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Americans think they’ve just invented sausage rolls, and us Brits are laughing at them

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Gary Ogden
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You know those things that you’ve been eating for your whole life? Like, ever since you went onto solids? Those things that are sausages coated in flaky pastry? The things you can get in Greggs? The things you can get mini versions of, and also jumbo versions of? Those things that are synonymous with England? Those lovely, juicy, greasy, fattening sticks of meaty goodness that are essential to make any party good? SAUSAGE ROLLS?

Yeah, you do know them, because you have eaten them before. How many do you think you have eaten in your life? I reckon I’ve banged down about 700 in my time, and I’m not even counting mini ones: if I am, you better jack that number up, we’re in for a bumpy ride.

Anyway, the point of this article is not for me to boast about how many sausage rolls I’ve eaten (it’s a lot though, isn’t it, are you impressed?), it’s actually to draw your attention to the fact that it turns out Americans think they invented them. This year. A supermarket in the US called Trader Joe’s have introduced a new product called “Puff Dogs”, and they are extremely proud of them.

The only thing is, they are sausage rolls. Here’s their announcement:

“Hot dogs are, of course, typically served on a bun; Trader Joe’s Puff Dogs takes this classic dog-meets-dough pairing to the next level: each uncured, all-beef dog is instead swaddled in a perfectly flaky-when-cooked puff pastry. We don’t mean to hot dog here, but this marriage of beefy and buttery is pretty genius.”

Here they are look:

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What they are, is sausage rolls. They are a sausage, in a roll. A sausage roll. Not a puff dog.

Sausage rolls have been around for Quite A Long Time, having been invented way back at the beginning of the 19th Century in France (not England, as I bet you all thought), so the US proclaiming that they came up with the idea has irked a few people. Mainly British people that get annoyed about food on Twitter – the kind of person who won’t stop banging on about the price of Freddos.

Observe:

Anyway, think how Twitter’s going to react when they see the next hot American food product:

(Images: iStock/Trader Joe’s)

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Gary Ogden

Shortlist writer and "the least woke person in the office", Gary Ogden, likes horror movies, Cheestrings, tapping his leg under the desk, "having a drink", PDAs, not having eczema anymore, hiding from responsibility, screaming into the mirror whenever he is alone, and assorted other things. Mainly the eczema thing though. @garyblogden

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