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Jaffa Cake: Cake or Biscuit watch

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    The Jaffa Cake is it a Cake or Biscuit?
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    I don't know. But I have to say I love Jaffa Biscuits.
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    Cakes go hard when stale, biscuits go soft.

    Jaffa cakes go hard. They are therefore cakes. /thread
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    Goes hard when stale, so it's a cake.
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    Isn't it's name a clue?
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    Cake
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    Cake. Really small cake.
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    (Original post by DarkSenrine)
    Cakes go hard when stale, biscuits go soft.

    Jaffa cakes go hard. They are therefore cakes. /thread
    I was gonna say this
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    In the UK, value added tax is payable on chocolate covered biscuits, but not on chocolate covered cakes. McVities defended its classification of Jaffa Cakes as cakes in court, producing a 12" (30 cm) Jaffa Cake to illustrate that its Jaffa Cakes were simply miniature cakes. McVities argued that a distinction between cakes and biscuits is, among other things, that biscuits would normally be expected to go soft when stale, whereas cakes would normally be expected to go hard. It was demonstrated to the Tribunal that Jaffa Cakes become hard when stale. Other factors taken into account by the Chairman, Potter QC, included the name, ingredients, texture, size, packaging, marketing, presentation, appeal to children, and manufacturing process. Potter ruled that the Jaffa Cake is a cake. McVities therefore won the case and VAT is not paid on Jaffa Cakes in the UK.
    Quite clearly a cake, only idiots think its a biscuit.
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    Proof that the Jaffa Cake is not a true biscuit, and must therefore be a cake.
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    (Original post by Smoosh)
    I was gonna say this
    So was i. I could never make my mind up untill i was told about the stale buisness.
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    It is a cake. McVities are filthy tax dodgers.
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    God bless QI
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    Goes hard when it's stale, so it's a cake.

    McVitie's actually took this to court. Chocolate-covered biscuits are considered luxury items and are as such subject to VAT, pushing the prices up for consumers, whereas chocolate-covered cakes are exempt from VAT.

    When they took it to court, they produced a 30cm Jaffa Cake to demonstrate that it's essentially a miniature cake!
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    (Original post by DarkWhite)
    Goes hard when it's stale, so it's a cake.

    McVitie's actually took this to court. Chocolate-covered biscuits are considered luxury items and are as such subject to VAT, pushing the prices up for consumers, whereas chocolate-covered cakes are exempt from VAT.

    When they took it to court, they produced a 30cm Jaffa Cake to demonstrate that it's essentially a miniature cake!
    I know I just wanted peoples opinion on it.
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    Its a cake.
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    I have nothing of value to add to this discussion, just that I'm debating buying some Jaffa cakes right now. God they're good :sogood:
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    (Original post by Kaykiie)
    I have nothing of value to add to this discussion, just that I'm debating buying some Jaffa cakes right now. God they're good :sogood:
    Do it, then come back and tell us about them.

    I can't have any, and wish to enjoy them vicariously through you.
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    There was a legal case over this, and the correct answer is:

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    biscuit (the original decision was reversed)


    congratulations to all those who got the answer right.
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    It's a cake QI says so
 
 
 
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