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Click pic to view comments Confirmed sighting: Herta Panini Max
Posted: 17:22 Fri 13-06-2003. Price: 1.39. Location: Sainsbury's, London NW3. Sub-flavours: with Mozzarella and Ham. Nutritional unusualness: See below.
Snackspot reports: OK, this isn't turning into one of those specialist sites that only does microwaveable cheese and ham sandwich reviews, but this seems to have just arrived in Sainsbury's, from the (German?) hotdog makers Herta. And for once I did have problems microwaving it - the cheese turned into an undifferentiated yellow mass and the ham just went hard and crinkly. On the plus side, it's good to see it's been "Packaged in a protective atmosphere". As Russ Abbott puts it: "I *love* a product packaged in a protective atmosphere." On the international hot food front, Fast Food Fever has the scoop on two more attempts by McDonald's at "distilling local culture into one sandwich". In New Zealand, the Kiwiburger modifies the ingredients of a traditional Kiwi Salad (including a fried egg and "cooked red beets"), while US citizens can breakfast on new McGriddles, comprising different combos of sausage, bacon, eggs, and cheese, sandwiched between "warm golden griddle cakes (with the sweet taste of maple syrup baked right in)".


Posted: 11:48 Sat 14-06-2003 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: i know that maple syrup and bacon seems like anathema to the brits, but it's surprisingly good. i got forced into bacon and strawberries and cream on pancakes in alaska and it was better than you might think. bacon is the new switzerland. and more russ abott references please.
Posted: 03:55 Sun 15-06-2003 by "Dave" # permalink comment
Comment: I had an unfortunate experience with a Herta Panini Max. Specifically with the cheese filling, which turned into a greasy undifferentiated yellow mass (to nick your terminology) on the bottom of the polystyrene like packet, and proceeded to stick to my finger and give me quite a nasty burn when I attempted to pick up the aforementioned snack.

This might have been down to the fact I was using an 800watt oven, when the instructions were only for 650watt (as I remember it). Actually, that's something you could launch a STAND like campaign on - that despite the fact many (most?) modern microwave ovens have 800/850watts of power, the backs of packets rarely (never?) include such ovens in their preparation instructions. Surely there must be some sort of EU ruling on this?

To return to the product in question, the taste was average at best, though it was quite cool by the time I got up the courage to place it anywhere near my mouth after the vicious finger burning incident. Handle with care kids, you have been warned!

Posted: 10:25 Sun 15-06-2003 by "Ben" # permalink comment
Comment: Herta = Nestle if you didn't already know.
Posted: 11:56 Sun 15-06-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Dave, in Herta/ Nestle's defence, it does says "650W - 1 min 30, 750W - 1 min 20" on the packet. But point taken - my microwave doesn't have gradations that small, which is always entertaining when trying to bake individual pieces of cookie dough for as little as 15 seconds each.
Posted: 22:34 Sun 15-06-2003 by "Dave" # permalink comment
Comment: Mine has 600w or 800w, and the one where I work (site of the finger burning) is also without 650w or 750w settings. Just had a look at the Argos site, and all new Microwaves seem to be 800w or more. Maybe I'm over stating the case a bit (i.e. I can't believe I'm getting hot under the collar about microwaveable food cooking instructions) but still, it seems strange that there never seem to be instructions for 800watt microwaves.
Posted: 23:02 Sun 15-06-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Mine's 800, so maybe I was chancing it by risking the full 1 minute 20. Still, even if it's (say) 10 seconds less per extra 100W, would that extra 5 seconds have made any difference? Given the number of homebake cookies I've successfully set fire to, perhaps it would...

Posted: 16:27 Mon 16-06-2003 by "Choccieman" # permalink comment
Comment: Didn't Panini used to be a football sticker album :-)
Posted: 02:10 Fri 20-06-2003 by "Rosie" # permalink comment
Comment: The kiwiburger is in fact based on the traditional kiwi *burger*, which includes a fried egg and beetroot. Yum. 20320 6
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