Tunnocks Teacake

The Tunnocks Teacake

This lady was dressed as a Tunnocks Teacake as part of a promotional event in Glasgow City Centre.

The Tunnock’s Teacake is a¬†small round shortbread biscuit covered with a dome of Italian meringue which is very similar to marshmallow. It is then covered in a thin layer of milk or dark chocolate. The milk chocolate ones are wrapped in a red and silver foil paper and the dark chocolate ones are wrapped in blue, black, and gold foil wrapping. The Tunnocks teacake, not to be confused with any other kind of teacake, first made its appearance in 1956. The Tunnocks teacake¬†is manufactured in Uddingston, Scotland and remains a family owned and operated business.

An interesting story about the teacake came to light from retired RAF bomber pilot Tony Cunnane when he told of how Tunnock’s Teacakes became a favourite ration snack of the V bomber nuclear deterrent flight crews based at RAF Gaydon, especially after discovering that they expanded at high altitude. This ended after one was left unwrapped and exploded on the instrument panel.

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