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What are some facts about Peek Frean cookies?

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For over a century, the British brand, Peek Frean, has offered a wide variety of tea biscuits, or tea cookies, including the garibaldi, pearl and chocolate-table biscuits. The cookies are well-known, popular and people often enjoy them with a cup of tea. The Peek Frean Lifestyle Selections line of cookies are specialty cookies including sugar-free, high-fiber and flax varieties.

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Peek Frean makes the famous garibaldi, a slim, glazed biscuit with currants baked inside, that takes its name from the popular Italian general, Giuseppe Garibaldi. Manufactured at the Peek Frean���s factory in Bermondsey, people commonly refer to the garibaldi as the ���squashed fly.��� The pearl biscuit, first produced in 1865, is a plain, soft and crumbly cookie. All biscuits produced for the commercial market prior to the pearl, had a hard texture, so the Peek Frean���s soft biscuit was a deviation from the norm. The Peek Frean bakers did not use docker-holes in the pearl biscuits, or punctured holes in the tops of biscuits to keep them from inflating in the oven, which resulted in a soft-textured cookie. The pearl biscuit is no longer widely available.

The chocolate-table biscuit was the first ever manufactured chocolate-dipped biscuit, appearing in 1899. A revolutionary innovation of the time, Peek Frean took a simple digestive biscuit that was popular for the previous 60 years, and coated it in chocolate. Now commonly called the chocolate digestive, the chocolate-table biscuit is still popular today.

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