A survey by AHDB Potatoes says the perfect chip does exist and that it’s precisely 1.2cm wide, 7cm long, 1.2cm thick and made from maris pipers.
The classic straight cut chip beat off crinkle and curly fries in the survey of 2,000 adults, who overwhelmingly concluded that they like their chips crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, with a dark, golden-brown colour.
When it comes to condiments, the majority of people think chips should have a sprinkle of salt, with ketchup coming in as the favourite topping (49%), followed closely by vinegar (47%) and mayonnaise (32%). One-fifth of chip-lovers would not consider a portion without a side of curry sauce. However, whilst those in the south remain loyal to it, those in the north prefer gravy, with only East Anglia and the South West opting for cheesy chips instead.
In addition, 40% of adults agree that chips are their favourite food, and a quarter admit that they would eat them for every meal if they could.