Remember the gingernut? Not today's inferior soft product but the gingernut of childhood, hard, spicy and sweet. Back then the gingernut was both hard and fairly brittle, you felt it on your teeth when you bit into it and it shattered. In those pre-coffee days we used to drink milky, stewed, tea in the English way and a special treat was a gingernut to dunk in the tea. This was the only proper way to soften the gingernut, any other soft gingernut was a stale gingernut.

Several companies made gingernuts, but Griffins was the one with the buzz. For some unexplained reason, their TV ad featured a West Indian voice singing the jingle I still remember after all these years.

"Gingernuts are so spicy,
made from old English recipe.
There are no Gingernuts taste quite the same ...
Ask for Griffins Gingernuts by name."

So, other than a cultural icon and a memory of summers long gone, what is a gingernut? Gingernuts are defined by Wikipedia as hard twice-baked biscuits are flavored with powdered ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. They typically measure 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter and about .5cm (1/4 inch) thick. and noted that they are made around the world with different recipes.