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Are millennials killing classic British dishes?

Are millennials killing classic British dishes? Half of under 35s don’t know what bangers & mash or spotted dick are while 1 in 5 have NEVER had a Scotch egg

  • Half of Brits under 35 don’t know what bangers & mash or spotted dick are,
  • One in five having never eaten a scotch egg, study by supermarket Aldi found
  • A third of Brits have never tried black pudding , toad in a hole, Eton mess and bubble and squeak










A plate of sizzling bangers and mash for dinner followed by a sweet spotted dick for dessert has been an evening meal enjoyed for generations.

But the British classics may soon be confined to history books – with many millennials not knowing what they are and even doubting they exist.   

Despite being mainstays of society for generations, a new study has revealed how most people under 35  haven’t tried a plethora of foods, with one in five having never eaten a scotch eggs while 23 per cent of all Brits don’t what’s in a Stargazy Pie.

A plate of sizzling bangers and mash for dinner followed by a sweet spotted dick for dessert has been an evening meal enjoyed for generations (stock image)

More shockingly, almost half of millennials living in the UK don’t know what ‘bangers and mash’ are while a further 46 per cent think spotted dick is ‘made up’.

The research from discount supermarket Aldi found that a third of Brits have never tried black pudding , toad in a hole, Eton mess and bubble and squeak.

The supermarket has partnered with Seren Charrington-Hollins, one of Britain’s top food historians, to help explain the stories behind classic dishes and the origins of their names.

Seren told FEAMAIL: ‘As a nation, our culinary history is rich with stories and delicious dishes. 

The research from discount supermarket Aldi found that a third of Brits have never tried black pudding , toad in a hole (pictured)  Eton mess and bubble and squeak.

The research from discount supermarket Aldi found that a third of Brits have never tried black pudding , toad in a hole (pictured)  Eton mess and bubble and squeak.

What do Brits know about  British food?

  • 10% believe Black Pudding is a myth
  • 11% think Bangers and Mash is fictitious dish
  •  13% think Eton Mess is made up
  •  10% believe Black Pudding is a myth
  • 11% do not believe Scotch Eggs exist
  • 12% think Bangers and Mash got its name because it was created on Fireworks Night
  • 18% think that Toad in the Hole is a fictional meal

‘My work as a food historian means I understand that over time, peoples’ preferences and tastes tend to change,

‘But it was surprising to learn that such a large chunk of Brits are not au fait with classics such as Bangers and Mash and Toad in the Hole. 

The research comes ahead of British Food Fortnight  with activities and celebrations kicking off across the country starting tomorrow.  

The event, which organised by Love British Food and in it’s 20th year, sees institutions across the country celebrate UK produce and history.

This year institutions taking part include the NHS, thousands of care homes, schools and universities, the Houses of Parliament, Co-op , Aldi, Borough Market and HM Prisons.  

Aldi are hoping to educate the nation of British food history ahead of the week.

The supermarket’s research shows almost one fifth (18 per cent) of millennials don’t think the UK’s Scotch Egg snack is real;, while a quarter (22 per cent ) have never tried it and 41 per cent  mistakenly think it originates from Scotland – when in fact the idea came from England and is named after the establishment that invented them, William J Scott & Sons.

Do you know your bangers and mash from your toad in the hole? Food historian explains  

Scotch Egg

  • Origin – This meaty delight originated in England in the 19th century, and was originally covered in fish paste rather than sausage meat.
  • Name – Named after the establishment that invented them, William J Scott & Sons.

Bangers and Mash

  • Origin – Bangers and Mash, also known as sausages and mash, is a traditional dish of Great Britain and Ireland, consisting of sausages served with mashed potatoes.
  • Name – The term bangers originated during World War I, when meat shortages resulted in sausages being made with a number of fillers, notably water that caused them to explode when cooked.  

Pease Pudding

  • Origin – Pease Pudding is a savoury dish made of boiled legumes, typically split yellow peas, with water, salt, and spices, and often cooked with a bacon or ham joint. A common dish in the North East of England.
  • Name – Pease is the Middle English word for Pea. The name Pease Pudding refers to a type of porridge made with Yellow Split Peas. Fresh peas were never used as they would spoil quickly hence why the dry, yellow split pea would be favoured.

  • Toad in the Hole
  • Origin – Toad in the Hole, or sausage toad, is a traditional English dish consisting originally of a small piece of beef and later of sausages in Yorkshire pudding batter, usually served with onion gravy and vegetables.
  • Name – The origin of the name is unclear, but it may refer to the way toads wait for prey in their burrows, making their heads visible in the earth, just like the sausages peep through the batter.

Stargazy Pie

  • Origin – Stargazy Pie is a Cornish dish made of baked pilchards, along with eggs and potatoes, covered with a pastry crust.
  • Name – The heads of the pilchards appear through the crust as if they were studying the stars, hence the name.
  • Spotted Dick
  • Origin – Spotted Dick is a traditional British baked pudding, historically made with suet and dried fruit and often served with custard.
  • Name – The spotted part of the name refers to the currants, which resemble spots, and ‘dick’ is believed to derive from the word dough.

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