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There Are 520 Ways To Eat A Jaffa Cake, Experts Claim

There Are 520 Ways To Eat A Jaffa Cake, Experts Claim

You can tell a lot about a person by they way they eat a Jaffa Cake, a new study has claimed.

According to research commissioned by McVitie's, there are, incredibly, 520 methods to chowing down on the orange-flavoured sponge treat.

Statistician Dr Geoff Ellis was tasked by the biscuit giant with determining exactly how their cakes should be eaten, looking at everything from whether or not they're dunked, the biting style, and the order in which the layers are consumed.

After studying the findings, behavioural psychologist and dating expert Jo Hemmings said each method offers a particular insight into the person.

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According to the piece of research, more than half (52 percent) of people take out a single Jaffa in just two bites, while 26 percent opt for the infamous 'Total Eclipse', and just seven percent choose to nibble around the edges first.

There are, apparently, 520 ways to eat a Jaffa Cake. Credit: PA
There are, apparently, 520 ways to eat a Jaffa Cake. Credit: PA

Quite a lot of people, 28 percent, also admitted to arguing with another person about how they should be eaten, with 69 percent believing they eat them the correct way.

But what does all this mean about your personality? Well, quite a lot, apparently.

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Speaking about the findings, Jo Hemmings explained: "Jaffa Cakes are a unique eating experience and everyone has their own way of enjoying them.

"You might prefer to nibble all the chocolate off before eating the sponge or go straight in for the centre.

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"Just like Jaffa Cakes themselves, we're all uniquely different in exactly how we choose to eat them."

According to the study, 'Half-Mooners' tend to be more confident and rational in their thinking.

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They are also said to be fairly optimistic and chilled out, though they can also be quite conformist.

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'Total Eclispers' are said to be more spontaneous and charismatic by nature.

Then there are the 'Edge Nibblers'. These strange folk are the more disciplined among us, introverts who like the precision of eating the Jaffa bit by bit.

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'Deconstructors' are those who divide the cake by each of its layers, eating them one at a time. It's thought these have more creative minds, though still very organised. Avoiding acts of spontaneity, they like to have a plan.

And then there are the 'Chocolate Lovers', who finish off the choc outer layer before moving onto the sponge.

These are said to be kind and friendly, but extremely ambitious and focussed on what they want out of life.

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