The old adage goes that “any press is good press.” So last week, when a Reddit thread encouraging users to invent the worst Subway sandwich possible went viral, someone in the marketing department must have seen dollar signs: Hey, a sandwich sold is a sandwich sold whether it tastes good or not. (I feel like that could be Subway’s company motto.) So a few days later, to piggyback off the Reddit post and prove the brand is totally cool with the internet, Subway even decided to join in on the fun, having some of its in-house Sandwich Artists create their own worst combinations.
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According to Eater, these three sandwiches were the worst flavor combos Subway could think of: “tuna and bacon on Italian bread, topped with jalapeños, cucumbers and Chipotle Southwest sauce,” “roast beef, pepperoni and Monterey cheddar cheese, topped with tomatoes, pickles, jalapeños, Nacho Cheese Doritos and ranch dressing” and “meatballs, eggs, and pepper jack cheese on Italian bread, topped with oregano and Buffalo sauce.” No word on if these Subway employees were actually required to eat their creations. And here they thought working at a fast food chain wouldn’t have many occupational hazards.
Though it’s definitely good for Subway to prove it’s not uptight about letting customers make their sandwiches anyway they want, at the same time it’s highly doubtful any of these new ideas are going to end up on an actual Subway menu. But that’s part of being a “Sandwich Artist”: Sometimes you just have to make sandwich art for sandwich art’s sake.