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  • Posted Sept. 19, 2011 by Helen in Food. Viewed 5030 times

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As I did the weekly food shop this afternoon I came across some Tunnocks Teacakes [tunnock.co.uk] on the shelf and found myself unable to resist their allure. I have very fond memories of these chocolate and marshmallow creations from my childhood and they??re just as delicious as I remember. The box celebrates the fact that they??re still a family run firm, established in 1890, and this prompted me to look them up online. It seems they started in Scotland by a Thomas Tunnock and the company is run today by his grandson. The other ??useless fact of the day?? that I learnt was that they now export their products to thirty countries and the biggest importer of Tunnocks products is Saudi Arabia ?? I wasn??t expecting that at all! If this has whetted your appetite to visit Tunnocks apparently you can go on a factory tour but there??s a year long waiting list to do so……

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    • # Moira

      Oh! no now you've got me drooling that was a childhood favourite with me too never knew they originated in Scotland thanks for Sharing.

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    • # Lukesmom

      I really love this shot, especially in b&w! It has such a nostalgic feel to it and the cake looks yummy too!

      2011.09.21 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Paul

      As the BBC would say "Other tea cakes are available!!!" :)
      Neat shot for the TI....how many are left?

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    • # Marsha

      My goodness, they must be quite good to have stayed on the market that long! Lovely B/W and interesting information, Helen!

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    • # Carole

      Mmmmmmm. Love these. Have they got jam in them? and do you eat all the chocolate off first? (when you're not photographing them).
      We had these at school at break time.. Very nostalgic. Lovely image too. Oh poop. I want one now.

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    • # Josy

      Ah, I would like to enjoy this greedy curiosity... A beautiful photo and explanations which tempt to crunch with enjoyment

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    • # Jon Laysell

      I love Tunnocks. I used to have their caramel bars as a kid. As no-one else did though I always wondered where there claims of "A million bars sold every week" came from.

      As for Saudi imports, I once worked with a woman who had helped set up the first Marks & Spencer's stores out there. She told me that they bought more lingerie that anywhere else.

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