Whether it’s dipped in ketchup, accompanying a burger, or inside a butty, is there anything better than the humble chip?

And it seems the formula for the perfect one has been revealed – and size isn’t everything.

In fact, bigger doesn’t mean better, as the nation has voted that the perfect chip is perfectly golden and two inches long with a crispy edge.

Although, perhaps unsurprisingly, the study of 2,000 adults found that the ideal chip should be fluffy on the inside, but crispy on the outside.

The research also dug into the specifics of the nation’s chip-eating habits.

In terms of condiments, more than (53%) name ketchup as the perfect dip, while 31% prefer mayo as their sauce of choice.

Chunky chips are also the most popular option (at 43%), while 22% typically choose a skinny ones and 5% opt for a wedge – and the Maris Piper was voted the best variety for making them.

As for the meals themselves, people like to eat chips with fish (57%), burgers (38%) and steak (27%) – while curry sauce (30%), grated cheese (29%) and gravy (26%) were named the top toppings.

According to the One Poll study, Friday night is the most popular time to consume chips – but 27% of people would happily eat them every day of the week.

A spokesman for Strong Roots, behind the research, said: ‘You can’t deny everyone loves a fry, but clearly people are very particular about what type of chip they have.

‘It’s always a topic that’s up for discussion, and a lot of the time can cause friendly friction.’

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