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The great Christmas sandwich taste test! FEMAIL tries the high street’s range of festive sarnies

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Co-op Boxing Day Lunch

£3 

Turkey breast and oak smoked ham with coleslaw and spiced chutney. Although the name of this sandwich came with a lot of promise, I was left bitterly disappointed after tucking into this Co-op number. The coleslaw really saved the day in what was an otherwise slightly underwhelming and dry Christmas sarnie. And the spiced chutney was almost non-existent – Izzy Nikolic

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Co-op Boxing Day Lunch was the only one-star sandwich on the list, with Izzy Nikolic describing it as 'disappointing'

Co-op's vegan offering didn't impress Danny Hussian who could 'instantly tell' it wasn't turkey

Co-op Boxing Day Lunch (left) was the only one-star sandwich on the list, with Izzy Nikolic describing it as ‘disappointing’ while their vegan offering didn’t impress Danny Hussian who could ‘instantly tell’ it wasn’t turkey

Co-op GRO Vegan No Turkey Feast

£3 

I could immediately tell this wasn’t turkey,  I took a few bites but couldn’t finish, initially I didn’t mind the taste but it really built on me after a few bites to the point where my mouth was dry. I’m not vegan but wouldn’t wish this upon anyone – Danny Hussain 

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ALDI Brie and Cranberry sandwich

£.169

Being a cheese lover, I had high expectations for the Brie and Cranberry on malted bread offering from Aldi. Unfortunately, it left me hungry for more and won’t get any gourmet ratings. The amount of cheese was indulgent enough, but the cranberry did not go as well with it as it could have. It gave it a weird after taste after I was a few bites in. In spite of the cranberry jam, the sandwich taste quite bland and felt dry. Others have done better – Claire Toureille  

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ASDA Festive Bubble and Squeak Sandwich

'Too many contrasting flavours to make and altogether soggy sarnie,' - Bridie Pearson-Jones

‘Too many contrasting flavours to make and altogether soggy sarnie,’ – Bridie Pearson-Jones

£2 

This Asda offering went the way on many festive vegan sarnies, just too many contrasting flavours to make and altogether soggy sarnie.  I love some festive flavours, but the very soft sage & onion  bread was overpowered by sage in the sandwich – individually all the flavours  nice but not good together. 

Bubble and Squeak is a wonderful yearly fry up for a Boxing Day sandwich, but this honestly tasted soggy and cheap. I couldn’t taste much beyond the sage and onion bread.  – Bridie Pearson-Jones

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 Co-op Pigs under Blankets Sandwich

Henry Martin thought this Co-Op sandwich was 'clumsy' and 'fell apart' giving it only two stars

Henry Martin thought this Co-Op sandwich was ‘clumsy’ and ‘fell apart’ giving it only two stars

£2

For 2,000 years, all of Christendom was in agreement: Pigs in blankets are the best part of the December 25 dinner. Sadly, the festive treat is tarnished somewhat by this unremarkable handheld version. While one can forgive the clumsiness of the sandwich – which tend to fall apart with chunky ingredients a la sausage – the fatal flaw here lies in the pure lack of imagination emanating from within the two meagre slices of milquetoast white bread. The packaging screams ‘Christmas’, but the taste buds groan for ‘mercy’.  – Henry Martin

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Pret Christmas Lunch Baguette

Alex Vincent said the stuffing in this Pret baguette masked the flavour and drowned out other taste

Alex Vincent said the stuffing in this Pret baguette masked the flavour and drowned out other taste

£3.99

Stuffing overwhelmingly porky and masked all the other taste, I would have loved to have the crispy onions but they’re completely drowned out, a miss for me. – Alex Vincent

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Lidl Christmas cheeseboard

£1.59

The bread was soggy from the chutney in the sandwich and the cheese was thin and lacked flavour, it tasted really processed and cheap, I’d avoid.- Bridie Pearson-Jones

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 Tesco Pigs Under Blankets Sub Roll

£2.50

Alex thought the Pigs Under Blankets sub from Tesco was a lacklustre offering this year

Alex thought the Pigs Under Blankets sub from Tesco was a lacklustre offering this year

There was a good amount of sausage in this but bun, but for me the bread was too soft. I liked the sage and onion flavourings that came through, but the texture of the sub, alongside meat which is basically glorified cocktail sausages put me off.  – Alex Vincent 

Lidl Three course feast (triple) prawn mayo, turkey feast, cheeseboard

£1.99

Cheap and not cheerful, the prawn mayo lacked any distinction in flavour, just a creamy mess while the turkey tasted like paper.  – Alex Vincent 

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Waitrose The Festive Chicken Feast

£3.30

Jonathan said the Waitrose festive chicken feast was worth a miss this year as it needed something extra

Jonathan said the Waitrose festive chicken feast was worth a miss this year as it needed something extra

 The chicken sandwich was a disappointment. No real hints of thyme and the sauce was bland. The potato and parsnip bread felt stodgy and it needed something extra like cranberry sauce instead of the turkey mayo. Give this one a festive miss! – Jonathan Trilllwood

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Starbucks Very Merry Vegan Wrap

£2.99 

I’ve just realised that I tested this wrap last year and although I gave it three out of five at the time, it didn’t linger in my memory and I can see why! The butternut squash fritters and roasted red cabbage are fine, but not especially exciting, and it could really do with some more crunch. 

I appreciate Starbucks to smother it all in cranberry sauce like other vegan or veggie Christmas sandwiches, but it was definitely quite dry and could have done with lots more of the vegan mustard mayo. Overall a bit bland – but will fill a gap if you’re hungry.  – Siofra Brennan

Siofra Brennan said that  the Starbucks vegan offering was 'dry' and needed more mustard mayo

Siofra Brennan said that  the Starbucks vegan offering was ‘dry’ and needed more mustard mayo

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AND THE REST 

ALDI Turkey Feast Wrap

£1.99 

As much as I enjoyed the pork, sage and onion stuffing, it did give this wrap a strong sausage-like taste which detracted a little from the turkey. I can’t say I could really taste the port in the sauce, but perhaps that’s not such a bad thing for a lunchtime treat. As I often find with wraps, towards the bottom it’s a little more wrap than filling, so I did peel away a few layers to make the most of the flavoursome filling. All in all, a satisfying bite but it didn’t blow me away. – Hayley Richardson 

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Boots Turkey Feast

£2.85 

Jessica Green thought thought Boots Turkey sandwich was 'a treat for meatlovers out there'

Jessica Green thought thought Boots Turkey sandwich was ‘a treat for meatlovers out there’

A treat for the meat-lovers out there, this sandwich is filled with succulent sausages and crispy bacon. But while the mayonnaise and cranberry prevents the sandwich from being too dry, it could’ve done with a lot less to prevent the flavours from being as overbearing as they were. 

That aside, it remains a tasty lunchtime treat. The filling proportions were surprisingly good. My sandwich was full enough without anything dropping out. – Jessica Green 

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Boots Turkey, Stuffing & Cranberry; Ham Hock & Pear Chutney; Barber’s Cheddar & Plum Chutney triple pack 

£3.00 

Chris Bridger-Linnning said the Boots Christmas sandwich will not leave you feeling satisfied

Chris Bridger-Linnning said the Boots Christmas sandwich will not leave you feeling satisfied

Christmas is all about being full to the brim, nursing your aching stomach as you lie motionless infront of Royle Family re-runs. 

Unfortunately the Boots Christmas sandwich will not leave you feeling satisfied – the flavours are reminiscent of Christmas’ past but the lack of filling in each of these sandwiches means this particular three-pack relies on quality over quantity. The Ham Hock and Pear Chutney was the standout, but I won’t be climbing down any chimneys to grab these again. – Chris Bridger-Linning

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Paul Vegan Sprout Sandwich  

Bridie Pearson-Jones said there was 'too much going on' with this 'soggy sprout sandwich' from Paul

Bridie Pearson-Jones said there was ‘too much going on’ with this ‘soggy sprout sandwich’ from Paul

£4.45  

There’s just too much going on in this sandwich. While the effort to shove all the trimmings into  a sandwich is admirable the sprouts aren’t well cooked and honestly they just seem a cumbersome mess to manoeuvre out the way.

I was looking forward to the potato rosti in there, but being cold it doesn’t give you a festive warming experience. Paul’s baguettes are usually great – but this was a miss for me. – Bridie Pearson-Jones

ALDI Plant Menu Vegan Feast Sandwich

 £1.69

Fragrant, floral and festive. On appearance I was expecting it to be dry but it was good and a great level of moistness.  I’m not the biggest fan of fruit roast, but the slice of apple between the cranberry  sauce and poppy seed bread, really made the sandwich pop and gave the sarnie the perfect Christmas sweet yet savoury kick. I could have done without the sultana, but I love the idea of a parsnip sandwich, and will be definitely rustling one up on Boxing Day – Bridie Pearson-Jones 

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Waitrose Vegan Roasted Roots with Carrot & Parsnip Falafel 

Jessica said the parsnip fritter sandwich were a 'decent vegan option' from Waitrose

Jessica said the parsnip fritter sandwich were a ‘decent vegan option’ from Waitrose 

£3.30

The vegan roasted roots wrap was better than I thought it would be – and had a tough audience as I’m not a fan of parsnips or carrots – the main part of the fillings. However it tasted fresh, festive and healthy- a decent vegan option.  – Jessica Rach

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 ASDA Brie & Cranberry Sandwich 

£2.00 

Bridie Pearson-Jones thought the brie was too mild and the cranberry was too strong in this year's offering from ASDA

Bridie Pearson-Jones thought the brie was too mild and the cranberry was too strong in this year’s offering from ASDA

I fear I’ve become a bit of a bread snob in lockdown, treating myself to loaves of sourdough while whipping up my own on weekends, and for this reason, this sandwich was a disappointing experience for me. The bread was  very very soft and couldn’t hold up the filling, which too were disappointing.

The brie was mild while the cranberry was very strong. – Bridie Pearson-Jones

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ASDA Christmas Triple Sandwich (Prawn Cocktail / Turkey and trimmings / Cheese board)

£2.50 

I dutifully ate these in the right order. The prawn cocktail was a little sauce- heavy but did feel like a decent starter to the main event, a turkey and stuffing sandwich, which was packed with meat and made moist with a sage and onion mayonnaise. I’ll admit I was pretty full by the time the cheese course entered the equation but the West Country mature cheddar proved pretty easy to devour. – Jo Tweedy 

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 Pret Vegan Nut Roast

 £3.79 

Bridie thought the buttenut squash and bread combo from Pret  was a miss this year

Bridie thought the buttenut squash and bread combo from Pret  was a miss this year 

As much as I’m usually a strong advocate for a double carb- load, the butternut squash in cold bread doesn’t quite work for me. This isn’t too dry which is always a fear with vegan nut roasts, and the flavours are more subtle than a lot of high street offerings. In my personal taste, the overall sandwich has too many floral flavours, but it’s a solid option for anyone who enjoys an explosion of Christmas in a few bites as there’s nuts, chestnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, parsley, rosemary but disappointingly these cloak arguably the best bits of the crispy onions and caramelised pecans. – Bridie Pearson-Jones

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Pret Brie, Pistachio & Cranberry baguette

Bridie Perason-Jones enjoyed the brie baguette from Pret but thought it lacked cranberry this year

Bridie Perason-Jones enjoyed the brie baguette from Pret but thought it lacked cranberry this year

£3.75 

I respect the boldness of Pret to add the pistachio into the infallible Christmas classic of a Brie and Cranberry baguette.

The bread was soft, chewy and excellently French and the brie was wonderfully creamy but there wasn’t nearly enough cranberry as it seems to disappeared  halfway down the baguette.

The rocket inside is very peppery and completely overpowered the other ingredients, I love rocket in a salad but the strength of the ingriedients here took away from an otherwise excellent lunch.   

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ALDI Hog Roast Sandwich

£1.69

There’s plenty of piggy filling in this festive sarnie, with the added bonus of strong flavours from the tangy apple sauce and sage and onion stuffing. The bread is extremely soft and tastes fresh. However, the seasoned mayonnaise and fried onions meant the flavourings were sometimes unusual – and not the taste often expected from a Christmas offering. – Jessica Green

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