Glasgow chippy goes viral with deep-fried Tunnock’s teacake

A Glasgow chippy has become an internet sensation after posting a video of its latest creation: a deep-fried Tunnock’s teacake. The video, which was shared on TikTok by the chippy’s owner, shows the process of battering and frying the iconic Scottish treat. The result is a crispy golden ball that oozes with chocolate and marshmallow when cut open.

A sweet treat with a twist

The chippy, which is called The Fryer’s Delight, is located in the south side of Glasgow and is known for its traditional fish and chips, pies, and sausages. However, the owner, who goes by the name of Big Dave, decided to experiment with something different and came up with the idea of deep-frying a Tunnock’s teacake. He said he was inspired by the popularity of other deep-fried delicacies, such as Mars bars, Snickers, and Oreos.

“I’ve always loved Tunnock’s teacakes, they’re a classic Scottish snack. I thought, why not try to deep-fry them and see how they turn out? I was pleasantly surprised by the result, they’re really tasty and have a nice crunch to them. They’re also very filling, one is enough for a dessert,” he said.

Big Dave said he uses a special batter recipe that he developed himself, which gives the teacakes a light and crispy coating. He said he fries them for about two minutes at 180 degrees Celsius, until they are golden brown. He then sprinkles some icing sugar on top and serves them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

A viral sensation

Big Dave said he started making the deep-fried teacakes for his regular customers, who gave him positive feedback. He then decided to share a video of his creation on TikTok, where he has over 10,000 followers. The video, which was posted on November 21, 2023, has since gone viral, with over 500,000 views, 50,000 likes, and 2,000 comments.

Glasgow chippy goes viral with deep-fried Tunnock’s teacake

The video shows Big Dave dipping a Tunnock’s teacake in the batter, then dropping it into the hot oil. He then takes it out, cuts it open, and reveals the gooey chocolate and marshmallow filling. He captions the video with “Deep-fried Tunnock’s teacake. Who wants one?”

The video has received mixed reactions from viewers, with some praising the invention and others expressing disgust. Some of the comments include:

  • “That looks amazing, I need to try it.”
  • “How can you do that to a Tunnock’s teacake? That’s sacrilege.”
  • “That’s a heart attack waiting to happen.”
  • “That’s the most Scottish thing I’ve ever seen.”
  • “I’m drooling, that looks so good.”
  • “That’s disgusting, you’ve ruined a perfectly good teacake.”

Big Dave said he is not bothered by the negative comments and is happy that his video has generated so much attention. He said he plans to continue making the deep-fried teacakes and hopes to attract more customers to his chippy.

“I’m glad that people are talking about my video, whether they like it or not. It’s good publicity for my chippy and for Glasgow. I think deep-frying teacakes is a fun and unique way to enjoy them, and I hope more people will come and try them. They’re only £1.50 each, so they’re a bargain as well,” he said.

By Ishan Crawford

Prior to the position, Ishan was senior vice president, strategy & development for Cumbernauld-media Company since April 2013. He joined the Company in 2004 and has served in several corporate developments, business development and strategic planning roles for three chief executives. During that time, he helped transform the Company from a traditional U.S. media conglomerate into a global digital subscription service, unified by the journalism and brand of Cumbernauld-media.

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