30 days of Scottish food: Day 30 – Irn-Bru
The final entry of the 30 Days of Scottish Food series. Scotland’s finest drink, made from girders – Irn-Bru.
A carbonated soft drink, bright orange in colour. It doesn’t really taste of anything except Irn-Bru. Its reputation for being made from girders derives from containing 0.002% ammonium ferric citrate.
Produced in Cumbernauld by AG Barr, manufactured to the same secret recipe since 1901. Barr’s was originally founded in Falkirk in 1875, and makes a wider range of soft drinks so sweet they give dentists nightmares: like American cream soda, raspberyade and Red Kola.
A bit like Tennent’s Lager, Irn-Bru is noted for its brilliant adverts. Let some of these persuade you of its fizzy merits:
Dedicated readers of Crumbs and Petals will also recall its amazing properties as a means to cook the Scottish version of Nigella’s Ham in Coke for Christmas.