Saturday, 8 August 2009

Jaffa Cakes

Jaffa Cakes are a quintessentially British snack. They basically consist of a dry sponge cake base with orange jelly on the base at the centre (Jaffa is a type of orange, hence the name) and a chocolate shell to top it off. They are highly addictive - I am obliged to bring back a large number of these cakes for my family; my record is 4 boxes totalling 96 cakes. McVitie's - the company who first introduced them - even has a Jaffaholics Anonymous number set up, supposedly to deal with people who simply can't stop eating them.

Sad to say, the Sainsbury's Basics ones are a major disappointment. Compared to the original McVitie's Jaffa Cakes, the cake base is drier, and lose their moisture more quickly than the original when in the fridge. The orange jelly tastes sharper and a little more sour, and the chocolate coating can be quite thin.

Eating four of these things in one go actually gave me a slight burning in my stomach, something which I don't usually experience with the McVitie's ones.

Do yourselves a favour and get the original Jaffa Cakes from McVities'. Skip the house brands altogether.

DescriptionPrice per UnitNo. of servingsTrade-up PremiumTrade-up Benefits
Jaffa Cakes£0.5024 cakes+£0.50More moist cake, thicker chocolate top, sweeter orange filling. Recommended.

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