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Wednesday, 24 February 2010

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The custard cream was invented by St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). His idea for a custard sandwich came during the Second Custard War which engulfed all of Europe in 1256. Custard was scarce and the price soared. Aquinas saw how the poor often went without custard for weeks on end. There had to be some way to share out the custard resources evenly.

Aquinas was a deep thinker. He was known as Doctor Angelicus, Doctor Communis and Doctor Biscuit. He designed the first custard cream in the spring of 1257. Soon the people of Naples were enjoying their custard again. News of this new custard delight spread throughout the known world.

The humble custard cream arrived as the result of Dominican thought and public demand. By the 17th century the custard cream was very much the biscuit of choice for the Royal Courts of Europe. It's simplicity was admired by intellectual giants such as Isaac Newton and Galileo. Wordsworth's classic "I wandered lonley with only my custard cream for company" maintained its place in society.

The industrial age brought mass production, but the custard cream retained its original simplicity. When you have a classic there is no need to improve on it. Coco Channel admired the custard cream for this very reason. He scoffed at innovation and he scoffed many a packet of custard creams.

Today we salute the custard cream and its founder, St Thomas Aquinas, Doctor Biscuit.

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