Belgium Petitions United Nations for OG ‘French’ Fries Status

Belgium is currently in the process of having potato fries recognized as a part of the country’s cultural heritage. Yes, Belgium.

For years, Belgium and France have been arguing over which country invented the popular side dish. Either Belgians began slicing and frying potatoes in the late 17th century or both nations started using this method about a century later.

Belgium is putting its foot down and petitioning the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to have fries permanently associated with Belgian culture.

Though Belgians have interesting ideas about mayonnaise’s relationship with potatoes, this request is within reason. Belgian fries are typically sold in paper cones from one of about 5,000 “fritkots” throughout the nation. These fritkot shacks permeate 10 times more market space, per capita, than McDonald’s restaurants in the United States.

Should Belgian petitioners gain the support of one of their three cultural ministers, Belgian fries would be added to UNESCO’s cultural preservation list with other notable items like Turkish coffee.

We might have to stop calling them French fries.

H/t Reuters


Japan’s Oldest Silk Factory Sells Chocolate That Looks Uncomfortably Like Worms


You’re old now. You’ve grown up. You spend your time not digging up worms in the backyard, but going off and “discovering yourself” while using your trusty smartphone to document all your incredible, Insta-worthy adventures. Well, here’s another treat to add to your ever-growing foodie bucket list: a box of Japanese chocolates that look remarkably — unsettlingly — like silkworms.

Made at the Tomioka Silk Mill — which, as the oldest silk factory in Japan, is expected to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site this summer, according to Rocket News — the silkworm chocolates are officially called “Kaiko no Okoku”, or The Silkworm Kingdom. Each box contains three to six individually wrapped white chocolate worms, each set atop delicate, mulberry-flavored chocolate  leaves, and flecked with small pieces of berry and rice cracker.

Thankfully, the 142 year old factory hasn’t been used to make silk for the past 30 years, so you’re unlikely to find bits of actual worm hidden among the sweets. But if you’re into that, at least there’s always Amazon.

Picthx Rocket News