Gregg’s vegan sausage roll has caused a storm

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A VEGAN sausage roll introduced by Greggs – with pork replaced by “fungal protein” – has caused a storm.

Horrified Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan branding the bakers “PC-ravaged clowns”.

 Sun writer Giulia Crouch has tried Gregg's new vegan sausage roll

Wilfried Haubenberger – The Sun

Sun writer Giulia Crouch has tried Gregg’s new vegan sausage roll

While distraught Damon tweeted: “The world’s f***ed!” to which Greggs replied: “It’s a vegan sausage roll, Damon.”

We had to try one, so Giulia Crouch braved a bite of the £1 snack.

Below she scores its various qualities out of a maximum of five rolls of honour.

Appearance

THAT lustrous, golden look of the original came from a glaze of milk on the pastry, so it’s gone and is “not replaced” by anything.

So the colour of the vegan version is pathetically pale.

The poor, pitiful pastry is anaemic and dry, with no shine whatsoever.

Not a looker.

 Both the vegan and meat version use Gregg's 'unique seasoning'

Wilfried Haubenberger – The Sun

Both the vegan and meat version use Gregg’s ‘unique seasoning’

Filling

I didn’t have high hopes, but the filling is not bad.

The “unique seasoning” used in the meat version is, Greggs tells me, present in the vegan one as well, making the flavour comfortingly familiar.

And despite the hideous sound of the “fungal protein”, it actually tastes like the meat in the normal snack.

 Fungal protein might sound hideous but it actually tastes like meat

Greggs

Fungal protein might sound hideous but it actually tastes like meat

Smell

THIS is incredible – it smells exactly like the meat version.

If you held a blind smell test – should you be compelled to do such a thing – I’m convinced no one could tell the difference.

All you breathe in is that familiar hint of herbs and spice that screams Greggs pork sausage roll.

 Sadly the pastry was disappointingly lacking in flavour

Wilfried Haubenberger – The Sun

Sadly the pastry was disappointingly lacking in flavour

Pastry

VERY crumbly, almost ridiculously so – which means it’s particularly messy to eat. It goes everywhere.

The crust is also not flaky, like the real deal, or as satisfyingly fatty.

Worst of all, the pastry is disappointingly lacking in flavour.

It’s dry and sad tasting, a bit like a supermarket sausage roll.

 The vegan sausage roll is a convincing copy – without being piously 'clean eating'

Wilfried Haubenberger – The Sun

The vegan sausage roll is a convincing copy – without being piously ‘clean eating’

Bite of all right

HAVING gone to university in Leeds, where there are more Greggs than people, I understand the right to a majestic sausage roll.

Vegans shouldn’t miss out, and this is a convincing copy – without being piously “clean eating”.

Greggs announce new vegan sausage roll following ‘high demand’





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