If you’re a Scot, or very familiar with Scotland, you might already be aware of a company called T. Tunnock Ltd, commonly known as Tunnock’s, of Uddingston near Glasgow.

I was reminded of this supreme confectionery company when reading Christine’s most enjoyable post on the subject of the Tunnock’s teacake this morning, and thought it would be the ideal time for me to a) eat a Tunnock’s teacake and b) follow Christine’s lead by dedicating a post to the illustrious creators of this fine confectionery.

Without further ado, here is a picture of the two best-selling Tunnock’s products – the iconic caramel wafer and the equally iconic teacake:

While reading Christine’s post I was reminded of one of my favourite reference books, a tome I would make a considerable effort to save if my house was on fire: Nicey and Wifie’s “Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down”. If you haven’t yet come across this book, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is, as The Telegraph review states, “a crusading work of genius”. Essentially, it’s a book about taking tea and eating biscuits, but that description hardly does it justice.  More of the book later, but first a few photos of the teacake and the wafer.

This is a sort of upside-down version of the photo above, showing the simplicity of the wrapping method, which consists of a series of folds of the foil around the teacake and a neatly gift-wrapped parcel of wafer:

As you can see from the underside of the wafer wrapping, a staggering 5,000,000 (and more) of these biscuits are made and sold every week. The corresponding figure for the teacake is just under 3,000,000 .

When you unwrap a wafer or teacake you will find that attention to detail has also been paid to the underside of the confection itself:

There is so much to say about these two biscuits (is the teacake a biscuit? It has a biscuit base and it’s listed in Nicey and Wifie’s guide as one of the “Marshamallow Sort of Things”, along with the Wagon Wheel, Kimberley and Jacob’s Mikado or Mallow, which is good enough for me) but it would be wrong not to at least pay homage to the exquisite packaging.  Here I’m going to quote from my favourite biscuit guide book, on the Tunnock’s caramel wafer:

“Each biscuit is clad in its own rectangle of foil and paper, adorned with distinctive red and gold stripes. Poet Laureate Ted Hughes was fond of scribbling short verses on the backs of Tunnock’s wrappers, some of which he donated to the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Appreciation Society of St Andrew’s University. Apparently some in the society thought that he had committed a sacriligious act and defiled the great wafer’s wrapper, and as such weren’t as impressed as no doubt they were supposed to be.”

And finally, a peek inside the wafer:

And the teacake:


18 thoughts on “Tunnock’s

  1. Glad I found your post – I am from Glasgow – many years ago and I still love Caramel Wafers! They are ace! When I was a child, my gran used to always have Tunnock’s teacakes in the house, which I also loved, but somewhere along the way, they must have changed the recipe slightly and I wasn’t as much of a fan of them after that! Mmmm! Caramel Wafers!



    • Thank you for your comment, I’ve just looked at your blog and your photos are beautiful. It is a sad fact that recipes do change from time to time, which is puzzling with something as superb as the Tunnock’s teacake. I wasn’t aware they had changed the recipe, but I do know that the caramel wafers are still the same size they always were, which is very reassuring.

  2. They are so good aren’t they? Such exquisite little creations with their incredibly thin chocolate shell and then all that melting marshmallowy stuff inside with the soft biscuity bottom. Mmmmm.

    • 🙂 Thank you for your comment, I hope you can source them somewhere. They’re quite big in the Middle East, for some reason, but I don’t know what the situation is with distribution in other parts of the world.

  3. I love Tunnocks (teacakes and caramels)! We used to have them as the only biscuit in the house for a while, and alternate between teacakes and wafers. We even had a plate at our wedding! One of the worst things about living in Philly is that we can’t get them over here, but I think we might bring a box back when we’re next in the UK. Great Post!

    ps have you seen their trucks? They are painted to look like giant caramel wafers…

    • I haven’t seen the trucks but they sound marvellous! I’m sorry to hear you can’t get teacakes or caramel wafers in Philly, perhaps you could write to Tunnock’s and suggest they source some outlet near you?

  4. I’m glad you put me on to these delights! I absolutely love fine candies! I’ll have to see if Fresh Market or Greenlife carries these. Great pictures and article!

  5. My Australian husband fell in love with these on our last trip to Scotland. I remembered them from when I was a child. We can get them in Australia but you pay an arm and a leg for them. We will wait until our next trip to Scotland. That will be quite soon.

  6. Yum, yum, yum. I really enjoy the caramel wafers and have happy memories of my Great-Aunt and Great-Uncle with teacakes. Thanks for the trip down memory lane and the reminder of such tasty treats.

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