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      27.01.2014 16:15
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      Cheap, easy to cook loops

      I'm a fan of baked beans or spaghetti hoops on toast or on the side of a meal to make it more filling.

      The loops come in a plain tin which you'd expect for a supermarket basic brand. The smart price logo is on the front. You need a tin opener because there's not a ring pull on the can.

      I can eat a whole tin of these but there's meant to be two servings in the can. The tin spreads nicely over two servings when they're on the side of a meal.

      The loops don't taste any different to more expensive leading brands. The sauce isn't quite as thick but it isn't an issue. There's plenty in the tin too, unlike some cheaper branded items, they haven't put less in there.

      These are ideal to keep in the cupboard for a rainy day or just there to throw on the side of a meal, especially for kids. My grandson loves these with chips and chicken nuggets.

      These are easy to cook, you can put them on the hob but I normally put them in a bowl and in the microwave for three minutes.

      For just 19p these are a bargain and well worth the money. I'd definitely recommend them as they're useful to have in the house and taste good.

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        04.10.2013 10:29
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        highly recommended

        Spaghetti Hoops, or Loops in this case, are a massive favourite of my daughter who is nearly three. We spotted these in Asda at a bargain price of 15p and we've not stopped buying them since.

        These come in a tin with a simple white label around it with the green asda smart price logo and a picture of the loops on the front. There is no ring pull on this tin so a tin opener is needed. The tin contains 2 servings which once opened must be consumed within 2 days and kept in the fridge. The loops contain no artificial colours or flavours but they do contain gluten, milk and wheat so not suitable for those allergic to those ingredients. They are suitable for vegetarians.

        I am so pleased we discovered this bargain! The sauce on these isn't as thick as the 'leading brands' and the sauce isn't as rich, but overall they taste really good. There is a generous amount of loops in the tin so no scrimping there and they are great with toast or my daughter particularly like to dip chicken nuggets in them! I think the taste is just right for kids and I personally if having them myself just add a little pepper to them to add a little kick but they don't necessarily need them this is just my personal taste.

        Spaghetti Loops are a quick and easy lunchtime meal, they take 2 and a half minutes to heat in my microwave(900w), or they heat up on the hob in about 5 minutes. At 15p a tin I really can't complain about these, they taste yummy and there is more than enough in them to feed two hungry people.

        5 out of 5 for a smartprice favourite.

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        19.11.2011 06:22
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        I'll pay for Heinz in the future and stop being so tight lol x

        One of my favourite quick meals is toast. Course it isn't really a meal toast on its own so I usually buy some baked beans of some sort of spaghetti to top it with that I can bung into the microwave for quickness.

        Now I am not reviewing the Asda Smart Price version of these Spaghetti Loops and I haven't seen them available to purchase in my local store or from the Asda website (wwwasda.com) however the ones I am reviewing are simply Asda Spaghetti Loops and Dooyoo have told me to write my review here as they are simialar...so here I am lol.

        The Packaging:

        The can holds 395g of the spaghetti in tomato sauce and it has an orange label going around it and of course on the front of it we are told what they are and who they are by and there is a photographs of some of the hoops on there and we are told that they are suitable for Vegetarians. On the back of the can other information listed includes being told the ingredients, allergy advice, there is a full nutritional chart listed and cooking instructions are given and finally, contact details for Asda are listed. Its a nice enough can this one though no ring pull is given sadly which I always prefer!

        The Spaghetti Loops:

        Well what you are told they are you get basically. Small spaghetti rings that are made from durum wheat and semolina in an orangy thinish liquid that has a sweet tomato aroma to it. To cook them you simply empty the contents into a saucepan and heat them for about 4-5 minutes or you can do as I did and microwave them in about 3 minutes.

        When cooked the spaghetti becomes a little soggy and the sauce thickens slightly which I was glad about as originally it looked like orange water lol! All in all there was more sauce than spaghetti so I drained that off slightly before popping it on my toast as I didn't want to drown it of course lol!

        Taste wise this was simply ok and didn't blow me away in the taste stakes really. The spaghetti tasted a little soggy and plain in flavour as it looked really and a bit anemic as the thin smooth sauce fell away from it and didn't really contain a lot of flavour. The tomato sauce was a little on the sweet side, did taste of tomatoes but wasn't a rich flavour really.

        All in all with this you get what you pay for with these and no more. 34p gives you a large tin of spaghetti loops that are simply ok and not disgusting however I am a Heinz girl and although they are far more expensive than these I can see why and personally I would rather pay a little extra for something more tasty and enjoyable. These are not brill quality, are not all that tasty but ok if starving type of thing but I won't be buying them again!

        Nutritional Information Per 1/2 A Can:

        Energy: 122kcal
        Protein: 3.5g
        Carbohydrate: 27.1g
        of which sugars: 7.4g
        Fat: Trace
        of which saturates: Trace
        Fibre: 0.2g
        Sodium: 0.41g
        equivalent as salt: 1.0g

        Only available from Asda stores.

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        04.10.2011 18:52
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        An ok spaghetti hoop

        I've always used Smartprice Spaghetti, usually I go for the normal straight spaghetti but since Kacie eats it too I've started buying the hoops, don't ask me why, I just think they are more fun than the normal boring straight spaghetti!

        The spaghetti comes in the normal Smartprice tin, with a white and green label and all the usual information on the back such as cooking instructions and ingredients.

        Once the tin has been opened (by hand, there is no fancy ring pull on this basic can!) the hoops (or as Asda like to call them, loops) can be seen. The juicy tomato sauce looks like a rich orange colour, and quite watery in the can. The loops still look in contact!

        The loops can be heated either in the microwave or on the hob, I tend to just whack mine in the microwave for a minute, stir, and another minute. Once they come out of the microwave they smell utterly delicious!

        Taste wise, this spaghetti is ok. It isn't going to be winning any best spaghetti hoop competitions, but it is wolfed down in our household, so a winner for us! The actual hoops are quite thin, but have a soft texture to them. Even though they are thin and soft they don't break very easily, meaning I can spend the duration of tea time slotting the hoops onto the prongs of my fork!

        The sauce doesn't thicken up after heating up, so it's still quite runny and looks slightly watery. When serving these hoops, I tend to pour some of the sauce away first, so that our plates aren't full of the tomato juice running it's way around the whole plate. The taste of the juice on a whole is a rich tomato flavour, Asda got the taste right just not the consistency.

        The spaghetti hoops are only a measly 14p. Compared to branded products I think these are fantastic value for money. Give them a try, if you don't like them its only 14p chucked in the bin, but if you do like them its another saving on that dreaded shopping bill.

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          03.06.2010 12:45

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          A must for those on a budget

          Due to financial difficulties in recent months i have been forced to watch the pennies even more so than before, i have always liked a good bargain and in my opinion Asda smart priced as always provided this and therefore i have always wherever possible tried to purchase this brand as they offer the best value for money without compromising on the taste. I have purchased the leading brands when they have been on special offer but i have always found myself going back to this brand as they are most often the cheapest brand. I don't feel that they have comprised the taste and look of the item at all , and still get the excellent taste and look of spaghetti loops at a quarter of the cost. My Children love these on either on a jacket potato or with cheese and potato pie or a nice cheap and quick meal spaghetti on toast.
          The packaging is very plain and basic with just a white and green label with a picture of a plate of beans, but then again you don't purchase the item for the label.
          i would recommend this to anyone who likes spaghetti loopswho are trying to eat on a budget.

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          31.03.2010 13:47
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          Although we used to always have Heinz tinned goods in the house, we have been branching out (if you can call it that) and trying some cheaper tinned goods. This was all the wife's doing - she's into saving money where possible, which I suppose is a good thing.

          These cost a bargain 14p for the tine, whereas the brand named one cost around 80p. Big difference. I wasn't expecting as tangy a tomato taste from these, but I thought even a milder tomato taste should be good on this on top of some Toast.

          The tin looked a bit basic. It didn't have a ring pull, so needed a tin opener to get this open. Not really a hardship. This had a paper label around it and was white with the green writing on it. Nothing special, but I can't think of any budget brand that has a pretty colourful label.

          When I opened this to cook them I saw that the Sauce seemed quite thin, and a light orange colour. When I put them into the pan to cook there was quite a few Spaghetti Hoops, so it looked like this would make an ok snack.

          Once cooked this was quite nice. Yes, I ws right and the Tomato sauce wasn't as rich as the brand name, but it still tasted a nice taste and you could still taste Tomato in it. It didn't taste seasoned, but you can always add a dash of salt and pepper if you wished.

          We will have these in the cupboard more often. They are tasty, cheap and pretty filling. One I advise to try.

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          16.02.2010 09:15
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          A GREAT ADDITION TO A FAMILY MEAL.

          I have been meaning to write a review on these smart price spaghetti hoops for a while. They are always a few tins of these hoops in tomato sauce in my house as my children enjoy them greatly. They are often added to my childrens plate to add something extra to their meals. These can include jacket potatoes, chicken and chips, mashed potato and sausage and the easiest and most delicious lunchtime meal spaghetti loops on toast.

          These spaghetti hoops are not presented in the most attractive packaging. Basically they are placed within the usual smart price packaging of green and white. This packaging is very plain and would not make you want to buy them just from looking at the tin. However I believe that smart price products speak for themselves with quality when it comes to value for money.

          Each tin of these hoops retails for approx 14p!! yes that right 14p!! I cannot believe how they are so economically priced compared to other branded spaghetti hoops. I must admit when I first bought these I didnt have high expectations. However I reasoned at 14p I didnt exactly have a great deal to lose.

          When I finally got around to opening the tin I was pleasently suprised at the strong tomato aroma that filled my nose. The smell was very appealing and not too synthetic. I was also pleased with the amount of loops that were in the tin. The tin was packed full of these delicious looking spaghetti loops and indeed was more than enough for three adequate sized portions.

          The loops were of a nice average size. Each loop was covered in this deliciously orange coloured sauce. There was also a significant amount of sauce at the bottom of the tin to add to the spaghetti. The pasta loops themselves are soft and of a great quality. The sauce is quite strong in flavour. I peronally am not a lover of tomato based products. I hate tomato soup with a passion. Now the flavouring on these hoops reminded me a little of tomato soup. However my children thought they were delicious and wolfed them down with the appropriate sounds of gratification.

          I have been buying these tins of spaghetti hoops for a while now and the children often ask if they can have them as part of their meal. At 14p you really cannot go wrong, especially when you consider that this tin is often shared between three.

          All in all I would recommend these spaghetti hoops to anyone who loves this type of food. I personally prefer baked beans but for my family these hoops are always a winner. They are also handy for a back of the cupboard saviour for quick and easy makeshift meals.

          I should add that on the reverse side of every tin, there is a list of ingredients, nutritional values and allergy advice. (Each half a can cotains 128kcal.)

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            28.01.2010 17:57
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            Good value for money choice

            When I was a student (7 years ago) I remember cheap spaghetti loops were 2p less than cheap baked beans. Now Asda smartprice beans have lept to 29p, whereas spaghetti loops have only doubled to 14p a can. So they are now a much better alternative value for money wise then baked beans.

            Unfortunately, my husband doesn't like them so I don't have them that often but I do enjoy them as an alternative to baked beans. You can use then most places you would baked beans, such as with toast and cheese or jacket potato or burger and chips etc.

            These Asda smartprice spaghetti loops are perfectly tasty. The pasta is a good consistency. The sauce is rather runny and tastes less of tomatoes than more expensive brands. You could also do with a higher quantity of pasta in the sauce, as they are rather heavy on the sauce at the expense of pasta.

            Budget brands obviously use cheaper ingredients than branded products, such as more water and less tomato (or rather tomato puree). They also don't have ring pulls, so you have to get the tin opener out. However with the branded versions more than double the price, I am prefectly happy to eat these for my lunch, or with an evening meal.

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            13.01.2010 17:40
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            not one of Asda's better products

            The product

            As with most Asda value products, the packaging is quite simple, mainly consisting of white with a green border and a picture of a spaghetti hoop. Something I've noticed about Asda value products is that they are often placed next to competitor products who have more colourful packaging. This has the quite ironic effect of making the eye be drawn to Asda's product rather than the competitors because the simple white and green design, awash in a sea of more colourful products, stands out quite clearly and catches the attention of the casual shopper.

            The taste

            The main drawback of this product is that there's way too much sauce. The result is that the rest of the food on your plate (especially chips) ends up quite soggy. This wouldn't be as much of a problem if the sauce had a nice taste, but it's actually quite bland. It's meant to be a tomato sauce but you'd be hard pressed to taste the tomatoes!

            The hoops themselves are also disappointing. They are quite thin so you need quite a few in your mouth to actually taste anything. The texture isn't too bad - not too rubbery but also not too soft. As with the sauce, the hoops are quite bland. I often sprinkle in a pinch of mixed herbs to add a bit more flavour.

            Overall

            At 14p a can you definitely get what you pay for - a cheap tasting product. It's useful if you want to add a bit of moisture to otherwise dry dishes such as burger and chips, but as a main ingredient of a meal it falls flat with its bland, uninspiring taste.

            Asda spaghetti hoops currently cost 14p and contain gluten, wheat and milk.

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              08.01.2010 10:01
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              try them for yourself to save the pennies.

              I think most of us are trying to cut our grocery bill a bit here and a bit there hence me picking up a few tins of asda smart price spaghetti loops for the princely sum of 29p a tin this week, I have noticed that the asda smartprice range doesnt always stand up to tesco value items of late though but am definetely no brand snob and willingly by what my family compromise on the prices of such a staple food at present vary significantly compared to other brands ranging anything from 35p to 70p and the more luxury tins close to a pound a tin can there really be that much of a difference ?
              They come in the simple branded packaging white with green bands and text they dont have the ring pull lid but theres no hardship in opening them with a tin opener although it is definetely more difficult opening the value cans compared to other branded tins as metal on can is a lot thinner so be careful if you dont use other branded tins.
              I noticed immidiately that the sauce is a lot thinner than premium brands and the pasta doesnt reach the top of the tin so theres obviously less pasta and more sauce in these,the pasta is a good thick texture and doesnt fall apart whilst stirring in the saucepan, the sauce does thicken considerably after heating and the colour isnt off putting at all, on tasting the spaghetti hoops there is nothing to not like about them its a lovely rich tasting sauce with no sweet sugary after taste that you can get with the cheaper brands and I personally can see these becoming a part of my regular shopping basket, my husband agreed as well doing his usual taste testing to see if they are doable as he calls them I have found some things just arent worth dropping down a brand or two to save money but thisnt is one of them.

              There seems to be a little less spaghetti wise but they taste great and are definetely worth the 29p i paid for them comparing them to top brands id give them 4/5 there is little difference tastewise but sauce is definetely thinner my 3 year old or 18 year old didnt kow we had changed brands and eldest agreed they still make a lovely meal so im definetely a convert and look forward to saving the extra pennies a can, these are perfect with a jacket potato or on toast as a snack etc try them for yoursef and see.

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              Oh no! What was I thinking? Clearly the recession has got to me because I actually went and bought a tin of these cheapie own brand things thinking they would probably be as nice tasting as the Heinz brand. Surely Heinz are just overcharging as they want to cash in on their label and Asda's own brand would be equally delicious without the hefty price tag? Guess again.

              ***My Opinion***

              Sadly, they tasted really -- slimy. The spaghetti "loops" were thin and there was no "bite" to them (think al dente for pasta, then think how pasta tastes when its been overcooked.) Yuck.

              The taste, apart from the odd texture as described above, was not tomatoey as the sauce should be but more of a wierd flavouring that is hard to describe. I think it must be the salt and colourings they put in, I couldnt taste anything that reminded me of food! It was a very watery sauce which would make toast go very soggy very quickly - not want you want.

              The other reason I didnt like these was the colour. I know that sounds silly but if you think that we "eat" with our eyes then you'll know what I mean. The colour should be a healthy looking orange but instead this brand was a strange pale yellow. I disliked them as soon as I saw them. Sadly, the taste affirmed that these were a one time buy - I shall definitely not be buying them again!

              ***Price***

              Piggy-bank breaking 14p

              ***Overall***

              I know these are ideal for kids because they're quick and easy to cook, as well as being cheap, but its basically tinned rubbish you would be feeding them. I can just imagine the Asda Idea Group flexing their imaginative muscles trying to come up with a cheap alternative to real Spaghetti hoops-

              "Hm, we need something cheap..how about old shoelaces?"
              *Nods and murmers of approval*
              "Excellent! Cheap and nasty alternative! Just what our *snigger* Smart Range needs!"
              "But how do we fool people into thikning this is something new and brilliant?"
              "Let's call them.......HOOPS! That'll fool 'em!"

              I know there's a recession on but just DONT DO IT! If you eat something that has a low nutritional content i.e bad for you then at lets make up for it in taste!! These spaghetti loops had none!

              Apart from that I love Asda in general so dont be put off trying their other own brand items- this was a one off miss for me.

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                28.10.2009 18:13
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                I much prefer Spaghetti to Beans, and when I buy tinned Spaghetti, I often plump for either the kids shapes, or the Loops. Not that i'm a messy eater, but I find that with Spaghetti Strands they can somtimes slop over your toast and I can end up with a smear around my mouth, so I prefer little shaped things - there I said it!

                This is from the Asda budget range which is called Smart Price. I like quite a few things from this range, and although the packaging isn't that exciting, it's what inside that counts.

                The tin doesn't have a ring pool opener, so time to dig out the tin opener. The label that is around the tiin is mostly white with the Light green colouring of the Smart Price branding. There is a picture of a Spaghetti hoop and it looks lightly coated in Tomato Sauce.

                This 400g tin cost me a bargain 14p. For that price I wasn't expecting too much, but since budget tins of Beans cost around 8p and I knew what they were like, then I wasn't sure why these were dearer. It's not that I grudge the difference in price, but I would have thought they would be the same price, but who knows.

                When I put this into a Pan to cook I saw that the Tomato Sauce looked pretty watery and a very light orange colour. There was plenty of Hoops in here and they were a decent size. When cooked on the hob the Sauce thickened up slightly, but was still pretty runny.

                I liked these how they were as the Sauce soaked into my Toast well, and the Hoops still kept a light coating of Tomato Sauce. I woudln't have said no to a more tangy Tomato taste, but I knew from the price this wasn't going to be the same taste as Heinz.

                A great budge buy with a nice suble but good flavouring.

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                19.10.2009 18:36
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                I was walking down the baked bean aisle of my local ASDA last week when i came across these. It had been absolutely yonks since i had a tin of spaghetti hoops and i really enjoyed them as a kid, so for nostalgic reasons i popped them in the shopping basket, and set myself on the reward of hoops on toast when i got home!


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                I was, maybe for nostalgic reasons rather than proper ones, really impressed with the hoops. Despite being of the smartprice range they were really tasty and i wolfed them down very quickly.

                What i particularly liked was that the taste was not to tomatoey, which really puts my off some tomato sauced based products such as baked beans. It was nice to have slightly lighter sauce, to go with my brilliant hoops.


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                Another great advantage of this product has to be the price. For a massive tin that will last you at least 2 servings, it is a mere 14p. That is outrageous in my book. You are paying just 7p a serving for a really great product that tastes really nice.

                This is a massive saving on the heinz variety. They retail around the 80p to £1 a tin mark which means that you can get 4 or 5 tins for exactly the same price, what a bargain!


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                Obviously these are great for the kids. They would be cheap to add to the shopping basket and you could easily whack them on a plate alongside some nuggets and chips or something similar and they would be right at home.

                However, that is not to say that just because your an adult do not give them a try. I did, and i did not regret it.


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                Another good smartprice product!

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                18.10.2009 23:31
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                There Is A Reason Why This Product Is So Cheap, Because It's Crap!

                I love Heinz spaghetti hoops and couldn't believe it when I saw my mum had brought these instead because even the tin looks horrible and cheap and I didn't like to think what the spaghetti inside was going to be like.

                I fancied spaghetti on toast for my breakfast today and this was the only tin in there so I had to make do with them, but I wish she'd got Heinz because I thought this cheapo Asda version was rank.

                The pasta is horrible and has got a bit of a slimey feel to it when I chew it, the hoops are thinner than from Heinz and look proper pale in the thin orange sauce.

                The sauce tastes ok I suppose but it's dead thin and tastes a bit of metal, I reckon that's because Asda have used mega cheap metal to make the tins and the taste of it has rubbed off on the sauce. It doesn't taste rich at all and has got a bit of a weird sweet taste that gets stronger the more you eat.

                I ended up scraping most of the spaghetti loops off my toast because the feel of them put me off my meal. I'd known I wasn't going to like them as soon as I saw the tin and I was right. They taste as cheap as they look and I don't know how much they cost but from now on my mum has sworn she'll stick to Heinz because these are disgusting.

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                10.08.2009 11:02
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                A good downshift product, well worth trying

                I was looking after my nephew last week who is 5 years old and very fussy about what he will and wont eat. One of his favourite foods is spaghetti hoops on toast and that is what he decided he wanted for lunch whilst in my care.

                All very well and good, I thought, but I knew full well that the ones I had in my cupboard were Asda Smart Price and bound to ring alarm bells with him immediately as not the ones he usually eats. I was therefore very careful in not letting him see the actual tin and hoped to get them on to a plate in front of him without him actually being aware of the fact they weren't of the Heinz variety.

                I also decided to join him for some spaghetti on toast as it happens to be one of my favourite lunches too. I had not, to this point, tried the smart price version but had picked some up as they were the bargain price of 14p a can in my local Asda. In my experience the Smart Price range can be a little hit and miss but the good stuff is pretty good so it was worth exploring on one of my frequently bought items.

                Once they were out of the can and in the pan it was clear that there seemed to be more sauce and less hoops in the tin than you would usually find with Heinz, also this sauce was more watery and less thick than the standard stuff. The hoops looked almost identical however and there were very few which were broken.

                Once piled onto hot toast and in front of my nephew the real assesment began. I watched with baited breath as he put the first mouthful in and waited for the inevitable cry of foul play....but it did not happen....he sat and quietly ate his spaghetti on toast even remarking that he likes it when there is extra sauce because he can dip his toast in it - seems that the extra sauce was a bonus in his eyes!

                On eating mine I did think that they do not taste quite as flavoursome as Heinz hoops do, I think this is the wateryness of the sauce by comparison. But served with toast its really not overly noticable and to be honest they do seem to be a great buy at 14p a can. I think this is one brand downshift I will be doing again.

                All in all this definitely passed the test with me and, most importantly, my fussy nephew so a succesful experience all round!

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