This week: Tesco and Boots

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Wel­come to the sec­ond in a se­ries of re­views in the run-up to Christ­mas from Christ­mas Sand­wich Man who is putting re­tail out­lets to the test by sam­pling their an­nual fes­tive fare – The Christ­mas sand­wich. For more of his re­views, check out his blog at christ­mas­sand­wich­boy.word­

HERE we have Tesco's con­tri­bu­tion to the Christ­mas sand­wich fam­ily.

I'd like to quickly start by men­tion­ing that this is from the Finest range and fine it was.

Firstly, there was so much meat in this that I feel I have been to a carvery, come home and am now ready to sit and watch the Friends marathon while doz­ing off… it was that fill­ing.

Its name on the pack­ag­ing 'Tur­key Feast' in my opin­ion, though, ne­glects the other meats in the sarnie, poor things. But feast It really was (and not of the chocolate ice lolly kind).

The pork and chest­nut stuff­ing was a nice touch – give the ge­nius re­spon­si­ble for that a pay rise. With just the right amount of mayo and cran­berry sauce, you really couldn't go wrong with this.

The bread was malted and, though it was a lit­tle thick and chewy, I cer­tainly didn't look like a dog chew­ing a tof­fee!

The pack­ag­ing with its el­e­gant fes­tive cream colour­ing is nice and not over the top.

The calo­rie con­tent is pretty high at 572kcal, but this is to be ex­pected in such a filled sand­wich. At £3 I feel this is a bar­gain, es­pe­cially if you con­sider that Greggs' poor at­tempt at this is only roughly 20p cheaper, which re­minds me of the name of one of Brit­ney's hits in the 90s – Crazy!

All in all, I feel Tesco has achieved a great Christ­mas sand­wich which tastes and looks like it should at this fes­tive time.

Ev­ery lit­tle does in­deed help and it's cer­tainly helped me feel full up. ON TO Boots with its nor­mal non-Shapers tur­key, ba­con, stuff­ing and cran­berry... yes cran­berry, NOT red­cur­rant sauce, whoop whoop!

For starters, this sand­wich doesn't seem to have a name other than de­li­cious, which I think is slightly big-headed con­sid­er­ing I hadn't tried it yet. Luck­ily it was fairly nice so I'll let it off.

The tur­key wasn't the most gen­er­ous por­tion I've had but was good enough to make me smile. The ba­con was a lit­tle fatty, but not on a pork scratch­ing level though.

The stuff­ing had a stan­dard taste, but was a safe choice for Boots.

The mayo was a nice amount, as was the cran­berry, which re­stores my faith in Boots as its health­ier op­tion only had red­cur­rant sauce in it (I prom­ise that's my last time I moan about red­cur­rant sauce).

Again, it had spinach leaves in it, and again I don't really get it, but it doesn't of­fend me. Just like Made In Chelsea, it is what it is.

The bread was soft and bendy and ac­tu­ally quite tasty. With 418 calo­ries, this sarnie is slowly win­ning me over and with a price mark at £2.75 it's quite the bar­gain.

Add around 50p to that and you've got your­self a meal deal my friend.

The pack­ag­ing is ok, fes­tive and red, but I don't like all the la­bels on it like 'new' and 'lim­ited edi­tion' – ei­ther it's new or lim­ited edi­tion, not both.

Over­all this is a work­ing class sarnie with a work­ing class price on it. Like a good tub of Ron­seal, it does ex­actly what it says on the box………. De­li­cious!

Plus I got a free pa­per car­rier bag. I'm now 5p up.

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