VIDEO: Bakery loses out in battle of the scones

Just Desserts boss James O'Dwyer with his scones

Just Desserts boss James O'Dwyer with his scones

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By Eck! A Shipley baker has been forced to change the name of its jumbo posh scone or face the wrath of tearooms Bettys of Harrogate.

Award-winning commercial bakers Just Desserts introduced its Fat Rascals premium scone more than two and a half years ago.

But now the Station Road firm has crumbled at the stern request of the famous cafe tearoom.

And it has even had to change the style of its monster fruity fancy – now dubbed a Yorkshire Scallywag – so it looks less like its older rival. Customers need not worry though as the handcrafted Shipley scone is made to its original family recipe and still bulges with sultanas and cherries.

It has proved so popular in cafes, delis, farm shops and tea shops across the region that sales have double since January. Such is demand that it has made it on to the company’s top 25 best-selling products list.

Managing director of Just Desserts, James O’Dwyer, said: “When we received notification from Bettys to stop using the Fat Rascals name, our bakery team rose to the challenge and eventually came up with a new name – Yorkshire Scallywags – which we think is a fitting description.

“We have also changed the look of our scone so that it does not resemble the appearance of the Bettys product.

“But they can’t trademark taste and our customers love our ‘posh scone with knobs on’!”

Just Desserts was established by Mr O’Dwyer and his wife Carol in 1985 when they baked their first handmade cake at the famous Salts Mill in Saltaire. It has since gained a first class reputation for providing the hospitality and food service industry with a range of premium desserts and quiche.

The company now employs 20 staff and moved to larger premises in Shipley in 1989 to meet demand, before expanding further in 2007, investing in the business to double the size of its base.

A Bettys spokesman said it had a duty to preserve the sanctity of its globally-loved superscone.

“We created the recipe and look of the Bettys Fat Rascal three decades ago and since then this plump, fruity and freshly baked scone has won a special place in the hearts of our customers.

“We’ve been advised to protect the Fat Rascal name for future generations of Bettys customers. It’s what any business, large or small, would do,” she said.

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5:17pm Fri 9 May 14

Don Quay says...

How can Betty,s trade mark a name will the bath bun chorley and Eccles cake be trade marked by Betty's they sell them, fat rascal is a name for a type of bun not something Betty's invented, its been made all over the north of England for at least 150 years
How can Betty,s trade mark a name will the bath bun chorley and Eccles cake be trade marked by Betty's they sell them, fat rascal is a name for a type of bun not something Betty's invented, its been made all over the north of England for at least 150 years Don Quay
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7:37pm Fri 9 May 14

bobbyo says...

Snooty bar stewards ! Pathetic.
Snooty bar stewards ! Pathetic. bobbyo
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8:26pm Fri 9 May 14

notbetty says...

Betty's clearly felt worried they couldn't compete on taste with the bad boys of baking Just Desserts!
I wonder if they will try to copy right cups of tea next?
Betty's clearly felt worried they couldn't compete on taste with the bad boys of baking Just Desserts! I wonder if they will try to copy right cups of tea next? notbetty
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8:31pm Fri 9 May 14

steve10 says...

Should have re named it !! BETSEY'S TEA TIME TREAT !!
I remember the chip shop at Frizinghall Harry Ramsbottom's, he had to change his sign because it looked like Harry Ramsden's sign

I agree with bobbyo
Should have re named it !! BETSEY'S TEA TIME TREAT !! I remember the chip shop at Frizinghall Harry Ramsbottom's, he had to change his sign because it looked like Harry Ramsden's sign I agree with bobbyo steve10
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12:24am Sat 10 May 14

Sharonno says...

I have been baking fat rascals for my family and friends for nearly fifty years, is Betty's going to go after me, or maybe I should sue them!!
I will certainly be buying the Yorkshire Scallywags and NOT Betty's Fat Rascals.
I have been baking fat rascals for my family and friends for nearly fifty years, is Betty's going to go after me, or maybe I should sue them!! I will certainly be buying the Yorkshire Scallywags and NOT Betty's Fat Rascals. Sharonno
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12:33am Sat 10 May 14

Sharonno says...

I decided to check, it seems Fat Rascals was first introduced in 1880. Betty's didn't open until July 1919.
I decided to check, it seems Fat Rascals was first introduced in 1880. Betty's didn't open until July 1919. Sharonno
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