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Quick and easy to prepare, Heinz Macaroni is perfect for those moments when you don't have time to prepare a full meal. Whilst a little stodgy and not the most pleasant smelling, the flavour is there.

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      17.08.2013 15:20

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      I wish companies would just leave products alone, instead of messing about with flavourings. VILE!

      I'm really disappointed by this product. For a brand name like Heinz, it's mediocre quality. Unfortunately, there's no longer any obvious taste of cheese within this product. I distinctly remember its intense cheese taste in the 90's when I was in my teens. It kept this up until around 2002 when the flavour changed. It was on special offer at my supermarket last week, so I decided to try it to see if the taste had improved any since the early 2000's. I was wholy disappointed in its quality and taste. It isn't reminiscent of anything "cheesy". It tastes like a gluten and milk paste mixed in with stodgy pasta and lots of salt. Needless to say I wasn't impressed and the chances of me buying this product again are minimal. Until it reverts back to the old flavour I will continue to buy the Asda brand one which is rather cheesy and nice. I would mix some mature cheddar in with it, but that defeats the purpose of buying a ready made product and isn't as cost effective as buying a tin of Asda's which in my opinon excells against this crap.

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      06.04.2013 13:00
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      Great stuff and it really is superb quality!

      Macaroni cheese is something I really do like, I can make my own it isn't rocket science after all however there are times when I like a lot of other people feel lazy or am too tired to get cooking and have to wait around to eat too long so often I will buy the canned stuff for those times in my life!

      Heinz, for me is a brand that I totally think of as a quality brand though sometimes I find their products a little pricey so do keep my eyes open for Heinz products on some sort of offer. I have tried to cut down my shopping bill in the past by buying cheaper brands and shops own stuff but found usually it to be disappointing and so when it comes to certain stuff I will pay the little extra and buy Heinz as I appreciate good quality and tasty grub!

      The Packaging:

      This macaroni cheese is available to purchase in 200g and 400g sizes and both cans apart from the size, in appearance are the same. So the cans have a handy ring-pull to the top of them and the labeling is bright yellow and distinctive. On the front of the can we are clearly told what it is and there is a picture shown of the macaroni cheese itself and then on the back of the can we are told a little bit about the product the ingredients and nutritional information is given as well as heating up advice, the size is stated and contact details for Heinz are of course given.

      The Macaroni Cheese:

      Well all you do with this thick looking macaroni cheese is heat it in the microwave or in a pan on the top of the hob and either way is simple and straightforward to do so and it only takes literally a couple of minutes. It is all a light yellow colour and the sauce is rather thick. The pasta is tubey and quite large and is durum wheat and the cheese used in this is cheddar cheese and of course there are a few other ingredients within it however this is low in fat and sugar which is great for something like this.

      I really like this and I find it full of cheesy flavour though I do realise for some people they made find it a little bland and a bit boring. I like it on toast or just on its own and I always buy the big can of this as I find it so moreish however this only has 85 calories and 1.0g of saturated fat per 100g's which I don't think is too bad for macaroni cheese so I don't feel so guilty scoffing it!

      This gets the thumbs up from me for being tasty and great quality and the whole thing isn't sloppy and the sauce is nice, cheesy and creamy and compared with a lot of cheaper brands I have tried of macaroni cheese it really is a quality, very tasty and filling macaroni cheese!

      Available in all good supermarkets and I bought my can in B & M for just 50p recently though for the 400g it does usually cost about 85p.

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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      05.12.2012 14:38

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      I bought this on a whim today as it is many years since I last ate it. I really shouldn't have bothered. It tasted nothing like I remember. If the reviewer below had a tin where she/he had to 'fork' it out then she was extremely lucky. The contents of my tin poured out like thin watery soup! Absolutely no taste in either the 'sauce' or the pasta. My memories of substantial and tasty Heinz macaroni cheese have been insulted with the poor imitation I tried to eat today.

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      04.12.2011 21:48
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      My guilty pleasure.

      Okay, there are a few things in life that I know are not particularly good for me, I know they are a little chav-tastic and I know they really aren't what I should be putting into my body......but you know what, despite all of the evidence that should point to the to the contrary, I just actually really like them. Heinz Macaroni Cheese is one of those things. It's not a high quality product....in some respects it's pretty disgusting(!), but I just think it is comfort eating at it's best.....stodge, calories and gloop. Yum!

      The Heinz Macaroni Cheese comes in a standard tin with a ring pull to make opening the can easy. There is 200g of macaroni cheese in the tin and this tin recently cost me 52p from Tesco - which I feel is a pretty good price because it's perfectly adequate to have for lunch. To make the dish, all you need to to is to tip the contents into a saucepan and heat for about 4 minutes, until the whole mixture is heated through.

      Now, let me be honest. When this gets tipped into the saucepan it looks not unlike vomit. It looks thick, lumpy, gelatinous, vomit-coloured....the only thing missing are the inevitable chunks of carrot! The smell is also not particualarly appetising, smelling pretty bland and, for some unknown reason, a bit like chicken soup. First impressions are not that good and I can imagine some people wouldn't get any further than this - and I probably couldn't blame them.

      However, get past the look and smell test and move on to the taste test and I think you might be pleasantly surprised. The sauce of the macaroni is thick and coats the pasta well, and it's also pleasantly cheesy and has a good overall flavour. Yes, it's true that the sauce is a little gelatinous, but this actually just makes the sauce quite rich. The pasta component is a little mushy.....and ordinarily I wouldn't like this....but in this dish it just kind of works. It is stodgy and gloopy.....but just yummy!

      Overall, this shouldn't work......but it just does!

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        18.01.2011 16:50
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        One for the store cupboard

        Heinz canned foods are as popular as ever. Heinz always go the extra mile to make sure that their tinned goods are as tasty, nutritious and appealing as they possibly could be. Grocery shopping is a bind, some of us choose to traipse around the supermarkets and others opt out and shop on-line. Either way there are choices to be made, do we try supermarket own brands? Opt for the discount range or stick to what we know and love?

        Heinz macaroni cheese is good. Lidls tinned macaroni cheese is fair but it cannot really compete with the offering from Heinz. Macaroni cheese is rich and you don't really need a massive portion. So Heinz have got around this by giving us two different sized cans, one small for around 60p and a larger can for just under £1. Heinz have made the product look good by putting it in a bright sunshine yellow can. Both the can and the paper label can be recycled.

        Macaroni cheese can look dull and unappetising. Open the can of Heinz macaroni cheese and the pasta in the rich sauce looks good. It's also good to know that the Heinz macaroni cheese contains no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. One small can contains 174 calories and 5.9g of fat. Place one small can of Heinz macaroni cheese on a slice of toast and you have a good snack meal that contains somewhere in the region of 300 calories, I don't think that is too bad at all.

        Heinz have managed to produce a thick cheese sauce without it tasting glutinous. The creamy sauce heats up well although I prefer to heat it in a small saucepan on the hob as opposed to warming it in the microwave. The cheese sauce is made using cheddar cheese and it smells appetising. When you spoon the macaroni cheese out onto the slice of toast the sauce is still thick and the pasta remains intact.

        Macaroni cheese does have an odd texture and it is a texture that you either like or detest. The thick rich Heinz cheese sauce is nourishing and tasty. Heinz state that the macaroni cheese can be enjoyed by the vegetarians among us. But the can does have a few allergy warnings which include mustard, milk, eggs, gluten and wheat. If you don't use all of the can of Heinz macaroni cheese in one go then you can put the remainder into a plastic pot and store it in the fridge for up to 48 hours.

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          04.06.2010 13:47
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          Good for a quick fix.

          I usually like to keep a couple of tins of pasta in the cupboard for times when I don't have the time to prepare a real meal. Sometimes it's so useful to have something that just needs opening up and heating, before being whacked onto toast, and Heinz Macaroni cheese is ideal for that.

          Coming in a tin with a ring-pull means it's easy to open, no hunting about for the tin opener (which is often found in the bedroom due to it also functioning as a bottle opener. Once opened, simply fork the contents out into a pan, and heat over a medium heat while stirring slowly . You can also microwave it, but currently my microwave it out of commission, so on the hob it is. This only takes a few minutes though, to is the perfect amount of time to grill and butter some toast ready for the now hot macaroni to be poured on top .

          Taste wise, this is never going to be as good as a real home made macaroni cheese . The pasta shapes are a little too soft,and a bit mashy . I tend to like my pasta to be a little chewy, so this didn't really win me on texture . The sauce has a slightly metallic tang to it on occasion, almost as if it's absorbed the can, and whilst it does taste a little cheesy, it's a bland sort of artificial flavour. However, whilst I much prefer real macaroni cheese, there is no denying that this wins on convenience points, taking only a few minutes to cook, whereas my real macaroni takes about an hour .

          Per 200g (half a can) this contains 169 calories, and 5.7g of fat . This isn't too terrible at all really. The can tells me that this is suitable for veggies, and is free from artificial flavours, colours, and preservatives . Allergy advice states that this contains gluten, wheat, milk and mustard, and may also contain eggs.

          A 400g tin of this costs me about 85p from the local shop . I believe I have seen smaller tins available in the supermarket.

          This is by no means a gourmet meal, but for those times when you just need to grab a quick snack before heading out, there is no denying that it's convenient and easy . I'm going to give this three stars - it's not fantastic, but it fills a hole .

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            27.04.2010 14:41
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            Heinz Macaroni Cheese - tinned macaroni cheese.

            I usually keep a couple of tins of Heinz Macaroni Cheese or Heinz Cheese Ravioli in the cupboard, for an emergency meal or snack. They do tend to sit in the cupboard for months, then someone in the house will get a notion for some and I have to re-stock again. The one time I do find them really useful, is if anyone is feeling unwell. Heinz macaroni cheese is very easy to eat, mainly due to it's soft texture.

            Heinz Macaroni Cheese comes in a metal tin, with a ring pull on top, making it easy to open. There is a label wrapped round the tin, in the easily spotted colours of bright yellow and dark green, with lettering in white.

            On opening, you are faced with quite a thick macaroni cheese, which requires some help from a spoon to get it all out. There is no shortage of pasta and the cheese sauce is quite thick. The sauce is very pale in colour though, but thankfully it does taste quite cheesy.

            Heating the macaroni cheese couldn't be easier, you can either pour it into a pan and slowly heat it, while stirring or zap it in the microwave for a couple of minutes.

            The taste test is where this product lets itself down a bit. I usually make my own macaroni cheese from scratch and this includes making my own cheese sauce. Heinz macaroni cheese just doesn't compare to this and to be honest, it wouldn't really be fair to compare it to the homemade variety!

            I find the pasta too soft and mushy, it has absolutely no bite at all. Although you can taste cheese in the sauce, it is nowhere near strong enough, so overall the dish is pretty bland and unexciting. As mentioned before, it is really handy if you have someone who is feeling unwell. The soft pasta and the bland flavour is ideal if you are feeling under the weather and have no real appetite.

            *Nutritional Value Per 200g Serving*

            Energy - 169 kcal
            Protein - 7.4g
            Carbohydrate - 22.0g
            of which sugars - 3.1g
            Fat - 5.7g
            of which saturates - 2.1g
            Fibre - 0.6g
            Sodium - 0.6g
            Salt equivalent - 1.5g

            This product contains gluten, wheat, milk and mustard and may contain eggs.

            It is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives and is suitable for vegetarians.

            Heinz Macaroni Cheese is available from Tesco in a 200g tin for 54p and a 400g tin for 92p.

            This is not a product I would buy on a regular basis, as it does not taste good enough and is pretty expensive. I do like to keep a couple in the store cupboard though and try to buy them when they are on special offer, if possible.

            Great for an emergency, but only worth 3 stars, for taste and texture.

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              08.04.2010 19:51
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              Very Good For Lunch!

              Heinz Macaroni Cheese - 200g is 66p and 400g is 98p

              I have been buying Heinz Macaroni Cheese for some time now and mainly use it for a very quick lunch as it is very handy and convenient.

              It comes in tins - a small tin has 200g of macaroni cheese in it and a large tin has 400g of Macaroni in it. The 400g often works out better value than the 200g tin but I find that the 200g smaller tin is enough for me.

              The tin has a label with a yellow background with a picture of the macaroni cheese on the front. The tin has a ring pull on the top so that you do not need a tin opener to open the tin. This is also very convenient.

              I usually have the macaroni on a slice of brown toast - I like the toast well toasted and then I butter the toast - one slice is always enough for me. The macaroni can be heated in either a microwave or a saucepan - I always use a saucepan and it does not take long over a low heat to warm up the macaroni ready to eat. There is no cooking involved - it is ready cooked in the tin and you just need to heat it up - unless you like it cold.

              The pasta is well cooked and soft, the cheese sauce has a lovely subtle taste, the cheese is not too strong or too sickly. The cheese sauce covers and coates the Macaroni perfectly and is thick and creamy and not at all runny.

              While it is heating I usually make a cup of tea to go with it.

              Heinz Macaroni Cheese contains:

              Macaroni (39%) (Water, Durum Wheat Semolina), Water, Skimmed Milk, Cheddar Cheese (3%), Cornflour, Reduced Fat Cheese (2%), Flavourings, Modified Cornflour, Vegetable Oil, Mustard, Salt, Stabiliser (Polyphosphates and Sodium Phosphates), Sugar, Colour (Beta- Carotene).

              The smaller 200g tin has 170 calories in total so that added to a slice of brown toast is really a very filling and quite a healthy lunch. The 400g tin is ideal if you are making Macaroni Cheese on toast for two people.

              Heinz Macaroni Cheese is a good thing to have in your food cupboard, it is cheap, handy and tastes very good with toast.

              Try it - I am sure you will like it!

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              08.04.2010 19:29
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              Great for lazy days!

              I found some of these in our tin cupboard and had them for lunch the other day. I since bought another few tins because it was so scrummy!

              Macaroni Cheese isn't exactly difficult to make, but tis is one of those things that is useful to have in the cupboard, for when you can't be bothered with proper cooking!

              I usually have this on a slice of toast, but I have been known to just have it on its own, warmed up, or even cold!

              There are two sizes on the shelf, however I always go for the smaller one as I can't trust myself not to eat a whole can of the bigger one! The smaller can is 200g and the larger is 400g.

              The packaging is a regular tin, with a yellow label. The Heinz label is on the front and has a picture of the macaroni.

              The macaroni is regular macaroni pasta, which has been cooked already, and is in a cheesey sauce. This is why I feel I am OK to eat it cold, as it has all been cooked already. However, it is nicer when it is steaming hot. It is really easy to heat - either in the microwave or in a saucepan, and takes under 5 minutes to do.

              I always think it looks fairly unappetising until it is heated, as the cheese sauce goes slightly jellylike! It is much better when it is heated as the sauce goes runnier, and smoother.

              The pasta is nice and soft, just as I like it, and is covered nicely by the cheese sauce. The sauce isn't too strong, so ideal for those who aren't great cheese lovers, but is better when a bit more cheese is added - not the healthiest option though!

              So, I sometimes add a little more cheese, and I quite like to have a little bit of sweet chilli sauce with it too. What I like about it is that you can add pretty much anything you want to it, to make it slightly more substantial.

              The ingredients are: Macaroni (39%) (Water, Durum Wheat Semolina), Water, Skimmed Milk, Cheddar Cheese (3%), Cornflour, Reduced Fat Cheese (2%), Flavourings, Modified Cornflour, Vegetable Oil, Mustard, Salt, Stabiliser (Polyphosphates and Sodium Phosphates), Sugar, Colour (Beta- Carotene).

              For the 200g serving, which is the size of the smaller tin, or half of the regular tin, there are 170kcal. I think this is quite as it makes a nice lunch.

              The larger tin costs about 80p-90p which I think it quite good value and it is definitely worth buying Heinz rather than own brand.

              I think it is a great product for having in the house for one of those lazy days, although it makes sense to just make your own and then you can flavour it to suit!

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              25.03.2010 14:11
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              ok for emergencies but not a culinary delight

              Heinz macaroni cheese is horrible! I'm perplexed by how many people like it, so perhaps it's my taste buds that are at fault. But to me, this product epitomises the 'tinned' taste that I dread, and it has to be said that Heinz always seem to be the main culprits behind this, despite being such a old, well-established and favourite brand. My theory is that maybe people get so used to it, weaned on it even, that it just tastes 'normal' to most folk.

              There are many Heinz products that I can tolerate, however, such as spaghetti hoops, and ketchup. Sadly though, the macaroni cheese is just wrong. It consists, as would be expected, of small pasta tubes in a fairly thick cheesy sauce. My primary complaint is with the basic taste of the whole product - there's something kind of strong and salty that I just can't put my finger on, but it's very unpleasant. The consistency of the sauce is ok, quite creamy, but I can't really identify a proper cheese taste in there, just the aforementioned strangeness. The pasta tubes are reasonable, not too soft or too hard, however I do find them to be quite rubbery.

              My dislike over the taste of the product is always confirmed when I eat REAL macaroni cheese and realise the extreme difference. Real macaroni cheese actually tastes of pasta and a cheesy sauce, unlike this odd tinned concoction.

              At least this product isn't too bad in health terms. It advertises itself as 'low fat' on the front of the tin. The nutritional table at the back reveals there are 5.9g of fat in a 200g can - really not that bad considering you're eating pasta and cheese combined. You'll want to avoid it if you're on a low carb diet though - there are 22g of carbohydrates in the 200g tin. Luckily only 3.2g of these are sugars. There's a good proportion of protein, at 7.7g. Additionally, there are no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and the product is suitable for vegetarians.

              I will only eat this macaroni cheese in emergencies. It only takes a few minutes to heat up, and I find that a 200g tin on toast is enough to make a small meal for me. This tin costs around 45p. If you have a healthier appetite than I do you may feel the need of a 400g tin, which costs around 70-80p. Unfortunately, I don't think there's anything you can add which will improve the taste.

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                17.11.2009 16:20
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                Well worth buying

                Heinz Macaroni Cheese

                Description: Tinned pasta and cheese dish.

                This product has been around for years and is easily recognisable by the bright yellow tin that it comes in. It has a green label on the front with the Heinz logo and a picture of the macaroni on it. You can buy this product in loads of shops and supermarkets.

                You can buy 200g and 400g tins, expect to pay around £0.60 for 2oog and 0.90 for 400g. Though it might not seem a lot when you put it on the plate, eaten with bread or toast, one 400g tin will serve 2 because it quite filling.

                To cook, either heat gently in a pan or pop in a microwave dish and warm for around 2 and a half minutes (stir half way through cooking). Then serve and enjoy!

                The first thing that you will notice is how creamy this sauce is (you expect it to contain more calories than it does) and it smells delicious too.

                The pasta is really soft (and not al dente or firm to bite) which doesn't sound good but is actually delicious. The dish tastes really creamy, and indulgent and the amount of cheese is just right.


                Nutritional info per 200g is as follows;

                169 calories
                5.7g fat
                2.1g saturates
                1.5g salt equivalent


                This is never going to be as good as proper home made macaroni cheese. My friend makes a fabulous version, with heaps of bacon and cherry tomatoes through it which is possibly the best I have ever eaten. Having said that, if you treat this is a quick convenience food and accept it won't be as good as home made, then you may be pleasantly surprised by how tasty it actually is.

                This is comfort food in a tin, ready in minutes and a great stand by to keep in the cupboard for a speedy lunch, in minutes. If you haven't tried this then give it a shot and see what you think, enjoy!

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                09.11.2009 20:48
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                pasta in tin that takes minutes to cook and is quite filling!

                More often than not I have lazy moments where I just cannot be bothered to cook .. instead I like to grab a ready meal from the freezer or a tin of something or other stashed in the back of my cupboard. I usually opt for a tin of soup but I noticed a tin of Macaroni Cheese the other day so ate that for a change.

                Heinz Macaroni Cheese can, of course, be found in the tin aisles along with spaghetti, beans etc. Macaroni Cheese comes in the bright yellow and green tin clearly telling us on the front it's Heinz Macaroni Cheese. It also tells us on the front that the tin is Low in Sugar and Low in Fat .. promising seeing as I'm cutting down on foods and portion sizes.

                You can either cook the macaroni cheese in the microwave or on the hob, either way is quick and simple and the macaroni tastes exactly the same too in my opinion!

                The macaroni cheese is thick and creamy and the pasta itself is quite a fair size providing us with something to actually bite into and chew on. The cheese sauce is thick, smooth and creamy .. it does taste cheesy but I make mine cheesier with grated cheese on top. It's a 'fake' tasting cheese though so if your expecting that mature cheddar taste you will probably be disapointed. The pasta pieces are plentiful and mixes in well with the cheesy sauce. It's not packed with flavour but it is tasty nonetheless and makes, or adds to a satisfying and filling meal. My 23 month old twin boys also love it, it's been an easy food to swallow, to enable them to eat with a spoon and introduce them to new flavours and textures as they've grown up!

                Half a can contains;
                169 calories
                5.7g fat
                2.1g saturates
                1.5g salt equivalent

                A convenient and quick meal in a tin!

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                  Good to have in your store cupboard for those lazy comfort food moments

                  As far as convenient comfort food goes, Heinz Macaroni cheese pretty much fits the bill. Available in a 200g or 400g tin, you basically just pull the ring to open the tin and heat in the microwave or in a pan on the hob and off you go. I go for the 400g version, as I usually eat this on its own or with a couple of slices of toast - at most. Okay, I'm a bit greedier than most, but the 200g tin is a tad small unless you only need a tiny bit....

                  The pasta is just the right texture, not al dente at all (is Macaroni ever supposed to be al dente?) but not soggy. The right balance, in my opinion. It comes with a yellow, creamy sauce, which, again, is a good texture/thickness.

                  As far as taste goes, as you would expect from macaroni cheese, it does taste cheesy and creamy with plenty of pasta in a tin, and it's substantial enough to fill up the belly. For me, this latter aspect is one of the key criteria for comfort food. Another is convenience, so Heinz Macaroni Cheese also ticks the box as far as that's concerned too.

                  After I've popped the hot Macaroni Cheese onto my plate or bowl, I like to season it with salt and pepper to give it a bit of extra flavour. Having read another DooYoo review about adding cheese, I think I will try it with grated parmesan in the near future. I love strong cheese flavours. Mmmm....

                  My weekly shop normally contains a lot of fresh food items. Now I have to say, I'm not a food nazi by any stretch of the imagination, but I do love fresh veg and OH loves fruit. However, I also find it handy to slip a few tins into the shopping trolley, to fall back on when the midweek food supply is running low and I'm too knackered to pop to the shops and THEN cook a proper meal.

                  Okay, so there you have it: the positives. Now onto the negatives....

                  As long as you're not expecting Michelin star style food, or some kind of fresh organic/superfood quinoa healthy feast, then I think this is quite yummy - albeit in a slightly synthetic way. And that for me, is the main small negative. However, what can I expect... it's from a tin! It's certainly not too much of a minus to put me off buying this product.

                  A friend in work once commented that if you enjoy instant mash in its own way, then it's fine. However, if you compare it with the real thing, then you'll probably be disappointed. I think this Heinz product is a bit like that.

                  Also, for a tinned pasta type product, at 79p for the larger tin, it's at the upper end of the cost scale. However, it's much, much better quality than something like Value Spaghetti.

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                    Great for a quick meal when you are in a hurry

                    Heinz Macaroni Cheese is without doubt the best quality. I have tried several brands of tinned Macaroni Cheese including Tesco, Asda and Buitoni but none of them have the same flavour in the cheese sauce.

                    The Heinz version is very rich and satisfying when you are in a hurry.

                    A 400g tin costs around 80p although I have just bought 3 for £2 at Tesco. For that money you get 400g of macaroni cheese in a ring pull can. The can itself is yellow and green the same as all Heinz pasta meals and it has white and gold writing on the front.

                    This product is low sugar at 1.5g per hundred grams and low fat at 2.8g for the same amount. It does contain gluten, wheat, milk, Durum wheat semolina, and the label says it may contain egg. So if you have an intolerance to any of these things you need to avoid this.

                    To prepare your pasta meal heat the contents of the can in a saucepan on the hob, stirring all the time. Don't boil as this will spoil the sauce.

                    To microwave place in a dish, cover and blast it for one and a half minutes, stir and then give it another minute (based on 850w microwave). I like mine on toast but can eat this as a pasta meal by itself.

                    If you like this product take a look at:

                    www.heinzmeals.co.uk

                    There are ideas for making this even better. I like to add some grilled tomatoes to mine.

                    The pasta in this meal is plumb, soft and juicy but not sticky. I like the sauce, which is yellow in colour. Because it is thick and quite cheesy. Although if you like very strong cheese you might want to add a touch of grated parmesan, or similar, just to pep up the taste a bit.

                    I do like this product and I feel that it is the quality I would expect from Heinz. I don't often use this product but when I do I'm never disappointed. It smells good while its cooking and it's ready quickly. Perfect for when you are short of time.

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                      12.08.2006 18:51
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                      Although a little dear, makes a nice meal!

                      I haven't had Macaroni Cheese in ages, and when I was recently out shopping I spotted this on the shelves, so picked a tin of Heinz Macaroni Cheese up. For a 400g tin you will expect to pay around £0.89p. Certainly not cheap, but hey, I'm getting a review out of it - and a full belly! And it' s not one of those things I buy on a regular basis. (My Gran makes a gorgeous Macaroni Cheese!).


                      PACKAGING
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                      The tin is unmistakeable. It comes in a bright yellow tin with the famous Heinz name on the front with Macaroni Cheese in a green background. It says on the front of the tin that it is 'now low in fat'.

                      On the back of the tin are the ingredients, nutritional information, contact information and a bit of information about the contents. You will also find the instructions on how to heat the Macaroni Cheese up and also the dietry information.

                      The tin can be easily opened and you will not need a tin opener! There is a ring pull on it which is easy to use and pull back the lid to gain entry.


                      THE MACARONI CHEESE
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                      On opening the can I decided to smell the contents and found it smelt very cheesy! That's a promising start, and sometimes these tins of Macaroni Cheese can smell a bit false. It's not a strong smell, but the smell of cheese is very pleasant and tempting.

                      The Macaroni Cheese itself looks very appetising. It contains 39% macaroni and 3% cheddar cheese and 2% reduced fat cheese. I was surprised to find that it contained such little percentage with the distinct smell of cheese! The macaroni contains water and Duram Wheat Semolina. Per 100g there is 85kl and 2.8g of fat. If you don't eat all the contents then keep refridgerated and eat within 2 days.

                      On the hob just add the contents into a saucepan and stir gently while heating. If you are going to heat it up in the microwave, then heat it up for 1.5 minutes, give it a stir, then heat for a further 1 minute.

                      On dishing up my Macaroni Cheese on 2 slices of toast, I got stuck in. I found that the macaroni itself are pretty large pieces, and there are a lot of pieces in the tin. The macaroni is covered in a thick, rich and creamy cheese sauce. I found this very nice in taste. It tastes very cheesy and the macaroni is soft the cheese sauce compliments the macaroni very well. Some people may find this a bit rich in taste, but I like it. There is plenty of sauce in the tin and once heated up, it tastes lovely.

                      Although I had mine on toast, there is a serving suggestion on the tin. Heinz suggest serving it with a baked potato and with salad. I'd never thought about giving that a go, but it sounds a good idea, so will try it sometime!

                      The Macaroni Cheese contains Gluten, Wheat, Milk and Mustard. It is suitable for vegetarians and there are no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. A serving contains 1.4g of an adult's recommended daily salt intake of 6g.


                      CONTACT DETAILS
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                      H J Heinz Co Ltd
                      Hayes
                      Middlesex
                      UB4 8AL
                      ENGLAND

                      Tel: 0800 5285757 (UK)
                      01 28055757 (ROI)


                      MY THOUGHTS
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                      I really enjoyed eating this. It made a pleasant meal and I found it filling too. Compared to other brands of Macaroni Cheese on the market, this is a very high standard. Although with it being Heinz you would only expect the best from them.

                      Although this is a bit on the expensive side, it's not as if I have this on a regular basis, only as a treat.

                      Thanks for reading!
                      Louise

                      NOTE: This review is also written on Ciao under my username there LOUISE90.

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                      Tinned pasta and cheese dish.