Here at Bahlsen, we pride ourselves on the quality of our products together with the utmost attention to detail.
- Do any of your products contain allergens?
- Where are Bahlsen biscuits made?
- How do you pronounce the names of your biscuits?
- Where can I buy Bahlsen biscuits?
- Are your biscuits vegetarian?
- What is UTZ Certified?
- What is lebkuchen?
- What is stollen?
- What does the red square mean on your logo?
- Where does the name Leibniz come from?
Do any of your products contain allergens?
Biscuits inherently contain some ingredients that are known to cause allergic reactions. Some biscuits also contain further ingredients that may cause problems for some people. We have all our allergen information on each specific product page, but should you need further help, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All our wheatflour-based products contain gluten.
Nearly all our products contain whey powder or whey products, derived from cow’s milk. Several of our products contain milk powder, derived from cow‘s milk. Please see the ingredients lists on individual product packs, or on our product pages on the website for more details.
Some of our products contain the following:
- Hazelnuts, or products using hazelnuts as a base (e.g. First Class, Waffeletten, PiCK UP!)
- Almonds (e.g. Marzipan Stollen)
- Both hazelnuts and almonds (e.g. Selection, Süsse Lust)
All our products are made in factories which handle the above ingredients. Messino is made in a factory which also handles a product containing peanuts and sesame seeds. Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and you are recommended to read the ingredient list on the pack for full details, or look at the product pages on our site.
Our meringue and sponge-based biscuits (such as Messino) contain egg.
Most of our products contain lecithin as an emulsifier. This is a food additive, which is used to keep oils dispersed (in order to ensure a consistent mouth feel; for example: to cream or praline biscuit fillings). In most cases, this is derived from soya.
Where are Bahlsen biscuits made?
All our biscuits are manufactured on the continent in one of our five factories: from large factories with dedicated plants that produce huge volumes of our flagship product, Choco Leibniz, to smaller scale, labour intensive factories that specialise in our more delicate, specialised biscuits and wafers. Most biscuits are made in Germany, but we also have production facilities in Poland.
How do you pronounce the names of your biscuits?
We are aware that, as a continental manufacturer, some of our products do have rather strange-looking names and unless you are a German specialist, you might have a few problems with the pronunciation.
Our company name Bahlsen is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable (Barl—sun)
Our flagship brand is Choco Leibniz — aka as "the rectangular biscuit where the chocolate hangs over the edges". The closest way to pronounce it is chocko lype-nits (‘lype’ as in hype). Again the stress is on the first syllable on both words. Messino is our continental Jaffa cake — but our jam is really tangy and goes all the way to the edge of the delicate soft sponge. Pronunciation is mess-een-o, with the stress on the middle syllable.
If you would like to know how to pronounce any of our product names, simply give us a call on 01923 728500 or email us at email@example.com!
Where can I buy Bahlsen biscuits?
Most of our key products are available in most major retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Ocado, Asda and Morrisons. Listings can vary, so please look at each product within this website. (Also see our where to buy overview.)
Other products should be available at all good speciality stores and delicatessens.
Are your biscuits vegetarian?
All of our products are suitable for vegetarians. We use a whey protein in our products which is sourced fom a microbiological rennet rather than the traditional animal source.
What is UTZ Certified?
Please see our page here for more information about UTZ Certified cocoa.
What is lebkuchen?
The history of lebkuchen begins with its forerunner, the honey cake. The ancient Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans considered honey to be a gift of the gods. They hoped for magic, healing, and life-enhancing properties.
The Teutonic peoples in pre-Christian Europe prized honey cake, especially around the winter solstice, as protection against evil spirits who were abroad during the twelve nights of Christmas. Then during the 13th century the honey cake became lebkuchen, probably evolving in a monastery, although naturally something as tasty as this could not he kept secret by the monks for long.
As long ago as 1395 a lebkuchen bakery was already documented in Nuremberg, the recognised “home” of lebkuchen. The lebkuchen master bakers of today can therefore proudly look back on a 600-year tradition which also comes with its own guild dating back to 1643. This tradition is still alive and well in Germany, and every year people look forward to their seasonal delights.
Lebkuchen comes in many, many guises, but the basic product is a soft, cinnamon-spiced gingerbread cake. But from then on, the permutations are almost endless: different shapes, starting with simple circles, scalloped circles and hearts, hut then moving on to such things as stars, shooting stars, Christmas trees, bells, domes, even horses.
These might be plain, half-coated or fully-coated in milk or dark chocolate, covered with a thick sugar glaze, or decorated with chocolate stripes or sugar sprinkles. Bahlsen are proud to continue this tradition under their quality brand, and to bring you the very best of this traditional seasonal item.
What is stollen?
Stollen, the traditional German Christmas cake, is a colourful collection of nuts, raisins, currants, candied orange and lemon peel, traditional spices of Christmas such as cinnamon, nutmeg. cardamom, mace or cloves, sometimes containing brandy or rum, and lots of butter.
Legend has it that the shape of a stollen is meant to represent the Baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes. It is thought to have originated in Dresden in the 1400’s. However, at that time the catholic Church, as part of the fasting rules in preparation for Christmas, forbade the use of butter during Advent. Thus, the stollen of the Middle Ages was a somewhat tasteless pastry.
In 1650 Prince Ernst von Sachsen, at the request of bakers in Dresden, successfully petitioned Pope Urban VIII to lift the restrictions on the use of butter during Advent. The restrictions were lifted only in Dresden and thus begun a baking tradition that continues to this day.
German housewives baked stollen for their families at home and friends and relatives in other parts of the country, and professional bakers shipped stollen all over Europe. Part of the success of this Christmas cake was its ability to withstand long journeys and months of storage and still remain tasty.
Bahlsen are proud to continue this tradition under their quality brand, and to bring you the very best of this traditional seasonal item.
What does the red square mean on your logo?
This symbol, known as the TET sign, is derived from an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic meaning everlasting and has become the quality stamp of the company. Up until 1904, biscuits had always been sold loose. From then on they could be bought in the dust and moisture resisting TET packaging. Essentially not much more than a paper wrap, it was revolutionary at the time, and was yet another example of the company‘s progressive and totally modern approach to the business.
The high quality standards that were set back then continue to be adhered to today. Suppliers are subjected to rigorous procedures to ensure that only more of the best goes into every biscuit. For example: Did you know that 63% by weight of Choco Leibniz biscuit is chocolate? Few chocolate biscuits can claim such luxurious indulgence.
Did you know that 53% by weight of our Jaffa Cake is made up from the tangy orange filling? A filling that really does go all the way to the edge of the light delicate sponge base.
Enjoy Bahlsen — enjoy quality
Think Bahlsen — think indulgence
Go Bahlsen — go continental
Where does the name Leibniz come from?
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (b. 1646, d. 1716) was a German philosopher, mathematician, and logician who is probably most well known for having invented the differential and integral calculus (independently of Sir Isaac Newton). He is known among philosophers for his wide-ranging thinking about fundamental philosophical ideas and principles.
He spent the last forty years of his life in Hannover, in the employ of the local nobility. This combination of local residency and wide-ranging thinking struck a chord with Hermann Bahlsen, who named the biscuit in his honour.
For those of you interested in the nutritional content of our biscuits, we've created a PDF which contains information on the core energy, carbohydrate and fat content for most of our products.Nutritional Information