Does the name Boyd Tunnock mean anything to you? No, it didn’t mean anything to me either until yesterday. I’ve never taken a lot of notice of the Queen’s birthday honours list and I wouldn’t have done so this year if I hadn’t seen an article written by journalist Jan Moir who describes the now Sir Boyd Tunnock as the ‘Prince of the pleasure dome’. The article brought back memories of the days when, as a young girl, I would return home from school for lunch each day. After a sandwich or toast, there was always a choice of Instant Whip, or a Tunnock’s Teacake or Caramel Wafer.
It seemed as good as subject as any for a post, so I immediately went to Tesco for a pack of each, strictly intended as photography props, you understand. But how could I resist reminding myself of their scrumptiousness? Having done so, I have to say that I am entirely in agreement with the teacakes ‘pleasure dome’ sentiment. Filled with the softest Italian meringue (made to a secret recipe), other commercially produced teacakes with their gelatinous semi-solid mallow simply cannot compete. As for the Caramel Wafers, the sticky, chewy texture is exactly as I remember it – delicious! Well, you can’t sing the praises of something without proper, up to date research, can you?
Founded in 1890 by Sir Boyd’s grandfather, Tunnock’s remains a family business now employing six hundred staff, among them Sir Boyd’s children and grandchildren and continues to go from strength to strength. Following the company’s sponsorship of the 2014 Commonwealth Games they saw an unprecedented 60% rise in sales.
It was Sir Boyd himself , now 86 years old and still working, who invented the Tunnock’s Teacake which accounts for the largest part of the 10 million items produced each week; many exported to around the world. So even if you are one of my readers who is not UK based, you may be aware of Tunnock’s products. Do let me know.
With thanks to Ms. Moir for bringing back the memory and, of course, to Tunnock’s.
Only problem now is … someone has to eat the rest of them!