Product Type: McVities Snacks
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The Original Jaffa Cakes - but I still prefer the Cadbury ones
Mc Vities Jaffa Cakes
Member Name: rolandrat
Mc Vities Jaffa Cakes
Advantages: Traditional cake we have all grown up with.
Disadvantages: Not quite as tasty as the Cadbury ones
===Why I Got This===
I only normally buy Jaffa Cakes to give as presents at Christmas but this year I got given some boxes back from my sister so decided to eat them myself for a change. Normally if I am eating any Jaffa Cakes I always buy the Cadbury ones as although harder to come by I find them superior.
McVities Jaffa Cakes boast that they are 'The Original' and began making 'Jaffa Cakes' way back in the 1920s. However other manufacturers also make these now - such as Cadbury and Tesco.
Blue rectangluar standard box.
Contains 12 cakes - 'Light sponge cakes with dark crackly chocolate and a smashing orangey centre.'
The box is bright blue and the name 'Jaffa Cakes' is written in bright orange to represent orange peel.
Contains 1 gram of fat and 46 calories per cake.
Made by United Biscuits (UK).
The cakes inside are sealed in bright orange transparent cellophane.
Contains - Milk, Egg, Soya, Gluten.
Suitable for Vegetarians.
£1.19 at Tesco.
Also comes in 24 and 36 cake boxes as well as snack packs for lunch boxes and cake bars.
The McVities are the original Jaffa Cake and they fought a court case to have Jaffa Cakes classed as a cake and not a biscuit - thus avoiding having to pay VAT - as apparently a cake goes hard when it is stale but a biscuit goes soft - so these were classed as 'cakes'. However although we call then 'cakes' I am sure we all eat then as biscuits - just to add to the confusion - and they are always sold in the biscuit aisle - not with the cakes.
To confuse matters even more they now sell a Jaffa Cake 'Cake Bar'!
As most people know Jaffa Cakes are little biscuit sized discs of soft sponge about 2 inches across, with a dollop of orange type jelly on top and finished off with a layer of thin dark chocolate over the top of the 'cake'.
I am sure most people will have eaten a Jaffa Cake at one time or another. The base is soft and spongy, the orange layer is like a clear solid jam consistency and the top dark chocolate is very thin and crispy.
The new bright orange cellophane around the biscuits is new to me and very bright and colourful - and would be good for craft projects.
But back to the 'cakes' - I eat mine as I would biscuits - having two or three with a cup of tea.
I find if left in a hot kitchen they are a bit soft so I like to put them in the fridge which hardens up the chocolate topping and makes it nice and crispy, without spoiling the softness of the base. The thick layer of orange is lovely and flavoursome and I find two or three quite sufficient for me.
These are a good sweet alternative to other biscuits, though I would not want to try dunking them!
Although these were the original I am afraid to say I do prefer the Cadbury Jaffa Cakes the best - I have not got the two here to compare at present but there just seems to be a better flavour to the Cadbury ones.
Regardless of that I give the McVities Jaffa Cakes 4 stars as they are a nice sweet and tasty treat and come from a reputable manufacturer.
Being such a well known 'cake' they are always welcome at children's parties or if you are having friends around as someone will always love them.
4 stars - not quite as nice as the Cadbury version.
===Would I Recommend?===
They have their own page on Facebook - jaffacakes.
There is also a VIP Club which you can join by using the code on the inner cellophane wrapper. You collect points to exchange for rewards.
Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Plain Chocolate (19%)[Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Vegetable Fat, Cocoa Butter, Butter Oil, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Flavouring], Sugar, Wheat Flour, Whole Egg, Water, Dextrose Monohydrate, Concentrated Orange Juice (8% Orange Juice Equivalent), Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oil, Humectant (Glycerine), Citric Acid, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Emulsifier (E471), Raising Agents (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Dried Whole Egg, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Natural Orange Flavouring, Colour (Curcumin).
Summary: Orangey cake which we eat as a biscuit.