“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I thought I'd save about 20p by buying Tesco own brand spaghetti hoops in tomato sauce instead of Heinz hoops. Heinz cost 60p for 400g, Tesco nearly half that at 38p for 395g, 215g is 30p so quite a bit more expensive. At the moment they're on offer 3 for pound but thankfully I only bought one......
The above picture is outdated. The can has pics of hoops on the label with a purple square on the front telling us that they're spaghetti hoops. The nutritional values are also on the front of the label. These only contain 105 calories per half can serving so great for my diet. It doesn't have a ring pull to open the lid like most tins these days so I had to use a tin opener- it opened easy some cans are deep rimmed making it awkward but these are okay.
The ingredients, calories and salt etc are roughly the same as Heinz so what much difference in taste could there be?
To cook I usually just bung them in the microwave for a few minutes or alternatively they can be warmed through in a pan on the hob so quick and easy to prepare.
On opening the tin I was pleased with their appearance, packed full to the top with delish looking hoops- no inch of thin orange sauce swimming on the top- these have a deep orange thick sauce which looked very appetizing.
As soon as I smelt them I knew they wouldn't taste like Heinz.... but still I gave them a try. On tasting they have that queer metallic taste that most cheap tinned spaghetti has. Other than that they seemed pretty tasteless- the sauce didn't really taste of anything. Infact after three mouthfuls they went in the bin- non of us could eat them. In their favour they do have a nice texture and did look very nice on the toast.
These were disappointing as Tesco own make stuff is usually good (their beans for example) but these aren't very nice
one star from me
Canned food is a primary purchase in my household and have their place in my cupboard out of sheer convenience and longevity. Spaghetti Hoops or rings are something I always keep for a quick snack or as a side to the children's meals. Normally, I buy the Heinz brand, but after seeing the cheaper price of these, I'd thought I'd give Tesco's Spaghetti Rings a chance. Here are my, rather frank, conclusions of this canned pasta product.
--Tesco, Every Little Hoops...?--
Heinz are generally regarded as a trusted brand for quality tinned foods, and their pasta products are no exception. I regularly buy the 395g Heinz Spaghetti Hoops, currently available in supermarkets for around the 50p mark, but for some reason, the skinflint came out in me on a recent shopping trip and elected for Tesco's own Spaghetti Rings over the other brands on sale. In the same size can but 12p cheaper, I thought that there would be minimal difference in the quality, having had nice experiences with Tesco own brand foodstuffs in the past. Also, they are not from the 'Value' range and after all, pasta shapes in tomato sauce? Who can go wrong with that? As it turns out, you can go wrong... a lot wrong.
--Price and Packaging--
A regular tinned food sized metal can is used, which is fully recyclable, as is the paper label. The can is the older style that needs a can opener, no ring pull here. This keeps things fresh nicely. The outward design is basic, with a background of the rings swimming in the tomato orange coloured sauce, with a purple highlighted box with a white text title. All the relevant information is printed on the label too, and laughably, cooking instructions. All basic stuff, and doesn't stand out on the shelf among the other tins coloured in a hue of amber.
At 38p per can, the price is good compared to that off Heinz, Branston and other premium brands, and is on the same line of other supermarket prices of the equivalent product. I bought 2 cans at the time, but I have noticed that they don't seem to be available quite so much anymore, maybe that's something to do with what your about to read.
--Taste and Texture--
I'll start with the positives first, be prepared for a short paragraph. There are plenty of spaghetti rings for the sauce, A generous ratio. The sauce is thick too. Not watery, is doesn't run away on the plate, completely soaking everything else in sauce, but absorbs well enough into bread and rolls for the mopping up. The pasta used is soft, maybe too soft, but dissolves quickly and minimal chewing is required.
Now, that sounds all ok right? There's a problem however. These spaghetti rings taste, and I'll put this politely, utterly foul! The first warning sign for me was then I came home one evening, the girlfriend had heated some up for the children. My daughters are fond of spaghetti rings, but my eldest had told her mummy that these were "disgusting", and left her plate mostly full. My youngest, pulled all the faces under sun, showing her dislike the best a baby can achieve. So, after hearing from the girlfriend they were bad, I thought it just may have been a dodgy batch, and so opened a fresh one for myself. I was wrong. The second warning came in the form of an the aroma these rings have. They smell horribly musty and stagnant, like bread that's on the turn, a hint of mouldiness about it. This strong yeast and starch flavourings maybe the culprit, and is not pleasant in the slightest. That's really not good for a product which should give the sweet enticing smell of tomatoes and sugar, the tomato smell is almost non-existent completely.
Ever the keen reviewer though, I carried on and slipped a forkful into my mouth. My taste-buds were instantly and violently assaulted by firstly a ghastly sick sugar hit, followed by that musty 'off' flavour that the smell previously pointed to. After 4 forkfuls and a dip of crusty bread, I gave up cursing that I had just ruined a perfectly good slice of Kingsmill, and downed a cup of strong tea to wash away the taste. I had to do this, because the awful taste lingers in your mouth, and as the sauce is so thick, it's very glutinous and almost chewy! The pasta rings used are not that bad, but under the heavy and horrible sauce, are barely present. The rest of the can is now in the bin... sorry, recycling. At least the metal of the can can be of some use. I thought I'd save a few pennies on not choosing Heinz this time, which now will be welcomed back into the cupboard gladly, instead I ended up throwing both cans away thus making me waste my money. If I had consumed the lot, I probably would have thrown up myself! On a final note of dislike, they taste and smell even worse once they go cold. Ugh!
--Ingredients and Nutritional Information--
A full set of GDA amounts are clearly printed, as is the Nutritional values for a 100 gram serving. Low in fat and not particularly that high in anything apart from the sugar content.
Cooked Pasta (43%, Water, Durum wheat Semolina), Tomato Puree (38%), Water, Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Yeast Extract, Onion Powder, Citric Acid, Paprika, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Spice Extracts, Flavouring.
Allergy Information: Contains Wheat and gluten. Cannot guarantee nut free. Suitable for vegetarians.
Quantity per 100g serving.
Energy - 220 kj / 55 kcal
Protein - 1.7g
Fat in total - 0.2g
Of Saturates - 0.1g
Carbohydrate in total - 10.7g
Of Sugars - 3.8g
Fibre - 0.5g
Sodium - 0.1g (0.3g salt equivalent)
Basically, don't buy these Spaghetti rings at all, even if they may seem a cheaper alternative to the more pricey Heinz variety. I would have preferred to eat my money instead, it certainly would have tasted better and I would have got it back. Horrible to smell and taste, these will ruin your dinner if served with chicken, burgers, chips or any other food for that matter. This is a shame, because Tesco canned foods are generally good and had never had a bad product in the range until now. Not suitable for any kind of serving or eating in my opinion, just avoid and leave these firmly on the shelf. Dig a little deeper into your pocket for the real thing if you like your tinned spaghetti and stick with the American favourite, as these are a very poor alternative indeed.
Thanks For Reading. © Novabug
Tesco spaghetti rings are priced at a very competitive 25 pence per 215 gram tin.
I used to buy leading brands but with the credit crunch I am always looking for cheaper options providing they taste good.
**PACKAGE AND LABELLING**
The small tin is made of metal and so can easily be recycled, one slight down side is there is no ring pull top, you have to use a can opener. This is not a large hassle I know especially at home, however I tend to take these to work for tea too - and you can never find the tin opener!
Labelling is slightly different to the dooyoo picture. The label now has lots of spaghetti rings on it and a small purple box with the product name in. Very simple and no huge promises.
Under the label is a brief each can contains snap shot. Very useful especially for those that calorie count as it saves you trawling through the more extensive nutritional content found on the back. This tin contains 130 calories, 8.4g sugar, o.6g of fat of which a trace is saturate and 1.6g of salt.
Not horrendous in the calorie department but they are fairly high in sugar and high in salt.
Other than that the rest of the label is simple and tells you how to cook in the microwave and on the hob, in simple step by step guide that even someone with no cooking skills could follow.
**THE RINGS AND WHAT I THINK**
On opening I am pleasantly surprised that the tin is full to the brim. So often I am disappointed with cheaper brands as they seem to lead half of the product out and you are no better off.
Cooking the rings is as simple as they say and on tipping out I find the sauce to be quite thick. A lot of the tomato sauces can be very runny which I hate and this was lovely although you can taste the high salt content slightly. That may be just be as I generally don't have salt in anything that I make myself - not even veg.
My spaghetti rings were abundant throughout the tin and didn't fall apart when I cooked them, even with some quite vigorous stirring. They taste much like the leading brands of spaghetti I find, there really isn't much difference. Nice to eat and no after taste.
I tend to have my spaghetti rings on toast most of the time and like I said at work as I find them ideal and quick to use. This is another reason I go for rings instead of traditional strings, much easier to eat!
Ideal for a quick and simple snack both at home or work. Also ideal for students as not much effort needed and they are cheap yet filling.
I have never been a fan of baked beans so my alternative has always been spaghetti hoops. My favourite has to be the Tesco own brand "Spaghetti Rings" in tomato sauce.
Previously I had always bought the premium brand (Heinz) as many other supermarket own brand products and in particular basic brands were just not that great. However, as with many of Tesco's own brand products, they have hit the nail on the head with this one!
I normally buy the larger tin which is the 410g size which comes in normal tin without the ring pull that you sometimes see on the premium brands. The label stands out as it is dark red colour with product description in bright blue and yellow. The price for this tin is currently 36 pence (02/10/2010) where as the price for the smaller 215g tin is not much less at 28 pence (02/10/2010) and again compared to Heinz 400g tin at 54 pence (Tesco 02/10/2010).
When comparing Tesco's spaghetti rings to Heinz I actually find that Tesco wins the battle. There is no real difference in the ring/hoop but, in my opinion, the tomato sauce is thicker and has a better taste than Heinz in which I find the sauce to be a little watery.
My kids prefer to eat them on their own in a bowl, which is fine if you like them like that but my favourite snack that I often have as quick lunch, is toast with melted cheese on top and the spaghetti rings poured over the top. Actually, just thinking about it makes me want to go and make that right now!
In regard to the nutritional information, it can be found on the tin for a 210g serving it is as follows,
- Calories - 125
- Sugar - 8g
- Fat - 0.6g
- Saturates - Trace
- Salt - 1.6g
All in all it is a nice inexpensive item that I feel can beat the premium brands hands down. Yet another winner from Tesco!
I like to have Spaghetti on Toast. Not much of a Bean girl, so Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce is perfect for me. I tend to either choose Spaghetti Hoops or the kids character shapes. The reason is if I have normal Spaghetti, when it is all long and stuff I usually end up with it all over my face. So this is a lot easier to eat in my view.
Normally i've reached for Heinz, as it is the most Tomato-y, but seeing how expensive it seems to be thesedays, then I thought i'd try Tesco's Supermarket version of it.
I got a 410g sized tin for 37p. You can also buy this in the smaller 210g tin, but it isn't that cheap at 28p. so may as well buy the bigger and it works out more economical.
The tin is just the normal style. A tin with a paper label wrapped around it. There is the nutritional information on the front, and a little picture of a couple of Hoops. There isn't a ring pull to open the tin, so it was off to dig in the drawer to get the tin opener out.
You can either heat these on a hob for about 5 minutes while stirring occassionally, or I sometimes just Microwave for approx 3 minutes, but this can sometime spill over in the Microwave, as the sauce kinda bubbles up at the sides and the middle doesn't cook quite as well as the outside part.
There is enough Hoops in here, and although they are quite small, they are bitesized and all ok. The sauce is kinda runny, and not quite as tomato-y as Heinz, but it is just lacking that little bit.
These were ok, but I have tried the Tesco Value version of Spaghetti hoops and they were priced at 9p the last time I bought them, and there wasn't a whole lot of difference between these ones and them.
A good enough snack and a buy, but I would say to try the Value ones, as they nearly taste the same!
I absolutely love toast and I'm always on the look for things to top it with. I love pate, jam and marmalade but it's easy to get stuck in a rut so the other day whilst out in Tescos I made a concious effort to get some different and interesting stuff to top me toasty delights with and I spotted this and realised I hadn't had spaghetti in ages and hoops since I was a was nipper!
I bought the single serving 215g can but it's also available in the regular 410g size can priced at 28p and 36p. Both cans on appearance however look exactly the same and although this is the same product as what is shown on the top of this review, it is slightly different...but only a bit so. The can now has a browny coloured label around it. On the front there is a photograph of the spaghetti on a fork and in white, yellow and blue writing I'm told it is Tesco Spaghetti Rings In Tomato Sauce and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. Other information on the back of the can includes a full nutritional guide, ingredients and allergy advice is listed, I'm told it is suitable for Vegetarians, there are instructions on how to heat them up, size is stated and contact details for Tesco are given. Nice enough informative can but if I had a small niggle I'd like a ring pull to open it with but hey it's no real big deal!
Me And The Spaghetti:
Well it's simple to heat this up! You can gently heat them in a saucepan on the hob or microwave them for about 2 and a half minutes. Me being me I'm really lazy so I shoved them in a bowl and heated them in the microwave. When I opened the cann I got a nice aroma of tomato sauce, loads of small hoops and the orange sauce was really bright and looked quite thick. When I got them out of the microwave the pasta hoops looked a little stodgy and the sauce had really thinned and was rather runny looking but overall they looked and smelt good. Whilst I had been heating the spaghetti through I toasted my bread and buttered it and loaded the heated spaghetti over it and voila my tea was ready in less than five minutes lol.
Now as I mentioned at the beginning of this review I opted for the small sized can and for me, there was absolutely loads. It covered 2 standard slices of bread and I thought it was a really, really generous sized portion. Great for one person, handy for kids and I appreciated this size and them not being stingy with the contents given.
Taste wise this was nice enough. If your used to the likes of Heinz then this is a slightly poorer offering to be honest. The spaghetti isn't so thick and/or firm and is a little gloopy but it's tasty and passable and not cheap and/or nasty. The sauce is thinner than I'm used to but flavoursome, well seasoned (though not one bit too salty), smooth and tastes of tomatoes but again to me it doesn't possess the richness of say Heinz.
All In All:
A very good economy spaghetti. Not the best I've ever tasted but for the money it's great and certainly a step up from Value', 'Smartprice' and 'Basic' products but not quite top of the leaderboard. A must try for spaghetti lovers though for the price it is and for the portion you get and the ease of heating it through!
Contains: Wheat, Gluten.
Recipe: No nuts
Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free
Factory: No nuts
Nutritional Information Per 215g serving (in this case the whole can):
Only available in Tesco stores.