“ Type: Puddings „
Cost: 85p for a 425g tin in my local village grocers (price will vary depending on where bought)
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving - half a can):
- of which sugars: 24.7g
- of which saturates: 2.6g
Salt equivalent: 0.5g
Whole milk, skimmed milk, rice, sugar, salt
OTHER INFORMATION ON CAN:
Suitable for vegetarians
No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
Can is made of recyclable steel
Made in Belgium for H J Heinz Co Ltd, Hayes, Middlesex UB4 8AL
Heinz website: www.heinz.co.uk
Heinz Consumer Careline: 0800 5285757
Heinz advertising info on can: Heinz taste of home rice pudding is made to a classic home-style recipe to give a delicious, creamy taste and smiles all round. There's no taste like home.
Heinz Creamy Rice Pudding comes in a distinctive purple coloured can. On the front of the can is a design of a glass dish containing a portion of rice pudding with a spoon suspended above, and the Heinz Logo plus the words "Taste of home...Delicious Creamy Rice Pudding" appearing as if they are made of rice pudding and giving the impression they are piled onto the spoon. On the back of the can is all the nutritional information, plus a small image of a raspberry perched on the top of a puddle of rice pudding.
On opening the tin, the rice pudding is a creamy colour, as one would expect from this sort of product. The rice grains are rather large, and the ratio of rice to the milky bit is even.
I divided the contents of the can in half - having the first half cold and the second half hot, to see if the heating process improved or deteriorated the overall quality. Instructions on the can say that the rice can be heated gently in a saucepan and warns not to boil as it will damage the flavour - to microwave, whizz on full power for 2 minutes, stir, then cook for a further 90 seconds.
The grains of rice are soft, but the sauce is rather gloopy. I found it much too sweet for my own tastes, and despite Heinz's claims that the product contains no artificial colourings or flavourings, I detected a slight under-taste that seemed rather unnatural. This is advertised as "extra creamy" rice pudding, but I can't personally say that I found it to be any creamier than any other brand. I wasn't fond of the consistency at all - it reminded me of wallpaper paste.
I obeyed the instructions on the can, and opted for the heating in a saucepan method. On sampling this rice pudding heated, I didn't find any remarkable improvement in the consistency, but the under-taste had become a lot less noticeable. Still far too sweet though, and the heating process made the rice grains even softer, hence accentuating the overall gloopy sensation.
I personally haven't found this brand of rice pudding, which claims to be creamier and a "taste of home", to be in any way superior to any other brand - in fact, I overall feel it to be a little inferior. The grains of rice are too soft, the sauce is too sweet and of a rather unpleasant consistency, and there is no distinctiveness whatsoever down the road of "creamier". Also, it bore very little resemblance to that little phrase on the can....."Taste of Home".
Overall I give this brand of rice pudding a medium degree of thumbs down, and I don't think I will be buying it again. For me, a lot of bottom of the range canned rice pudding tastes better than this.