Hands up if your childhood was filled with the oh-so-simple and delicious Arnott’s Yo-Yo biscuits. Yep, us too! We’d sneak into the pantry to grab two of the oval biccies and smother them in butter to make a Yo-Yo sandwich for an early morning snack as we hummed along to the jingle:
“Butter, eggs, milk and honey. Biscuits delicious to fill lots of dishes. Arnott’s Yo-Yo biscuits… Goodness! What a biscuit!”
Prove us wrong, but we would bet our next packet that half of you reading this didn’t know Yo-Yos were South Aussie born and raised. True fact!
The delicious morsels were created by Menz, originally a Wakefield Street grocery store and baking business owned by German immigrants Johan and Magdelena Menz.
In the late 1860s, their son William took over with big dreams of expanding to W Menz & Co, where he decided to add biscuit and confectionery factories. But it wasn’t until 1932 that Yo-Yos were officially added to South Australian shelves, and they quickly became a household icon.
In the mid-1960s, Menz joined forces with biscuit producers, forming Arnott-Motteram-Menz; but it wasn’t long before Arnott’s took control of the biscuit production and Menz of the dried fruit and confectionery.
Today, South Australians love the simple biscuit as much as ever – we consume a whopping 1 million packets a year. That’s almost as much fritz as our team consumes per annum.
So what to do with all those Yo-Yos? Here’s our serving suggestions.
1. Yo-Yo Dunked in Ya Cuppa
You can’t call yourself a South Aussie without having dunked your biccie in a nice, hot cuppa. Whether it’s tea or coffee, those sweet, soggy crumbs falling into your mug before you take a bite is something truly indescribable… especially once you get to the last gulp of your drink and the crumbs are gathered at the bottom.
2. Yo-Yo With Butter
Smearing butter (or margarine, if you prefer) between two biscuits creates the perfect combination of savoury and sweet. Whack them together and it’s a Yo-Yo sandwich!
3. Yo-Yo with Butter and Vegemite
Don’t knock it till you try it. The bitter taste of Vegemite against the crunchy, sugary biscuit is for true-blue Aussies only. The tricky part is getting the balance right – a light scraping or shovelling it on? Less is more, we think.
4. Yo-Yo Covered in Icing and Lollies – Smiley Face Cookies
Biscuits covered in icing are a café favourite, but in our honest opinion they’re not the real deal unless they’re made with a Yo-Yo. Get the kids in the kitchen, smother the back of the biscuit in coloured icing, and add lollies in the shape of a very strange face (trust us, it will be strange no matter what you do so you might as well embrace it). It’s an additional sugar hit the kids probably don’t need, but damn it tastes good.
5. Yo-Yo with Nutella
Dunk the biscuit straight into the Nutella jar or spread it on in a thick layer, either way the hazelnut spread atop the milky biscuit is pure bliss. Consider it the perfect afternoon or midnight snack: easy enough to sneak out the cupboard without anybody noticing.
How do you eat your Yo-Yos? What’s your favourite way to enjoy this Arnott’s classic? Tell us in the comments below.