Us Brits love our weird and wonderful food, becoming a nation of foodies that are remembered for some frankly bizarre dishes.
As Heston Blumenthal comes out of the woodwork with bacon and egg ice cream, snail porridge, and lickable wallpaper, some of us might be questioning where all the normal food has gone these days.
Now, a controversial poll has ranked some of the UK’s best-loved foods and put them in a tiered chart that is sure to divide the nation down the middle. If you’re ready to be seriously p*ssed off, here we go.
Released by YouGov, fan-favourites like toad in the hole, scotch egg, and Yorkshire pudding can be found alongside kippers, black pudding, and haggis. The survey asked Brits to rank 50 of the country’s ‘national’ dishes and put then collated the results into God Tier, Top Tier, Mid Tier, Low Tier, and Crap Tier.
Surprising no one, the God Tier has solid entries including the Yorkshire pudding, a hearty Sunday roast, fish and chips, crumpets, a full English breakfast, and the humble bacon sarnie. Sadly, things go downhill from here.
Toad in the hole somehow landed in the Mid Tier, while both scotch egg and pork pie are bizarrely in the Low Tier. Black pudding might be divisive, but does it really belong in the Crap Tier with something as gross as jellied eels? I think not!
When it comes to older and younger generations, liver and onion is a point of contention. There are 43 percentage points between 18 to 24 year olds liking liver and onion compared to the over 55 group.
YouGov called the chart “distressingly beige”, but to be honest, I think that’s the least of the site’s worries. I can already picture the scenes of disgruntled rioters launching flaming scotch eggs at the company HQ. At least the Sunday roast topped the list with 85% Brits loving it.
The sweet rankings are just as controversial. Scones are a pretty good God Tier inclusion, but Victoria sponge cake? I’m sorry, but if you ordered that on a date, I’d be off.
Hot cross buns and sticky toffee pudding aren’t given enough credit in the Top Tier, while I refuse to accept that Battenberg belongs in the Low Tier. Finally, I’m not a fan, but the deep-fried Mars bar has a loyal following and still ends up in the Crap Tier.
There’s an even bigger generation divide when it comes to sweet choices. YouGov reveals that only 34% of 18 to 24-year-olds liked Christmas pudding like, whereas 70% of the over 55s can’t get enough.
Personally, I’m questioning where potato waffles, Findus crispy pancakes, and baked Alaska all are. I’d even settle for a turkey twizzler right now. Jamie Oliver, what have you done to this country?
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