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Most Scots kids haven’t tried haggis

A new survey of five- to 16-year-old children in Scotland purports to show that 46% of Scots kids have never tried haggis, Scotland’s national dish.

1,000 children in Scotland were surveyed as part of Britain-wide research by budget hotel chain Travelodge, who say the results show a risk of “regional dishes” and ‘holiday food’ being lost to history.

The other findings of the survey include:

  • 87% of children in Scotland have never tried cockles
  • 83% of children in Scotland have never tried a Devonshire cream tea
  • 72% of children in Scotland have never tried black pudding
  • 70% of children in Scotland have never tried a Cornish pasty
  • 29% of children in Scotland have never tried candyfloss
  • Across the UK, 90% of children have never tried haggis

Shakila Ahmed, a spokesperson for Travelodge, said: “Food is a big part of Britain’s rich heritage but our research has highlighted that we are at risk of losing some of our famous regional dishes because children have not been given the opportunity or encouraged to try them.”

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