If you prefer wraps, baguettes, rolls or bagels, then cheese & onion is not for you. The only form of bread that is used to make this sandwich is traditional sliced bread.
Still, not all sliced bread is equal. The 13 brands of cheese & onion sandwich that we surveyed do vary in the type of bread they use – white bread, brown bread, malted bread and oatmeal bread are some of the choices you have.
Malted bread, also known as granary bread, is the most common type of bread used to make cheese & onion sandwich. It’s a brown bread that’s made with a combination of white flour, wholemeal flour, malt flour and malted grains.
Malted bread is characterised by the presence of a simple sugar called maltose that comes from toasting the malted wheat and adds a unique flavour. The Asda, Morrisons, On the Go!, The Co-operative Food, Urban Eat and Waitrose versions all use malted bread.
White bread is a processed bread that is softer and moister than brown bread. Although it’s usually ubiquitous, it’s not commonly used for cheese & onion sandwiches. The only brand that does use it is the 85p Tesco Everyday Value cheese & onion sandwich.
Oatmeal bread is used by Greggs, M&S and Sainsbury’s. It’s usually made with white flour, but with the addition of oatmeal. For this reason, it has a lighter colour than brown breads such as malted bread, but has a more uniform appearance than white bread.
Although oatmeal bread is usually white, the Tesco cheese & onion sandwich uses brown oatmeal bread.
The Full Picture…
|Most Frequent||Malted (7 of 13)|
|Tesco Cheese & Onion||Brown with Oatmeal|
|On the Go! Cheese & Spring Onion||Malted|
|Asda Cheese & Onion||Malted|
|The Co-operative Cheese & Onion||Malted|
|Sainsbury’s Cheese & Red Onion||Oatmeal|
|Morrisons Reduced Fat Cheese & Onion||Malted|
|Sainsbury’s Be Good To Yourself Cheese & Red Onion||Oatmeal|
|Morrisons Cheese & Onion||Malted|
|Tesco Everyday Value Cheese & Onion||White|
|M&S Cheese & Onion||Oatmeal|
|Waitrose Cheese & Onion||Malted|
|Greggs Cheese & Onion||Oatmeal|
|Urban Eat Cheese & Onion||Malted|
Amount of Bread in Cheese & Onion Sandwiches
The only cheese & onion sandwich that declares its percentage bread is The Co-operative Food’s cheese & onion sandwich. Malted bread makes up 52% of this sandwich, or 81.6g per 157g pack.
In comparison, the average cheese & onion sandwich contains:
Nutrition of Bread
The nutrition facts of bread depends on the type of bread used. Wholemeal bread is usually the healthiest and highest in fibre. Malted bread (the most common bread used for cheese & onion sandwiches), despite its similar brown colour, is not wholemeal bread and is slightly lower in fibre.
White bread, which is uncommon among cheese & onion sandwiches, is higher in sugar, lower in fibre and has a higher glycaemic index than wholemeal bread.
Find out more about the nutrition of cheese & onion sandwiches here.