Meet the Candwich, the world’s first sandwich in a can. Creator Mark Kirkland of Salt Lake City, Utah, feels the Candwich can be used for a variety of reasons–for the busy mom on the go, trying to feed her kids; for camping or emergency situations where there no way to refrigerate food; in the relief effort for a natural disaster, like in Haiti recently.
Wow. Big aspirations for bread in a can. Details and more after the jump.
The funny thing about the Candwich is, it’s not really a sandwich in a can. It’s a hot dog bun in plastic bag in a can, with a packet of peanut butter and a packet of jelly. The can doesn’t even preserve the food, the plastic does. The can merely serves as a vehicle to serve the Candwich in stores and vending machines across the country. To read more about the Candwich, check out this article.
And when you consider that the Candwich is really just bread in a plastic bad in a can, it’s sad, really. A wasted opportunity. Bread in a can is by no means a new invention, and the company B&M that also makes Boston baked beans makes a Boston brown bread in a can that can be steamed and served hot. This tradition stems back to early New England colonists that did not have a lot of ingredients or cooking equipment at their disposal. The brown bread was made with molasses, which made it moist and have a longer shelf life, and was steamed in a glass jar or metal can over a fire. After industrialization, companies like B&M started selling bread in tin cans, and you can still find these breads in certain markets today.
So imagine if this actually WAS a sandwich in a can, preserved by nothing more than process used to seal it in a can. Would you eat this? Stock up on some in case of an emergency? What do you think about it?