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Lean Cuisine's New Breakfast Panini is a Garbage Sandwich

Posted Thu January 28, 2010 7:27 pm, by Angela N. written to Nestle USA, Inc.

Write a Letter to this Company

I recently saw your new Lean Cuisine breakfast panini in the grocery store. I grabbed a package that said "sausage, egg and cheese" and went on my way.

I just put that panini in the microwave. The disgusting smell of MAPLE SYRUP permeated my kitchen. Maple syrup? On a sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich? Once it was done cooking and I removed it from the microwave, I saw the small print on the box that I hadn't bothered with earlier. It described the ingredients, ending with "and sweet maple syrup on cinnamon-flavored multigrain bread."

While some freaks of nature may dip their breakfast sausage in their syrup, I am normal. I dip my breakfast sausage (and eggs) IN KETCHUP, as God intended.

And to use CINNAMON bread instead of plain bread is just ridiculous. Those two sweet flavors do not belong with meat, cheese, and egg.

I took a couple of bites and was instantly revolted. I'm glad they were on sale and I spent only $2.

I want Nestle to FIX THIS PRODUCT and remove the unnecessary maple syrup and cinnamon bread. The few people who like that flavor combination must be in a tiny minority and certainly shouldn't be catered to.

Make these sandwiches PLAIN and people who want to add syrup can do so. So long as they don't tell ME about it.


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by Dana G. Posted Wed July 27, 2011 @ 4:07 PM

To me, this sounds yummy and I may try it!

by likethecandybar Posted Mon February 22, 2010 @ 11:41 AM

I feel your pain. I'm sitting here at my desk staring at the
disgusting thing and feeling like I might need to go vomit up the two
bites I took. I too missed the small print on the package and was
super excited to have my breakfast sandwich this morning. I started
to smell the maple syrup as it was cooking and I knew instantly that
this wasn't going to end well.


by LDG1981 Posted Mon February 15, 2010 @ 12:34 AM

You want a company to change a product simply because YOU were
revolted? Sweety, the world doesn't revolve around you. Next time,
read everything on the box for the product you're purchasing. As an
individual, you have the right to not purchase a product.
There, was that so hard?


by R.E.D Posted Mon February 8, 2010 @ 11:57 PM

Oh my god! This sounds wonderful! Then again I am one of the many
people who dip my sausage and bacon in syrup... I find it sacrilegious
and down right icky to smother eggs and sausage in ketchup.

I think I am going to go buy some of these breakfast sandwiches...
they sound oh so yummy!


by batmoody Posted Sun February 7, 2010 @ 6:34 PM

"It obviously was said jokingly....You should have known better than
to take *my* letter so very

Why would you write a letter to a company as a joke?
Why wouldn't we take it seriously?


by M T. Posted Thu February 4, 2010 @ 2:25 AM

Or you could make your own ahead of time. On a per sandwich basis, it
would actually end up being cheaper and would be made to your specific


by Just Simply Bella Sera Posted Mon February 1, 2010 @ 8:28 PM

I think this sandwich sounds disgusting. Then again, I HATE maple

Maybe they could offer two versions: one plain, for the normal ones
like us, and one "freaky" version like this. :)

Or maybe they could offer one plain, one w/ maple syrup, and one with
ketchup. The possibilities are endless.


by olie Posted Mon February 1, 2010 @ 12:40 AM

Remember in the first chapter or two of To Kill a Mockingbird, when
Jem and Scout invite a classmate to lunch. The classmate asks for
syrup and proceeds to pour it over his roast beef. The Finch kids are
horrified, but the housekeeper reminds them of their manners.

To each his own, I guess.


by dulynoted (aka duttycalls) Posted Sun January 31, 2010 @ 4:48 PM

Personally I dislike anything from Lean Cuisine. Nasty stuff...but on
the other hand sausages can be dipped in syrup or they can be eaten
with Catsup...either way they are good. But then its all a matter of
personal taste then itsn't it?


by cissy Posted Sun January 31, 2010 @ 2:00 PM

The best advert ever! I am going to buy this product. I guess I'm a
freak but I also enjoy ketchup ( has to be Heinz) Cater to me Lean

by Knight Posted Sun January 31, 2010 @ 12:01 PM

They used to make this product plain! About a year and a half ago I
wrote a letter expressing how boring the sandwich was and they
reformulated the recipe to include the cinnamon bread and syrup. I am
sooooo sorry. If I had known that this would of had caused you harm I
would have never written the original letter. Can you please find it
in your heart to forgive me?


Re: Lean Cuisine's New Breakfast Panini is a Garbage Sandwich by ams1001 Sat January 30, 2010 @ 8:52 PM

gaaah. ... just kidding. you should see my fav sammich >:-) (and no i'm not kidding) by PepperElf Sun January 31, 2010 @ 12:05 PM

by PepperElf Posted Sun January 31, 2010 @ 12:06 PM


Never tried that one... by Brendalala Sun January 31, 2010 @ 12:44 PM

yeah can't have a tuna sammich without the mayo & sweet pickle relish. ... as for the peanut butter... by PepperElf Mon February 1, 2010 @ 12:17 AM

Well by Brendalala Mon February 1, 2010 @ 10:24 AM

by franese Posted Sat January 30, 2010 @ 11:13 AM

So because you don't like it they need to pull it....I can see asking
them to add another flavor combo but not telling them to discontinue
because you think that people that like this are freaks of nature.
And it's not their fault that you didn't read the label.


by PepperElf Posted Sat January 30, 2010 @ 9:30 AM

Well I can see asking them to add a plain option - they currently only
have the one you tried and the Denver versions.

The other panini meals seem to be traditionally non-breakfast items.

so yes i can see asking them to add a product

however asking them to take one of just because you dislike it?
um no.

as i see it... sure i think the mcdonald's mcgriddle is gross.
that just means i don't ever eat that again (i only had a slice of one
to test it). doesn't mean i demand they remove it

by dottiejean28 Posted Fri January 29, 2010 @ 5:21 PM

I am on weight watchers, and always looking for low points
alternatives for the fatty foods I used to crave.

Well I must be a double freak of nature...I use syrup AND ketchup!


Alternatives by Donno Fri January 29, 2010 @ 5:54 PM

though there are some people who think using ketchup for eggs and meat to be gross too by PepperElf Sat January 30, 2010 @ 9:24 AM

by Mundo Cani D. Posted Fri January 29, 2010 @ 2:19 PM

Just because you don't like it doesn't mean something is wrong with
it. The world does not revolve around just you.

by Steve OH (IO) Posted Fri January 29, 2010 @ 1:27 PM

of the responses are in favor of this flavour combo, and it's going to
give them more business. I hope they do something nice to show their
appreciation - maybe a lifetime supply of the product.


by Nate. Posted Fri January 29, 2010 @ 1:14 PM

You are blaming them for your own error. It is not their fault you
read sausage, egg, and cheese, and thought you were good to go. I
recommend that in the future you thoroughly read the packing prior to
purchasing the item, not after. If the item was disgusting because it
tasted off or had gone bad, then that would be a valid complaint. I do
not think it is reasonable to write a letter of complaint ordering
them to change the recipe to cater to your tastes. If you do not like
it, do not buy it again!


If anyone knows unreasonable complaint letters, it's you by RedheadwGlasses Sat January 30, 2010 @ 11:56 AM

I agree with part of this sentiment, but by Donno Mon February 1, 2010 @ 12:10 PM

by sarahsmile Posted Fri January 29, 2010 @ 11:16 AM

Some "freaks of nature" may dip their breakfast sausage in ketchup, I
am normal. I dip my breakfast sausage in salsa, as GOD intended.


Well.. by Harleycat Fri January 29, 2010 @ 12:22 PM

by Harleycat Posted Fri January 29, 2010 @ 11:10 AM

Thanks for the warning. I hate the combination of sweet and savory so
I defintely would not like this. The thought of a Mc Griddle makes me
sick to my stomach. On the rare occasion I order something like
pancakes and sausage, I ask for the sausage to be put on a separate
plate so it doesn't touch the syrup.

Ketchup rules!


by PepperElf Posted Fri January 29, 2010 @ 11:08 AM

that's probably what you should have gotten.

though it does have honey ham


by Richard S. Posted Fri January 29, 2010 @ 10:09 AM

Well this "freak of nature" is now going to try this product even
though I hate eggs.

The Sausage McGriddle at McDonald's tastes fantastic and I am sure
this will as well.

I bet the majority of people put maple syrup on their breakfast
sausage so I wonder why you chose to call them freaks and think Nestle
is cattering to such a "Tiny minority"

Eggs and Ketchup sounds like a horrible combination to me.


by Brendalala Posted Fri January 29, 2010 @ 10:02 AM

Oh my gosh I have to try this!

I love sausage and maple syrup.... well maple syrup on anything. You
can't blame me, my mother comes from Vermont and my Aunt and Uncle
have a sugar house and make their own.

Ketchup sounds like a sin to me! =-P

Cute letter.


Thanks to the ONE PERSON here with a sense of humor about it! : ) by RedheadwGlasses Sat January 30, 2010 @ 11:55 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Thu January 28, 2010 @ 11:57 PM

Aw, c'mon peeps, you know this is mostly tongue-in-cheek. And I
certainly don't go out to a website to find out the ingredients of a
frozen meal before buying it. I saw the 'sausage, egg and cheese" and
thought I was good to go.

It never occurred to me they'd cater to 1% of people who want pancake
syrup and cinnamon toast combined with BREAKFAST sausage (and egg and
cheese)! Yuk!

And it's very clear in the Old Testament: Ketchup is favored by God.
Don't you people go to church?


Perhaps by LadyMac Fri January 29, 2010 @ 7:05 AM

It obviously was said jokingly by RedheadwGlasses Fri January 29, 2010 @ 9:52 AM

Toungue in cheek? by Donno Fri January 29, 2010 @ 10:27 AM

you don't know your breakfast sauage at all! by jeishere Fri January 29, 2010 @ 1:34 PM

Blasphemous. by Mundo Cani D. Fri January 29, 2010 @ 2:22 PM

by LadyMac Posted Thu January 28, 2010 @ 10:05 PM

From the website:

Sausage Egg and Cheese Breakfast Panini
Scrambled Egg Whites, Sausage, Cheddar and reduced fat Mozzarella
Cheeses and Sweet Maple Sauce on Cinnamon-flavored Multigrain Bread

Saw them in the store today and it was clear that it was sweet and
savory. Which is a nice combination.

Seems to me that it's pretty clear. Just because you don't like it
doesn't mean that everyone else is a freak or weird if they do.


yeah i looked it up online and it said "Maple Syrup" on the front of the box - so it's not like they were misleading anyone... n/t by PepperElf Fri January 29, 2010 @ 11:05 AM

by olie Posted Thu January 28, 2010 @ 10:04 PM

Sadly, McDonald's has been quite successful with their McGriddle
sandwich, which somehow has the syrup baked into the bread component
of the sandwich.

I agree with you that this is a disgusting combination. I haven't seen
the breakfast paninis from Lean Cuisine. Do they make plain ones as
well as these?


by Donno Posted Thu January 28, 2010 @ 8:44 PM

This sounds a bit discriminatory.

"I want Nestle to FIX THIS PRODUCT"

This assumes the product is broken. What if there are thousands of
freaks out there who like this thing?

Personally, I wouldn't think of dipping a sandwich such as this in
ketchup, which you describe as "normal".

You know, they could simply ADD an item, with fine print that says
"and ketchup on multigrain bread".

I'm pleased that you admitted that you didn't find it necessary to
read the product's description before you bought it, even though it is
a new item you never had before.


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