Zwieback #atozchallenge


Almost done!

Zwieback (source:

When you were a baby, did your mom give you zwieback? It’s more popular in Europe, but they sell it in this country, and parents frequently give it to teething babies to give them something to gum on. It’s a sweetened bread that’s been sliced thin and toasted twice until it’s brittle and crunchy. The name comes from German, “zwei” meaning “two” and “back” meaning “baked.” The word biscuit means the same thing, from the Italian “biscotto” (“bis” twice, “cotto” baked).

I think the only time I had zwieback was when one of my friends had a baby sibling at home. He had this habit of taking the baby’s zwieback for himself. One day I was at his house. He went into the kitchen, came out with two pieces of it and handed me one. Turns out they were the last two pieces, and his mother was not happy. It might have been because he left the empty box in the pantry, I don’t know. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t all that impressed, and felt bad that the baby had to go without.

The Wikipedia article about zwieback says that it’s similar to Melba toast. I know I’ve had that before. Have you ever been to a restaurant where the bread basket is filled with crackers and such wrapped in plastic? There are usually a few packages of saltines, some packages of bread sticks (plain and garlic), one or two packages of Melba toast, some garlic rounds (as the name suggests, thy’re round crackers that are garlic-flavored), and usually one or two packages of Ry-Krisp, which looks and tastes like acoustical tile or packing material. You could always tell when the Holton boys were at one of those restaurants: there were empty wrappers all over the table and on the floor.

And that’s my final entry in this year’s Blogging from A to Z Challenge! Hope you enjoyed it!

37 thoughts on “Zwieback #atozchallenge

  1. Yay to finishing the A to Z (although I never had any doubt that you’d finish). I’ve heard of zwieback and eaten melba toast. Biscuits like that are good for babies teething. Messy, but good.


  2. Yeah, I remember Zwieback. Being the second oldest of seven kids I remember it being around the kitchen when the younger sisters were young ones. You mentioned Ry-Krisp. I think you are being kind when you compare it to acoustical tile or packing material. It even looks bad.


  3. I’m laughing at your perfect description of Ry-Krisp as acoustical tile. I’ve never had Zwieback, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it. But I’d be willing to try it, preferably topped with some fabulous cheese, accompanied by a nice glass of wine, while I toast our completion of the A-to-Z. Nice job John!


  4. Hi John!
    “Tastes like acoustical tile…” Ha! I do remember those teething cookies, my daughter was not impressed. She did, however, enjoy an occasional green onion πŸ˜‰
    What a terrific Z word. I’ve enjoyed your A – Z posts immensely, John – Congratulations!


  5. Hi John – great word … but thank you I’d rather have some of the more adult food variety … not a baby rusk … but clever find! Cheers Hilary


  6. Wonderful word for your Z post! I gave Zwieback to my kids, and I’ve bought and eaten them for myself later on. I like them. Also, those teething biscuits/cookies, too. … Congratulations on completing the A/Z Challenge, and thanks for hosting! I enjoyed reading your posts. πŸ™‚


  7. I had forgotten all about Zwieback. I’ve heard of them but not sure I’ve ever eaten one. And I must fess up… I am a rare breed who loves Ry-Krisp crackers. I can’t find them in the store here, and that’s sad for me.


  8. John,

    Melba Toast I’ve heard of, Zwieback I have not. I can only imagine how upset that mom was her son for taking the last two crackers. And, poor you for being caught in the middle of the mess. 😦 Congrats on the completion of another successful A2Z challenge and thank you for co-hosting the event. I know that’s a lot of work. Your organizational skills are amazing. I don’t know how you keep up with all that you do. Hopefully, we’ll be blessed to participate next year together. Have a good day!

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    A2Z iPad Art Sketch ‘Z’ for Zinnias


  9. John, I know I did not comment a lot in April, but trust me: I always read. It is hard to comment from my phone. We did it! It was not easy, with raising another orphan. Singles are so very hard to keep entertained. Chloe Jo is not doing well with lymphoma. The chemo is not working; she is having some pain, now. I am a bit wrung out. Oh, I remember Zweiback, too! Hugs.


  10. Zweiback is new to me. Guess they didn’t have it in Oz.

    A little late getting to the Z posts but finally here. Thank you for another A-Z year.


  11. I thought I commented on this one, but I can’t find it! I think it was something about a scene I saw in the Dick Van Dyke show about a newlywed couple “Making Whoopie” and how I didn’t know this was real song until now. And maybe another comment about teething cookies, and how I love Porky Pig… Oh well, hopefully this comment will stick.


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