuits. This made them a very popular choice for children's parties.
More recently, Party Rings have adopted softer, paler colours, through the use of natural colourings derived from fruit and vegetables.
The crisp, hard sheen on the icing is because of the use of carob gum — the carob, or locust bean, is also sometimes used as a chocolate substitute.
A standard pack of party rings consists of a long plastic tray containing five biscuit wells, each holding four biscuits of the same pattern, making twenty biscuits per pack.
They have also started producing party footballs which are in the same design as party rings but without the hole in the middle and a football pattern design on the biscuit.
Reason for the holes
The inventors of the party ring originally pitched the idea to Fox's as a solid biscuit without the hole, however Fox's suggested adding a hole to enable the target audience of children to be able to pick up the biscuit with more ease.
In 2008, a Halloween edition in an orange and black plastic tub was produced. It contained the following two Halloween-themed colour variations:
- Orange icing with black lines
- Black icing with orange lines
Mini Party Rings Mini Bags
Fox's also produce Mini Party Rings Mini Bags. These consist of a plastic wrapper, containing 6 smaller packets of 100g 'mini Party Rings', which are smaller versions of the original biscuits.
- "The 27 best biscuits in the world". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
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