Did you know that we Brits eat over 11.5 billion sandwiches a year? Here’s some trivia to celebrate British Sandwich Week - including just what Viagra and the sandwich have in common...
The catering industry sells over 3.5 billion sarnies in the UK, according to British Sandwich Week organisers, but there’s more to the sandwich than just carbs and fillings.
To help you entertain customers and hopefully flog a few sarnies, here are some facts to reel off at the bar.
1. Let’s clear things up first - sandwiches and Viagra. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer opened its second UK factory in the town of Sandwich in Kent in 1954, and it is here that the drug Viagra was developed.
2. If you laid the number of sandwiches Brits eat each year around the world, they would go around it about 44 times, according to British Sandwich Week organisers.
3. According to the Guinness World Records, The largest sandwich weighed 2,467.5 kg and was made by Wild Woody's Chill and Grill, Roseville, Michigan, USA on 17 March 2005. The sandwich contained 68 kg of mustard, 468.1 kg of corned beef, 117.9 kg of cheese, 240.4 kg of lettuce and 1,618.4 kg of bread.
4. It is commonly believed that the sandwich was invented by John Montagu, fourth Earl of Sandwich who requested meat between slices of bread when he was too busy for lunch.
5. Research by butter company, Lurpack, revealed that the cheese sandwich is the most popular lunch option for office workers and that they start to think about lunch around 10 am.
6. In Porto, Portugal, there is an annual festival dedicated to the francesinha sandwich – a gut-busting dish made with bread, ham, sausage, steak or roast meats, covered with melted cheese, an egg, served with tomato-beer sauce & fries.