It’s a question we’ve all heard before, it’s an age old debate amongst the British public, and at this point, in 2022, it’s an answer that we just can’t seem to agree or settle on, no matter how hard we try.
Jaffa Cakes are an iconic sweet treat that were first introduced by snack food brand McVitie’s all the way back in 1927.
They are named after jaffa oranges, contain a simple combination of sugar and tangerine oil to form the sealed layer of jam in the middle, and for the last 95 years, have regularly been voted among Britain’s favourite biscuits or cakes.
But also for last 95 years, people have been debating what they actually are.
The debate has generated opinion from pretty much everyone who’s ever tasted the treat, but now, the official Jaffa Cakes Twitter account has decided to wade in and attempt to end the conversation once and for all.
In response to a curious fan this week who simply asked on Twitter this week: “Is a Jaffa Cake a Cake or a biscuit?”, Jaffa Cakes officially confirmed that it’s “cake all the way”.
Although this definitive answer may seem like the end of the debate, it may not actually be what is seems, as this isn’t the first time McVitie’s has tried to argue the cake label.
In 1991, McVitie’s successfully managed to argue that the sweet treat are in fact cakes and therefore exempt from VAT, but a later tribunal then determined that, while certain characteristics of the Jaffa Cake were cake-like, including the ingredients and texture, it was also the size and shape of a biscuit, and packaged and sold alongside biscuits.
This means that it’s presented to be eaten with your fingers, and not with a fork like cakes are generally consumed.
So honestly, who really knows anymore?
The brand’s latest Twitter response comes after it launched a variation on the British classic last May known as a ‘Jonut’ – a doughnut-shaped ring of sponge with the staple orange-flavoured filling and a dark chocolate coating that McVitie’s bosses expected would “spark further conversation”.
When a confectionary fan went directly to the verified official Jaffa Cake Facebook page and simply asked “What side of the Jaffa is the bottom?”, the company’s response was: “Our Jaffa Cakes go through a reservoir of chocolate, so the chocolate is on the bottom.”
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Phil Foden’s bond with elderly City fan with dementia only gets more wholesome
Among the City fans flying high after the Manchester derby, 84-year-old Barry Carr was undoubtedly one those most bowled over on the day, as he was once again invited to Phil Foden‘s box to watch the game.
As you can see, Barry was invited back to watch the derby and treated to a 6-3 blockbuster, where he got to spend more time with Foden as well as meeting ex-player turned pundit Micah Richards.
One of the best bits is when he calls Erling Haaland “the big one”. You’re not wrong there, Barry!
The lifelong fan City fan was over the moon with the result and even more excited when he realised his favourite Foden had netted his own hattrick against against their historic rivals.
Following the game, the two share a lovely embrace and talk about the game, with Foden describing his game as a “dream come true”. We dare say Barry felt the same.
We’re not crying, you are…
While he struggles with his memory, most of time spent watching City vs United would have been quite different, as they were long-considered ‘the noisy neighbours’. Safe to say things have changed over the past decade.
‘Significant risk’ of UK gas shortages this winter, regulator warns
Energy regulator Ofgem has warned that the UK faces a ‘significant risk’ of gas shortages this winter.
According to reports in The Times, the regulator has unveiled concerns that the country could face blackouts over the coming months thanks to an undersupply of gas to Europe caused by Russia’s war with Ukraine.
Warning that a “gas supply emergency” could be looming ahead, the energy regulator has said that some gas-fired power plants could see their supplies cut off, which in turn would stop generators from producing electricity.
The alert comes just days before an expected update from the National Grid on the likelihood of countrywide power cuts this winter.
Responsing to arequest from SSE, which owns several gas power stations, Ofgem outlined what is set to be a huge issue of concern given that the UK relies on large gas plants to produce the biggest share of its electricity supply.
The regulator also pointed to rules that could see power plants penalised as a result of shortages, warning of a worst-case scenario that would see the “potential insolvency of gas-fired generators” caused by rules that require plants to pay huge charges if they fail to deliver on promised quotas.
Adding that the issue must be addressed to prevent a “significant impact on the safety and security of the electricity and/or gas systems”, the regulator echoed concerns now widespread in Europe as its comments followed a similar statement made by the International Energy Agency (IEA) this morning.
Europeans are already being told they must lower their thermostats and boilers in preparation in case gas supplies are cut off, with Paris-based agency IEA warning today that the EU must focus on getting underground gas reserve levels to 90% of capacity in case of a complete Russian supply shut-off.
Preparation are already being made in Europe with the German government having approved a set of energy-saving measures for the winter to limit use in public buildings. In France, meanwhile, companies have already been warned they may face energy rationing this winter.
Whilst the UK government is yet to announce any energey saving measures, Ofgem has said that it expect s“this winter to be more challenging than last year” and that it is taking “reasonable regulatory steps to mitigate and reduce the risks”.