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Jaffa Cakes

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Jaffa Cakes

I am thinking of getting "Jaffa Cakes" as trip "souvenirs" for friends back home.

I am wondering whether are there different brands available at the local supermarket? Or it is only available from the McVitie's brand? Is this available from all supermarkets? B'cos probably I'll get it on my last day in London.

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1. Re: Jaffa Cakes

McVities are the best, but all the supermarkets will also sell their own label versions. They are not particularly expensive so you may as well have McVities. They are widely available.

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Dont bother with the replicas, apart from probably not being that great, your friends they may think you are a cheapskate! Would you bring them back replica Rolex's if the real ones were only £1 or £2 each?

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Thanks nifty and joe for the advice.

No, I wasn't thinking about getting the "no frills" or the supermarket's house brand "Jaffa Cakes". I was wondering whether other major biscuit makers are producing "Jaffa Cakes" which may taste better. I did a search and found that LU Biscuits makes a similiar type calling it "Pim's Orange".

I think "Jaffa Cakes" are great food souvenirs from the UK as I don't believe they are available outside the UK. Are they the most favourite cake/biscuit of the British?

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Fair enough kevin. No, dont know of other brands that are good, perhaps you need to do some extensive research on the possibilities when you are here :-)

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6. Re: Jaffa Cakes

Marmalade is a British thing about oranges.

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7. Re: Jaffa Cakes

To be honest kevin i'd rather have a KitKat or a slice of nice fruit cake, or even a Cadbury's Mini roll.

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8. Re: Jaffa Cakes

Marks and Spencers do delicious 'Jaffa Cakes' which are oblong not round. I think they are nicer than the 'proper ones'.

In my local supermarket you can also get them with lemon and lime topping rather than orange which are pretty good but again not very authentic!

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and do you know why they called "cakes" and not "biscuits"? and thus exempt from Govmt levied VAT 17.5% sales tax?

Simple, the company argued....When stale, biscuits go soft, when Jaffa Cakes go stale, they go hard!.

and you just knew this very uniquely British 'delicacy' would have its own Wiki page! (which details the Vat issue)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffa_Cakes

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The M & S ones taste nice, but there's something not right about oblong Jaffa cakes - go for the real thing for the total experience.