Product Type: McVities Snacks
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Once you eat one, you have to eat the whole pack!
Mc Vities Jaffa Cakes
Member Name: Jellybeans9
Mc Vities Jaffa Cakes
Advantages: Yummy, easily available and inexpensive to buy. Make great treats!
Disadvantages: You end up eating the whole box.
I don't know what it is about Jaffa Cakes that make them so popular. After all it's just a bit of sponge, chocolate, and orange jelly stuff. Ok, so it sounds nice. But you really do have to just eat one to appreciate the simple genius. The problem I often have with Jaffa cakes is that I HAVE to buy the single box, just because I know once I've ate one, there's no turning back. And before I know it, the packet is empty. Despite how moreish they are, I often find that they're still something I don't often think to buy. Not unless someone shoves a pack in my face, I'll reluctantly (read: eagerly) pick a pack up. Although writing this, it is really giving me a craving for the things...
Is it a cake or is it a biscuit? The question we've all asked at some point. The fact that it looks like a biscuit would suggest it is. After all, how often do you see round, flat little cakes piled in a plastic wrapper like biscuits? On the other hand, the sponge, plus the clue in the name, would suggest they're a cake. Either way it's amazing that Mcvitties have managed to confuse us over what it should be classed as. However after hearing someone's explanation (possibly on QI) on the whole biscuit or cake issue, I now believe that Jaffa Cakes are in fact... A cake. The reason? Biscuits become soft when they are stale, cakes harden when stale. And because Jaffa Cakes lose their softness when the packet is somehow, open for too long, therefore, in my opinion, justifies them as being a cake. If only we had listened to Mcvitties in the first place!
Now that's cleared up, I can comfortably continue with the review. Eating Jaffa Cakes always seems to bring back memories of childhood when I would be excited to find that Santa had left me a whole box of Jaffa Cakes to myself! You can imagine then how excited and amazed I was when I saw the yard long Jaffa Cakes for the first time. Wow. I was instantly a little kid again with the 'I want one' phrase. If I'd a mirror in front of my face at the time, I think I would have actually seen my own eyes light up! Before there were the giant box of Jaffa Cakes, (a giant Jaffa Cake, how good would that be?!) There were the packs of mini Jaffa Cakes. I always remember taking a pack of the mini Jaffa Cakes in my packed lunch to school. Then the moment of excitement at lunch time, when I'd count how many I have before eating any, to find I have 7 or 8 mini Jaffa Cakes instead of the usual 6. Admit it, you've done it too.
Now that I'm older, Jaffa Cakes are just a tasty little treat that I love to find hiding in the back of the cupboard. And I think one day, I may just have to invest in one of the yard long boxes for Christmas. Or get someone to buy me one, just to add to the childhood excitement that little bit more.
Summary: A simple little treat the whole family can enjoy.