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Cupid

A bit of Roman mythology goes nicely with Christmas, when we’re spending time with our families and loved ones. This festive, golden orb is named after the god of desire, affection and erotic love. Now I feel erotically about almost all Scotch eggs. I don’t expect you to understand, however let’s hope that my explanation of this particular meaty morsel goes some way in making you weak at the knees.

Free-range pork is seasoned and mixed with delicious smoked bacon and chopped apricots. Inspired by cherubs-on-horseback, and to save you going to all the trouble of skewering slices of bacon around apricots, the hard work has been done for you. A seriously thick rim of sausage meat has a sexy senses-stealing smokiness and there’s the finishing sweetness of cuped apricots to make the heart beat faster.

Cut in half and share with a loved one.

Price: £2.75

Overall: 3.5/5

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Christingle

 

This festive take on the meaty morsel has gone all kinds of crazy. The free-range pork is peppered with crunchy, crumbled chestnuts, there’s onions and black pepper for a warm lick in winter, and tingly orange peel adds a smack to the lips. The egg sits nicely in position, held firm by the seasoned sausage meat. It’s rich and creamy and results in a soft flavour amalgamation.

A double rolling of breadcrumbs adds extra girth and a bumpy, rustic casing just waiting to be bitten into.

Price: £2.85

Overall: 3/5

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Pippin

 

There’s something festive and cheery about the word Pippin. It’s cute. I can’t help but like this Scotch egg before I’ve even sunk my teeth into it. And there’s the pairing of smoked bacon and apple, it’s almost as good a pairing as sausage meat and egg.

There’s added parsley in the free-range saddleback pork, as well as the smoked bacon and chunks of apple – some of which penetrate the breadcrumb shell in small crunchy cubes. The sweetness of apple is clean and welcoming, resulting in a fresh taste which perfectly cuts through the thickness of the meat and saltiness of the bacon. It’s light while remaining meaty, and full of festive flavour.

Price: £2.75

Overall: 4/5

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Noel

Inspired by Christmas and all the excitement it brings, the Noel Scotch egg is a flavoursome snowball combining the usual seasoning: salt, black pepper and garlic, and the addition of Tarragon. Tarragon (or dragon’s-wort); the French perennial herb was suggested by a French member of the 2008 kitchen brigade, who was extolling the virtues of tarragon in her home cooking.

When cut there is the fragrant aroma of Tarragon (you can see the green flecks in the beefy rim of sausage meat) alongside the essence of garlic and pepper. I’m told by The Handmade Scotch Egg Company that this is a Double Gold winner in the Great Taste Awards and has become one of their top sellers. In the New Year they will continue the run, reversing the name to LEON.

Price: £2.75

Overall: 3/5

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Whisky Mac

 

Like it’s name sake a good winter warmer especially if popped in a hot oven for 10 minutes…

Numerous ‘educational’ tasting sessions were attended by The Handmade Scotch Egg Company, inevitably helping them to develop their enthusiasm for one of Scotland’s finest creations. Pair good whisky with a Scotch egg and WHAM! You’re smacked with an exemplary combination.

A whisky sting is evident while maintaining a clever balance with the sausage meat and egg. There’s some added ginger for bite and a thick, crunchy rim of breadcrumbs cushioning the meaty innards.

Price: £2.75

Overall: 3/5

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Snowflake

Another welcome ambrosial festive morsel. There’s not a great deal added to this specimen, but the sausage meat does appear to be of a pinker standard than others. It’s lightly seasoned in flaked oats, barley and buckwheat, all rolled around a tasty free-range egg. A good rolling of breadcrumbs offers crunch and an overall larger missile.

Price: £2.75

Overall: 3/5

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Smokie Chestnut

A mini Scotch eggggg, well, erm… not really. There’s no egg. Instead chestnuts are the surprise at the centre. An unusual step away from the traditional Scotch egg we’re used to. As The Handmade Scotch Egg Company say: “We Brits seem devoted to smoked foods, stemming (we imagine) from our distant past when smoking would be a method of preservation. It’s now been raised to gourmet heights with artisan smokehouses popping up in every region.”

The chestnut is rather dry which is a shame, but there’s a nice crunch. A real shame when something is substituted and moves away from the original, and just doesn’t work. The smoked bacon used however is lovely. Oaky, smokey and an embezzler of the senses. There’s an over-riding palette-stealer of smoky bacon. An interesting festive twist on the popular snack.

Price: £2.75

Overall: 3/5

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