Relations between the UK and Spain hit a new low this week, but the issue has nothing to do with Brexit.
Spaniards are up in arms over what some have deemed a bastardized version of the country’s fried-dough favorite, churros, by a British supermarket chain.
In Spain, churros can be savored at breakfast while dipped into hot chocolate or cafe con leche, or as a street snack.
But British supermarket Morrisons impending release of cheese-filled churros – accompanied by a chunky red pepper and tomato dip and grated cheese sprinkle — has been branded a “monstrosity” by some on Twitter.
The dish is from Morrisons’ Christmas range, which will be released next month, prompting Madrid-based journalist Fiona Govan to ask her Twitter followers on Thursday what they thought of the anglicized treat:
Memes were shared threatening war with the UK:
And utter revulsion was expressed:
Translator Arantza Elosua branded it “pure sacrilege.”
Undaunted, a Morrisons spokeswoman told CNN: “Our cheese churros are inspired by the original Spanish recipe but we wanted to do a savoury version instead. Our customers appreciate it when we do a twist on a popular classic.”
The latest bout of outrage comes as relations sour between the UK and Spain over the future of Gibraltar, which threatens to scupper British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
Madrid has objected to part of the deal that covers future trade and security relations between the UK and the European Union. It insists arrangements relating to Gibraltar, a small British territory on the southern tip of Spain, should be discussed separately.