5 May 2003

Ready Salted

On my lunch break, I read in the paper that a new survey has discovered that Britain eats more savoury snacks than Italy, Germany, Spain and France put together.

They say it as if it is a bad thing.

Why knock something that we do well? We like eating crisps and we are good at it. Nowhere else in the rest of Europe can you get such a plethora of flavours, such as: Sour Cream and Jalepeno, Thai Sweet Chilli, Marmite, Baked Beans and, my favourite, Prawn Cocktail.

It’s no wonder that the Europeans don’t eat as many crisps – they don’t know what they are missing – leave them to their snail, horse and baby cows trapped from daylight – we’ll carry on with our little packets of pleasure, thank you very much.

(American readers – Crisps are the name for chips. Chips are ‘French Fries’ – the French don’t like them either.)