New veggie Percy Pigs 'divide the nation more than Brexit'
It's official: all Percy Pigs sweets are now vegetarian, and the nation is not taking it lightly – with claims the issue is more divisive than Brexit.
The news broke this morning that Marks & Spencer have changed the recipe of the iconic British sweet to a vegetarian-friendly one.
If you have ever so much as set foot in an M&S supermarket – and, to be honest, even if you haven't – you will be familiar with the two-tone pink jelly sweet.
Traditionally, the British confectionary – created in 1992 – was made with pork gelatin, rendering them unsuitable for vegetarians.
Percy Pigs becoming vegetarian has divided the nation more than Brexit by the looks of it.— Len (@LenM4) May 1, 2019
A green-eared veggie version – made with beeswax and pea protein – was first created in 2011, available alongside the standard version.
However, a change to the Percy Pigs recipe means the standard sweet is now vegetarian. The brand new recipe is said to be made without gelatine at all, according to reports today in The Sun.
Now Percy Pig fans are in uproar on Twitter over having their choice taken away from them, and claiming the new standard veggie variety tastes different compared to the previous kind.
@marksandspencer is it correct that percy pigs are all vegetarian?? What has happened to customer choice��— Julie Smith (@Smithjulie_) May 1, 2019
Today is a sad day #RIPPercyPig as @marksandspencer have decided to change your recipe for good, apparently having both Percy and Veggie Percy is not an option #ShameShameShame#BringBackPercy#PercyPigpic.twitter.com/uZN8BFmyFr— Aaron Allen (@aaron_mcr) April 30, 2019
so they've apparently changed all percy pigs to veggie percy pigs and i am MAD at all the people claiming the veggie ones don't taste different ???? yes they defo do wtf— eliza (@elizarachel_) May 1, 2019
Nobody wanted Percy Pigs to become bloody Vegan.— Lennon MacEachern-Smith (@lmacec) May 1, 2019
Seriously, if you want Vegan food products - make your own.
I'm sick of this assault on normal food.
Create your own stuff.
Don't ruin normal sweets.
If you don't want to have Percy Pigs - Don't eat them....
Controversial 'Good Morning Britain' host Piers Morgan – who infamously threw up a Greggs vegan sausage roll – has already weighed in on the issue.
"It's a pig, it's called Percy the Pig!," he ranted.
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) May 1, 2019
"Well get your own damn sweets! Seriously, vegans, vegetarians, go and get your own sweets."
However, not everyone is against the new Percy Pigs, with many celebrating the veggie-friendly norm and calling out the critics.
People who are offended by a sweet changing clearly don't want to be reminded that their sweets have boiled bone in them and want to close their eyes. Good on @marksandspencer for making Percy Pigs accessible to everyone and veggie, which sweets should be. � #percypig#percypig— Hollie Adams (@Foxtrevert) May 1, 2019
The world is burning, fascism is on the rise but God forbid we take boiled up bone & connective tissue out of Percy Pigs https://t.co/Ybpb4ETDTJ— Tracey (@traceymoz) May 1, 2019
Marks & Spencers have gone to great lengths to appeal to its meat-free clientele, but the retailer hasn't always got it right.
- This article first appeared on Yahoo
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