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I had forgotten all about these tea cakes. I used to buy them years ago with wagon wheels and then the interest in them I guess just faded. However recently when browsing dooyoo someone had written a review about them and it brought it right back.. I actually felt like eating one right then! I had teacake cravings lol.
So the next time I was at the supermarket I looked out for them and found them priced at £1.
I don't think the packaging had changed since I last tried them!
It comes in a bright yellow box with a clear panel so you can see the 6 tea cakes are individually wrapped.
The box design is really basic and simple, it states Tunnocks was established in 1890 and is still a family business.
Each tea cake is said to contain 106 calories - which I don't think is so bad compared to other chocolate bars I eat. The back of the box tells you the cakes are suitable for vegetarians which is nice as quite a lot of marshmallow typed products are not. The back of the box also includes the ingredients, an old image of Tom Tunnock outside his bakershop in 1897 where it all began - and also the ingredients written in arabic at the back of the box as well. The box is quite old in design but I wouldn't change it, it seems traditional and nice.
Now the cake itself, on removing the packaging you will find a ball shaped teacake with a flat base. The base is of biscuit which is delicious - not too crumbly or hard. On top of that it is filled with light, soft marshmallow and the entire thing is topped with a thin layer of milk chocolate.
It's a really delicious snack and not overly sweet or sickly. I actually can't think why I stopped buying them completly and hadn't purchased any for years. It tasted exactly how I remember and I certainly will start buying these again. I would not purchase these as often as I buy other chocolates and snacks but these are definitely a great snack that will find itself back into my cupboard again :)
If you haven't tried them i'd recommend you do. They are cheap in price and have a long best before date I have 5 months on the pack but I'm sure they'd get eaten before then :P They are also available in dark chocolate for those who prefer them.
Now i'm sat here with the last tea cake in the box, I think it's about time I stopped writing this review and started eating it instead :P
I give these teacakes 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
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Tunnock's is a Bakers based in Scotland who specialise in cakes and biscuits. Their most famous products are Snowballs, Caramel Wafers and Teacakes. I love all three of these, but here I'm reviewing the teacakes. These teacakes are not the same as the fruity spiced buns you can buy - they are a chocolate and marshmallow snack.
When in my local corner shop looking for a snack I picked up a box of Tunnock's teacakes expecting to not be able to eat them as I'm a vegetarian and the inside was made of marshmallow, which is not usually vegetarian. To my delight they are suitable for vegetarians! I bought a 6 pack for £1.09, but from a supermarket I'm sure you would find cheaper. You can also buy them in 10 packs.
I bought the milk chocolate variety which comes in a yellow box. You can also buy dark chocolate which comes in a blue box, but I haven't seen these in the shops for a long time.
So the actual teacakes are individually wrapped in red and silver foil. They are dome shaped snacks with a shortbread base, mallow piled on top and then the whole thing is covered in a thin layer of crispy milk chocolate. I love the mixture of textures when you bite into it. Shortbread is the perfect base because it's hard, but it's soft enough to bite right through without being too crunchy. The mallow inside is very similar to that inside walnut whips and overall they're fairly similar, but the chocolate on teacakes is a lot thinner making it easier to bite through. They are also very similar to Dickmanns - a german snack of the same idea but with a wafer base instead. The teacakes make a bit of mess because the shortbread is crumbly and sometimes chocolate flakes will drop off - sometimes the mallow gets all over your hands as well and it's quite sticky.
If there's one thing I would do to improve it, I would put a thin layer of jam between the biscuit and mallow like in a waggon wheel - it's a winning combination. Maybe one day they'll release new jam teacakes - one can hope.
The bad thing about these is that I want to just eat one after the other and finish off the whole box. At 106 calories and 4.6g fat (over half of which is saturates)per teacake they are not incredibly high in calories or fat if you have just the one, but it's very easy to eat 2 or 3 (or in my case all 6 in one evening!). The calories soon add up.
Overall a really delicious snack and great if you don't want chocolate overload - there's a good mixture of flavours in these.
Contrary to popular belief Tunnock's Tea Cakes are not tea flavoured cakes. They are in fact marshmallowy goodness encased in milk chocolate with a soft biscuit base, and many people enjoy them with a cup of tea. They are absolutely delicious! Anyone who has ever eaten a Tunnock's Tea Cake will tell you how more-ish they are. One just feels so insignificant when you are sitting with a box of six.
These can be bought in every supermarket and most local shops in Scotland. I think they're pretty widely available in the rest of the UK, though I can't be sure. Tunnock's is of course a Scottish company. These Tea Cakes come individually wrapped in silver and red foil, and even when you're finished eating a Tea Cake (which takes all of about ten seconds if you inhale them like I do) there's plenty of fun to be had making mini things out of the wrapper. I may have even got my origami book out for inspiration when stuck for ideas.
On days where I want to spend a little more time eating my Tea Cake I bite all the milk chocolate off, then eat the marshmallow inside, before finally eating the biscuit base. Mmm. I have tried eating the biscuit before the mallow, but it leaves me with VERY sticky fingers. Alternatively you can eat them like a normal person, biting through each layer.
A box of six costs about £1. I think this is a good price for a quality product. Sometimes they can be a little hit and miss. I prefer a really soft, gooey centre and sometimes the mallow is a little more solid. I'll still eat them, don't get me wrong, but I prefer buying a box and finding that the middle is lovely and fluffy. You can also buy these in a dark chocolate variety. Not as good, but still tasty.
Tunnock's Tea Cakes are quite sweet, but not at all sickening. They come in at 106 calories, which isn't bad for a treat, but it's really difficult to only eat one, so calories can mount up quickly.
What could be more traditional for tea than a Tunnock's Tea Cake! (especially if you are either from Scotland or part of the wider Scottish diaspora - which I am though about four generations down the line). Certainly, they have been a teatime favourite of mine since boyhood. There are alternatives, mostly cheaper and some with jam in them but- apart from M&S's- I don't think they come close for quality and flavour. And where I live the nearest M&S is a £5 bus ride away.
The tea cakes come in a box of six resplendent in the Tunnock's colours of deep yellow and red with red lettering and complete with a depiction of a lion rampant holding a Tunnock's banner with the words "Est. 1890 still a family business". Heavens! They've been around longer than I have (a lot longer). The cakes come individually wrapped in silver and red foil so keep fresh even when the box is opened.
Unwrapping one releases a sweetish chocolatey aroma and on tasting it I find the chocolate covering to be firm but thin enough to break into easily; the taste is sweet but definitely chocolate. Immediately under the chocolate is the marshmallow centre, which is soft, sweet and creamy with a distinct taste of white of egg. Finally the biscuit base, though a bit overwhelmed by the marshmallow and chocolate covering, is pleasantly crunchy perhaps a bit like a digestive though with a finer texture. The overall combination certainly hits the yummy button for me. At just under an ounce (24g) they are quite small though not tiny. I try to make one do but since not everyone in the family likes them (!) I often get a second or even a third, which is enough to give me a sugar rush and consequent headache, something I'm prone to.
I was interested to see that the ingredients information on the back is in two languages, English and Arabic. I don't know why they should be popular in the Middle East but presumably they are. Using my rudimentary knowledge of the language I looked in vain for the word "Halal" - indicating they would be lawful for Muslims to eat - though they are marked as suitable for vegetarians (in English). Deciphering a bit further I could make out the name "Thomas Tunnock" in Arabic script but most of the rest was too small for me to read.
That nutritional information:
Fat: 4.6g (2.5 g saturates)
The saturated fat content is particularly high. Eight of these and you've had your daily allowance for adults. You have been warned!
Tunnock's are based in Uddingston, Lanarkshire which is now effectively a Glasgow dormitory town about 15 minutes by train from Glasgow Central. I understand visits can be arranged if you are interested.
Website at www.tunnock.co.uk
Buying tip. These are usually 89p in Aldi.
Any born and bred Scot will have fond memories of these teacakes as it takes you back to the treats your Grandparents would have in the house when you were young. Tunnock's are a family business located in Uddingston, Scotland since 1890 and they produce a variety of cakes and biscuits. These teacakes come in a yellow traditional-looking box of 6 priced at around £1.15. Each one is individually foil wrapped in silver foil with red detailing.
The Tunnock's Teacake is flat at the bottom and rounded at the top. The base of the teacake is made up of a crumbly biscuit which is not as dense as shortbread but is more moist than digestives. On top of the digestive is a thick layer of fluffy and sweet marshmallow topping. It's not like the marshmallow you would buy a bag of, it's more of a synthetic creamy marshmallow with a consistency like artificial cream. Sounds quite disgusting but it's actually quite tasty! The whole cake is then coated with a thin layer of sweet and crispy milk chocolate.
They may not be my most favourite biscuit in the world but there's just something about these which make you want to eat them. They are deliciously light and go amazing with a cup of tea. The chocolate is really nice and has a lovely crunchyness to it which goes really well with the soft marshmallow interior.
Each teacake contains 10% sugars, 5% cals and 13% of your gda saturated fat and so it's not all that great for you as it's hard to stop at just one - but again, what cake is good for you!
This week I have mostly been eating biscuits !
I seem to have had a craving for chocolate biscuits this week and the naughtier the better, as I am having a break from my diet. To hell with it this week I am enjoying chocolate biscuit heaven and you can't get more heavenly than a Tunnock's Teacakes
I have loved teacakes since I was small enough to enjoy them, the creamy marshmellow centre sat delicately on top of a thin layer of crunchy biscuit base, covered in thin milk chocolate is a dream.
These are one biscuit that tops the chart for me, they are so tempting sitting in their atttractive silver and red foil wrappers that it is really hard to just eat one. Peeling back the wrapper sends the scent of the naughty little teacakes up to your nostrils to delight the senses and tickle your appetite, so that when you sink your teeth into the rich creamy soft marshmellow your in heaven.
These are not the kind of biscuits you can sit nicely and be ladylike with, it is so tempting to pull the chocolate layer off the top and lick the marshmellow off the biscuit base.
They are not for dunking in coffee, but for devouring in a taste sensation.
Mallow 38%; Milk Chocolate 34%; Biscuit 28%.
4.0g of fat
For further information contact:
Thomas Tunnock Ltd,
34 Old Mill Road,
Like I said before these are not for dieting as the calories and fat content is high, but if you feel like a chocolate binge then these are so delicious it's really hard not to attempt to eat the whole packet, but you will feel ill after eating the lot as they are very rich.
With my family around it's hard to even get one of these if they are in the cupboard as everyone of us loves them, so I have to hide them on the top shelf behind other things if I am to save them from my munchkins.
I love Tunnock's Teacakes they are a timeless biscuit that have been around for years, we used to have them at birthday parties on the table with the other buffet food and it was always the teacakes that got eaten up not left over like the sandwiches or sausage rolls.
Kids love them too but they are high is fat so its not good to eat a lot of them, but you only get six in a packet so this isn't really a problem, the only problem is that once you've opened the packet and the rest of the family have seen them they disappear rapidly.
I'd definately give Tunnock's Teacakes 10 out of 10 for packaging, the attractive wrapper, the stay fresh factor and the smell of the delicious chocolate as well as the delicious taste sensation of the creamy mellow inside the chocolate, which combines perfectly with the layer of biscuit at the bottom.
Almost everybody will have fond memories of going round to their grandparents when they younger and almost having delicious chocolate treats forced upon them against their will. For me the memory is of these beautiful little tea cakes.
They are made up of fluffy white marshmallow perched on a soft chocolate biscuit base with a very thin covering of milk chocolate. When you bite into them you hear a pleasing little cracking sound and get a lovely mixture of sweet tastes and textures. Each teacake is about 3 inches in diameter and 2 inches deep.
What is really suprising is that I don't usually care for marshmallow at all, but in these tea cakes I don't know, it just works. The marshmallow is ever so slightly less solid than the type you'd toast over a camp fire, it seems less gaggy also. Perhaps it's just the addition of a solid chocolate base that provides the texture that I love. All I can say is they are utterly addictive.
I believe you can also get a variety with a thin layer of strawberry jam in the middle which is absolutely delicious, you can also get a dark chocolate variety although I have never had these for myself.
I really hope these are still available from supermarkets as I've not seen them in years, not only are they a blast from the past but also are one of my all time favourite chocolatey snacks.
Reccomended to anyone whose got a sweet tooth but also anyone who hasn't either, I don't usually like sweet things all that much but these teacakes are just devilishly good.
......After browsing their website I've just read "to many, the tunnocks brand evokes pleasant memories of their youth...that granny treat on sundays" seems I'm not the only one ; )
Thomas Tunnock formed his family business in 1890, when he bought a baker's shop in Uddingston. They produce quite a small range of items compared to most producers of confectionery, but their products are so popular, they are exported all over the world. Tunnocks Tea Cakes are my favourite and my kids too, but my husband prefers the wafers.
I prefer to buy my tea cakes in a pack of 10, then we can all have more than one. They come in yellow, cardboard packaging with a clear panel on top. Inside you can see that they are individually wrapped in red and silver foil.
When I unwrap a tea cake, I can't wait to bite into it. These aren't really made for people who wish to eat neatly and daintily. You really have to open wide and be ready for the mess!
The milk chocolate on a Tunnock's Tea Cake is quite thin and it cracks when you bite into it. It is very sweet and creamy and melts quickly in your mouth. Inside you find what looks suspiciously like shaving foam. It is in fact a whipped egg substance, which is similar to marshmallow, but a lot softer. The base is a soft shortcake, which is sweet and crumbly and this also melts in the mouth. This really is an extremely sweet treat and the combination of flavours and textures work perfectly.
Everyone has their preference on how to eat a tea cake. I prefer to bite straight into mine and get some of each layer in my mouth. This is very messy and not for the faint-hearted. The creamy filling goes everywhere, all round your mouth, on your nose and in your hair if you're not careful. I have stopped sending these to school, in my kids pack lunch boxes. Whenever they, or their friends are foolish enough to eat a Tunnock's Tea Cakes in public, someone will shove it into their face. This is supposedly hysterically funny and my kid's are as bad as their friends! I hate the thought that by beloved tea cakes are being wasted and I'm not keen on trying to remove the sticky goo from their school clothes either!
*Nutritional Value Per Tea Cake*
Energy - 106 kcal
Protein - 1.2g
Carbohydrate - 14.9g
of which sugars - 8.6g
Fat - 4.6g
of which saturates - 2.5g
Fibre - 0.6g
Sodium - 0.05g
Salt Equivalent - 0.12g
Tunnock's Tea Cakes contain egg, cow's milk, wheat gluten and soya. They are suitable for vegetarians.
They are available in a 10 pack for £1.27 or 6 pack for 90p.
If you have a sweet tooth and don't mind getting into a mess, these are a real treat. I would be happy to recommend them and award Tunnock's Tea Cakes 5 stars.
Tunnock's were founded by Thomas Tunnock in 1890 & are still based in Uddingston, Scotland where Thomas originally bought his first bakery. Today the company is known as Thomas Tunnock Ltd & employs 550 people.
The Chocolate Teacake is probably their most famous line. It is a round shortbread biscuit underneath a mound of very soft marshamllow (made from a whipped egg white mixture) wrapped in a thin layer of chocolate.
They come packed in boxes of 6 or 10 biscuits all of which are individually wrapped in foil inside the box. A box of ten tends to cost around £1.00 with a box of 6 costing around 70p. Each biscuit contains 106 calories with 8.6 grams of sugar & 4.6 grams of fat. I'd like to say whether or not they use artificial flavours or colours however their website doesn't have ingredients listed.
I really love these. I'll start with the shortbread. I don't like shortbread. It's normally very dry, hard like a crunchy biscuit & not very sweet. This shortbread is so much better. Soft, flakey, sweet without being sickly. The best shortbread I've ever eaten. The marshmallow-esque filling tastes really great. It's very thick & really soft. It has a smooth & silky texture. A splendid filling. The chocolate is nice too. It is a thin layer & possibly could be thicker but it works really well with the filling & the shortbread. Also, because it's quite thin is doesn't tend to bread that much other than where you take a bite, which would be a downside of having thicker chocolate.
I'm more than happy to recommend them. They taste really great. They make a good snack or a nice treat. They even go well in lunch boxes & picknick baskets for days out. I'm looking forward to my next one already.
Tunnock's Tea Cakes remind me of my childhood as they were one of my mum's favourites and I have not eaten them since then. Whilst shopping in Tesco's I spotted a pack and decided to see if they were as tasty as I remembered.
These teacakes are individually wrapped in red and silver foil so they keep fresh. They have a moist, soft biscuity base covered in really soft whipped marshmallow all covered in thick milk chocolate. You can buy these in packs of 6 or 10 and apparently they now do a dark chocolate variety too.
These are a scrummy sweet treat that go really well with a cuppa. I am not usually a fan of marshmallow but the consistency of the mallow here is really light and creamy. Each cake has 106 calories (which isn't too bad) and 2.5g of saturated fat.
If you have a sweet tooth and are looking for something a little different to have with your cup of tea you will love these.
If I had to pick a non Chocolate Bar Chocolate snack the I think that Tunnock's Teacakes would be the winner. Quite a simple thing, but really the best one in my view.
You can get Teacakes in packs of 6 for about 85p or packs of 10 for about £1.20. in some places you used to get them individual for about 20p, but haven't seen this for ages.
The packaging is simple for these. It is just a foil wrapper that just covers the product. Perhaps this isn't handy if you want to put this in a bag, as this could squash easily, and although would still be edible, it would be a bit messy and perhaps not as good. When you get these in the packs, they are in a box which keeps them from being knocked about. The foil wrapper is a mix of silver and red stripes with the Tunnock's logo on the top, which is the main part you see.
These are just large fluffy bits of Mallow sitting on a thin Cake/Biscuit base and all covered in a thin shell of Milk Chocolate. The mix of the sweet if slightly sticky Mallow with the thin slightly salty base, and the Milky Chocolate that is nice and crisp makes for a nice combination. There is plenty of Mallow in this.
There is 2 ways I eat these. Sometimes I try and eat this to get all the layers at once, so I bite into it and eat it that way, which is alright, or the other way I bite off the Chocolate on the top, which ends up having a bit Mallow stuck to it, eating the Mallow and them having the base, which often still has a bit Mallow on it as well.
These only have 92 calories each, and they are an alright size as well.
A nice sweet treat, which is hard to stop at just 1 of them.
I like to think of myself as a fairly open-minded kind of person in general, and as I have had a broadband internet connection for a number of years now, it's been quite a long time since I've encountered anything surprising enough to really startle me.
Seeing that Tunnock's Teacakes have consistently been awarded five stars by the 30-odd people who have reviewed the product on this web-site has however come as a complete and total shock, since personally I have always thought of Tunnock's Teacakes as something truly vile. And yet, thinking about the shelf-life that Tunnock's Teacakes have had to date: they were available when I was a small child more than 30 years ago, and they certainly were nothing new even back then. The only explanation can be that some people, for some reason, really seem to enjoy them.
Is their popularity linked to some kind of misplaced Scottish Nationalism, I wonder? Stranger things have certainly happened. Michelle McMannus won a talent competition on the telly solely on the basis of the entire phone-owning population of Scotland turning out en masse to vote for her just for being Scottish, on principle, after all, and like Michelle McMannus, Tunnocks Teacakes are truly a product of Scotland. That's the only feasible reason for their high-ratedness that I can come up with.
What are they like? A couple of years ago I found myself in the unenviable position, at the age of 38, of having, on the grounds of misplaced po-faced politeness (and the avoidance of 'wastage' and deliberately giving offence) to finish off the greater portion of one of these aberrations, as my then infant daughter - who at that stage in her life knew no better as we had deliberately shielded her from all things Tunnocks up to that point - had taken it off the plate at her (Scottish) grandmother's insistence at tea-time, unwrapped it from the foil packaging, and already taken a small taste and then refused to eat the rest of it (all before I could protest in an appropriately / excruciatingly smug-parent manner that we were "trying not to feed to her too much sugar-packed, cheap-fat-saturated crap wrapped in little foil packets at this point, actually") . On eating it I found that the teacakes had not changed since the 1970s. The molecule-thick spray of brown fat-based so-called 'chocolate' coating, covering a sickly-sweet dome of faintly-fragranced optical-brightener-enhanced-looking white foamy spume was just the same, as was the 'biscuit base' - a substrate for the teacake that in a quality reality would have been a lot like good crushed-digestive-based home-made cheesecake base, but since it was made by Tunnocks in the real world after all - wasn't. As always the teacake base (always my 'favourite part' of the teacake - if people can be said to have favourite parts of things they don't really like) was just another sweetish-tasting beige-coloured cheap-fat-based wodge of nasty confection.
I see from other reviewers that you can still buy a box of six Tunnocks teacakes for well under a quid - so they work out at approximately 15p per unit price. I think that says it all, really.
I had not had Teacakes in such a long time and I spotted Tunnock's Teacakes in Asda earlier on this week whilst shopping and put a box in my trolley. Grandma has been to stay with us for a few days and I like to have something other than biscuits in for her to have with a cuppa.
I paid 90p for a box of 6 of these Teacakes.
These round 'cakes' have a biscuit base, which is not the best, but passable. A good helping of sweet squigy marshmallow is topped with smooth milk chocolate to form a dome shape. These are really nice as a little treat and at only 91 calories and 4g of fat per biscuit I would much rather have one of these than a couple of of bourbons. they kind of remind me a bit of Wagon Wheels but without the jam, which would be lovely between the layers of bisucit and mallow, but this is not what these biscuits are about.
Overall an enjoyable treat and very reasonably priced at what works out to be 15p each.
Tunnock teacakes take me back to my younger days and being at my grandmas house, these are a biscuit and marshmallow covered in milk chocolate
The box has recently been slightly brought up to date whilst still having a traditional look to it. The box is yellow with a window where you can peer in and look at the teacakes, the teacakes are wrapped in a silver foil with red writing on it. The teacake itself is a dome like shape with a flat bottom to it which is actually the biscuit part, when you bite into it you can see about three quarters marshmallow and the rest is biscuit.
A box of ten will cost you around £1.27, so that is just under 13p per cake
About the Taste?
These are superb, really fluffy mallow and a little bit of chocolate and soft biscuit thrown in. the biscuit is really nice and has a slight salty edge to it which works really well as the mallow and chocolate are sweetish. The mallow is light fluffy and creamy in taste and texture. A great combination I think. The chocolate tastes of fairly good quality also which is good considering the price of each cake
These are 413 kcal per 100 grams or 91 kcal per biscuit which is not too bad.
Be careful if you put one in your bag for later as these can get squashed easy, superb tasting
These were a typical Sunday night pudding when I was in primary school. To be honest I hadn't even realised that Tunnock's still made them. As there were 6 of us in total, the amount in the pack got rid of any possible squabbling between me and my younger brother. Something which could of happened had there of been any more or any less.
The Tunnock's tea cake has become increasingly popular over the years. Appareantly they are a favourite of Supergrass although that could just be nonsense. The company, founded in 1890 also manufactor a different range of products although these are probably my favourite.
Simply put these are a dome like shape with a sticky, soft marshmallow centre on a biscuit which is then covered in a thin layer of milk chocolate. Once bitten into the coating breaks away easily to show you the white concoction inside. It has the same taste and consistency that you'd expect from your Snowball cake which are another of my favourites. Sweet with a slightly vanilla flavour you also have the base to enjoy as well.
Although this is quite soft compared to your usual biscuit the chocolate holds it all together so you don't make too many crumbs. It means you get a nice combination of sweet, sticky and cruncy all in one go. The covering doesn't add much to it and I don't think you can actually taste the chocolate at all. Personally I would like there to be a bit of jam in them so as to give an added flavour.
These are individually wrapped in red and silver foil. Also having a dark chocolate option as well. Whilst you get six in a pack I find that it can be easy to eat more than one at a time. Either they've shrunk or I've just gotten bigger because I was certain that back when I was younger they were larger in size! In each separate one you are consuming 106 calories, 1.2g protein, 14.9g carbohydrate (8.6g of which are sugars), 4.6g fat (2.5g of which are saturates), 0.6g fibre, 0.05g sodium (0.12g salt equivalent)
Whilst eaten on their own I find them too sweet so I always have a cup of tea close to hand. Just to make it taste that extra bit nicer. With 6 in a pack and when you're only spending 91p from Asda I think these are well worth the money. They are lovely to eat without being too sickly and are also suitable for vegetarians. A tasty treat.
Tunnock's biscuit products.