McVities Jaffa Cakes - how we've all been eating them wrong!

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McVities have confirmed the correct way to eat a Jaffa Cake - and our jaws have dropped.

Jaffa Cake makers McVities are causing a stir, and it's not down to the great biscuit or a cake debate but the way we choose to eat it.

And apparently, we've all been doing it wrong.

The new conundrum which has baffled lovers of the sweet treat was highlighted after a fan, known only as David, messaged the company to ask "What side of the Jaffa is the bottom?"

And McVities' answer has left everyone mind-blown.

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They replied: "Hi David, our Jaffa Cakes go through a reservoir of chocolate, so the chocolate is on the bottom. Thanks, Jaffa Cakes."

David was shocked by this revelation replying, "Wtf dude." And he wasn't the only one shocked by the revelation.

"OMG just turned my world upside down," one person said.

Meanwhile another wrote, "Am I the only one who always thought the chocolate was the bottom anyway?"

Despite the promotional packaging showing the cake biscuit chocolate side up, the official way to eat it is with the plain cake side up. (Even if it means getting crumbs of chocolate on your lap.)

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The biscuit recipe contains a cake sponge element, orange jelly and chocolate base. So while we try to get our heads around flipping the treat onto it's chocolate jelly bottom, there's more...

The new revelation appears to not only apply to Jaffa cakes, but to all chocolate topped biscuits.

A rep previously said, "When we make our McVitie’s chocolate biscuits – whether that be Chocolate Hobnobs, Chocolate Digestives, or even Jaffa Cakes – they go through a reservoir of chocolate on the production line. ‘This essentially “enrobes” the bottom in chocolate – so we can confirm that the chocolate is officially on the bottom of the biscuits."

Time to make a cup of tea and try eating a McVities Festive Jaffa Cake the proper way...

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.