Looking for the best Christmas sandwich? Read on to find out the results of our Christmas sandwich and vegetarian Christmas sandwich taste test.
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How the best Christmas sandwich taste test worked
Four members of the olive team conducted a blind taste test to find the best Christmas sandwich, awarding gold and silver awards to the ones we were most impressed with.
The best meat Christmas sandwiches to buy
Gold for traditional Christmas sandwich: EAT. Festive Full Works Bloomer, £3.99, EAT.
Comments: With tender turkey, smoked ham, crisp spinach leaves, well-balanced sweet and sour notes from the cranberry sauce and creamy mayo – all sandwiched between slices of springy seeded bread – this sarnie is one you could happily eat repeatedly through the festive season.
Gold for non-traditional Christmas sandwich: Sainsbury’s On the Go Christmas Market Sandwich, £3, Sainsbury’s
Comments: This might not sing Christmas to some, but the chunky ham hock, punchy mayo and crunchy pickles in a golden bun gives this supermarket sandwich an deli-style feel and wowed us all.
Silver for traditional Christmas sandwich: Tesco Finest Turkey Feast, £3, Tesco
Comments: A classic turkey feast with squidgy white bread holding plenty of herby stuffing and juicy meat.
Silver for non-traditional Christmas sandwich: GAIL’s Turkey and Cheese on Waste-less Sourdough, £5.10, GAIL’s
Comments: Buy this loaded sarnie, made using GAIL’s ground-breaking ‘waste-less’ sourdough from unsold surplus bread, if you think a sandwich isn’t a sandwich without the addition of cheese. The smoked turkey slices balance well against the swiss-style cheese, chewy sourdough, chipotle aioli and sweet and savoury bacon jam. If you passed this off as homemade, we’d believe you.
Other meat Christmas sandwiches we tried
Lidl Christmas Turkey Feast Sandwich, £1.69, Lidl
PAUL The Festive Pig Sandwich, £4.65, PAUL
Asda Turkey Tower, £3, Asda
Pret Christmas Lunch, £3.95, Pret
Waitrose and Partners Christmas Coronation Turkey Wrap, £3.30, Waitrose
Spar Turkey Feast, £3, Spar
Aldi Specially Selected Turkey with Pigs Under Blankets, £1.99, Aldi
Co-op Turkey Feast Sandwich, £3, Co-op
The best vegetarian/vegan Christmas sandwiches to buy
Gold: EAT. Brie, Cranberry and Nut Stuffing Bloomer, £3.99, EAT.
Comments: The separate elements – creamy brie, crunchy nut stuffing and a layer of cranberry sauce – worked well together in this meat-free sarnie made with springy white bread specked with fragrant onion seeds.
Other vegetarian/vegan Christmas sandwiches we tried
Asda Vegan Roasted Cauliflower and Houmous Sandwich, £2.50, Asda
Sainsbury’s On the Go Vegan Christmas New Yorker, £2.25, Sainsbury’s
PAUL All About the Sprout Sandwich, £4.25, PAUL
Waitrose and Partners Christmas Vegan No Turkey Feast, £3.30, Waitrose
Pret Veggie Christmas Lunch, £3.75, Pret
Marks and Spencer the Nutcracker, £3.30, M&S
Co-op Vegan Feast Sandwich, £3, Co-op
Tesco Wicked Kitchen Festive Feast Wrap, £3, Tesco
Spar Wensleydale and Spiced Chutney, £3, Spar
Lidl Brie and Cranberry Sandwich, £1.49, Lidl
Aldi Brie and Cranberry Sandwich, £1.69, Aldi
Taste test conducted and written by Ellie Edwards