“ Manufacturer: Iceland / Type: Sandwich „
£1.50 for 6 hamwiches - I bought on special offer and got 8 (453g) for the price of 6
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 100g, baked, works out at a little over 2 hamwiches):
(of which sugars): 1.5g
(of which saturates): 5.9g
Equivalent as salt: 0.5g
Turkey (43%), processed cheese (15%), breadcrumbs, water, wheatflour, maize flour, vegetable oil, salt, sugar, glucose syrup, E450, E500, lactose, rosemary extract, sodium ascorbate, sodium nitrite, skimmed milk powder, emulsifying salts
Contains gluten and milk
Though great care has been taken to remove all bones, some may remain
Always on the hunt for more junk food to try out, and never being one to miss a special offer or bargain in these lean (financially!) times, I spotted Iceland Cheese Hamwich, and thought I'd give them a go. My theory is that even if the main part of our dinners is junk, we can to some degree balance out the unhealthy element by adding lots of different vegetables.
Iceland Cheese Hamwich comes in a brightly coloured, busy-looking plastic bag, the background of which is blue, and the rest is an eyeful of yellows, greens and oranges. The front shows a baked hamwich with a few vegetables, and the rear shows nutritional information, ingredients, dietary/allergy advice, storage/freezing instructions, cooking instructions and Iceland's quality claim. There is also a little symbol which I believe relates to whether the bag is recyclable or not, but as I've never encountered this symbol before, I don't know how to interpret it.
The hamwiches, which are made from turkey ham, can be grilled (10-12 mins turning occasionally) or oven baked for 15-16 minutes (200C/400F/Gas mark 6), and I opted for the latter, deciding to have three to see if that was enough to satisfy my appetite. Each hamwich is about the same size and shape as a samosa, about a centimetre thick, and covered with what looks like a fairly thick coating of golden-coloured breadcrumbs.
During the cooking process, there was a faint smell of bacon (although they're made of turkey ham) and toasting breadcrumbs emanating from the oven - it was quite pleasant, and even though I wasn't expecting much bearing in mind the type of product this is, plus the cheap price, my stomach was rumbling in anticipation.
On removing the hamwiches from the oven (and I hadn't greased the baking tray first), they slid nicely onto my plate. Little bubbles of cheese had started to seep from the edges, but not so badly as to leak onto the baking tray, and the breadcrumbs had browned nicely.
The hamwiches looked appetising next to my chosen vegetables on the plate (I had jacket potato, carrots, fresh peas straight from the pod, baby sweetcorn and a tomato), so I cut one open with my knife. Despite them looking delicious, they also looked cheap - probably because they are - but as I speared a piece with my fork and eased the first chunk into my mouth, I was very pleasantly surprised.
The breadcrumbs were crisp rather than hard, the coating being thinner than I'd thought when I'd removed them from the box prior to cooking. Inside the breadcrumbs, there were two welded-together slices of turkey ham sandwiched around a wodge of melted processed cheese. I don't usually like processed cheese all that much, but this actually had some flavour to it, which blended very well with the turkey ham. Another thing that surprised me was the product wasn't overly salty.....for me a bonus when eating anything.
I cleared my plate in no time, and found that I still wanted more of the hamwiches, as they are very moreish - but I'd also add that as far as quantity is concerned, three of them (bearing in mind I have a large appetite) were ample. It was the taste of them I was yearning for rather than them not satisfying my appetite. Two would probably be enough to fill up most adults with normal appetites, and I'd guess one would be plenty for most children.
Considering that the hamwiches have a generous portion of cheese inside and no doubt are fried before being frozen then sold, though they are quite high in fat, the calorie content is quite reasonable, bearing in mind that two is probably enough for most people. The turkey ham inside is lovely and tender, succulent and tasty - with a slightly sweet-cured taste, and combines very well with the cheese which, though not strongly flavoured, does have a noticeable tang to it. The breadcrumb coating isn't at all overbearing as it can be on some similar types of product, and is light/crispy rather than hard and crunchy.
These hamwiches would be quite versatile for meals, and could be eaten with chips, mashed potatoes, pretty much any kind of vegetable, and I certainly shall be buying them again, as they are very economical, tasty, satisfying and high in protein. The only complaint I have is the high fat content, but as I usually say, that is to be expected with food products of this nature. I have a sneaky feeling that the chicken nuggets brigade of today's kids will love these hamwiches.
Thanks for reading!