This week: Tesco and Boots
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.wordpress.com
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.