Chicken tikka paired with ready salted crisps is the best crisp sandwich combo, according to scientists.
If a crisp sarnie is your idea of lunch heaven, you’re not alone; it’s a British staple and now a leading food scientist has published the top 10 tastiest filling and crisp blends.
Dr Stuart Farrimond devised a study at the University of Chester, commissioned by sandwich chain Subway, to identify key flavour compounds. Using a mix of flavour science and consumer testing, he has compiled a definitive list of what makes the perfect pairing.
Chicken tikka and ready salted crisps tops the list due to the popular Indian dish’s ability to stimulate sweet, sour and umami flavours. According to Dr Farrimond, the salty seasoning of the crisps enhances the already diverse bouquet of tastes.
Runner-up is tuna mayo and prawn cocktail crisps, which works so well thanks to the pleasantly sharp Marie Rose tang of the crisps combined with the fish filling.
Meatball and ready salted crisps lands in bronze position, chicken salad with cheese & onion crisps comes in fourth, with cheese and salt & vinegar crisps at number five.
In light of the findings, the sandwich brand has appointed the world’s first Crisp Sandwich Sommelier; Michelin-trained Poppy O’Toole, also known as the ‘Potato Queen of TikTok’ to her 2.1 million followers.
Like a wine sommelier, Poppy plans to use the results along with her chef expertise to match Subway fillings with Walkers crisps.
“I grew up eating crisp sandwiches and, back in the day, these consisted of crisps pressed between two boring pieces of white bread,” she said. “But the crisp sandwich has evolved and is now a delicacy in its own right. I’ll be imparting some of the flavour expertise and techniques from my Michelin training to elevate this humble dish and take it to a new level.”
The top 10 tastiest crisp sandwich pairings are:
1. Chicken tikka and Ready Salted crisps
2. Tuna mayonnaise and Prawn Cocktail crisps
3. Meatball and Ready Salted crisps
4. Chicken salad and Cheese & Onion crisps
5. Cheese and Salt & Vinegar crisps
6. Bacon, lettuce and tomato and Salt & Vinegar crisps
7. Ham and Cheese & Onion crisps
8. Turkey and Cheese & Onion crisps
9. Salami and Ready Salted crisps
10. Steak and Prawn Cocktail crisps