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the happy egg co.

A delicious morsel plucked from the refrigerator of your local supermarket. This is truly one of the better available supermarket snacks, but perhaps that is because it isn’t put together by one of the big emporium chains. This is The Happy Egg Company.

The free-range egg at the centre is ‘happy’ and creamy, well coated in thick pork sausage meat. Dotted in the meat you can see the black pepper speckles for a fiery lick. Available as a twin pack – or a 12 pack of savoury eggs – both Scotch eggs are ample in size and rolled in a thick layer of breadcrumbs. Each is meaty and full of flavour. Highly recommended.

Price: £1.49 for 2
Overall: 4/5

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The East Hill

An unexpected discovery when lent at the bar, ale in one hand, the other grasping for some sort of savoury snack; a bar delicacy of note. A single Scotch egg on a wooden board. A prized and isolated orb. It was mine.

Cut into quarters and served to me on a plate with a side of Branston Pickle, it presented its teasing yolk, like sliced apricot. It was a vibrant orange blob of a yolk. But rather disappointingly, the meat was cold and dense, therefore difficult to enjoy or distinguish any flavour (seasoning) from. The breadcrumbs were thinly applied; smooth, dank and without crunch. It had a rustic appeal and would have made a farmer at lunch time very happy, but it didn’t cut the mustard for me.

Price: £2.50
Overall: 2/5

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Cleavers Chilli

A finishing chilli tang cannot disguise this appalling morsel barely comestible. You can see the use of seasoning and all the elements dotted in the Cumberland sausage meat, which rattles in its thinly applied shell of breadcrumbs like the yellow gift ovum in a Kinder Egg. The (free range?) egg takes up most of the inside, it’s colouring taking on a form of dishwater and the grey ring of over-boiling bleeds out into the once white albumen to amalgamate and form clouded grey. The yolk has formed into shrivelled wax clumps that stick to your teeth and give you breathe like a zombie.

One to avoid.

Price: £1.95

Overall: 1/5

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Randalls

There’s certainly a rustic appearance about the Randalls Butchers Scotch egg. It’s meaty with a thick, rugged rim of breadrumbs. Rough and crumbly. The sausage meat appears to be unseasoned. There are no flecks of colour. No black dots of pepper or green strands of parsley. You cannot scent fresh thyme or spring onion, but rather plain, flat sausage meat which cushions the centre egg. The egg itself is fine. Just fine. It’s not over-boiled and has a rich, vibrant orange yolk.

This is a run of the meal production. A basic Scotch egg. Faultless but by no means exciting.

Price: £

Overall: 2/5

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Ben’s Canteen

Who claims precedence over a recipe? One who devised the creation or the establishment it homes? Well this is Dave Ahern’s third conception of the famed meaty morsel – at Ben’s Canteen in Clapham – and it’s his best. A triumph!

Yes, it’s over-complicated; interweaving as many ingredients as there are ideas in Ahern’s head, but the resulting orb is astonishing. Consider the list of ingredients: the sausage meat is prepped to the chef’s own unique spec, then cooked in a finished egg with cubed black pudding and baked bean flavourings. The breadcrumbs are made from dried mushrooms and bacon, which become powder-like, and is then added to fresh breadcrumbs (blitzed fresh white bread), rolled twice, and a final third time before cooking (deep-fried and then finished in the oven).

It’s an ideal size. A real feat when all the components of a full English breakfast are included, and rolled up inside. There’s a scorched bacon scent when cut and the meat reveals all those smells which make the full English such an staple. The breadcrumbs are strong and flavoursome, and there’s the faint taste of baked beans against black pudding. The centre egg is perfectly executed; warm and runny, soaking into the meat. Easily one of the best Scotch eggs in town, and perhaps the most moreish, so just as well it’s available throughout the day.

Price: £5.00
Overall: 5/5

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The 12 Scotch eggs of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the second day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the third day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Smokie Chestnut Scotch egg,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Rudolph Scotch egg,
A Smokie Chestnut Scotch egg,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Prancer Scotch egg,
A Rudolph Scotch egg,
A Smokie Chestnut Scotch egg,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Blitzen Scotch egg,
A Prancer Scotch egg,
A Rudolph Scotch egg,
A Smokie Chestnut Scotch egg,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
The Cupid Scotch egg,
A Blitzen Scotch egg,
A Prancer Scotch egg,
A Rudolph Scotch egg,
A Smokie Chestnut Scotch egg,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Christingle Scotch egg,
The Cupid Scotch egg,
A Blitzen Scotch egg,
A Prancer Scotch egg,
A Rudolph Scotch egg,
A Smokie Chestnut Scotch egg,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Pippin Scotch egg,
A Christingle Scotch egg,
The Cupid Scotch egg,
A Blitzen Scotch egg,
A Prancer Scotch egg,
A Rudolph Scotch egg,
A Smokie Chestnut Scotch egg,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
And a Merry Christmas Scotch egg under the tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company sent to me,
A Whisky Mac Scotch egg,
A Pippin Scotch egg,
A Christingle Scotch egg,
The Cupid Scotch egg,
A Blitzen Scotch egg,
A Prancer Scotch egg,
A Rudolph Scotch egg,
A Smokie Chestnut Scotch egg,
A Turkey Lurkey Scotch egg,
The Snowflake Scotch egg,
A Noel Scotch egg,
AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS SCOTCH EGG UNDER THE TREE!

Thanks to The Handmade Scotch Egg Company

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Merry Christmas

A two into one combination from The Handmade Scotch Egg Company in which the Monty and Scrumpy recipes come together for a new festive treat. Free-range Saddleback pork is well seasoned with salt, black pepper, sage, onion, dry cured ham, and apples (2%). The result is a full and flavoursome rim of thick sausage meat. Scrumpy cider has also been added for sweetness which cuts nicely through the ham, and there’s a slight alcoholic kick. Mmmhhh! Hic!

It’s a traditional looking morsel. There’s something classic and rustic in the appearance, but on the palette it’s active with curious festive flavours.

Price: £2.85

Overall: 3.5/5

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