ALMOST one in five Scots don't know what a haggis is, and a staggering 20 per cent of Britons believe it is a living, hilltop-dwelling animal, a survey showed today.
IT'S been battered and fried, rolled in oats and served up with neeps and tatties. Now Scotland's national dish is embarking on a new culinary adventure, with the launch of the world's first haggis chocolates.
The Neep Surprise - Neeps stuffed with pease pudding with a cap of cheese & cranberry sauce
'Haggis for the soul', submitted by D.S Hamilton, is the winner of this year's Haggis Hunt recipe competition.
SCOTLAND'S haggis-makers today leapt to the defence of the dish's origins after claims the first recipe for the food was published in an English book.
EACH year, haggis makers prepare for a rush on their product as Burns Night approaches.
SCOTLAND'S Government has been labelled the loser o' the puddin' race after failing to intervene in a transatlantic row over the national dish.
IT may be their busiest time of year, but haggis makers are warning a skills shortage could threaten the future of the industry.
ELIZABETH LOGIE and Paul Bedford 'pipe in' a special haggis cake baked for a Burns Night event at Jenners today.
HIS first job after leaving school was behind the counter of his family's small butcher's shop in Edinburgh. But over the years his entrepreneurial spirit turned the humble haggis into a fine-food item, on sale in top stores including Harrods and Fortnum & Mason.
HAGGIS, the most traditional of Scottish dishes, is probably the one item of cuisine for which this nation is known around the world.
EVERYONE knows it goes well with neeps and tatties or even in a chip supper.
CONSUMERS are to be told that avoiding mutton is the only way to reduce the risk to humans of an animal brain disease, prompting fury from meat producers including Scotland's best-known haggis maker.
A MOUNTAINEER claimed the record for the world's highest Burns Supper yesterday after joining in the celebrations from a mountain top in Argentina.
JACK McConnell moved quickly yesterday to reassure butchers that haggis would not be banned for children - despite an Executive guidance which warned that the national dish was as unhealthy as chicken nuggets and turkey twizzlers.
RENOWNED Edinburgh butchers Crombies have created a halal haggis to allow Muslims to enjoy a Burns Supper.