The Best BLT: Expert Tests Main Street Sandwiches | Food
BLTs – bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches – are one of the most popular choices in many supermarket meal deals.
As a professional sandwich maker, I look at the row of pre-packaged sarnies in front of me with some glee. How fascinating to see how the real players in my industry run their business.
There’s only one piece of lettuce in this sandwich and it’s already turning gray. My friend Jack, who I shared these treats with, says “a bit manky” might be a better description – but I couldn’t comment. Many might say a piece of lettuce is enough – but not in a sandwich with lettuce in its name, surely? Overall, the sandwich is very dry, lacking as much mayonnaise as lettuce, and the tomato is cut so thinly that even the old faithful can’t bring any moisture to the party. 4/10
Right away, I see mayonnaise. Its good. And the tomatoes are definitely thicker than in the first sandwich. There is a lot more lettuce and the more abundant mayonnaise makes the experience juicier and more enjoyable. Unfortunately, the excessively smoky flavor of the bacon kinda overpowers everything and is, frankly, a bit too much. 5/10
The content looks a little mean for what should be one of the classier releases. More gray lettuce is encountered. It’s almost identical to the Co-op sandwich, with less smoky flavor and a bit more tomato. 5/10
Plenty of ultra-thin bacon. It looks quite nice. Same lettuce as all the others but here there are (what appears to be, at least) grill marks on some of the bacon. How did they do this, we wonder? It feels like the sandwich has a much lower salt content than the others and therefore less flavor, despite things that initially looked quite promising. 5/10
Marks & Spencer, £3.30
It’s the nicest of the bunch by miles but also the most expensive. Looks more like a BLT of a cafe than a supermarket. The bacon is noticeably thicker and more peppery than the others. The tomato is much thicker. There are two varieties of lettuce here and – about time – one of them looks like an iceberg. Not too bad at all, relatively speaking. 6/10
People used to buy olive oil from a pharmacy, so why not have your lunch there now? The bread used for this one is particularly soft, and the volume of mayonnaise borders on acceptable. There’s a little more lettuce than most. Unexpectedly, Boots has done it all here. 5/10