This weekend I gave my family The Tuna Sandwich Challenge. I took my tuna salad recipe and put it to the test. Having identical twins, I know especially that even though things may look alike, they are in fact very different.
My family loves tuna sandwiches. This is one lunch I don’t have to force them to eat. In this challenge, I wanted to make sure that I got some quality ingredients so I headed to Smart and Final to compare their First Street brand against some brands you’ll likely recognize. Note: Photos that show A represent First Street Products. Photos that show B are name brand items.
My first comparison was the First Street Premium Solid White Albacore Tuna against the Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore Tuna. First Street’s tuna had large pieces and was compacted together. The Bumble Bee brand had smaller chunks, wasn’t really compacted and it was easier to separate the tuna.
Second I compared the First Street Real Mayonnaise against Best Foods Real Mayonnaise. I found that the First Street Brand was a bit thinner and runnier than the Best Foods Brand. The Best Foods Real mayonnaise appeared thicker. Both products appeared fluffy and rich.
Third I compared the First Street 100% Whole Wheat Bread against Oroweat 100% Whole Wheat Bread. First Street Bread was firmer than the Oroweat and both had about the same size bread slices. Oroweat sealed their bread in before placing it in the bag, First Street did not. Perhaps that was the reason Oroweat cost was twice as much as First Street.
Now for the challenge. The boys couldn’t wait to taste test these. I made my tuna salad recipe exactly the same. I just used the different products. Ready… Set.. Go!!
My husband came in during the taste test and decided to give it a try, too. I don’t know how my kids could taste anything from the looks of it they were scarfing it down.
And now for the results…
The winner of the Tuna Challenge is letter A, First Street.
I also tasted the sandwiches and it was a tough decision for me. The quality of the ingredients and the taste were very similar.
I liked Oroweat’s bread better because it was a bit softer but as for the mayo and the tuna there wasn’t much of a taste difference. The price of the brand name products was so much more expensive. First Street’s Bread cost was $1.99. Oroweat’s bread was about $2 more than First Street. There is no way I’m paying $2.00 more for the bread to be just a bit softer. I can get two loafs for the price of one. That’s a no brainer for me.
Don’t be afraid to try non brand name items. It’s a great way to keep within your budget without sacrificing quality and taste.
For those of you that live around Smart and Final be sure to enter the First Street Sweepstakes. it runs from 4/17 – 4/30. Customers that buy any 2 First Street brand products can enter for a chance to win:
- 1 of 5 $500 SmartCash Cards
- 1 of 5 $250 SmartCash Cards
- 1 of 5 $100 SmartCash Cards
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“I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and Smart & Final #cbias #SocialFabric” All opinions given on this tuna sandwich comparison are mine.