Sandwiches in Review: Smucker’s Uncrustables
April 27, 2010
A new review!! Smucker’s Uncrustables are a childhood memory of mine, and they seem to have expanded since I was young. The general premise is a simple sandwich, such as peanut butter and jelly, manufactured as a sealed pouch without the crust. It’s designed to appeal to kids who avoid eating the crusts of their bread, an issue I struggled with a long time ago. The Uncrustables line has expanded to include peanut butter alone, multiple kinds of jelly and jam, and most notably, a microwaveable grilled cheese option.
I sampled both the Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam, and Grilled Cheese Uncrustables. Let’s start with the bad news first. The Grilled Cheese sandwich really doesn’t work. It’s stored frozen, and supposed to be microwaved for between 30 seconds and one minute in a crisping sleeve. When microwaved for 30 seconds, the sandwich is still frozen inside. After a minute, it has burst, and the cheese is leaking. 45 seconds is really the best bet, and even then it’s mostly soggy. The cheese inside tastes quite artificial, and not a good imitation at that. Overall, it’s at best an idea whose time has not yet come, and at worst a mess which should be avoided.
The PB&J was a lot better. While it was also stored frozen, it only required being thawed at room temperature. Both the peanut butter and jam were pretty good. I don’t have much more to say; it was a perfectly fine peanut butter and jelly sandwich. All varieties of Uncrustables retail for about $2.50 for a box of four sandwiches. While this isn’t too expensive, it’s much more cost-efficient to simply buy the ingredients and make your own. On the other hand, the people Uncrustables are marketed towards (read: kids) are probably not going to take this review into account.