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"Full moon, half moon, total eclipse!" - Jaffa Cakes! - The Great British Shop

"Full moon, half moon, total eclipse!" - Jaffa Cakes!

Jaffa Cakes are a popular confectionery product that is made and sold in the United Kingdom. They are small, round cakes that are made of a spongy biscuit base, topped with a layer of orange-flavoured jelly, and coated in chocolate.

British McVities Jaffa Cakes sold in Canada

Jaffa Cakes were first produced by the McVitie's biscuit company in the 1920s, and they have been a popular snack food in the UK ever since. The name "Jaffa Cakes" comes from the Jaffa orange, a type of sweet orange that is named after the city of Jaffa in Israel.

Jaffa Cakes are known for their distinctive flavour and texture, and they have gained a cult following in the UK and beyond. They are widely available in supermarkets and convenience stores, and are often served at events and gatherings.

In the early 2000's an iconic advert ran in the UK, where a primary school teacher used Jaffa Cakes to explain the total eclipse to her students. A full moon was represented by an untouched Jaffa Cake, she would then take a bite, with the Jaffa Cake now representing a half moon, which she she said with her mouth half full. She then stuffed the rest of the Jaffa Cake in her mouth and with a full mouth, struggled to say "total eclipse!". 

In addition to the original Jaffa Cakes, the McVitie's company has also introduced a range of other flavours and variations, including Jaffa Cakes Mini and Jaffa Cakes Fruits. These products have also been popular and have helped to cement the brand's status as a household name in the UK.

British McVities Jaffa Cakes sold in Canada

We carry Jaffa Cakes regularly, if they are in stock you will find them here!


You can order directly from our online shop, or come to our physical British store in Halifax, Nova Scotia located at 201 Chain Lake Drive!


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We are home to the largest and most authentic range of British baked goods this side of the Atlantic! We are committed to using fresh, locally sourced ingredients where possible and pride ourselves in the quality we provide, both in product and service. Our imported grocery is one of the largest in Canada, from your favourite British chocolate, crisps, Marks and Spencer and Battenberg cake to imported frozen goods including Warburtons bread, crumpets, Quorn, Linda McCartney and so much more. We carry a wide range of British style meats, including black pudding, British bangers, British bacon, Haggis and, Chipolatas and square sausage!


Established in 2019.

Our Halifax location is our first in Atlantic Canada, our family business stems from our chain of British Pride Bakery locations in Ontario. We opted to continue our growth in the Maritimes under the name in which our online shop operates to enhance our reputation online as well as add our own mark on the brick & mortar stage. We are Canada's largest chain of family owned British specialty stores and we've built our reputation on quality, service and authenticity.


Being an expat in Canada, I understand the need for British foods for fellow expats, generational Brits and British enthusiasts. The nostalgia and emotion tied to British products can all but eliminate homesickness, a simple sausage roll for lunch can hit the spot like nothing else and comfort foods people grew up with or come to love through parents, grandparents or trips to the UK are brilliant to have so easily accessible locally or delivered to your doorstep anywhere in Canada. Being able to bring authentic British style baked goods to the market is a great feeling and it's fantastic having the entire shop at my disposal when any homesickness might sneak up on me! Nothing a Cornish pasty and a shandy won't fix!

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