Food Theory: What Makes a Sandwich a Sandwich?

  • Published on Jul 30, 2020
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    What is a sandwich? Most probably think that is an easy answer. You've eaten MANY sandwiches in your life, right? Well Food Theorists, you may have partaken of tons of food you never knew were a sandwich. Today we are taking the "rules" of what makes a sandwich and seeing what other foods qualify. That hotdog? Your favorite pizza? All sandwiches! Watch to find out why!
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    Writers: Matthew Patrick, Luke Barats, and Justin Kuiper
    Editors: Alex "Sedge" Sedgwick
    Assistant Editor: AlyssaBeCrazy
    Sound Editor: Yosi Berman
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  • TheScrapAlaxy
    TheScrapAlaxy 12 minutes ago

    Im watching one piece and one of the characters said luffys appatite and stomache is "uncalcuable" can you prove her wrong?

  • TsGaming
    TsGaming 17 minutes ago

    Bananas are scientifically proven to be a berry, not a normal fruit.

  • TsGaming
    TsGaming 22 minutes ago

    Video Idea: What is the KFC Chicken made of?

  • Blue Rose
    Blue Rose 40 minutes ago

    By that definition... what is Subway making since they don't slice their bread but only make a slit in a long loaf?

  • Armie of One
    Armie of One 46 minutes ago a sub not a sandwich? It too has connected bread.

  • AttackCrash07
    AttackCrash07 Hour ago

    A sandwich is a Witch that lives in the desert.

  • Idk But Ok
    Idk But Ok Hour ago

    are tomatoes fruits or vegetables?

  • Trying artist
    Trying artist 2 hours ago

    Sub sandwiches might as well not be sandwiches then either since all the subs I’ve had consist of one piece of bread kinda like a hotdog bun lol

  • Aiden Brewer
    Aiden Brewer 2 hours ago

    Wait so is a dumpling a sandwich

  • Fred Heinzen
    Fred Heinzen 2 hours ago

    A pizza company made a pizza sandwich so...a pizza is a sandwich

  • Reuban Uddin
    Reuban Uddin 2 hours ago

    I swear u have a wold record for 8 episodes and have already have 1 million

  • David Magnano
    David Magnano 2 hours ago

    woosta county. dont say wor-chest-er around someone from Worcester :p

  • Samiesamsam
    Samiesamsam 2 hours ago

    Good but boring

  • TenaciousDingo
    TenaciousDingo 3 hours ago

    Huh, always thought hot dogs were of german origin but I guess only the sausages are.

  • Username Taken
    Username Taken 3 hours ago

    i love food theory

  • Mr. Oreo kreme
    Mr. Oreo kreme 3 hours ago

    So is sourcrout acceptable?

  • cosmin
    cosmin 3 hours ago

    this channel is so absurd but i love it

  • Moola
    Moola 3 hours ago

    I guess by the conclusion of this video Subway doesn't sell sandwiches, since a hotdog bun is just a smaller shittier version of a sub bun.

  • the speed of legos
    the speed of legos 3 hours ago +1

    Is my baloney mustard sandwich a sandwich

  • Spencer Brannon
    Spencer Brannon 3 hours ago

    My culinary text book stated that a pizza is an open faced sandwich, and a hotdogs would be a sandwich product by how the text book described it

  • Emerald Block
    Emerald Block 3 hours ago


  • Nile
    Nile 3 hours ago

    is it me or was this Food Math

  • Neil Angelo Molleda
    Neil Angelo Molleda 3 hours ago

    Is ketchup a smoothie?? Vsauce

  • Josie Violett
    Josie Violett 4 hours ago

    Hey, did you know I recently turned 18? Yeah, it was my birthday. You didn't even gift me anything. But don't worry, there's still a way to make it up to me. Subscribe to Food Theory and MatPat's channels for me (don't forget notifications and liking the videos!) and that'll be enough for me to forgive the neglect. Plus, statistics show MatPat's subscribers gain a combination of entertainment and knowledge consistently. It'd only do you good. I know you'll do the right thing.

    That or you'll rebel against me just to be petty but psh. Your loss. . . Party pooper.

  • Josie Violett
    Josie Violett 4 hours ago

    MatPat ya don't need ta beg me to subscribe. I'm already subscribed. If I clicked subscribe an odd number of times after being subscribed, I'd be unsubscribed. And I refuse to allow that atrocious act some to fruition. Thus, I must ignore your pleading. But don't worry, dear Pat. It is for the best, and your own interests.

  • Josie Violett
    Josie Violett 4 hours ago

    .... I remember jeggings tho... I have some... They're my favs o-o Skin tight jeans. I h8 pants that aren't skin tight honestly. They're so annoying to me. Plus I'm a boots lover, tho typically I use my tennis shoes, and my jeggings compliment them and my smol bean leggys immensely. I want pizza because of this thumbnail. Ty MatPat for making me hungry and bringing me to comment about such hunger and jeggings. Good episode, too. :)

  • Natalie Price
    Natalie Price 4 hours ago

    Does anyone know why the captions are in Portuguese

  • Gaby Whitman
    Gaby Whitman 5 hours ago +1

    Yo MatPat should make a Food Theory on organic, gmo, non-gmo, etc..& the Pros/Cons they each offer. In fact MatPat could also make another Food Theory on each food group.
    Plz Like if want him 2 see this..!

  • Nolan Lee
    Nolan Lee 5 hours ago

    thank god that my tax money is going to finding out what a hot dog is instead of finding a cure for covid

  • Μαριανίνα
    Μαριανίνα 5 hours ago +1

    I want Matt to go to Josh gmc or their potcast with the same title as that topic xD

  • Ted Tabaka
    Ted Tabaka 5 hours ago


  • Ömer Faruk Erol
    Ömer Faruk Erol 5 hours ago

    In turkey we use "sosisli sandiviç". And its translates to "sausage sandwich".

  • Blocktopia8
    Blocktopia8 5 hours ago

    If a sub is a sandwich then so is a hotdog

  • Rachel Marinelli
    Rachel Marinelli 6 hours ago

    Meanwhile my takeaway from this is to be reminded that people not from Massachusetts can't pronounce "Worcester". Love the new channel!

  • John L
    John L 6 hours ago

    I don't freaking care if a hotdog is a sandwich or not i'm hungry

  • Im not a weeb, I swear

    By the logic of the hotdog being not a sandwich because it has one piece of bread, sub is also not a sandwich and therefore a subway can open in that mall

  • Fat Tuesday
    Fat Tuesday 6 hours ago

    nah, hotdog is taco

  • Ddespair Ddespair
    Ddespair Ddespair 7 hours ago

    There’s a lot of fluff and repetition in this video. It’s simple, really. A sandwich is bread engulfing a filling but still has an opening . That’s it. Pizza isn’t a sandwich. “Open-faced” sandwiches are just sandwiches served with the bread separated. they aren’t sandwiches themselves but they originated as one. Hot dogs can be a sandwich. They’re surrounded by bread with an opening. A double down isn’t a sandwich, they’re just marketed as one.

  • Cosmic Silhouette
    Cosmic Silhouette 7 hours ago

    What is a hotdog and sandwich you say? Its food short and sweet.

  • Dave Chua
    Dave Chua 7 hours ago

    how is a pizza and a chickenwing a

  • hat
    hat 7 hours ago +1

    since sandwiches require 2 slices of bread, if you rip apart the bun, would it be considered a sandwich?

  • Michall Hall
    Michall Hall 8 hours ago

    But the bun 9/10 times breaks into two making two slices of bread, and a burger can have more fillings than a Hot Dog. I’m not angry your angry

  • Marco Bering
    Marco Bering 8 hours ago

    My definition is fillings contained within an enclosure of bread. This means two pieces of bread, one piece folded over, or bread wrapped completely around the fillings. So, yes, a hot dog is a sandwich as any other open-faced sandwich. So is a poptart.
    But toast is not, because its default form is not folded over nor does it contain any fillings(butter is an ingredient or condiment). Pizza is not, because it is not normally folded over... those that are are called calzones.

  • Oscar The Knight 101
    Oscar The Knight 101 8 hours ago +1

    Wait Mr.Matpat you forgot that there are types of sandwiches that only have 1 bread slice in it. Here is how to make it 'it's 1 bread slice put filling and fold it.'

  • 104 Wong
    104 Wong 9 hours ago

    Anyone here also can‘t watch videos without a closed caption?
    I have been following Game Theory for 5-6 years now, watched every video multiple times except for those that do not have any closed caption. I want to support this new channel but the lack of CC made it vary difficult for me (Eng as a second language + hearing difficulty ). Does anyone know how I could enjoy these video? Maybe some website or program/app that could help?
    Sorry for any gramma mistake

  • Baku baku
    Baku baku 9 hours ago

    Whats your favorite kind of sandwich? Mine is boneless extra hot chicken wings.

  • Abdulaziz Alsaghan
    Abdulaziz Alsaghan 9 hours ago +1

    In my opinion a hot dog is a American taco

  • Crowbar
    Crowbar 9 hours ago

    The Four Horsman if Theorists. [Game Theory:] [Film Theory:] [Gt-live:] And Ofcourse [Food Theory:]

  • Pōpcorn Loop
    Pōpcorn Loop 10 hours ago

    I’m never going to look at pizza the same way I did before

  • Big Chungus
    Big Chungus 10 hours ago

    I don’t know it always breaks apart for me there’s a clear line between the 2 sides I think it’s to pieces of bread

    AARON WENG 10 hours ago

    Hey I have been watching since he had only 10 k

  • Siva Bruhathi Ponnada
    Siva Bruhathi Ponnada 11 hours ago

    guys i just realised something ! Look carefully on the edges of all of MatPat's channels. What do you see? The Game Theorists logo has been illuminated on the top left hand side
    The Film Theorists logo has been illuminated on the Top LEFT Hand side
    The Food Theorists logo Illuminated on the BOTTOM Right Hand side
    Now, there are only 3 channels and 4 stripes
    Expecting a new channel, MatPat?

    • m e d i o c r e
      m e d i o c r e 10 hours ago

      Siva Bruhathi Ponnada Did you just realize that now? That’s been the theme since he added film theory way back

  • Glitcheđ
    Glitcheđ 11 hours ago

    *Heavy has entered the chat*

  • Alexis Peveler
    Alexis Peveler 11 hours ago

    So if you break the bun so you have two roughly equal pieces, that's a sandwich?

  • Snoop Catt
    Snoop Catt 12 hours ago

    A quesadilla is 100% a Sandwich, along with hot dogs, And hard shell tacos. Open face bread with toppings are NOT sandwiches. Sandwiching is an action as much as an adjective or noun. When you put something between something else, you are sandwiching it. Without the between, it's not sandwiched. The next rule is that he needs to be sandwiched between two sides of the same thing.

  • Siva Bruhathi Ponnada
    Siva Bruhathi Ponnada 12 hours ago

    Matt: The LEGENDARY GRILLED CHEESE!! Not a sandwich
    Me to the USDA: Now you have officially carried it too far, Buddy

  • hmm idk
    hmm idk 13 hours ago

    ...did you say ketchup and mayo are not on that list? those are literally the only two things I eat on my hot dog

  • Itzastral
    Itzastral 13 hours ago +1

    Even if a hotdog is not a sandwich u never explained what is the definition of bread since u counted a taco shell as bread and a tortilla

  • Aidan Righton
    Aidan Righton 13 hours ago

    Hey why don’t you start book theory as a joke

  • whos eddie
    whos eddie 14 hours ago

    A chicken wing

    Is a sandwich?

  • Lee Liz
    Lee Liz 14 hours ago +1

    Germany didn't invent sausages.
    Slovenia did.

  • Orion Foresee
    Orion Foresee 14 hours ago

    So meatball sub isn't a sandwich?

  • Christian Teller
    Christian Teller 15 hours ago

    Will eating celery starve you to death if thats all you eat do to lack of calories.

  • Landon Teschner
    Landon Teschner 15 hours ago

    *Freezes hot dog*
    "Finally cold dog."

  • Nicole Olsen
    Nicole Olsen 15 hours ago

    After learning food theory is a thing, I’m not too surprised that a national hot dog and sausage council exists.

  • twitchx06
    twitchx06 16 hours ago

    MatPat...Since you were asking what the final channel would be and you love musicals so much, I humbly propose Music Theory. Theories about if the stories from musicals had went a different way, whether you really can hear different messages when playing songs backwards or sped up and you can make inside jokes that only theater, band and choir nerds will get. It's literally a match made on FLash-player.

  • Satrick Star
    Satrick Star 16 hours ago

    I think it’s a mix because I’ve seen people putting a hot dog into 2 pieces of bread

  • D V
    D V 16 hours ago

    And thats how they made GLIZZY

  • Kenneth Dorrough
    Kenneth Dorrough 17 hours ago +1

    Time to start a new movement:

  • NinjaCam
    NinjaCam 17 hours ago

    What is the document he showed with all of the food categories

  • Eva Schenk
    Eva Schenk 17 hours ago +3

    1:02 This is a stupid compliant, but that's a red tailed hawk's call, not a bald eagle's. That's misinformation. But Most of the population aren't ornithologist anyway, so who would care other than me? Agian, sorry for such a absurd compliant!

    • Moonstone305
      Moonstone305 Hour ago +1

      That's actually really interesting!

  • Joseph Facchinei
    Joseph Facchinei 17 hours ago

    Hot dog go to bathroom... if you know you know

  • Isabelle
    Isabelle 17 hours ago

    i think you can only call it a sandwich if the bread is cut from a larger loaf, hamburger and hotdog buns are made specifically for hamburgers and hotdogs, hamburgers must have a patty of some sort as well

  • Random As usual
    Random As usual 18 hours ago

    I just saw the photo of this video then clicked on it then Instantly dislike it

  • H I
    H I 18 hours ago


  • theorist Lover
    theorist Lover 18 hours ago

    My egg saled

  • Cipher Fury
    Cipher Fury 19 hours ago

    Says "Chicken wing", and he's holding a chicken leg. Lol

  • Andrew Singleton
    Andrew Singleton 19 hours ago

    I voew sandwich hotdog quesidea etc the amvway as biological taxonomy
    All these things fall under he genera of sandwich but each thier own branch of the tree.

  • katspop the man
    katspop the man 19 hours ago

    Am I crazy for considering egg poultry

  • Nexus2001 productions
    Nexus2001 productions 19 hours ago

    i wonder what the last spot on the logo is gonna be

  • X_kittrix
    X_kittrix 19 hours ago +5

    “Ketchup is not loud on Hotdogs.”
    Me who likes mustard: *sigh of relief*

    • suralos
      suralos 6 hours ago

      What about Heinz 57 sauce?

    • Kenneth Dorrough
      Kenneth Dorrough 16 hours ago +3

      Ketchup belongs on hot dogs. Don't even try to pretend it doesn't.

  • AvelgamerYT
    AvelgamerYT 20 hours ago +1

    I loved this podcast episode

  • Joseph Donofrio
    Joseph Donofrio 20 hours ago

    Hey, I happen to be a hufflepuff at Hogwarts and they are very nice people

  • DemonicCollusion
    DemonicCollusion 20 hours ago

    That wasn't circular reasoning, it just wasn't a helpful answer for your purposes. If I define a sandwich as a motorized box on four wheels, then by that definition my car is a sandwich. The reasoning is valid, but not useful because the definition is disputable (in this case, untrue). But for the sandwich question, she did the most reasonable thing possible and asked for a working definition. Or she could have stipulated her own. But my point is that she didn't commit any fallacy with her answer.

  • Damian L. Smith
    Damian L. Smith 20 hours ago

    Sauerkraut is an acceptable topping for a hotdog

  • Damian L. Smith
    Damian L. Smith 20 hours ago

    See what Alton Brown has to say about it 🤘

  • The Samurai Pug
    The Samurai Pug 20 hours ago

    So, by the end of this video this means,
    A. PB & J is not a sandwich because it does not have "Meat, cheese, or savory mixture".
    B. A sub is not a sandwich, because the bread is literally just a bigger hotdog bun, because the bread is connected.

  • Angel Nunez
    Angel Nunez 20 hours ago

    IT'S A SACO sandwich and Taco take letters off a c o

  • Tokyo Drift king
    Tokyo Drift king 21 hour ago

    How dare you insult hufflepuff
    I don’t like mayonnaise or ketchup or mustard or ranch

  • Devin Lenz
    Devin Lenz 21 hour ago +1

    matpat: hamburgers, hot dogs, frozen pizzas, burritos, chicken wings, etc
    captions: hand a dog from quite busy road king is here

  • Leander Cornelius
    Leander Cornelius 21 hour ago

    If a sandwich has to have 2 slices of bread, is a subway sandwich not a sandwich?

  • Allen Brooks
    Allen Brooks 22 hours ago

    "No one really knows how the game is played
    The art of the trade
    How the sausage gets made"

  • Kiel Robinson
    Kiel Robinson 22 hours ago

    Why is plain banana ice cream almost non existent?

  • Will Workforchocolate
    Will Workforchocolate 22 hours ago

    How long until we get to see MatPat and Mythical Kitchen’s Josh in a cagematch? 🤔 Wait-maybe a hotdog eating contest?

  • J.B.
    J.B. 22 hours ago

    Well if it was a toy duck the poultry wouldn't be meat...

  • C.M Yoder
    C.M Yoder 23 hours ago

    But is it a hot dog a sub? that's what I wanna know.

  • Violet
    Violet 23 hours ago +1


  • BluFox_A
    BluFox_A 23 hours ago

    This is my first food theory video......I can't believe Matt Pat actually made this a channel....

  • Laura Coppinger
    Laura Coppinger 23 hours ago

    Good ol' New England and our inability to pronounce our towns phonetically...Worcester is pronounced "Wuss-ter." ;)

  • Bunneh
    Bunneh 23 hours ago

    I literally choaked when I heard this