As you might have guessed, this post is about crisps. As I talked about Italian food in my most recent post, I thought I’d counterbalance with a couple of words on one of the most British-est of the snack foods.
I had already learnt that crisps is a staple in the English diet back when I was twelve, during my very first holiday exchange in the picturesque town of Paignton, Devon, and where my host family, a lovely old woman with an evil cat, used to pack our lunch every morning including a buttered sandwich (you guys are weird!), some chocolate fingers and a mini bag of crisps.
Supermarkets’ meal deals don’t let you escape without a bag of crisps, like “there you go, you got your sandwich, your drink and your crisps, now you have a nutritious meal”.
Picking one single packet among all those flavours requires titanic effort! We do have flavoured crisps in Italy, but the UK has taken this to a whole new level! Here are just some of the types of crisps you can find in the paradise that is a British crisps aisle.
- Cheddar and onion: in Italy we make cheese crisps. In Britain they add onion, because the stronger it smells, the better it tastes.
- Salt and vinegar: that’s the kind of crisps that I keep on eating, trying to understand if I like them or not and in the meantime I get an ulcer in my mouth because of how acidic they are!
- Sweet chilli: brilliant, brilliant idea, although their red can look quite chemical and, at the end of the day, they are just spicy potatoes.
- Salt and black pepper: my absolute favourite. Interestingly enough, I had other Italians agreeing with me and confirming the theory that we might prefer simple flavours.
- Veggie Crisps: the healthy options, made from beetroot, parsnip and something else: no! One is bitter, one is tasteless, one is so useless that I don’t even remember what it is. Just no!
- Lightly salted: the classic choice, usually more than “lightly salted” and ready to give you so much love, if only you cared!