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taste test: which supermarket makes the best scotch egg?

Who does the best picnic snack? We took over the olive test kitchen to taste and rate supermarket scotch eggs. See who comes out on top in our taste test. Our contenders include LIDL, Waitrose, M&S and Tesco.

How we do our taste tests

All of the scotch eggs were tasted blind, notes were taken and a winner was picked. This taste test was conducted by food editor Janine Ratcliffe and deputy editor Lulu Grimes.

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WINNER!

Waitrose Succulent Scotch Egg (140g, £1.29)

A great scotch egg. They’ve somehow managed to keep the yolk a little soft, which makes the whole eating experience so much better. The sausage coating is juicy, nicely seasoned, and the breadcrumbs retain a bit of crunch. Closest to homemade of the batch we tried.


We also tried…

M&S Breakfast Scotch Egg (twin pack 227g, £2)

Flecks of red in the sausage coating look like chilli, but strangely there’s no kick… a shame, because it led us to expect something. The sausage meat has a good texture, but could do with a bit more seasoning. The egg tastes fresh and has a nice, yellow yolk.


Tesco Finest Scotch Egg (twin pack 227g, £2)

The yolk is bright yellow and tastes fresh, but the sausage coating is quite dry and a little grey-looking. There’s a good hit of spice in the sausage mix which saves it, flavour-wise.


Lidl Castle Grove Scotch Egg (twin pack 227g, 67p)

The sausage coating and egg are both extremely pale, which gives this scotch egg a really sad appearance. Also the sausage is quite gristly and the overall product is really dry – not good at all!


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