Why Have The Leibniz Keks 52 Teeth And Are Named After Philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz?

Why Have The Leibniz Keks 52 Teeth And Are Named After Philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz?

Conny Waters – Icestech.info – The Leibniz-Keks remain nowas popular as ever. Most have tasted these delicious butter biscuits that can be found in almost every modern supermarket.

The production of the Leibniz-Keks started in 1891, and today we can enjoy the original Butterkeks, but there are also several varieties of biscuits these days. The keks are simply a delight to all chocolate lovers or anyone who can’t resist a tasty biscuit.

But why do the Leibniz-Keks have 52 teeth and why are named after philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz?

Why Have The Leibniz Keks 52 Teeth And Are Named After Philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz?

Left: Leibniz-Keks. Credit: Publix Domain – Right: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Credit: Publix Domain

Every cake or biscuit has its own history, and the story of the Leibniz-Keks started in Queen Victoria’s England when Hermann Bahlsen (1859-1919) worked as a sugar trader there. Bahlsen decided he wanted to produce his own unique biscuit and so he did. He traveled to Hannover in Germany, founded the Hannoversche Keksfabrik and the production of the Liebnitz-Keks started. Bahlsen’s biscuit became a rival to a similar French biscuit, the Petit-Beurre.

Initially, the name of Bahlsen’s was Leibniz Butter-Cakes, but very few people in Germany understood English and German customers regularly mispronounced „Cakes“ (as „Ka-kes“). So he changed the name to Leibniz-Keks.

When mentioning the name, we automatically think of philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646 -1716). It’s very common to name foods after famous personalities. For example, the Garibaldi biscuit

that consists of two soft rectangular slabs of biscuits, sandwiching a bed of currants is named after Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italy’s military leader, and folk hero.

This is because “during the time, Garibaldi spent in Britain he became a celebrity. It is said that the whole country shut down for 3 days when Garibaldi visited London in 1864. People of the higher and lower class received him except Queen Victoria and the royal family. One could find prints and busts of him in many Victorian homes.

His name was well-known and he was so popular that in 1861 a new biscuit was made in his honor – the Garibaldi biscuit.” 1

The prominent German polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz has very little in common with the popular biscuit Bahlsen started to produce though.

Historians have tried to find a connection between the Leibniz -Keks and the biscuits, but frankly, there isn’t one. The only thing these two have in common is that philosopher Leibnitz was born in Hannover the same city where Bahlsen started the production of the biscuits. Who knows, maybe Bahlse was an admirer of the German philosopher’s works?

Why Have The Leibnitz-Keks 52 Teeth?

What makes the Leibnitz -Keks unique and famous, except the taste of course is that each biscuit has 52 teeth. You may never have thought about it and perhaps not even bothered to count them, but next time look closer, and you can see the butter biscuit does indeed have 52 teeth. Why is that one can wonder?

There is no special history behind this number. The shortbread biscuit has 52 teeth for purely aesthetic reasons. Bahlsen thought the teeth gave the biscuit a more attractive appearance.

The Choco Leibniz you often see in the shop is a crisp butter biscuit of our Choco Leibniz, dating back to 1889. It is coated in a layer of sumptuous, creamy chocolate. Currently, the company offers various choices of biscuits, with milk, dark, or orange-flavored milk chocolate. You might have guessed already – no matter what taste, all varieties of the Leibnitz -Keks have 52 teeth.

Written by Conny Waters – Icestech.info Staff Writer

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  1. Ellen Lloyd – Why Is A Biscuit Named After Giuseppe Garibaldi – Italy’s Military Leader And Hero? Icestech.info
  2. Bahlsen – Our Story

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