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    Jaffa Cake - is it a cake, or a biscuit?!

    I just heard this on the radio.

    Surely the clue's in the name?!

    Does anyone think differently?!

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    Nothing remotely biscuity about a Jaffa Cake.

    :pirate: CJ :pirate:

    But they aren't that cakey... :-(

    would you dunk 'em in your tea?

    probably not,so definitely a cake:)

    Im voting cake here!

    not sure, still trying to figure out how they get the figs into the fig rolls ?

    Cake!

    Well they're always with the biscuits in supermarkets..not the cakes..but I dare say they are a cake....biscuits aren't soft baked...are they?

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    muckypup

    would you dunk 'em in your tea?probably not,so definitely a cake:)



    tea? I'm with you, probably not!

    But let me throw this swerve ball your way - how about your hot chocolate?! :thumbsup: :roll: :-D

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    In the ][COLOR=#0000ff]United Kingdom[/COLOR], Jaffa Cakes are classed as ][COLOR=#0000ff]cakes[/COLOR] for the purposes of taxation, but due to their size and high number per packaging, shops generally stock them within the ][COLOR=#0000ff]biscuit[/COLOR] section.

    Cake or biscuit?
    Under UK law, no ][COLOR=#0000ff]VAT[/COLOR] is charged on biscuits and cakes — they are "zero rated". Chocolate covered biscuits, however, are classed as luxury items and are subject to VAT at 17.5%. McVitie's classed its Jaffa Cakes as cakes, but in ][COLOR=#0000ff]1991[/COLOR], this was challenged by ][COLOR=#0000ff]Her Majesty's Customs and Excise[/COLOR] in court.][COLOR=#0000ff][1][/COLOR] This may have been because Jaffa Cakes are about the same size and shape as some types of biscuit. The question which had to be answered was what criteria should be used to class something as a cake or biscuit. McVitie's defended the classification of Jaffa Cakes as a cake by producing a giant Jaffa Cake to illustrate that their Jaffa Cakes were simply mini cakes.
    They also argued that the distinction between cakes and biscuits is simply that cakes go hard when stale, whereas biscuits go soft. It was demonstrated that Jaffa Cakes become hard when stale and McVitie's won the case.][COLOR=#0000ff][2][/COLOR]
    The issue was revisited in an article entitled 'Are Jaffa Cakes really biscuits?' published in the ][COLOR=#0000ff]Journal of Unlikely Science[/COLOR] (Volume 1, issue 7, 2005).][COLOR=#0000ff][3][/COLOR] The article attempted to classify biscuits via a scientific analysis of various features (size, shape, filling etc.) and determined that the Jaffa Cake should be regarded as a biscuit, or 'pseudobiscuit'.

    muckypup

    would you dunk 'em in your tea?probably not,so definitely a cake:)


    I would,but then again,i dunk anything in my tea.:giggle:

    Biscuit!! Will we make this thread into a poll?!

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    Never thought about Wikipedia! That kinda solves that then! Thanks Fordy!

    Original Poster

    We could do Emma, I never thought of doing that myself, but Fordy seems to have solved the "age-old" mystery! lol

    Cummon then, lets make it a poll, i may make a similar thread....

    i dunk my toast in my tea...does that mean its a biscuit?? lol

    But what is a biscuit?

    ]See what Qi says here.

    Also the "orangey" bit in the middle is mostly apricot

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    loupomm

    i dunk my toast in my tea...does that mean its a biscuit?? lol



    There always has to be someone who spoils it! lol

    My Dad does that too! lol So you're not alone!

    loupomm

    i dunk my toast in my tea...does that mean its a biscuit?? lol


    Delicious.:w00t:

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    melipona

    But what is a biscuit?]See what Qi says here.Also the "orangey" bit in … But what is a biscuit?]See what Qi says here.Also the "orangey" bit in the middle is mostly apricot



    Uh oh! You've just gone and opened a whole new can of worms there! Is the Forum ready for it?! lol :-D

    kit kats in tea....yummmmmmmmmmmmm

    Biscuit.

    Cakes are large and provide several servings per cake.

    I can squeeze two or three jaffa cakes in my mouth at once but there's no way I can sqeeze two or three cakes.

    Incidentally, my favourite cake is a victoria sponge with walnuts and coffee icing and filling.

    loupomm

    i dunk my toast in my tea...does that mean its a biscuit?? lol


    Ewww thats a bit rank :giggle: id neg you for that if i could, just kidding :giggle:

    my mum makes a lovely coffee and walnut cake....yummy

    Poll it - I think there's a big enough interest

    They're cakes, Marks & Sparks took it to court and won. They got a hefty tax rebate from it too. END OF DISCUSSION

    Caesar

    They're cakes, Marks & Sparks took it to court and won. They got a hefty … They're cakes, Marks & Sparks took it to court and won. They got a hefty tax rebate from it too. END OF DISCUSSION


    WTF :giggle:

    Its a cake, clues in the title.

    Joshanna

    Ewww thats a bit rank :giggle: id neg you for that if i could, just … Ewww thats a bit rank :giggle: id neg you for that if i could, just kidding :giggle:



    :giggle:

    I think its going to be a common joke now Ducky :giggle:

    Feeling any better now?

    Joshanna

    Ewww thats a bit rank :giggle: id neg you for that if i could, just … Ewww thats a bit rank :giggle: id neg you for that if i could, just kidding :giggle:



    im a big girl i can take it!! :viking:
    hey its a boredom thing! too much time sitting on my own! lol

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    £3.5million all over a cake

    my mum makes a lovely coffee and walnut cake....yummy



    If I PM you my address will you post one to me? I'll pay postage

    loupomm

    im a big girl i can take it!! :viking: hey its a boredom thing! too much … im a big girl i can take it!! :viking: hey its a boredom thing! too much time sitting on my own! lol



    I would if i could and all that :giggle:
    I wouldnt neg anyway, not people ive spoke to on here before with, i remember having a little chat with you

    Greg

    If I PM you my address will you post one to me? I'll pay postage



    well i could try...i cant promise i wouldnt scape off the yummy topping...

    I think the true definition is

    biscuits go soft when stale, whereas cakes go hard when stale.

    Its a cake!

    Why is a chocolate covered biscuit a 'luxury' VATable item and a chocolate covered cake not?

    MBeeching

    Why is a chocolate covered biscuit a 'luxury' VATable item and a … Why is a chocolate covered biscuit a 'luxury' VATable item and a chocolate covered cake not?



    Tis just the crazy messed up world we live in...anyone for baa baa green sheep? :whistling:

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    Joshanna

    I would if i could and all that :giggle:I wouldnt neg anyway, not people … I would if i could and all that :giggle:I wouldnt neg anyway, not people ive spoke to on here before with, i remember having a little chat with you



    i know you were messing...:p ..i wont tell you what i dip my pickled onions in...

    loupomm

    i know you were messing...:p ..i wont tell you what i dip my pickled … i know you were messing...:p ..i wont tell you what i dip my pickled onions in...



    I HATE raw onions, go on what do you dip them in

    My 2 year old dips his chips in icecream - i must point this out, this isnt the diet he lives on, my mum insists on taking him to mcdonalds when she looks after him 2 wind me up!
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