I must confess that I’ve never understood the Brit obsession with “chip butties” (a.k.a. “chip baps”), which are simply whitebread-and-butter sandwiches with french fries inside them.  (A “bap” is a sandwich, either sliced bread or a bread roll — don’t ask, I don’t get it either.)

Carbohydrates squared.

There’s no reason why you couldn’t put fries into a sandwich, I guess, although I’ve always considered fries to be an accompaniment to a sandwich rather than its filling.  Put it down to Weird Shit That Brits Do.

However, there’s been this development:  the 1,000-calorie deep-fried chip butty, and apparently the Brits can’t get enough of it.  (No pics because… yikes.)

Even better, the deep-fried chip butty can be served with a side order of… fries.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all… although I have to tell you that I wouldn’t mind trying one, just out of academic interest.

Postscript:  In Scotland you can get deep-fried Mars Bars, but that’s just the Scots being Scottish.  And they taste just about as you’d think they’d taste:  bloody awful.


  1. My father in law told me that they frequently ate porn n bean sandwiches during the depression. Seems kinda sloppy to me. Guess you had to be there.

  2. The home of the deep-fried Mars Bar, Stonehaven, is a few miles away. I have yet to indulge – I’ve never been sufficiently drunk.

  3. Actually – the acronym BAP is used here in the fast food trade as well, it actually means “anything” in bread with served with a pickle on the side, otherwise Bun and Pickle hence BAP. Most joints here in the midwest will deliver the burger with a 1/4 picke slice on side and fries (chips to those in the old country).

    And if you want some mild stomach churning, go see the Belgians eat fries slathered with mayo. I think I saw this in Montreal too.

  4. The signature of the Primanti Brothers sandwich shop chain in the Pittsburgh area is putting fries on their sandwiches, they make good sandwiches but I always request the fries on the side because combining them detracts from both the sandwich and the fries.

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