The Tunnock’s Teacake consists of a small round shortbread biscuit covered with a dome of Italian meringue and a whipped egg white concoction similar to marshmallow. This is then encased in a thin layer of milk or dark chocolate and wrapped in a red and silver foil paper for the more popular milk chocolate variety, or with blue, black, and gold wrapping for the dark. This wee sweet food is very popular in the UK and is often served with a cup of tea or coffee.
The Scottish version of the chocolate-coated marshmallow was created by the Tunnock’s, a family baker based in Uddingston, near Glasgow. The company was formed by Thomas Tunnock in 1890, when he purchased a baker’s shop in Lorne Place, Uddingston. The company expanded in the 1950s, and it was at this time that the core products were introduced to the lines, when sugar and fat rationing meant that products with longer shelf-lives than cakes had to be produced.