Excuse Me, What’s The Terroir Of Those French Fries?

Tired of wine and chocolate tastings? Scientists at Leeds University in England have used an “aroma-meter” to discover why French fries, or chips as they call them, smell so irresistible. Dr. Graham Clayton says the fried taters give off a complex blend of scents that includes butterscotch, cocoa, cheese, flowers, onion, “and would you believe…ironing boards.” The findings, whose announcement coincides with National Chip Week, could herald the adoption of chip tastings, much like those for wine and chocolate. “Mmmm…it has a pleasant taste of bittersweet cocoa with overtones of ironing board and a top note of wilted flowers. But it’s the cats pee aftertaste with Benjamin Moore turpentine that really sets these off.”

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