In a year of seemingly never-ending bad news, a new report has emerged that has left many Brits feeling sour.
According to a study by the National Snack Association, the cost of the homemade cheese sandwich has risen by more than a third as Quarantine Snack Consumption Soars.
"We'll have to start referring to it as the 'gourmet cheese sandwich' soon," complained longtime cheese sandwich enthusiast and self-proclaimed foodie, Karen Wilson. "I mean, it's just bread and cheese. How expensive can it get?"
Apparently, pretty expensive. The report cites that the demand for snacks has reached unprecedented levels since the start of the pandemic, leading to a shortage of cheese and bread products worldwide.
"We've never seen so many people snacking before," said NSCA spokesperson, Julie Harper. "It's one of the few things that people have been able to control during these uncertain times. And unfortunately, it's come at a cost."
The report suggests that cheese sandwich ingredients have increased in price due to a combination of factors, including an increase in demand and supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic.
Some have even tried to capitalize on the snack craze, with specialty cheese and bread companies charging exorbitant prices for their products.
"I mean, 10 quid for a loaf of artisan bread?" exclaimed cheese sandwich lover, Mike Thompson. "I might as well just go to a fancy restaurant and order a sandwich at that point."
But not everyone is complaining. Some people are embracing the new trend and turning their cheese sandwiches into works of art.
"I like to add a little prosciutto and arugula to my cheese sandwich," said Laura Sanchez, who has taken up cheese sandwich making as a quarantine hobby. "I'm not even sure what arugula is. It sounds like one of those made up American words and probably means baby cucumber or something. Anyway, it elevates it to a whole new level."
As for the future of the cheese sandwich, the NSCA predicts that prices will continue to rise as long as the demand for snacks remains high.
"It's a tough time for snack lovers out there," Harper said. "But don't worry, we'll get through this. Just keep snacking."
In conclusion, the cheese sandwich has yet to fall out of fashion. Some are dismayed by the price increase while others are taking this as an opportunity to get creative with their snack choices. In these uncertain times, it's important to find joy where you can, even if it comes at the cost of a couple extra dollars for a slice of cheese. As cheesy as it sounds, snacks might just be what's getting us through these tough times.