While Scotland is not the most world-renowned cuisine, we do have some true gems when it comes to food. You can never go wrong with some stovies or some haggis, neeps and tatties, yet not all Scottish foods are as loved. Whether you’re a fan of Lorne sausage or Dundee cake, let’s explore which Scottish foods were rated the worst, according to Taste Atlas.
1. Scottish deep-fried pizza
Rating a mere 2.7 out of 5, Scottish deep-fried pizza is the least favourite Scottish food out there. Found in most chippies, the pizza is often fried in the same oil that fish and chips are fried in without batter. It is also probably not the most healthy of meals and is high in calories, served with salt, vinegar or some chips on the side. Now, at least you won’t be hungry after!
2. Dundee Cake
Now, we don’t know what a fruitcake with almonds has done to deserve such a rating, but Dundee Cake was named the second worst rated Scottish food. Created by Keiller’s in the 19th century, Dundee-based marmalade makers, the cake was only allowed to be baked by the company until as late as the 1970s. On the list, Dundee Cake was rated a 2.8 out of 5.
3. Lorne Sausage
Okay, we’re not fond of Lorne sausage, either. Rated 3.3 out of 5, the square Scottish sausage is considered one of the worst Scottish foods out there.
4. Melting Moments
Melting Moments have tied with Lorne sausage with a rating of 3.3. The vanilla flavoured oat biscuits are a traditional way to enjoy tea time in Scotland, yet the list seems to disagree. Never have we ever had anything taste bad that’s made with butter, caster sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, vanilla extract, and oatmeal.
Bannock is a flatbread that comes from the Highlands of Scotland, created by indigenous people. Once an essential part of every celebration, bannock is not made as much nowadays, and some say it’s due to the effects of colonialism and the exile of thousands of indigenous people to North America.
6. Forfar Bridie
Essentially just a beef and onion pie, forfar bridie was traditionally eaten for lunch on Saturdays. Ranking a 3.4 out of 5, the shortcrust pasty has been famous since the late 19th century.
While the sausage bap was rated a 9 by the Youtuber in the video, the bread received a very average rating of 3.5 on Taste Atlas. Essentially just a sof bread roll, bap is just some gluttony goodness that could make your day.
While oatcakes can taste a wee bit bland on their own, they are absolutely delicious with some onion chutney or anything else one likes, really. Having been made since Roman times, oatcakes are a true staple of Scottish cuisine.
9. Deep-Fried Mars Bars
Absolutely not! It hurts our soul to have to write this out, but deep-fried Mars bars are one of the worst rated Scottish foods, according to Taste Atlas. You can get it at most chippies, and it’s probably one of the best inventions of all time. While we will deep fry pretty much anything, Mars bars are still one of the best things ever. Next time, try it with ice cream!
Aberdeen batteries are a type of morning pastry that’s heavy in butter. Butteries are best savoured hot, topped with some jam, marmalade or some more butter. The traditional Scottish delicacy was rated a 3.6 out of 5, so it’s not the worst rating ever.