Supermarket Quiche Prices Skyrocket In The UK Ahead Of Coronation

Saturday, May 6, will mark a new era of British royalty as King Charles III is crowned, and British citizens are celebrating by chowing down on the official coronation quiche. But those who are choosing to buy the dish in grocery stores may be surprised to find that the average quiche has risen in price by 21% over the past year (via CNN). 

A few weeks ago, on April 17, The Royal Family tweeted the announcement of the dish that was "chosen personally by Their Majesties, The King and Queen Consort." In what's being called the "coronation effect," U.K. citizens are rushing to grocery stores to get their hands on the quiche in time for the event, per The Guardian. Grocery stores are meeting the demand, albeit with price increases along the way. Lidl is offering a coronation quiche for £2.79, while a cheese and onion version is going for £3.70 at Marks and Spencer, and a quiche Lorraine is selling for £2.50 at Tesco. 

The cost of some quiche ingredients is also rising

Although some are making a mad dash to grocery stores to purchase the coronation quiche, others are opting to buy the ingredients and make it at home themselves. The Royal website explains that the crust is made from flour, salt, cold butter, lard, and milk; as an alternative, you can use pre-made shortcrust pastry. The inside incorporates cheddar, spinach, broad or soya beans, milk, double cream, eggs, tarragon, and salt and pepper. Those looking to make it in their kitchen may not find any more luck cutting costs since buying each of the ingredients separately may prove to be more expensive. 

An analysis from Metro shows that Aldi is the cheapest U.K. grocery store to grab everything you need to make the recipe with a total price of £11.06 per quiche, while Tesco is the most expensive at £18.58. CNN also states that quiche isn't the only store-bought food to skyrocket in cost over the past year — the price of eggs in the U.K. rose by 32% and cheddar cheese by 42%. So while grocery store quiche may be more expensive than it used to be, it still might be the most affordable way to celebrate the new king's coronation.