There are plenty of foods that are undoubtedly, inherently British. For example, the grand tradition of a Sunday roast dinner is undeniably British. Yorkshire puddings and black puddings (neither of which are desserts) are both enormously British. Crumpets! Scotch eggs! Bubble and squeak! All of these things are iconically British (although Scotch eggs are not necessarily Scottish...)
Something that is apparently NOT quintessentially British is mince on toast.
However, US food website Eater recently made this claim, and found themselves on the receiving end of a stream of comments from Brits who were adamant that the site had completely made up this "classic British comfort dish".
Eater tweeted this:
Brits responded in full force, not only disputing the US site's claim that this was a "quintessential" British dish, but also disputing the very idea it is EVER consumed by Brits as a "normal" meal:
Eater decided to try to clarify their grievous error, due to the large amount of backlash from UK Twitter:
But the Brits were still absolutely not having it:
The debate moved across the tweet-o-sphere, with this tweet that asks for Brits to retweet if they've never even heard of 'mince on toast' as a dish, also going viral:
While others took the opportunity to confuse Americans even more:
But at the very least, this mistake has led to some much-needed Transatlantic clarifications: