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Sandwich 3: Marks & Spencer Limited Edition Santa’s Turkey Feast

Posted in Marks and Spencer, Review on December 22nd, 2009 by Sandwich King – Be the first to comment

British Turkey, Pork, Sage and Onion Stuffing, with a wild cranberry chutney, mayonnaise & british bacon on malted bread.

Cost: £3.00

Ok. Fully aware that the last three sandwich ratings have been from the Sandwich Giant – Marks and Spencer. However, after yesterday’s poor performance I felt that they needed to rekindle my sandwich passion. This time I opted for the Limited Edition: Santa’s Turkey Feast (which has 5% of the price go to Shelter, Housing Rights Service and Focus Ireland) I was participating in both lunchtime nourishment and donating to charity.

Slightly festive packaging set this apart from the other shelf items with a large snowman coaxing me in to commiting to purchase this sandwich. I have to say – it worked. Now … to the actual sandwich.

This sandwich was filled to the crust of inner goodness. Filled to the edges with stuffing – the chunky chicken pieces eroded yesterday’s bad memories of there not being enough chicken. What got me on this sandwich was after the flavours of the stuffing, chicken, brief moistness provided by the mayo (unseasoned yes – but not an overwhelming amount as yesterday’s choice had) was the tangyness of the cranberry chutney. This left a slightly (note: NOT sickly) sweet taste in my mouth and with every bite I ended up wanting more of this sandwich.

However. A pattern with these sandwiches is beginning to emerge…. The more amber/red lights the sandwich has – the more tasty I seem to find it. Healthy sandwiches do not equate to tasty sandwiches. But there must be a good balance between the two. A middle of the road sarnie. The holy grail of all sarnies; tasty but not overwhelmingly unhealthy for you…. Oh sandwich. Where for art thou?!?!?

Cals: 560 (amber) 28%

Sugar: 15.3g (green) 17%

Fat: 22.9g (red) 33%

Sat Fat: 4.8g (amber) 24%

Salt: 2.93g (red) 49%

Rating: ★★★★½

I’m glad for my waistline that M and S won’t be doing this one after Christmas!

Note: Inbetween blog postings – I’ve had a number of recommendations, I hope to implement the Submit Your Own review shortly, but a fellow Sarnie fan has mentioned that the M&S Vegetarian club sandwich as being sooooooo Divine! (please note: Sandwichrating does not accept any responsibility for third party recommendations)

Sandwich 2: Marks & Spencer British chicken, salami Milano & tomato

Posted in Marks and Spencer, Review, Uncategorized on December 21st, 2009 by Sandwich King – Be the first to comment

British Chicken, Mayonnaise, Vine Ripe Tomatoes, Salami Milano and Lettuce on Malted Brown Bread

Cost: £2.75

Well. This was not the best choice that I’ve made sandwich wise. On paper – it looked to be quite a good selection, a good blend of complimentary ingredients – that when it came down to the execution; wasn’t done right. First off – this sandwich doesn’t use chicken chunks (as many of the other M+S offerings) but actually uses chicken slices rolled. There was far too much mayonnaise, the salad was far too limp for my liking and the only saving grace was the salami. The salami:chicken ratio favoured salami (which for me was a good thing). But combined with all the other ingredients, this was just too soggy for my liking. It was competitively priced when compared to the other sandwiches on the shelves, but I would have expected a little more from the sandwich kings of Marks and Spencer.

Cals: 410 (amber) 20%

3.4g sugar – green 4%

Fat: 17.4g – amber 25%

Sat Fat 3.4g – amber 17%

Salt 1.94g – amber 32%

Rating: ★★½☆☆
Good on paper, but poorly executed.

Sandwich 1: Marks & Spencer Club Sandwich

Posted in Marks and Spencer, Review on December 18th, 2009 by Sandwich King – Be the first to comment

British Chicken, Seasoned Mayonnaise, Mature Cheddar and British Bacon with Cucumber, Vine ripened tomatoes and lettuce on toasted oatmeal bread.

Cost: £3.00

A fully loaded sandwich from M+S, probably one of the more ‘heavyweight’ sarnies they produce – coming in with 3 red lights on the Nutritional Information scale. This was a sarnie that combatted hunger until it was no more! Standard packaging, but with more bread and filling than your average sarnie meant that this was a meal in its own right and there was no need for accompaniments this time round.

What sets M and S sarnies apart from the others, is for me, the use of seasoned mayonnaise. This sandwich was no exception. Generous portions of filling left this sandwich with good alluring colours and a good crunch factor was provided by the cucumber.

This, although a good choice, is not something that I would opt for every day – the addition of an extra slice of bread in an already filling sandwich meant there was no room for the treat afterwards. However, at £3.00 per sandwich – this has got to be one of the better value offerings on offer.

Nutritional Information:

Cals: 575 (amber) 29%

2.4g sugar – green 3%

Fat: 27.4g – red 39%

Sat Fat 6.1g – red 31%

Salt 2.53g – red 42%

Rating: ★★★★☆
A good value choice, but it’s not one for the health conscious!