Product Type: Ainsley Harriott Sauces / Soups
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Ainsley Harriott Premium Cup a Soups
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Ainsley Harriott Premium Cup a Soups
Date: 01/01/12, updated on 01/01/12 (146 review reads)
Disadvantages: You must stir well when making them up!
When it comes to soups you make up yourself in cups they are something that I like the idea of, buy and usually end up binning them after simply no longer fancying them or having had one and not liking powdery soup.
However the other day I spotted these Ainsley Harriott soups and in many different flavours with two packs (meaning you get 4 sachets in each outer box further meaning you get 8 cup of soups) for £1.00 instead of a pound a box in my local Poundland store. Thinking this was rather a good deal and being frozen solid at the time I decided to pick up a couple of boxes of them and so the flavour of the ones I am reviewing here is the Winter Vegetable variety.
The box the sachets come in is black an with a photograph of Ainsley on there smiling away and a picture of the made up soup and we are told that they are Ainsley Harriott 'Classic Kitchen' Winter Vegetable Cup Soup and 'A homely winter warmer. Enjoy anytime' and that the box contains 4 servings, weighs 88g and that the soups do not contain any artificial colours or preservatives. On the rest of the box other information listed includes ingredients, allergy advice, there is a full nutritional chart listed along with being told how to make a cup of the soup up and contact details for the manufacturer are given. The sachets are large and white with foil inside them to keep the powder fresh and on each one we are told simply what they are. Nice enough, informative packaging this is and the sachets are easy to tear open etc.
The Soup Itself:
What you get when you tear a sachet open is lots of beigy colour powder with flecks of dried green parsley in and little dark green peas and tiny cubes of carrot. You simply pop the contents into a cup or mug, pour on boiling water and give it a good stir and give it a minute or so before starting to consume it to allow it to thicken up, which it really, really does. I found the first one that I prepared to be really lumpy which I soon learnt was my own fault as you really do need to give it a good fast stir to stop this from happening.
I like the thick consistency of this soup alot and find it to be both very warming and filling and although I wouldn't normally dunk some bread and butter into a soup such as this you really can with this one cos it really is thick and creamy and for me this makes a lovely little lunch and one thats very easy to prepare lol!
It has a nice vegetable aroma to it, the dried ingredients plump out and no longer taste dried at all and for me this tastes like a potato soup really and I can really detect the parsley flavouring within it too. The bits of carrots add a nice natural sweetness to it along with the peas and all in all this is a very nice blended soup which is nicely and gently seasoned too.
I have no quibbles with this soup at all and will certainly at even full price buy this one again as its tasty, only means I'm only consuming 80 calories a cup and only 0.9g of saturated fat which means its healthy as well as being tasty and substantial! Nice one Ainsley I really like this one and will run down to my local Poundland store to stock up on a few more boxes of these and your other flavours before they sell out or go off their offer!
Widely available in all good supermarkets etc though Poundland is doing a mighty fine deal on these at the moment!
Summary: Top marks for these Ainsley!
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