Yes, No or Don’t Know? Bo’ness baker’s choice takes the biscuit!

Bo'ness, Oliphant's the Bakers, South Street EH51 9HA , Indy ref biscuits. Image shows employee Paula Drysdale with biscuits
Bo'ness, Oliphant's the Bakers, South Street EH51 9HA , Indy ref biscuits. Image shows employee Paula Drysdale with biscuits
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Oliphants bakers in Linlithgow and Bo’ness are delighted that their Scottish Independence version of the Empire biscuit is proving so popular with locals.

Whether or not it displays any scientific analysis of the yes and no question is anyone’s guess.

But, in the first week, the family bakers appeared to sell a few more No than Yes, according to director Alice Gibson, who came up with the idea in the first place.

The family bakers have two shops in Linlithgow and one in Bo’ness.

Across the three, they sold 600 biscuits in one week.

Alice said: “These biscuits are one of our more popular lines anyway but we produced an equal number of No, Yes and biscuits with a question mark on them to let people have their say.

“This is a big event for Scotland and that’s why we have produced the independence biscuits.

“But although we hope it is a talking point, it is really a bit of a gimmick!

“We may produce even more next week when the vote is being cast.”

At other times of the year the biscuits are decorated with Hallowe’en witches on broomsticks or love hearts for Valentine’s Day and the Saltire on St Andrew’s Day.

Alice explained that she is not the baker in the family, choosing to run the office instead.

Her son David is the baker and her daughter, Jackie, also helps in the business. The family took over Oliphants some 10 years ago now.

Empire biscuits have been popular in Scotland for many years. Known as the Linzer biscuit until World War One, it is still called the German biscuit in Northern Ireland.

The Indy Ref biscuit takes its place in the retail gimmicks alongside ‘‘Aye’’, ‘‘Naw’’ and ‘‘Mibbes Aye, Mibbes Naw’’, beer produced by the Kinneil Brewhoose in Bo’ness!