What you’re about to read will cause you either hunger or deep distress.
Over in Australia, people are apparently eating toasties filled with baked beans and tinned spaghetti.
Yes, we’re talking about toasted sandwiches with tinned spaghetti or saucy baked beans as the filling. Nothing else.
Apparently this concoction is called a ‘jaffle’, and is made by popping cold Heinz beans or spaghetti from a tin between two slices of white bread, then toasting the sarnie in a toasted sandwich maker.
We were alerted to this baffling item by a gamer called Amber Wadham, who innocently tweeted the question: ‘A great Australian debate, choose your side, spaghet or bean.’
Naturally, the tweet sparked horror, outrage, and intrigue from all those who had never considered putting canned goods in a toasted sandwich.
Amber said: ‘I eat them all the time, but they’re particularly best when you’re really hungry.
‘I couldn’t believe how many people had never heard of it.
‘Of course it matters which beans and spaghetti you use – the beans have to be Heinz, and spaghetti jaffles taste best when they’re SPC, an Australian brand, but others will do.
‘You can use others, I suppose, but they’re not authentic.
‘I think the best part about a jaffle is that it’s like a crunchy bowl for your fillings – with no extra mess to clean up.’
A crunchy bowl… the mind boggles.
Amber adds that the snacks, which are vegan (as long as you’re careful with your baked beans, as some contain a non-vegan sweetener), can be customised with cheese and coleslaw.
Personally that makes me vomit in my mouth, but some people might find the idea appealing.
‘That’s what we call a Jaffle Raffle – you just go for it and hope it’s good,’ said Amber.
‘My Australian fans were about 50/50 whether they preferred beans, or spaghetti.
‘For me it’s spaghetti all the way.
‘Loads of Americans commented saying they were undecided because they were disgusted.
‘I thought it was a bit rich, because they seem to deep fry literally everything.
‘I honestly thought it was a normal snack – I had no idea that jaffles are only popular in Australia.
‘This isn’t the first time I’ve had a tweet blow up, but it did make me smile how a simple sandwich could entertain thousands of people.
‘I’ve even had a couple of angry Italians messaging me.
‘They got very upsetti over some spaghetti.’
At least the jaffle isn’t as harrowing as lettucetti, which caused far more outrage when shared online.
Some people have bravely tried the dish after seeing Amber’s tweet, and report that it’s actually quite good.
One new jaffle fan said: ‘It takes all the mess out of beans on toast.
‘It was my birthday yesterday, so I made a jaffle with spaghetti hoops and sausages.
‘I even sprinkled some Parmesan on top to make it extra fancy.’
There’s only one thing for it. We’ll need to try this for ourselves at home. We imagine it could be quite nice as a drunk or hungover treat when anything goes.
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