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anzac spirit chocolate chip cookies

April 25, 2012

Yesterday was ANZAC day in New Zealand and Australia (as well as The Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn and Tonga).

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. It now more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries.

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Of course if you’re from NZ or Australia (or Martha Stewart) you know about ANZAC biscuits.  They’re main ingredients (apart from flour) are oats, coconut and golden syrup.

It was a huge surprise to see these in a small local US supermarket:

They are chocolate chip cookies called ANZAC Spirit Cookies sold in association with the “Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation”. Here’s the blurb on the back:

The VFW Foundation and UNIBIC proudly being you The ANZAC Spirit Cookies. Originating in Australia and New Zealand during WW1, the delicious ANZAC cookie has long served allied soldiers, raising morale on the front line, an generating much needed charitable funds for military and veteran causes. By purchasing this pack of ANZAC SPIRIT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, you can “Return the Favor” and directly help the VFW Foundation assist those who deserve it most.

UNIBIC donates 4% of its sales of this cookie to the VFW Foundation

It seems UNIBIC are an Australian company with a subsidiary in India. The above cookies are a product of Australia. UNIBIC seem to have a range of “ANZAC Spirit” branded biscuits available in Australia. They seem to get into donating a small amount of their sales to veteran causes.

Notice that they are not called ANZAC Biscuits (or Cookies) but instead are branded ANZAC Spirit. They are indeed chocolate chip biscuits – and they’re really pretty good. Here’s some interesting legal stuff about ANZAC biscuits from wikipedia.

The term Anzac is protected under Australian law and therefore the word should not be used without permission from the Minister for Veteran’ Affairs; misuse can be legally enforced particularly for commercial purposes. Likewise similar restrictions on naming are enshrined in New Zealand law where the Governor General can elect to enforce naming legislation. There is a general exemption granted for Anzac biscuits, as long as these biscuits remain basically true to the original recipe and are both referred to and sold as Anzac biscuits and never as cookies.

This restriction resulted in the Subway chain of restaurants dropping the biscuit from their menu in September, 2008. After being ordered by the Department of Veteran’ Affairs to bake the biscuits according to the original recipe, Subway decided not to continue to offer the biscuit, as they found that their supplier was unable to develop a cost-effective means of duplicating the recipe.

(I’m assuming that Subway was selling ANZAC biscuits in their Australian shops).

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