Chocolate versions of Scotch eggs are the must-have gift this Easter – here’s what’s on offer


THE argument raged over whether they were a starter or a main – but now Scotch eggs have become a dessert, too.

Chocolate versions of the snack – which usually combines sausage meat, egg and breadcrumbs – are the must-have gift made by posh companies this Easter.

Last year government ministers were left scrambling over whether a Scotch egg constituted a 'substantial meal'

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Last year government ministers were left scrambling over whether a Scotch egg constituted a ‘substantial meal’Credit: Alamy

Last year, government ministers were left scrambling over whether a Scotch egg constituted a “substantial meal” that would allow Tier 2 pub-goers to get a pint, too.

MP Michael Gove initially said they were only a starter, while Tory colleague George Eustice said they “would count as a substantial meal if there was table service”.

Finally, ministers confirmed Scotch eggs did qualify as an appropriately sized meal.

Now this Easter, shops are offering chocolate versions for those with a sweet tooth – but sadly without a pub pass.

Here we look what’s on offer.

Best presented

Harvey Nichols Scotch eggs come in a box of four made to look like they are nestled in a bed of straw

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Harvey Nichols Scotch eggs come in a box of four made to look like they are nestled in a bed of straw

HARVEY Nichols Scotch eggs (80g, £8.95 at ocado.com) come in a box of four, made to look like they are nestled in a bed of straw.

A salted caramel fudge “yolk” is contained inside milk chocolate.

Cheapest

The KatealisiousCakes creme egg brownie Scotch egg on Etsy contains a Cadbury’s Creme Egg in its centre

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The KatealisiousCakes creme egg brownie Scotch egg on Etsy contains a Cadbury’s Creme Egg in its centre

THE KatealisiousCakes creme egg brownie Scotch egg on Etsy contains a Cadbury’s Creme Egg in its centre, encased in a chocolate brownie and then rolled in flakes of chocolate.

At £5.50 it’s the cheapest of the bunch.

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Most authentic

Real Whisky Scotch Egg truffles really are Scotch as they are made in Edinburgh and are the only ones that contain booze

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Real Whisky Scotch Egg truffles really are Scotch as they are made in Edinburgh and are the only ones that contain booze

REAL Whisky Scotch Egg truffles really are Scotch as they are made in Edinburgh – and they are the only ones that contain booze.

They are made with a ginger crunchy coating and whisky ganache centre and cost £11.99 from firebox.com.

Most realistic

Heston's unique treat, filled with a mango sauce and a chocolate and caramel ganache, has proved so popular it is sold out online, but still available in store

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Heston’s unique treat, filled with a mango sauce and a chocolate and caramel ganache, has proved so popular it is sold out online, but still available in store

HESTON Blumenthal from Waitrose The Chocolate Scotch Egg (110g, £4.80) is one of the largest and most realistic, filled with a mango sauce and a chocolate and caramel ganache.

The unique treat has proved so popular it is sold out online, but still available in store.

Most substantial

Fortnum & Mason’s Easter praline Scotch egg is the largest on offer - at 130g each

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Fortnum & Mason’s Easter praline Scotch egg is the largest on offer – at 130g each

AT 130g each, Fortnum & Mason’s Easter praline Scotch egg is the largest on offer.

Costing £15.95 it’s the priciest too.

Described as a “lip-licking innovation”, it has a simnel-flavoured milk chocolate praline and an orange ganache centre, wrapped in a chocolate and hazelnut coating.

Quirkiest

Not On The High Street chocolate Scotch eggs are made by artisan chocolatiers and contain a fruity, white chocolate and mango-flavoured sauce

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Not On The High Street chocolate Scotch eggs are made by artisan chocolatiers and contain a fruity, white chocolate and mango-flavoured sauce

NOT On The High Street chocolate Scotch eggs (£11.99 for four) are made by artisan chocolatiers as “the perfect alternative Easter gift”.

The eggs contain a fruity, white chocolate and mango-flavoured sauce.

Best value

Fenwick fudge-filled Scotch eggs are hand-made in Bath and described as having 'layers of deliciousness'

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Fenwick fudge-filled Scotch eggs are hand-made in Bath and described as having ‘layers of deliciousness’

FENWICK fudge-filled Scotch eggs (160g pack, £9.99) are hand-made in Bath and described as having “layers of deliciousness”.

A white chocolate “yolk” contains a caramel fudge centre – and it’s all wrapped in milk chocolate.

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