As it gets colder and the shops cotton on to the fact that some people want Christmas to start at Midnight on Halloween we see the festive variations creep onto the shelves. Gregg's started their viral advertising early and hard this year by putting a sausage roll into the nativity instead of aliens and otters like my family's ever expanding Playmobil version contains.
I assume this was to announce the following - we do a Christmas Toastie - and a Festive Bake now!
I'm sure they have done these previously, and I may have even reviewed the bake, but I don't remember the toastie and it's quite a cool proposition. A hot turkey and bacon sandwich doesn't need festive branding to get me interested. This is £3.
The Festive Bake is half the price - but it's just chicken and bacon which isn't quite as festive. Also the chunks are smaller and less recognisable.
As you can see the sandwich is quite stuffed - with big quality chunks of meat and actual recognisable ingredients and flavours. They have decided that it needed cheese on top - because toasties can't exist without it?! This kind of ruins the festive flavour a bit, but luckily the rest is good enough to overpower it. Well worth it if you like all the ingredients and want a hot sandwich.
I had the Festive slice for pudding (unremarkable compared to the sandwich, but certainly edible). And an egg custard for starter because the sandwich takes a little while to toast.