The Jealous Crumpet

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I Just Discovered Tunnock’s Tea Cakes


tunnocks tea cakesThere is a store, World Market, that I like to go to get french sweets for my french husband.  The store is 2 hours from my house so I only go when I am working in this particular town, making it a rare treat.

A couple of months ago, I was standing in World Market’s biscuit/cookie aisle trying to decide if I should get Madeleine’s or langues de chats or both (I went with both), when a man at the other end of the aisle threw up his hands and sighed in exasperation.

Bloody Hell!!! Tunnock’s tea cakes for $5.99 is absolutely mad!! And I’m SURE they’re stale!” he blustered to a younger gentlemen with him.  The other man just shrugged, apparently used to such outbursts, but I was suddenly very interested in Tunnock’s tea cakes.

Despite the exorbitant price and high-probability of staleness, the angry British man tucked two yellow boxes of tea cakes into his basket and huffed away.

My curiosity got the best of me (it usually does) and I immediately grabbed a box so I could see what all the fuss was about. tunnocks tea cakesWhen I got home I put the tea cakes into my cupboard and promptly forgot about them.  On a cold and rainy evening my husband was scouring our cabinets looking for something interesting to eat when he rediscovered the treats.

“What are these,” he asked, intrigued by their definite sweets appearance.

“Oh yeah, it’s a British dessert I bought, but I don’t really know anything about them.  Maybe they’re like a scone or something,” I said.  Note: I am ashamed to have a british food as my blog icon and yet know so little about the cuisine.  I’m learning slowly.  Sorry.

We cracked open the cakes and were not disappointed.  Tunnocks Tea Cakes

They were like little portable s’mores, with a biscuit base, topped with marshmallow fluff and coated in chocolate.  hmmmmm!  Plus they had the added fanciness of a shiny red and silver wrapper that made them just a little more exciting.  So much better than the hard, stale, overpriced biscuits that I was expecting.  Tunnocks Tea Cakes

Author: Sarah Bélanger

I am a freelance photographer and writer, working for various magazines, cookbooks and blogs. I love what I do, but I have a lot of restrictions depending on which brand and publication I'm working for. This blog gives me the opportunity to have fun. I'm also a pretty terrible cook, so this blog is forcing me to learn some kitchen skills, which is both thrilling and infuriating. I hope you enjoy reading the blog, half as much as I enjoy making it.

9 thoughts on “I Just Discovered Tunnock’s Tea Cakes

  1. Oh yes…i see what these are….we have the same treats in belgium…but…belgium and GB are so close… makes sense….
    the mix of flufiness, chocolate and biscuit….
    So just to let you feel comfortable….to have british desserts in your pantry… 😉
    Enjoy…thats delicious

    • Not to offend the British dessert makers, but I bet the belgium version is better. They have the most AMAZING desserts! It’s been a while since I’ve been in Europe and I really miss your desserts! They are the best!

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  3. World Market is one of my favorite stores ever. I always go in looking for one thing and come out with an armful of candy. I am a complete and total sucker for the Kinder hippos and the Nyakers ginger cookies. If you haven’t had the hippos yet, get them next time. They are so crazy good!

    • I have not tried Kinder hippos, but they sound wonderful! I am a huge fan of adorable sweets, so this sounds like something I would be really into. I’m going back to world market in a couple of weeks, hopefully, so I’ll let you know when I do my Kinder Hippo post! 🙂

  4. I’m glad you’ve discovered our teacakes! When I was in World market I didn’t see the teacakes, but i found tunnock’s caramel wafer bars which are also really good! 🙂

    • The tea cakes were sort of low on the shelf on the biscuit aisle and I probably wouldn’t have noticed them if the man hadn’t be SOOO upset by the price. They are very sweet and my husband isn’t I huge fan, but I liked them. I’m a sucker for cute packaging (I buy a lot of terrible wine because of this) so that was an added bonus for me. And I will certainly be trying the caramel wafer bars! I just googled them and they look tasty. 🙂

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