We all love a delicious scone with our morning coffee (or afternoon tea.) While the origin of its name is a bit unclear, it is clear that its popularity has stood the test of time.

Coffee and scones

Scones got their start as a Scottish quick bread made with oats and cooked either on a griddle or open fire. With the invention of baking powder, scones became the well leavened oven-baked delight that they are today, often enhanced with raisins, berries and granulated sugar… quite different than the original griddle-cooked scones.

The origin of the name ‘scone’ is unclear, with sources suggesting it may link to the Stone (Scone) of Destiny where Kings of Scotland were crowned. Others believe the name is derived from the Dutch word “schoonbrood” (“schoon” meaning clean and “brood” meaning bread), or from the German word “schonbrot” meaning ‘fine or beautiful bread’. According to Webster’s Dictionary, scones originated in Scotland in the early 1500s.

Anna, Duchess of Bedford

Anna, Duchess of Bedford

Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford (1788–1861) is credited with making scones a fashionable ritual. It was in 1840 she felt a ‘sinking feeling’ around mid-afternoon, so she ordered the servants to bring some tea and sweet bread including scones.

She was so delighted by this, that she ordered it every afternoon and what now has become an English tradition is the “Afternoon Tea Time” (precisely at 4:00 p.m.). They are still served daily with the traditional clotted cream topping in Britain.

Oh, but times have changed. Scones are no longer just a biscuit that the English serve with afternoon tea. Today, scones can be found in coffee shops and bakeries all over the world, prepared for enjoyment at any hour of the day.

Assorted Scones

Our signature scones are baked fresh daily with a variety of delicious flavors to choose from. Everyone loves a little intrigue, so we like to change things up daily to keep it interesting. Be sure to stop by and see what surprises await you at Importico’s!


Importico’s Bakery Cafe

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Source: World Food History