Vintage biscuit tin with a twist

Visiting my grandparents, we would sit in the kitchen at their 50’s Laminex table. It had a marbled grey top and was matched by red chairs. I don’t remember anything ever changing in that room, that’s probably why I loved it and remember it so vividly. There was a red biscuit tin that had flowers on it made from dry biscuits and popcorn sitting in the corner. Recently, I found a black version of it in a charity shop. It was a bit beaten up compared to my grandmother’s but I bought it anyway and gave it a good scrub with hot soapy water. The funny thing is, I had noticed the interesting glass lid on my grandmother’s tin, but hadn’t realised what it was. Inside the tin, are instructions that refer to a BLUE MAGIC DRY-NOB. I’ll let you read the instructions below, but basically, it’s to keep your biscuits fresh and crispy. Who knew? I’m currently storing my doilies in there instead of biscuits because I don’t know what is in the BLUE MAGIC DRY-NOB. Still, I probably shouldn’t worry, my grandparents ate biscuits stored in their red version and they lived to be ninety and one hundred….

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The amazing Krispy Kan

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The base

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Instructions inside the lid

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I wonder who thought of making flowers from popcorn and dry biscuits?


62 thoughts on “Vintage biscuit tin with a twist

      • You just can’t get past those biscuits, can you!
        My mum loved doilies. And fortunately my wife was with it enough to gather them up when my mum died. I use a large one as my keyboard cover and another big one covers my printer, and quite a few get used for the purpose they were designed for.
        Love that bickie tin.

  1. Whoa! The Mystery of the Blue Magic Dry-Knob!! These are deep waters, Jen, or perhaps I should say, deep blue crystals… : )

    Loved the story, especially the part about your grandparents being able to vouch for the Blue Knob’s safety by their longevity!

    I usually put a piece of bread in the cookie jar to keep cookies soft, but I’m not sure how you’d get a piece of bread into the Magic Dry-Knob– it would be a tight fit… : P

    • It would be tricky Mark, I suppose some of the genius of this tin is if you want things to stay soft, you simply don’t heat the crystals. Perfect for soft and crispy cookies but not at the same time!

  2. Jenni that is a great story and superb memorabilia of the good old days… and you know what it is black even it talk about Blue dri-nob turn pink! Third one lucky.. hope it does not have funny hidden legs and strange wings…

  3. Lovely memory story Jen . Never seen one like this ..very novel and probably a must have in its day, smiling at the idea biscuits might stay long enough in there and needing to be kept fresh … hmmm 😉
    The picture looks very animated with the dancing crackers and popcorn …

  4. Adore the biscuit tin. It is strange how our memories revolve around the every day objects from child hood. We had a tin with birds on, and my mother broke my heart when it became the tin for dog biscuits. My family biscuit tin had Paddington Bear on which my middle son now has! I wonder what was in the lid- could it account for longevity?
    Super post.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it and I loved hearing about your tins. It is strange how attached we become to every day objects. We have some cartoon character glasses that were originally jam jars. I bought some new glasses and suggested we got rid of the jar glasses, but my 18 year old son was adamant that we keep them!

  5. Absolutely beautiful I’m sure it reminds you of your grandmother every time you look at it. I’m not sure how the knob works but my grandparents used to add a slice of bread with biscuits or cookies to keep them moist.

  6. Ooh I love this tin! My grandmother had one exactly the same. Have no idea where it went but I was also fascinated with the kid and wondered what the ‘magic’ stuff was. Your tin is a T.B. Guest tin which was an Australian biscuit company based in Melbourne. The building that was the factory is still in North Melbourne and has been turned into beautiful whale house apartments. Would love to know what is in that lid.

    • Thank you for this information! I noticed on the tin that some of the biscuits had Melbourne written on them and now I know why. I love that the factory was in North Melbourne, that’s where my grandmother lived as a little girl!

  7. Hello, I noticed that you had not gotten a real reply as to what the crystals really are. Their technical name is Dessicant, Which is made up of Silica crystals and is still used today in some of the foods we buy. I find it most commonly in a little packet inside pre-packaged Real Bacon Pieces. It is safe as long as you don’t eat the crystals themselves, and can be regenerated by warming in the oven just as the can says. So I presume the crystals in the can would last forever under the right conditions. Hope this helps. Have a great day 🙂

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