Strange Foods

We’ve all had some fun in the past as we marveled at the various eclectic (ahem) dishes enjoyed by Brits (faggots, toad-in-the-hole, black pudding etc.).

Among these was the “chip butty”:

…which of course is just potato in a sandwich — carbohydrates squared, so to speak.

So if we carry the concept one step further, we get the “crisp sandwich”:

(made all the more confusing because of the chips/fries/crisps nomenclatures that divide us).

Actually, the latter sandwich is not too bad, simply because unlike here in Murka, Brit “crisps” are sold in a dizzying array of flavors — prawn, chicken, lamb, beef and so on — along with the various sub-groups (chicken tikka, steak, hamburger, sausage, lamb & mint sauce, etc.) as well as the staples such as cheese & onion and salt & vinegar.

Sometimes the crisp sandwich is not a stand-alone — you can add your usual sandwich fillings like cheese, salami and so on — with the crisps added for both flavor and crunch*.

Needless to say, this being Britishland, a whole bunch of !SCIENTISTS! decided to explore the latter to see which made the best option.  And here are the results:

Now you know.

*By the way:  the combination of bread, butter, BBQ brisket and jalapeno-flavored “chips” is a pretty tasty dish.


  1. I’ve been putting potato chips on my sammiches since I was a little boy. Love the added texture and crunch along with the potato chip flavor.

  2. I’ve known people who put potato chips on their sandwiches. I figured it was Midwest thing, growing up. Not my cup of tea.

  3. My Sainted Mother used to make “bar-b-que” out of ground beef and who knows what (the recipe was never written down and died with her.) It was kind of like “Person-Wich” long before that crap hit the can. The main difference being hers was edible (tasty, even,) theirs was crap. Too many spices.

    We used to put chips on the sandwich, because it added to the flavor and it p*ssed off my little brother.

  4. Stopping short of some of those Icelandic delicacies, I’ve dabbled in strange foods, usually out of necessity.
    I once made an omelet with a couple of eggs, leftover smoked salmon, green onions, and potato chips. It was all I could find in the larder. It was delicious, or maybe I was that hungry.

  5. My dad loved these, and raw onion sandwiches. He also had sugar sandwiches and condensed milk ones. The War had a lot to answer for 😊

  6. The sandwich of my childhood (and one I still enjoy) is Seltzer’s Lebanon Bologna on Roman Meal Bread with my Mom’s version of Comeback Sauce and a generous helping of chips.
    It wasn’t really ready until you smashed it hard enough to break up the chips and embed them in the sauced bread.
    Think I’ll have one now…

  7. My wife puts potato chips on hamburgers occasionally and usually on tuna sandwiches. It’s never been earth shattering to me.

    Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh became famous for putting french fries on their sandwiches. I tried it at one of their satellite locations. It wasn’t bad but kind of messy.

    For Christmas in 2020 we got a subscription to a snack pack of the month club from various countries. Some of the flavors of potato chips were rather interesting.


  8. There are at least 10 potato chip companies within an hour or so drive of where I live in PA and weird flavors abound here. Herr’s in Nottingham, PA has always been good for some odd flavors, although I can’t forgive them for not making their Steak and Onion chips anymore! Currently they are making Baby Back Rib, Old Bay Crab Seasoning, Cheddar Sour and Cream, Cheese Fries, Creamy Dill Pickle, Fire Roasted Sweet Corn, Ghost Pepper, Horseradish and Cheddar, Hot Sauce, Ketchup, Sour Cream and Onion, Salt and Cracked Black Pepper, Salt and Vinegar, Sweet Potato, Jalapeno, Honey Sriracha, etc.

    1. Greg,
      The Old Bay sounds good as do several other flavors. I’ve had ketchup flavor from foreign producers and they can best be described as yuck. A Polish specialty seems to be peprika flavored and they are rather good


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