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Eton Mess – a Delicious Recipe

6 min
Eton Mess Recipe

Indulge in the delightful charm of Eton Mess, a beloved dessert perfect for warm summer days. Its simplicity and messy presentation are part of its appeal. With just a few ingredients, you can create your own Eton Mess dessert in no time. Follow our easy step-by-step recipe to enjoy this sweet treat.

Here's a simple guide to making your own Eton Mess at home. This recipe serves four.

500g fresh strawberries
200g meringue nests
500ml whipping cream
1 tablespoon icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Wash and hull the strawberries, saving a few for decoration. Chop the remaining strawberries and put them in a bowl. Sprinkle them with icing sugar and let them macerate for about 15 minutes.

2. In a separate bowl, whip the cream along with the vanilla extract until it forms soft peaks.

3. Crush the meringue nests and fold them into the whipped cream, followed by the macerated strawberries.

4. Divide the mixture between four serving glasses or bowls, topping each portion with the reserved strawberries.

5. Serve immediately or chill for up to 2 hours before serving.

an image of a dessert with vanilla ice cream, strawberries, meringue nests and whipped cream

The Historical Context

Our company's journey began in 1928 as Syfabriken Special. However, it was during a trip to England that the founders' sons discovered the town of Eton in Berkshire. Eton, renowned for its prestigious Eton College, captivated them with its impeccably dressed young men. Inspired by this, they created the iconic Eton Shirt. The shirt's popularity led us to rename the company as Eton in 1950.

The origins of the Eton Mess dessert can be traced back to Eton College. Traditionally served during the college's annual cricket match against Harrow School, the dessert has an amusing backstory. Legend has it that a mischievous Labrador sat on a picnic basket, accidentally crushing a delightful concoction of strawberries, meringue, and cream. Rather than discarding it, the crushed dessert was served, giving birth to the beloved Eton Mess we enjoy today.

While we cannot take credit for inventing the Eton Mess dessert, we share a historical connection. So, the next time you wear an Eton Shirt, take a moment to appreciate the delightful dessert that shares our name. Better yet, prepare your own Eton Mess while proudly sporting your favorite Eton Shirt, and savor the sweet bond that unites us all.

Bon appétit!

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