HOW LONG DO BISCUITS LAST?

Weeeelll, that depends on how quickly you eat them, obvs.  They’re pretty easy to munch through in one sitting with a cuppa, but IF you’d like to keep them, you’re in luck. Biscuits have a long shelf life if they are stored correctly, which makes them pretty useful little treats – the longest shelf life we have is 3 months.

Biscuits have a naturally long shelf life

Our biscuits are made in a similar way to how you’d make them at home, there are no preservatives added, and all of the ingredients are fresh or store cupbard things like flour. Our most popular recipe is just British Flour, British Sugar, golden syrup, British Butter, vanilla, and free range eggs (some of these are provided by Rebecca’s hens and ducks, but they can’t quite keep up with all the biscuits we make these days, so we have to buy some too)

We are VERY strict about them all being free range, we know you wouldn’t want unhappy hens laying eggs for your biscuits!

Our biscuits are baked for longer, and at a lower temperature than you’d find recommended in a cook book, which makes them extra crunchy. All of the biscuits have icing, and once we’ve iced them, they have to sit overnight on trays, which makes them a little softer than they were when they came out of the oven. After that, they are either stored in airtight containers, or sent straight out to you.  Depending on the packaging and recipe, they will last between 2 weeks and 3 months.

 

Why is there a difference in the length of time biscuits will last?

It’s a simple case of osmosis. Biscuits start out dry and crunchy, and as they come into contact with the air around them, they absorb some of the moisture, and over time become softer and even soggy. This is a stale biscuit, and stale biscuits are friends to no-one. (If you accidentally leave a biscuit out in the open without eating it (unlikely, we know) and it goes a bit soft and soggy, you can pop it into the oven on a very low heat (around 50C) for 15 mins or so and it will go crunchy again. However the icing may discolour).

By putting biscuits in airtight or near airtight packaging, osmosis is stopped in it’s soggy tracks, and the moisture can’t get at the biscuits. This extends the shelf life from a week or two, to 2 or 3 months.

 

Shelf Life Options and Prices

Biscuit Gift Box

Your biscuits will last two weeks in the gifts boxes. The boxes are made of sturdy cardboard, which isn’t airtight, so the biscuits will absorb some moisture and after three weeks, they may be fairly soft. All of the gift boxes are put into pretty plastic mailing bags, so whilst they are on their way to you, this keeps the air from getting it’s soggy making mitts on your cookies.

Price: from £15

Get Well Soon Biscuit Pill Gift Set

Airtight Packaging within the Gift Box

If you request it, we can seal the biscuits into an airtight clear cellophane bag within the gift box. This will extend the shelf life to 2 months

Why don’t you seal all of the biscuits into cello bags then?

Mainly because it takes a long time, and our packaging lady Deanne is already rushed off her feet most days carefully packing biscuits into pretty gift boxes. It’s also extra plastic to go in the bin, and we prefer to reduce waste where we can, so if it’s not necessary, we don’t add it.

Price: No charge. Just let us know at checkout if you’d like this option.

 

Biscuits Individually Wrapped in Cellphone Bags

If you’re ordering biscuits for a wedding, event or party, you might want them individually wrapped in cellophane bags. This means you can pop them in a party bag, leave them out as place names, and handle them as much as you want without getting any germs or dirt on them.

As standard, cello bags are folded over at the back, and then sealed with a sticker. This gives a shelf life of one month

We can also seal the cellophane bags with a heat sealer, before adding a sticker on the back to keep the cellophane flap down. They look the same as the cellophane bags that aren’t sealed, but this gives a shelf life of 2 months as no air can get in at all.

Price: Cellophane bag 20p per biscuit

Cellophane bag airtight sealed 30p per biscuit (because heat sealing takes time!). It doesn’t alter the look.

Botanical biscuit gift set

Biscuit Tin

Lots of you like biscuit collections in tins, and we also make a lot of bespoke cookies in tins, especially at Christmas. There’s a reason biscuit tins were invented – they keep out that pesky air and mean your biscuits stay as crunchy as ever.  They also make a nice keepsake to pop on your shelf AND they’re an excuse to buy more biscuits – who wants an empty biscuit tin?! The shelf life is 2 months.

Available with a window or plain lid.

Price: from £40

Advent Biscuit Gift Tin

Loose in an Airtight Box

If you want to serve your biscuits on platters, and don’t require individually wrapped biscuits, this is the option for you. We line sturdy cardboard boxes with food safe clear bags, and carefully pack the biscuits into it. They layers of biscuits are separated with cushioning pads to keep them safe in transit. The bag is sealed at the top, so if you keep them in the packaging, the shelf life is one month

Price: no charge (apart from the delivery charge of £7). Biscuits are sent this this as standard.

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About Us

This website is owned and operated by Rebecca Honeywell-Ward and Rosie Honeywell, trading as Honeywell Bakes.  Our address is The Grain Pit, Elkington Lodge, Welford, Northamptonshire, NN6 6HE.

How to Order

To place an order with us please visit the shop section of our website.  If you’d like to place a bespoke order then please contact us by calling 01858 571237 or emailing hellohoney@honeywellbakes.com.  We accept all major credit and debit cards though a secure Paypal link.

All correspondence will be in English.  We will attempt to contact you as soon as possible if we suspect that you have made an error whilst ordering.  Please see the cancellation section below for information on how to cancel an order.

Stock and Design

We make all our cakes and biscuits by hand, so at busy times of the year such as Christmas and Easter, we sometimes run out – so we have to say that everything on our website is offered for sale subject to availability. If we can’t supply what you want, we promise to let you know as soon as we can.

Sometimes we have to change the recipe or the shape and design of a product, if we make any major changes we will let you know before completing your order.  As all of our biscuits are handmade, designs, colour and shapes may vary from biscuit to biscuit.

Ingredients

We include an ingredient list with all our products.  Please contact us if you have queries regarding ingredients or allergens. Allergens including nuts, sesame, eggs, dairy, gluten and soya are all ingredients used in our kitchen premises. We therefore can never guarantee that traces of these allergens will not be found in other foods.

Delivery

We deliver all items via Royal Main first class post unless otherwise stated.  Delivery is currently included in the price of all items available in our shop.

We will attempt delivery to an address and postcode as you enter it and cannot accept liability for late or failed delivery due to an incorrect address. If you are unsure of an address or postcode please check it using a postcode finder.

We’re unable to guarantee delivery dates for Royal Mail services as it’s outside of our control. Please note that if there is no one available to collect the delivery and it is not collected or redelivered quickly, the quality of the product may be slightly compromised and we cannot be held responsible for this.

Cancellations

If you want to cancel your order please be quick, as once we’ve baked your items we can’t offer a refund or take cancellations.  Cancellation must usually be made within 24 hours of placing your order, and we may bake your biscuits straight away depending on the time that your order is placed, which would mean that you cannot cancel your order.  To cancel an order please email us on hello honey@honeywellbakes.com or call 01347 833236.  This cancellation policy does not affect your legal rights — for example, if goods are faulty or misdescribed.

Gift Message

We reserve the right not to send a gift message that may contain offensive and/or inappropriate content.

Bespoke orders

A 50% deposit is due at the time of order, with the remaining balance due no later than one month before the delivery date.  When an order is placed we will block off time to complete it and may also order special supplies.  For this reason neither the deposit nor the final balance is refundable.

Complaints

If you’re unhappy with any of our items, please send them back to us. But please do so within three days of delivery, so we can get a fair idea of the problem.  Please make complaints to Rebecca Honeywell-Ward or Rosie Honeywell by emailing hellohoney@honeywellbakes.com.  The address for returns is Honeywell Bakes, The Grain Pit, Elkington Lodge, Welford, Northamptonshire, NN6 6HE.  We will refund the return postage if we find a problem.  Please package the goods carefully to ensure that they reach us in the same condition that they left you.

These terms apply to your order.  We may change our terms and conditions at any time, so please do not assume that the same terms will apply to future orders.

 

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FREE UK DELIVERY

Standard delivery is via Royal Mail first class. Whilst most parcels arrive within 5 working days (or less!), this isn’t a guaranteed service and some do take a few extra days to arrive. You can add a note to your order during checkout to let us know if you have a preferred delivery date. We will do our best to deliver on your chosen date.

EUROPEAN DELIVERY

We offer delivery to most European countries. If you order today you will receive your biscuits in 7 working days time.

CHOOSE A GAURANTEED DELIVERY DATE

For Important deliveries you can choose an exact delivery date. This can be selected during checkout (after you click “PROCEED TO CHECKOUT) and costs an additional £6.00

If you order today you are guaranteed to receive your biscuits on your chosen day. Please use the “EXACT DELIVERY DATE” calendar on our checkout page to select your chosen day is. The date much be at least 5 working days in the future. Unfortunately we do not offer a weekend delivery service. All items will require a signature upon delivery.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU CAN SELECT EXACT DELIVERY DATES DURING CHECKOUT IF REQUIRED.

 

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