Recently we received a complimentary Cheese Posties delivery for review, and we’re itching to share that experience with you. You’ve heard of box subscriptions in almost every category that you can think of, but this one is super interesting – it’s a cheese toastie delivered to you at regular intervals so you can make your own with fancy ingredients and unique flavours. This is gourmet DIY toasted sandwich goodness all delivered in a quirky package – and did we mention their name is just about the best pun ever?
We opted for a French Onion Soup toastie – after all, we’ve perfected our own version of the recipe and wanted to see what it was like in sandwich form! It arrived soon after and we were super excited to get inside and see what it was all about.
Each delivery comes with a few other elements, not just the food itself. You get a ‘Top Trumps’-style playing card telling you the details of your toastie, the instructions on how to make it, a Cheese Posties sticker, and an envelope-like tool which allows you to pop your sandwich into a toaster with no spillage. It’s also reusable, so you can simply wash it and then make more toasties in the future.
Under those are all of the elements of the sandwich itself, in individual compartments measured out to provide the best possible combination when eaten. Your task then is to open each of the compartments (I say task – I couldn’t do it – luckily J knows I am infamously bad with packaging and he got them open with a bit of effort!) and introduce them to one another.
While I was spreading mustard and caramelised onion onto the soft white bread, layering in some gruyere cheese, and then buttering both sides of the sandwich, there was another little goody to try. Each playing card comes with a video, too, so you can find out more about the product.
With the app you can share photos, watch the funny videos, and get the chance to win more posties as well. It’s a great little extra, and we love the way they have branded everything. The website is great to explore so make sure you head over there and give them a look too!
Now, back to our sandwich! When it emerged from the toaster (on a mid-level setting), it was gloriously golden-brown and the cheese was nicely melted. The butter really helps to crisp up those sides with the right “grilled cheese” feel, really adding to the luxurious feel of these special toasties.
This being a democratic household, we opted for half a sandwich each to avoid in-fighting. At the sight of this sandwich, it was a close one, I tell you – the smell alone was enough to make me debate whether it was worth a fight. Given that J goes to the gym and lifts weights approximately 900 times more than I do, probably going halves was the right decision. It was time to give it a try!
Going by the name of the sandwich, I admit to being a bit disappointed. Yes, the ingredients do sort of make up a French onion soup, but the sandwich really tastes like a sandwich made of those ingredients, not like the soup. In fairness, you would need a whole lot more onions that were a whole lot more caramelised in order to achieve that, and they probably wouldn’t survive the shipping. Still, I did want a bit more of that authentic taste.
Judging it as a sandwich on its own merits, however, I have to say it was pretty good. We both enjoyed the cheese and onions very much, and it was to my surprise that what looked like a lot of mustard was actually in no way overpowering. In fact, it blended in with the taste of the other ingredients, which was definitely a plus point for me. Everything was super melty and the texture was fantastic, and it was very moreish. Maybe I should have fought J for the other half after all….
Now we’ve tried one, we’re definitely curious about the other flavours. Their range includes some crazy options based on desserts which sound really interesting, and we’re inspired to give them a try at some point. The pricing does make this more of a luxury sandwich – to be fair, you’re mostly paying for shipping, but it’s still going to cost more than a quick sandwich from the local shop – and for us it will probably be a nice treat on special days or when we’re relaxing after a big work project comes to an end. It’s nice to have something really interesting for lunch without having to make it yourself – or even go out and get it from a shop. Plus, we’re really competitive about our games and we want to get some more of those playing cards to start up some Postie tournaments!