Biscuit or cake
robneil · 11/04/2021 11:48
Having a debate about whether or not we need to create a third category for the sweet treats that don't easily sit with either biscuits, such as the rich tea, bourbon cream, or hobnob, or as a cake, such as carrot cake, Victoria sponge or chocolate brownie. Where do we place the in between products, like tunnocks tea cakes, caramels, macarons and, of course jaffa cakes. Do we, as a nation, need to decide where to classify these pesky sweet treats that do not conform to the social norms of the afternoon tea world, or do we need to come up with a 3rd category just for the in between snacks...?
sunflowersandbuttercups · 11/04/2021 11:52
Jaffa cakes are cakes.
"In the United Kingdom, value added tax is payable on chocolate-covered biscuits, but not on chocolate-covered cakes. McVities defended its classification of Jaffa Cakes as cakes at a VAT tribunal in 1991, against the ruling that Jaffa cakes were biscuits due to their size and shape, and the fact that they were often eaten in place of biscuits. McVities insisted that the product was a cake, and allegedly produced a giant Jaffa cake in court to illustrate its point"
"The court was adjudicated by Mr Donald Potter QC, who found in favour of McVitie's and ruled that whilst Jaffa Cakes had characteristics of both cakes and biscuits, the product should be considered a cake, meaning that VAT is not paid on Jaffa cakes in the United Kingdom. Mr Potter QC also expressed that Jaffa Cakes were not biscuits."
So, there you go
toastofthetown · 11/04/2021 12:23
[quote AWamBamBoom]@toastofthetown why are you being rude? So unnecessary[/quote]
I haven't been rude. OP asked if they were being unreasonable and I thought that they were. That is what AIBU is for. As I said, if you don't want to told you are unreasonable, there is a well used Chat board.
TomHardyAndMe · 11/04/2021 12:33
By definition biscuits go soft when they get stale: cakes go hard when they get stale. I’m not sure whether the protective chocolate coating of a tunnocks tea cake puts it in a category of its own, as none have survived long enough in my vicinity to find out.
ComtesseDeSpair · 11/04/2021 12:38
I work with the woman whose family invented the particular type of caramel that goes into a Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer.
Having written that down and read it back, I realise how odd a statement it is, and anyone is entitled to disbelieve me I’m not sure what the very particular recipe is but apparently there’s something which differentiates it from normal caramel.
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