Product Type: Tunnock's Snacks
Newest Review: ... cakes are individually wrapped. The box design is really basic and simple, it states Tunnocks was established in 1890 and is still a fami... more
Member Name: rackerss
Advantages: delicious, suitable for vegetarians
Disadvantages: quite high in saturated fat
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.
Summary: a great snack