I love sandwiches. They are one of my favourite foods. I love perusing the new and exciting fillings that shops and bakeries come out with. I’m not all that adventurous though. I tend to stick to chicken, tuna or cheese, with the odd extra ingredient here or there to make a change.
As it is Wimbledon week, Tesco came out with a celebratory Strawberries and Cream sandwich. Amy pointed it out to me, desperate for someone to try it. I was reticent, but Amy added:
It sounds gross. But clearly strawberry jam sandwiches are awesome and jam and cream are awesome on pikelets and scones. Maybe its a mental blockage. Maybe they’re just gross.
We needed to find out one way or the other. So…
At first glance, it looks exactly like one of their salmon sandwiches, which I’ve never tried either. I had to look quite carefully for it, it was tucked behind some others - not proudly offered to you like the smiling woman in the Daily Mail article. I figured if they were embarrassed about it, then so would I be, so I went through the self-service checkout.
Anyway, opened it up. It looks and smells like any regular jam sandwich.
It had slices of real strawberry in, which I wasn’t expecting. I assumed it would all be jam, but no, there was the fruit. That definitely gave it an edge over the scone, although it depends how posh your scones are, I suppose.
It was nice, not too sweet, the filling wasn’t too overpowering. It was just like a scone, really, except without that pastry taste. The bread might as well not have been there, except otherwise you would just be eating jam and cream with a spoon.
I’m not against sweet-filled sandwiches, I’ve eaten plenty of jam ones, the odd chocolate spread one, I can even vaguely recall trying a sugar sandwich as a child. It’s not really something I would do on a regular basis as an adult, I prefer savoury to sweet most of the time.
Plus there was definitely something about this one that didn’t feel quite right.
It wasn’t offensive, the combination worked well, but even so, I wouldn’t go out of my way to seek it out again. It hasn’t made me want to be more adventurous with sandwiches either, which is a shame. Maybe I’ll try that salmon one at some point, though.