Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how different we are from our American cousins.
Never has that point been hammered home more than America’s startled discovery this week that sausage rolls are a thing in the UK.
Honestly, those in the U.S. have gone absolutely bonkers since discovering the British culinary classic which appears to have completely passed them by.
The social media storm was initially caused by a New York Times article, in which writers and readers alike were amazed to discover the existence of sausage rolls.
Explaining the concept behind the glorious British snack, they wrote:
Though the concept of sausage wrapped in pastry exists in every cuisine in one way or another, the British have claimed sausage rolls as their own. They are always welcome. especially at holiday time.
Boxing Day, a national holiday in Britain, celebrates the traditional post-Christmas servants’ day off, when upper-class families were forced to fend for themselves and subsist for a day on a lavish of leftover from the week, sausage rolls are often part of the spread.
In response, one confused Twitter user asked simply: “Is it a rolled sausage?” Oh, it’s so much more!
British social media users, meanwhile, were just as baffled by the fact those in the U.S. had never stumbled across one of our most beloved snacks.
Reddit soon got in on the act too, with one user asking whether any Americans on the site had ever eaten a sausage roll.
While some were aware of the existence of the greasy goodness, thanks to British pubs/shops in their neighbourhoods, others in the U.S. still seemed shocked at the existence of pork in pastry.
One user even helpfully added: “No but one time I saw a barn dance, a house fly, and a rabbit punch”.
Although many compared our sausage rolls to that U.S. favourite ‘pigs in blankets’, users were soon shot down because they’re not the same thing, okay? Stop it, America!
All in all, the stateside fascination in the very British snack does seem to suggest that Greggs and other bakery chains should start looking into the possibility of expanding their businesses into the U.S. market. Just a thought…
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