A British love affair
WHETHER served with a dash of vinegar in the chip shop or steaming hot from the oven, at the dinner table at home or in the pub with friends, Britain's ongoing love affair with chips means we enjoy them in almost three billion meals every year – a testament to their versatility, tastiness and value for money.
A firm favourite in the events calendar, the 22nd annual Chip Week, which starts today, is setting out to celebrate this great British favourite with events and activities in fish and chip shops and restaurants across the country.
Every day this week the website www.chips.lovepotatoes.co.uk will celebrate home-cooked chips during the week, with dozens of mouth-watering, quick and easy recipes inspired by the best things about Britain, as well as games, the latest chip- related news and events, including a chip map and lots of fun chip facts.
Chip fans can also get involved at facebook.com/LoveChipsUK to keep up-to- date with the week's fun.
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Think you know everything about chips? Check out these mind-blowing chip facts:
More than 1.6 million tonnes of potatoes are made into chips every year in the UK – weighing the same as more than 14,000 blue whales or 4,000 jumbo jets .
The land required to grow potatoes for chips is 33,664 hectares – big enough to fit London's Hyde Park 237 times, or 47,000 Wembley football pitches .
More than 250 million fish and chip meals are sold in the UK each year
In one year we eat nearly three billion meals containing chips, with dinnertime the most popular time to eat them (64 per cent) and tea time the second favourite (24 per cent) .
Brits use at least 26 different words for fish and chips .
Using the right spuds for chips can make all the difference – to ensure your chips are lovely and fluffy try King Edward or Maris Piper.
Fish and chips outsell Indian takeaways by two to one.
The world's largest fish and chip portion was made in July 2012 by Fish and Chips Ltd, London. The fish weighed in at 47.75kg and the chips 23.5kg, breaking the previous Guinness World Record which was held by the Wensleydale Heifer pub.
Celebrity chip fans include Rihanna, Kate Moss and David Walliams – and Michelle Obama recently revealed her biggest food weakness is French fries .
A survey of 1,000 adults shows "chip shop chips" are the nation's favourite chips with almost half (45 per cent) of all respondents putting them first, followed by French fries (16 per cent), oven chips (14 per cent), potato wedges (8 per cent) crinkle cut chips (7 per cent) and curly fries (7 per cent).
The survey also shows that where we live affects our chip choices, with people in the south preferring salt and vinegar on their portion while the Scottish are more likely than people in any other region to choose a portion of curly fries.
People in the midlands have a fondness for curry sauce and cheese with their portion; the Welsh are more likely than other region to eat their chips straight from the oven; and a quarter of Londoners favour the French fry.