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Thursday, 16 February 2012

Iceland Ultimate Snacks Fiery Chicken Melt Panini

I'm not sure whether it says more about me as a snacker or Iceland as a purveyor of snacks, but I'm beginning to find their line of 'Ultimate Snacks' a bit of a disappointment. I should probably have learnt from the meagre-yet-tasty Tuna Melt, but this £1 promise of "cooked Chicken Breast Pieces with a Chilli Seasoning and a slice of Cheddar Cheese with Chilli" just sounded too good to miss.

In terms of quantity of filling, it's very telling that my first two mouthfuls were bread with a hint of chilli sauce. After this, I opened the panini up and - going from memory, here - there probably weren't more than a dozen small chunks of cooked chicken in there. I'd also question the bit about the 'slice of cheddar cheese', because a slice wouldn't have melted quite so thoroughly after a couple of minutes in the microwave. I'm guessing either grated cheese or broken up crumbs of cheese were used - maybe a slice's worth, but that's hardly the same thing.

The sauce would have been more of a redeeming feature if it had been remotely 'fiery', but even the two-chilli 'Medium' flash on the box seemed like an overstatement. It's a fairly sweet chilli sauce which rather overpowers what little cheese is present, despite being so mild. A couple of mouthfuls were slightly spicy, but the rest was rendered mostly impotent by the huge amount of bread compared to its fillings.

What little chicken is there seems like good quality stuff, but the pieces are smaller and less plentiful than the image on the box would suggest.

If you're looking to stock up on frozen snack foods, this is one to avoid - there are others in the range with a lot more bang for your buck. Cheap as it is, it just doesn't live up to its description.

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