We tried the deep-fried jam sandwich from Thornham's Eric's Fish and Chips after Delia Smith endorsement and this is what we thought
The deep-fried jam sandwich has made national – and even international – headlines over the last week, thanks to a collaboration between a Norfolk business and celebrity chef Delia Smith.
The quirky dessert has been on the menu at Eric’s Fish and Chips, which opened its first branch in Drove Orchards in Thornham in 2015, for a number of years now.
But after Delia tried it at the Holt restaurant and received permission from chef-owner Eric Snaith to add it to the menu at the Yellows Bar and Grill at Norwich City Football Club’s Carrow Road stadium, the fried sandwich has been in the news over the past week.
So, when the Lynn News got to give what is arguably currently the world’s most famous sandwich a try, we leapt at the chance.
The dessert consists of white sliced bread, with the crusts removed and a “good quality” strawberry jam in the centre, stuck together similar to ravioli.
The bread is buttered on the outside and dipped in a sweet batter, before being frozen and then fried to order and rolled in caster sugar.
At Eric’s Fish and Chips in Thornham, the sweet treat costs £3.95 to takeaway, or £4.75 to have while eating in, and is slightly more expensive at Yellows Bar and Grill, where it is priced at £5.
So, what did the Lynn News team think of it?
Well, it's fair to say there were mixed reactions, but on the whole, most of them gave the deep-fried jam sandwich a thumbs up.
Lucy said: “It is like a squished jam doughnut but it’s really tasty.
“The jam is divine, I would have it again.”
While Kris initially said he couldn’t “make up his mind” on the dessert, he concluded: “It’s nice, it’s a bit too like a jam doughnut, I don’t get much of a sandwich vibe.”
Saying this, he did eat a full one though, so that can only be a compliment.
Other members of the team also liked the sandwich, as Molly said: “It tastes like a doughnut, it’s really nice.”
“It's quite nice,” Kathy said, adding she would prefer it hotter (as it had cooled down a bit on the journey between Thornham and the Lynn office).
And Sue said: “I could eat the whole thing. It tastes really good.”
She described the texture as being similar to that of a McDonald’s apple pie.
And while Vicky said she liked the taste, she said it was a “bit sickly” and she couldn’t eat a whole one.
Rachel wasn’t a fan though, as she said she “wasn’t overly keen”.
Jeremy and I were just sad we couldn’t give it a try as the deep-fried jam sandwiches are not suitable for vegans.
But overall, the majority of the team enjoyed the quirky treat and would happily have one again – I’m sure they’re hoping that Eric and Delia keep it on the menu!