Article by Sophie Cockerham
We’ve heard of battered fish, sausage and even Mars Bars being available from local fish and chip shops.
But have you ever tried a deep-fried Ferrero Rocher?
If you’re curious, now’s your chance – as London’s Poppies Fish and Chips has put them on their festive menu.
Available in their Soho branch from Saturday, December 10th, the tasty treat is next up in a long line of snacks to face the fryer as part of Poppies’ Christmas offerings.
In the past, the popular eatery has battered everything from Quality Street, giant pigs in blankets, and even Brussels sprouts.
So, as a Christmas staple, it’s no surprise that the humble Ferrero Rocher is the latest dessert on their list.
Made up of roast hazelnuts surrounded by a smooth chocolatey filling, crispy wafers and yet more hazelnut pieces, the deep-fried treat is sure to be your new favourite guilty pleasure – and at £3.75 for three pieces, it won’t break the bank either.
Danny Newland – the son of late Poppies founder Pat ‘Pops’ Newland, who sadly died in April this year – says: “We love everything about Christmas and have great fun every year creating a new homage to one of the season’s essentials.
“Deep frying these golden balls in our tasty batter delivers everything you need from a decadent Christmas bite – warm chocolate, hazelnuts, a bit of crunch and then a melt in your mouth moment.
“It’s like a chippy’s hot chocolate and we think the Ambassador’s guests would have loved it!”
Those wishing to try the treat will have to hurry though, as they’re only available until Saturday, December 24th, making them the perfect snack to break up your Christmas shopping in central London.
In other chippy news, we sent our reporter to try the UK’s most expensive fish supper to see what all the fuss is about.
Situated in Finnieston, Glasgow, punters can visit Italian-owned chip shop Enzo’s to fork out £79.99 for the meal, which includes two large fillets of battered fish, two battered sausages, kielbasa, chips, pickled onions, mushy peas, tartare sauce and lemons – all, randomly, covered in 24-carat gold leaf.
Chippies are really upping their game this year, aren’t they?