The BLT has been voted the UK’s favourite sandwich in a poll conducted by the British Sandwich Association. Over 3,500 people took part in the vote on the BSA’s ‘Love Sarnies’ website, aiming to identify the country’s top ten sandwich fillings and, although the chicken sandwich appeared on the list three times in different forms, it was the BLT that topped the overall poll – with prawn mayonnaise finishing a close second.
Jim Winship, Director the British Sandwich Association commented: “It is no surprise to see chicken varieties scoring well, as they currently account for around 30% of sandwich sales in the retail sector, but we didn’t really expect to see the BLT take the number one spot.
“The origins of the BLT are not really clear but it would appear to date back to the 1900s, when a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich was a popular teatime snack. However, it didn’t really take off until the 40s, as the emergence of supermarkets made fresh ingredients more readily available. There are a lot of variations and opinions about exactly what makes a good BLT. Quality of bacon is clearly key and the tomatoes need to be really fresh and tasty. Crunchy Iceberg tends to be the most popular lettuce.”
The British Sandwich Association’s top ten has confirmed that, while the nation’s taste in food is becoming more eclectic, we still prefer to play it safe when it comes to our choice in sandwiches.