A look into the mind of one man via his reviews of frozen foods.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Philly Cheese Steak - SUB Pocket

While not very daring, I am quite the curious guy. Many people have accused me of not being adventurous in life to which I retort that I'm just carefull. I never gamble and don't do any extreme sports. So when I saw this new Hot Pocket SUB (as in submarine sandwhich) in my grocer's aisle I must admit that I was intriqued, but didn't go for it at first. This past weekend I tempted fate and purchased the new Philly Cheese Steak Hot Pockey SUB.

The first thing I noticed was that it was not crispy & flakey much as all the other pockets claim to be. Upon further review I discovered that this was in fact by design. The "Made with soft bread" slogan emblazened on the packaging was my first hint. I must say that I really enjoyed it as it was a nice break from the normal hot pocket shell that I am used to. There was a nice mix of ingredients in this one that made for a very enjoyable eating experience. An eating experience that left both my hunger satisfied and my mind at ease knowing that I had defied the common perception of me.


Anonymous Wendy said...

If you were to choose between the classic ham and cheddar pocket and a new ham and cheddar sub pocket - which would win?

4/06/2005 08:09:00 AM

Blogger Andres said...


Rare is the occasion when one has to make a choice so important, so crucial, that it could profoundly alter the course of ones life the very second that choice is made. Own that moment. Own that moment and bask in the glory that is free will. You have the choice to make a choice. That is what life is all about.

I choose the classic beef & cheddar.

4/06/2005 12:35:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I started wotking for the Nestle Handheld Food Group (as they like to be called) they were actually still called Chef America.

Now Chef America had a great reputation in the food production indistry - which is why one can assume Nestle was attracted to them when the plant went on the market.

The factory was snatched up by Nestle and it quickly went downhill.

First, food production at this Neslte plant is anything but sanitary.

I was quickly introduced to the way THEY do things my first week on the job when I found some plastic in the product. I
called the QA lab and had them come down - much to my supervisor's dismay. You see QA can shut down a line for any reason and they did so in this case. This caused production goals not to be reached and my supervisor to get extremely angry with me.

From that point I was told verbatim, "If you find anything else, just put in your pocket or throw it away."

Since 2003 on a regular basis, I have found wood, plastic, dirt, multiple insect types, glass, mold, finger nails, paper, and mice feces in the product. And this happens on every line. One incident that comes to mind occurred on another line. There
was a major maggot infestation in the conduits above the line. Inevitably the conduits broke and the maggots began to fall on the line while it was producing Hot Pockets. Although it will be denied - product was ran with these maggots present and it is believed to have eventually reached the general public. Many jokes were made about the increased protein content.

As recent as last night there were a great deal of insects flying through the air as food was being produced. It was brought to my supervisors attention to no avail.

Another issue is employee cleanliness. It is rather non-existant. On my line, people handle raw materials and finished
products without wearing nitrile protective gloves. Also, hands are to be washed and sanitized hourly or any time you leave the line for any reason. It never happens - there are only a handful of people who follow these rules. It is a common thing to see someone wipe their nose - only to turn around and start handling food products - products which find their way into your freezer. Let's not fail to mention washing your hands after using the bathroom. I see tons of employees every day using the restroom and leaving the facilities without washing their hands.

6/01/2005 09:19:00 AM

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8/19/2005 01:50:00 AM

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Blogger traci anne said...

the new sub hot pockets are great!

1/05/2007 01:43:00 PM

Blogger Tom said...

shut the hell up megangillbert. remember that they put a rel=nofollow link in your comments.

You posted this back in 05?? I just picked up some "New" hot pocket subs just last week. Maybe they are that old. I thought the meatball one was way better than the ham and cheese one.

2/22/2007 08:48:00 PM

Blogger Cione said...

I came across this as my co-worker recently had his Philly CheeseSteak Hotpocket stolen out of the cimmunity fridge. We are currently looking for the culprits but he is sadly depressed in the meantime and I hope you all have words to help him in this time of hunger for him.

7/19/2007 04:14:00 PM

Anonymous Adam said...

I just had a Hot Pocket Cheese Steak and I was disappointed. Even though the packaging said more meat, the meat was few and far between.

2/08/2008 02:08:00 PM

Anonymous Nick said...

Hot Pockets are just epic

7/13/2010 06:32:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I love the hot pocket jokes. Jim is awesome. I laugh so hard with him that I can hardly breath.

Cindy Crawford (NOT THE SUPER MODEL and I hate Pepsi)

7/24/2010 12:02:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

runini had hot pocket once it was a long time ago back in the 80's on the farm my dad made them in the oven it the only way to make now a days!!!!!!

11/21/2011 10:23:00 AM


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