“ Manufacturer: Oaktree Estate / Type: Soups „
After having a great success with another variety of cup of soups from this brand I decided I would try out the other flavours and the next one I bought was the vegetable flavoured one. I am glad I did as the quality and taste was just as good and this made for an excellent light meal or lunch. ~~PACKAGING~~ The soups come in a green cardboard box which has the product name and title at the top, here you can also find the Tesco discount brand logo. There is a picture of a white cup with the soup inside. The back of the box is the same and on the sides you can find the ingredients, instructions for making the soup and the nutritional values. ~~MAKING AND RESULTS~~ To make the soup it is very easy. Inside the box you will find 4 paper packets which have the granules inside. The granules are to be poured into your cup or mug and then 200ml (1/3 pint) of boiled water is to be added. The granules should be stirred continually until they are all dissolved. I used a nice chunky mug for my soup and found it was the right size for the required amount of water. The granules were easy to dissolve and this took under 1 minute to do so. The granules are a creamy white colour and you can easily see bits of the vegetables included. The smell from them before being dissolved is pleasant but not very strong, the smell does get stronger when the water is added and the end result is great and makes me instantly feel more hungry and looking forward to having my soup. When I had made the soup I noticed that it was a good consistency and looked appetising, the vegetables did not look too dry and small and the creamy white colour was good. You can thicken the soup up if you wish by adding less water or make it runner by adding more water if you wish and this does not detract from the taste in any way as hubby has done this and found it just as tasty. The soup did taste great, there was an instant taste of the onion and leek but this was not over powering and I was still able to taste the other vegetables which included potatoes and carrots. I did find it a little strange at first when drinking this from the mug as it had the chunks of vegetables in and I kept wanting to get a spoon and eat it in the normal way but after a bit I got past this was easily able to drink the whole mug full with no problems. I felt very full after drinking the whole soup and did not need anything else to eat. Hubby made himself more of a meal by adding a slice of bread to his. I found that the soup left a nice taste in my mouth and it did not taste powdery but very pleasant and warming. ~~INFO~~ The sachets of powder when made contain 221ml of soup and the nutritional values for each sachet are:- Energy - 86 Kcal Protein - 1.1g Carbohydrate - 13.5g Of which sugars - 2.2g Fat - 3.1g Of which saturates - 1.8g Fibre - 0.4g Sodium - 0.5g Salt Equivalent - 1.3g As you can see from these value this is quite a healthy option for a lunch as one slice of bread can contain over 80Kcal and 2 slices are needed to make a sandwich! The soups are suitable for vegetarians but they do contain milk, wheat and gluten and although the recipe does not contain nuts they cannot guarantee that these have been made in a nut free factory. The ingredients include:- Potato Starch, Maltodextrn,. Vegetable Oil, Dried Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Powders (11%) (Potato, Carrot, Onion, Leek), Natural Flavourings (contains Wheat Gluten), Salt, Sugar, Yeast Extract, Dried Vegetables (2%) (Peas, Carrots), Milk Proteins, Emulsifiers (mono and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids, Dipotassum Phosphate), Dried Parsley, Ground Black Pepper. The soups should be stored in a cool dry place and eaten before the best before date. The best before date on the packet I had was well over 1 year so these are good to keep a stock in for when you need a quick meal or on those cold winter days when you need a bit of warmth inside. The box is 100% recyclable. ~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~ I bought my packet from Tesco and as this is a Tesco Discount Brand they can only be bought n their stores. The box containing 4 sachets is only 49p which I feel is a great bargain as some brands are over £1.50 for 4. ~~RECOMMENDED?~~ These soups get the full 5 stars for me as they taste great, fill you up nicely and are very easy to make. They are priced so well that I think everyone should try them especially on those cold winter days as they are ideal to slip into the pocket and take to work.