What’s a girl to do when she can’t get the real thing? Improvise.
I’ve heard from more than one source that expats and Britophiles who are sadly separated from Great Britain—and therefore from the delectable Jaffa Cake—can find a substitute in Pim’s biscuits. These have nothing to do with Pimm’s, the liqueur that goes so well with lemonade, rather they are sweet sponge cookies covered in jam and topped with European chocolate.
Are Pim’s a viable substitute for Jaffa Cakes? There is only one way to find out.
I was familiar with the taste of Pim’s before I experienced Jaffa Cakes. I thought them delicious; just the right sweetness and a lovely combination of textures. Then a fellow Britophile took me to a shop where they sold whole boxes of the real thing: authentic Jaffa Cakes. I brought one home, of course, and was now prepared to compare the two goodies side by side.
- Biscuit: I may have been a bit unfair here. The Pim’s I tested was a little old and dry, whereas the Jaffa Cake came fresh out of the package. However, I recently tasted a raspberry Pim’s fresh out of its package, and it was also disappointingly dry. Is this a characteristic common to all Pim’s biscuits? I’d have to ingest a waist-widening amount to find out. From this one test, however, the verdict is that the Jaffa’s biscuit (or cake, whatever) was much softer and made for more pleasant eating.
- Orange Filling: This is where I think the British treat really shines. Both fillings taste tangy and delightful, but there is so much more in the Jaffa Cake. Just look at the photo below. The biscuit on the left is flat and ordinary, the one on the right bulges with jammy filling. You can also see the difference in the first photo; on the left the Jaffa’s chocolate cracks apart to reveal a disc of jam that can actually be removed from the cookie and eaten by itself (rather like the cream filling of an Oreo). The Pim’s biscuit, on the other hand, is sadly lacking.
- Chocolate: The crispy smooth chocolate blanket is what tops off these beauties. I believe the Jaffa has the more tender chocolate of the two. The chocolate in the Pim’s is a bit darker, and supposedly some say that it is higher quality, but I am not enough of a chocolate snob to know the difference.
|It’s a tough job being the official Picture Britain taste-tester,
but I’m dealing with it.
If you’ve never heard about the legal kerfuffle surrounding Jaffa Cakes, you can get the whole sordid story here.
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