Video: Falkirk chip shop serves up deep-fried twist on Christmas classics

A chip shop in Falkirk has created an interesting twist on some traditional festive food by adding a deep fried element to the mix.

Published 13th Dec 2017
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

New Union Chippie in Camelon, near Falkirk, began selling battered treats such as mince pies and pigs in blankets as part of a winter shake-up of the menu.

Falkirk Chip Shop
Union Chippie staff serve up some deep fried festive food. Picture: TSPL

Staff have been surprised by how well the dishes have been received, with sausage suppers seeing a fall in favour after their introduction.

Owner Jim Beck said: "I'm actually selling more pigs in a blanket suppers than I am sausage suppers.

"It was Kerris (the manager) who came up with the idea as well as Lucy, my daughter. It's done really well."

He added that although the mince pies were not doing quite as well, people had been coming in to give them a try.

The new offerings take about five minutes to cook in the fryer and will be on the menu until the New Year.

Manager Kerris Gentles was partly inspired to try out the pigs in blankets dish after seeing something similar on Facebook.

She added: "We decided we could just use our own sausages and wrap them in bacon, fry them and see how it went - but we were never expecting this."

Falkirk Herald photographer Michael Gillen took the deep fried delicacies to unsuspecting members of the public to get a reaction.

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It's not the first time, a chippie has taken their own twist on Christmas food, earlier this month a chip shop owner in England, created a giant foot-long 'pig in a blanket' as a Christmas treat for customers.

Matthew Wilson, who owns Penny Hill Fisheries in Leeds, said: "Every year I try and do something gimmicky for Christmas as an ode to the season.

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Matthew Wilson from Leeds, with his foot long pig in a blanket. Picture: SWNS

"This year I asked myself 'what's the best thing about Christmas dinner?' For me it's pigs in blankets and stuffing balls.

"But I wanted to do something different with it - anybody can chuck some bacon on a sausage.

"So I made a few prototypes and tested them out - they were absolutely phenomenal.

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• This article originally appeared on our sister site - the Falkirk Herald

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