Pork Scratchings are a very British humble snack, originating in the Black Country.
Pork Scratchings were a food of the 1800's working classes, with the tradition of families keeping their own pig at home and feeding it up for slaughter. Every part of the pig was used and the delicious natural pork snack, Pork Scratchings, were born.
In the 1930s, it is thought that butchers started selling Pork Scratchings, with some calling them Pork Crackling with the links to home made Sunday Pork Joint dinners.
Today Pork Scratchings are eaten across the UK, with half of pork scratchings being sold in the Midlands, London and the South East.
Their appeal has grown and they are an international snack too. In Mexico they are known as Chicharrones and eaten with lime and chilli sauce and in America they’re known as pork rinds. We’d obviously say they aren’t quite like our British pork scratchings, the layer of fat and then the crunch of the skin is unique to us Brits!