A chippy is selling a deep-fried Colin the Caterpillar cake
Hasn't he suffered enough?!
Colin the Caterpillar's been having a rough time lately. His feud with Aldi's equivalent Cuthbert the Caterpillar has been a bit of a public fiasco, to say the least. Marks & Spencers, the makers of the iconic Colin cake, have gone as far as to take legal action against Aldi over Cuthbert. Aldi's been trying to make the most out of it with some pretty funny (and sometimes pretty odd) comments on social media. It's a debate that's truly split the nation, with some siding with Colin and others siding with Cuthbert. One particular chippy is putting its weight fully behind Cuthbert in a rather strange way. Papa's Fish and Chips, a chain which has branches in Hull, Cleethorpes, Whitby and Scarborough, has decided to 'batter' Colin by selling deep-fried mini Colins!
This has been prompted by a part of Aldi's weird social media campaign where the huge supermarket chain said that it would be willing to put differences aside to help raise money for cancer charities, calling the proposed campaign #Caterpillarsforcancer. This got Papa's Fish and Chips thinking and it came up with the idea to buy as big of a batch of mini Colins as it could, deep fry them and sell them in their branches. Each deep-fried mini Colin costs £1.49, with all the money going to the cancer charity drive.
"It's all a bit of fun and a great way to raise money for charity," said Papa's Fish and Chips' owner Dino to the Grimsby Telegraph. "Like the rest of the nation, we have been gripped by the Colin and Cuthbert saga and we've chosen which side we are backing. The battered caterpillars are also absolutely delicious, so we thought why not? We are buying as many mini Colins as we can and they will be battered in our sweet batter and available in all restaurants on Monday."
With all of this legal battle going on and now a chain of fish and chip shops giving Colin a good battering (as it were) though, you've got to wonder whether the poor caterpillar has suffered enough already? It's all a bit much for such an icon of British culture like Colin to go through all of this. If you're a supporter of Cuthbert though, I suppose you'd think it's a penance well-served.