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  • 5 Oct

    Nut free, but nuttier than ever

    Posted by Team Macsween

    Do you love the nutty crunch of Macsween Vegetarian Haggis?

    Well here at Macsween HQ we are achieving the impossible; we are removing nuts as an ingredient from our veggie haggis whilst maintaining the well-loved taste and texture … "how could this possibly be true?" I hear you ask … well please read on.


    First, a little history … our veggie haggis was invented by John Macsween in 1984, especially for the opening of the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh. The meat-free haggis, served to all the guests, was met with wide acclaim and astonishment, and requests for more were pouring in within days. Almost 30 years later, the Macsween veggie haggis has become a classic in its own right, enjoyed by veggies, vegans and carnivores alike.

    Timeline _16

    However, some of our lovely 'Macsween munchers' had gotten in touch as they were concerned about nut allergies. So we vowed to come up with a new recipe without the nuts, which still maintained the same great taste that you enjoy.

    Team Macsween & our Macsween Chef worked tirelessly, trying out different recipe variations and running lots of tasting sessions (oh it's a hard life) to ensure that we came up with a new recipe that allowed us to remove the nuts but preserve the well-loved taste and texture. We called in the experts from the Vegetarian Society to blind taste test the final recipe and they declared that it was, in fact, 'nuttier' despite the change.

    The new recipe still includes fresh vegetables, beans and locally milled oats, but now also includes super-duper healthy sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

    So why not try for yourself, look out for the new, improved Macsween Vegetarian Haggis, which is hitting the shops in the coming weeks. To make sure you are getting one of the new recipe, keep an eye out for this special badge of honour, which adorn all of our no-nuts veggie haggis.

    No Nuts  Seeds Roundel

    Check out our website for some tasty recipe ideas like these veggie haggis pitta pockets with tzatsiki, served hot they are often devoured rather messily, but make a great lunch with friends or for all the family.

    Pitta ORIG

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