As a busy mum of 2 daughters - 5 years old and almost 2 years old - I am always looking for ways of squeezing some extra time out of my day AND getting some half decent nutrition into my whirlwind daughters.
On a Wednesday night my eldest daughter attends ballet class, which doesn't finish until nearly 5pm by the time she is changed. This means a mad rush home then for a quick tea. Both girls have a hot dinner at school and nursery on a Wednesday, so only a light supper is required when we get home. Heinz Spaghetti Hoops on toast is always a big hit on this occasion!
The hoops are ready cooked and just need heating. The hoops can be either heated in the microwave or, as we prefer, heated in a saucepan on the hob. A half a can usually takes about 1.5 minutes to heat in our microwave, or a few minutes to heat through on the hob.
The hoops come in the classic rich, tasty tomato sauce you associate with any Heinz tinned product. The hoops themselves are made from good quality pasta - they don't crumble and hold their shape well when heated.
My girls are somewhat brand snobs when it comes to certain foods - they can instantly tell the difference when I try and give them a cheaper alternative. Cheaper branded spaghetti hoops usually come in a thinner, more tangy and not so mellow flavoured sauce and the pasta is usually quite prone to breakages.
My girls love Heinz spaghetti hoops on toast, as they are easy to eat with a fork - try sliding them onto individual prongs and see how long you can drag tea out for! My youngest can eat them by herself either with a spoon or simply picking them up!
The hoops are free from additives - colours, preservatives, flavours - and the tomato sauce even counts towards 1 of your 5 a day - bonus!!
In short these make a tasty, easy to prepare midweek supper, and are easy for little ones to eat by themselves and give mum a sense of satisfaction that they are getting some goodness!
Nutritional values are as follows:
Typical Values Typical values per 1/2 can -
Energy - kJ 461kJ -
- kcal (Calories) 109kcal -
Protein 3.5g -
Carbohydrate 22.6g -
(of which sugars) (8.4g) -
Fat 0.4g -
(of which saturates) (Trace) -
Fibre 1.1g -
Sodium 0.3g -
Salt equivalent 0.7g -
As a child Spaghetti Hoops were a real exciting food and were the ultimate delicious treat however as a grown up I do not buy them far too sophisticated!!
This week my little one was ill and feeling very out of sorts and as she felt so rotten was not eating so when popped to the shops I spotted these and thought would maybe tempt her to eat something.
Cost and Stockist
These were price marked at 75p for a large can 400g which was plenty for both children to have some and Mummy to taste test!
I purchased mine from my local shop but you can purchase these from all major supermarkets as well as independent shops.
What is Spaghetti Hoops?
Spaghetti Hoops are essentially round pieces of pasta in tomato sauce my expectation was that these are something to have very rarely however they are low in fat, and also salt and are also one of your five a day great if you have a child who isn't always keen to eat their veg! I am not going to put all the nutritional information on as if you want to see this then go to the website www.heinz.co.uk
I have to say these are very tasty and I will be keeping these in the cupboard as a great standby, I saw on the website that these have been on sale since 1926 seems a pretty good accolade.
Spaghetti Hoops are a nice twist on the normal tinned foods that you can put on top of toast to create a light and quick snack. I have eaten hoops several times and they make a good change from normal spaghetti and beans, although hoops are only spaghetti in a different shape they still feel on some level a different food item. Like a lot of products on the market less expensive versions from supermarkets and others are available but oftentimes Heinz really do make superior items and this is reflected in the price and in this case you are not paying extra money for the branded name only.
A 400g tin of these is roughly 60 pence which I think is quite reasonable and competitive and the tin has the innovative feature that many Heinz ones do with the ring pull on the top of the can for easier access. After a few minutes of heating in a saucepan, it can be warmed in the microwave but I prefer it on the hob as I think this is the better way of doing it, it can then be poured on to the top of your toast with butter or spread on. The combination of the tomato sauce, small pasta hoops and buttered toast is tremendous and makes a great snack or light meal for children and adults alike.
A bonus is that these hoops contain no artificial colours or preservatives and nutritionally a can of these contains 218 calories and 0.8g of fat which I think is very good in proving the point that these would definitely be perfect in playing their part in a quick and easy to prepare healthy meal.
My girls love beans on toast, it is always a hit when I serve it up at lunchtime and a meal that the whole family enjoys. I also love the fact that something so quick and easy is also nutritious and gives them the energy they need for their busy little days.
Some days however I do find myself questioning whether I should serve them beans again..... that the is the question that whirls round my vacant brain - how many times can you serve either beans or fish fingers in a week and still be a good mother??
Anyway when I was shopping this week I decided to perhaps try and venture to a new part of the tinned section in the supermarket. I spotted the tins of spaghetti hoops.. perfect surely my little one's would love these. I thought they would love the novelty of the spaghetti hoop and it would certainly be a chance from the beans.
I popped a couple of tins in my trolley and promised my girls that they could have them for lunch that day. I opted for Heinz Spaghetti Hoops opposed to the cheaper supermarket alternatives as they were the ones I had always enjoyed especially during my poor student days. A 400g tin of the Heinz Spaghetti Hoops cost a quite reasonable 39p which is considerably less than a premium branded tin of baked beans. If my girls enjoyed these I could well begin to save a few pennies.
True to my word that lunchtime I prepared spaghetti hoops on toast for both myself and my two little monkeys. I was feeling nostalgic and looking forward to experiencing the flavours after all these years. I poured the contents of the tin into a saucepan and then heated them through until they were piping hot. From looking in I could see the little hoops in a very rich tomato sauce and the aroma was very inviting and exactly as I remembered.
I served the hoops up on some hot buttered toast and we all began to tuck in. While my girls were quite excited about playing with the hoops, my eldest began to scoop them up on the prongs of her fork, they weren't actually all that impressed by the taste. They certainly weren't blown away and after tasting them myself, I can kind of see why.
The sauce just had quite a strange twang to it, rather than it it being full of tomato flavour I personally think it had a bit of a metallic flavour which I really didn't enjoy. The hoops also lost their heat very quickly and by the time my little one finished her lunch, the hoops were almost stone cold.
They certainly won't replace the worshipped baked beans in my house and to be honest I can't see these hoops winning my girls over either.
I had spaghetti hoops on toast today for the first time in AGES. I used to love them but ate too many over the years and got so bored of them that I just never ate any for a long time, I fancied them big time today and was glad to see that my mum still buys Heinz even though she's trying a lot of supermarket brands at the minute.
Heinz have deffo changed the recipe, the hoops are the same as they always have been but the sauce isn't as rich and it doesn't have much taste to it. They've probably taken some of the salt out or something because the sauce deffo doesn't taste right to me.
The spaghetti hoops are perfect. They're just the right size and have been cooked until they're dead soft and tender, you can either chew them or just swallow them with the sauce. They're madly filling and I was shocked when I had my spaghetti on toast at how they stopped me feeling hungry, I had about half a tin on 2 slices of toast and was as full up as if I'd had a proper meal for ages after.
The sauce is a bit thin, I'm used to the mega thick sauce in Heinz beans and compared to that this one is a bit disappointing. It's got a dead fake flavour that isn't very nice and sometimes you get a weird metal after taste when you eat them, it's not all the time but just the odd mouth full will leave you with that taste.
The sauce also makes my toast majorly soggy... I know ANY sauce will make the toast a bit wet but with this spaghetti the toast was SOAKED through and it made it all feel a bit slimey.
I still enjoyed them even though the sauce isn't that good anymore. I reckon the trick is to drain as much of the sauce off as poss and still leave yourself enough to wet the spaghetti. A 400g tin is 39p and you can also buy them in multi packs and Snap Pots.
Recommended.... just drain some of the sauce off!!!
We got in a load of these Heinze Spaghetti Hoops during a recent special offer at Tesco, whereby we can purchase any ten cans of a few different Heinz products for only £3. At 30p this can of brand name spaghetti hoops was pretty cheap. At full price this still only costs 39p, which is pretty cheap for Heinz considering how much they charge for their beans!
I'm actually a really big fan of Heinz beans, so I was expecting to like these spaghetti hoops just as much. Unfortunately it just wasn't to be though.
The first thing I noticed about these on opening the can was that the tomato sauce appeared to be quite orange and watery. For some reason I just assumed it would be the same sauce as they use on their beans, but it doesn't appear to be to me. On scooping the contents into a microwave dish I was equally concerned to find that about a quarter to a third of the contents of this can is this sauce, rather than spaghetti hoops.
I wasn't put off or anything though, and I proceeded to heat these up and give them a go. On actually tasting the sauce, it wasn't so bad. It was quite thin and yet it also left an unusual tomato tang on the back of my tongue after swallowing a mouthful. The spaghetti hoops are first rate though, and every one was soft and perfectly formed as well being tasty and filling.
Afterwards I did feel satisfied by eating a tin of these, but I was surprised to realise I preferred the Sainsbury's Basic Tinned Spaghetti to this stuff! Nutritionally this stuff is pretty good though, and it is multigrain which is something that parents might be interested to learn. 1/2 a can contains 104 calories, 8.3g of sugar, 0.5g of fat and 0.7g of salt. The tomato content even counts as one of your five a day.
Although the wife will buy Spaghetti, we more often have Spaghetti Hoops in the house. She says this is more practical as instead of trying to scrape up strands of Spaghetti, you can capture these Hoops in your fork prong and eat them that way. It does make sense, but it is only Spaghetti after all.
We've tried cheaper Spaghetti, which is still pretty nice but you don't get the same Tomato taste as you do with this one.
We normally get this in the 4 pack multipack as it works out a bit cheaper. I think an individual 400g tin of this is around 70p, but you can get 4 tins for around £2 which is a bit better money wise.
The Sauce in this is quite runny, and gets runnier when cooked. You just cook this on the hob or in the Microwave for a couple of minutes.
The Sauce does have a nice Tomato tang and it doesn't taste fake or have a cheap taste about it. It tastes rich and nice. There is a good amount of Hoops in here too and although they aren't huge, they are just a good size. The Pasta is soft and easy to eat. You aren't left with a bown of Sauce and no flavouring on the Hoops either, as the Sauce seems to stick to the Hoops good enough.
The original and the best label in my view.
Heinz Spaghetti Hoops
Description: Food Type: Ready Meals / Manufacturer: Heinz.
I do like to try and save money and that often means buying cheaper brands, but spaghetti is one of those products that no matter how many cheaper varieties I try, I keep returning to Heinz. The reason for this is simple, it is the nicest brand and has the best tomato sauce. Heinz have been making this spaghetti since 1926 so they have had plenty of practice!
These spaghetti hoops are the same as Heinz spaghetti, but easier to eat! You can just fork them up which is great if like me, you have a tendancy to spill things and also much easier for children to manage.
These tins come in 2 sizes, 400g or 205g and are easily recognisable by the bright yellow label with an orange front and the Heinz logo. You can also buy microwave snap pots, which come in packs of 4 and are designed to hold one serving and quickly heat up and be ready to serve.
These spaghetti hoops can be warmed on the hob, or you can do what I did and just pop them in a microwave dish for a couple of minutes. The can comes with a handey pull off lid so you don't need to search for a tin opener.
The tomato sauce is quite thick and tangy with a slightly sweet aftertaste and the spaghetti is soft and delicious. These hoops make an excellent and convenient lunch served on toast (with black pepper), or as good side to a main meal.
Per 200g serving (half a large tin), this product contains the following;
Calories - 104
Fat - 0.5g
Saturates - 0.1g
Salt - 0.8g
These hoops are reliably good and a great stand by to keep in the cupboard. A 400g tin costs around £0.40 and you can find it in most supermarkets. If you are a fan of spaghetti then this is definitely a brand that you should try.