Saturday, 18 June 2016

Controversial Questions

The nation Votes...

Mmm, cakes!
Er, I mean ... biscuits.
In the office where I work there's been a lot discussion this week about a controversial subject which has gripped the nation.  Not Brexit, obviously - we're all sick of the increasingly ridiculous scaremongering claims by both sides in that debate - no, this is a far more controversial subject than whether the UK should remain in the EU.  The question which has divided our office is...

'Is a Jaffa Cake a biscuit or a cake?'

The discussion produced some very strongly argued responses, with some people getting very emotional indeed.  However, the controversy didn't end there, and our office debate also covered a variety of other controversial subjects, such as...

'Do you eat soup or drink soup?'

And finally...

'Are Kripy Kreme doughnuts pronounced crispy 'cream' or crispy 'crem'?'

Here on the Charles Fudgemuffin blog we're not afraid to tackle controversial questions, so I figured the best thing to do was to put it to the vote to settle things once and for all.  If your mind is already made up then please vote in the polls below, or you can find a few arguments for and against further down the page...

1) Is a Jaffa Cake a biscuit or a cake?

2) Do you eat soup or drink soup?

3) Are Krispy Kreme doughnuts pronounced crispy 'cream' or crispy 'crem'?

Here's some additional information on each of the contrversial questions above...

1) Is a Jaffa Cake a cake or a biscuit?

Cake?  Or a biscuit?
In 1991 a VAT tribunal found in favour of McVities and decided that, for VAT purposes, a Jaffa Cake is a cake.

However, just because a bunch of financial dudes class a Jaffa Cake as a cake, that doesn't necessarily mean that normal people have to go along with their classificiation.  So feel free to refer to a Jaffa cake as a biscuit, a cake, a 'marriage of orange and chocolate flavours' or whatever else you want to call it.

Here are some of the arguments raised at the VAT tribunal...

1) The ingredients are similar to cake ingredients.
2) The texture is similar to the texture of a sponge cake.
3) Jaffa Cakes go hard when stale, similar to cakes.
4) A significant proportion of a Jaffa Cake is sponge.

1) The size is more typical of a biscuit.
2) In a supermarket, you generally find Jaffa Cakes in the biscuit aisle.
3) You eat Jaffa Cakes with your fingers, as you do with biscuits, rather than with a fork, as you do for some cakes.

But do you eat it or drink it?

2) Do you eat soup or drink soup?

In my opinion you eat soup from a bowl, but you drink soup from a cup, so I would personally argue that you can do either.  However, if the soup is a stew or a broth, or a noodle soup (popular in Asia), then I would say you definitely eat it.

But again, I'm not the Grand Oracle of Soup Related Matters, so if you have a different opinion then feel free to disagree with me.

3) Is Krispy Kreme pronounced crispy 'cream' or crispy 'crem'?

I'm happy with both pronounciations, but according to the official Krispy Kreme twitter account, the correct pronounciation is Krispy 'cream'.  One statement which isn't controversial though, is that Krispy Kreme doughnuts are absolutely delicious!
Krispy Kreme official pronounciation

If you're after more controversial questions, then perhaps the most controversial subject of them all is the question, 'Is a KitKat a chocolate or a biscuit?'  You can find out how other people have voted, and add your own vote, at the link below:
Is a KitKat a chocolate bar or a biscuit?


  1. Hi, I’m from the Remain Campaign.

    If Britain votes to leave the EU, 178% of business leaders agree that unemployment figures will increase by 468 million, the value of the pound will plummet to 0.00001 Zimbabwean dollars, and a giant asteroid will hit the UK wiping out all life in the country. (Just like what has happened to Norway, Switzerland and other countries outside the EU.)

  2. Hi, I’m from the Leave Campaign.

    If Britain votes to stay in the EU, 246% of scientists agree that a plague of zombies will attack the UK, and a cult of werewolves will secretly infiltrate the NHS, increasing hospital waiting lists to an average of 3 decades for simple general health tests. (Just like what has happened in Germany, Spain and other countries in the EU).

  3. Legal Disclaimer22 June 2016 at 20:19

    Please note, the above comments are not real. They are an exaggeration of some of the increasingly ridiculous claims that some politicians and business leaders have made to scare people into voting for the outcome which supports their own agenda.

    So to all the politicians and business leaders quoting statistics and percentages which ‘prove’ the UK will plunge into poverty if we don't vote for/against Brexit, if you're so sure that what you say is true, then why not promise to give a year's salary to charity if/when it turns out that your predictions are wrong?


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