During the winter months I always have a box of Batchelors cup a soup in my draw at work. When I was in Asda stocking up on these, I noticed that they have a Smart Price version for only 17pence! For 17p you get four sachets of powder which make four mugs of soup. With higher brands you could expect to pay more than four times this cost!
The soup comes in a small box which is white and green, on the front there is a picture of a mug containing the soup. Inside the box, each soup is divided into four sachets much the same as any more expensive brand would be stored.
To make the soup, all you have to do is pour the powder into a mug, and fill the mug with boiling water, give it a good stir and a couple of minutes later it is ready to be consumed. As you were stirring the soup, the smell and appearance were very good, you could clearly see pieced of vegetables floating about and the colour looked nice and creamy. The smell was nice and strong, much the same as higher brand products. It did seem to need much more stirring than other brands, but eventually there was no traces of powder floating on the top.
When it come to eating/drinking the soup, it did seem fairly thin in consistency, but I was using a fairly big mug so was partly my fault, considering it only worked out at less than 5pence, I couldn't complain. It did the job anyway, warmed me up as good as any other soup would. The taste was more like a vegetable soup, you couldn't really make out the taste of any chicken in there.
A serving made up with water only contain 85 calories, which for someone on a diet is perfect.
The soup contains milk, and may contain nuts, it should be stored in a cool dry place, I usually find that they have plenty of use by date on them so are perfect for just keeping in your cupboard as a backup.
For the 17p price tag this product cannot be faulted. If you eat a lot of powdered soup, then definitely try this one and see how it compares.
I bought some of this for my other half to take to work in the winter months (over a year ago) he said that he liked it.
I have never been a fan of cup-a-soups but I was unwell a few weeks ago and hadn't eat, so I made myself a cup of this and it is simple to make - pour the contents into the cup and pour on boiling water. I used my smaller mugs and the consistency was perfect and mixed very easy. The smell is pleasant and to my surprise it had a vegetable taste, after I finished I notice that there was no lumps left in the bottom and I only given it a quick stir.
Although on reading the ingredients (from the green boxes) it contains no actual chicken but it cost me about 12p for the cup, so I didn't expect it too. Although I like this soup I have since tried the vegetable only variety and I like that one better.
I cannot really compare to other brands as I have never been a fan of cup-a-soups and the last time I had one was in my teens many, many years ago, but as peoples taste change I may well like them. I will stick to the smartprice as they nice enough at a very cheap price.
Im a big fan of cup a soups, especially since me and the girls went on a girly holiday and needed something light, cheap, tasty and something that would keep us going incase we ran out of food and also to save a little on spending money. We bought cup a soups and super noodles.
I thought Id give these a try as they were only 57p for a pack of 4, which you would usually pay about 3 times as much for a brand. I have tried a number of Asda´s own brands before and had been quite satisfied with them, so thought this would be OK! Afterall I would rather spend 57p to try something rather than keep paying a higher price.
I dont know what it is about chicken soups, but they really warm you up in the winter and sound so nice to have. This chicken and vegetable instant soup like most is in powder form. You pour the contents into a average sized mug and fill with hot water to make your soup. I like the simplicity of instant soups and how quickly they are made. Really makes a good quick snack.
I found that by filling my mug with hot water, meant that the soup was a little too diluted and didnt have much flavour. I like the bits in the soup and they gave a nice texture to the soup. I didnt like the fact that there were probably too many chives in this soup as they kind of got in the way when drinking this.
I tried this soup with only filling the mug up with 3 quarters full of water and found that this gave a much better taste to the soup. Of course, this meant less water in proportion to the chives, but at least it taste good.. well good enough anyways.
The flavour of this soup is quite distinguishable as chicken and vegetable, which is sure a good thing. In terms of value for money, I would definitely say this product just about meets the criteria. The soup did need to be filled 3 quarters so you dont exactly get a full mug.. so that does lose it some points.
Overall I would certainly recommend this soup, but would ask that Asda may want to change the instructions on its box to make it seem less of a weak product. I have tried other flavours in this range and would say exactly the same about them. My favourite flavour in the Asda Smart Price Instant Soup has got to be Roast Chicken. This soup definitely seems to have more flavour than the others, but of course I cant prove anything.
If you like your cup a soups, definitely save yourself some money and get these. You wont exactly enjoy a full mug, but 3 quarters is fine right?
Two weeks in every three for me is a budget week when I do my grocery shopping, and wherever I can I try to cut back. I am a creature of habit, and at lunch time always have a cup-a-soup. With the Batchelors brand at over 90p for a pack of four, I thought it wouldn't harm to just give the Smart Price version a go - at 20p if they were that bad I could always throw them in the bin if they were horrible.
I was very surprised to find that, although quite thin, this soup is actually very tasty, especially considering that it costs less for a pack of four than the cost of one sachet of the named brands.
Having experimented, I've found that a little bit of milk or even some coffee whitener seems to make all the difference, and it tastes lovely and creamy. Now I never buy the named brands, but treat myself to two boxes a week of this one, and the other, equally tasty Smart Price Vegetable Instant Soup.
I put these in the trolley in Asda when we did our big shop last week, I'm not mad for drinking any cup a soups but like adding them to gravy because they thicken it as good as Bisto and have usually got less calories and an unusual flavour. I must be going blind because I was sure the box said BEEF & Vegetable in the supermarket but when I got them home it was CHICKEN & Vegetable! lol
I tried one as you're supposed to so I could write this review and it wasn't that bad. The soups were only 20p for 4 sachets and that's a bargain because they do taste quite nice, I thought it was very salty and the flavour of the soup was more like a thickish chicken noodle soup than proper chicken.
The vegetables are in little squares like in all cup a soups and they're nice for adding texture to the soup but you deffo can't taste the veg at all. The chicken flavour is yummy, it's quite natural tasting and if you leave the soup for a bit before drinking it the chicken taste will come through stronger. There are croutons in this soup but not many and they go soggy quick and sink to the bottom of the cup.
When I poured one into a jug with the gravy stuff it was yummy, the salty chicken flavour mixed in with the beef oxos and Bovril to make the gravy taste a bit less meaty but there were deffo extra flavours in it. We was having the gravy with chicken that night and I thought it made the gravy come out a bit like the special pots of poultry gravy they put out in the carvery.
I don't think you can criticise these soups at all because each sachet only works out at 5p and the soup is quite tasty. It's not the sort of thing I'd have very often but for the odd drink as a change from coffee or adding to gravy I think they're perfect, I normally buy Batchelors cup a soups and they're 95p a box now so that's a mega saving and brill for someone like me who uses them as an ingredient more than a meal.
I have been buying instant soups for a while for my lunches. For some reason I was not keen to try the ASDA Smartprice soups even though I am usually the first to go for the cheapest option available. Maybe it was the picture of the mug of soup on the packet. The Packet is green and white, in line with the usual smartprice packaging, it has a picture of a white mug with the soup in. The soup looks a slightly green colour with carrot and unspecified green vegetable bits floating around in it.
As with other soups of this genre, the sachet is emptied into the mug and then the mug filled with boiling water. The soup took quite a bit of stirring and was left to stand for a couple of minutes to dissolve. It actually took on a pleasantly surprising thickness. Probably due to the large amount of flour in it. The vegetable bits absorbed the water well and got much plumper.
The picture of the soup on the packet is a very good representation of the soup in the flesh. It looks far more appetising though in real life.
The soup had a nice creamy consistency, much less watery than some others I have tried. It had a pleasant taste but I wouldn't have been able to specify it was chickeny. In fact, I strongly doubt any checken has gone anywhere near it! The packet specifies that just 0.5% of the product is chicken powder. It is quite salty, but this is to be expected with convenience foods. I am used to adding no salt to anything due to having children so tend to taste the saltiness in lots of foods which other people wouldn't notice.
I paid 20p for a pack of 4 sachets. This is incredibly cheap for a lunch. Just 5p for a meal can't be beaten!
I would recommend these soups. They are no better or worse in taste and appearance than any other powdered soups I have tried and I particularly liked the thicker consistency. At just 85 calories a sachet they also rival the more expensive 'slimmers' soups.
Nutritional information (per sachet made up)
Energy - 85kcal
Protein - 0.5g
Carbohydrate - 16.3g
Fat - 2.0g
Fibre - 0.7g
Sodium - 0.61g
May contain traces of nuts and/or seeds.
I have always been a fan of buying the no frills products that supermarkets offer. I have had a lot of success in finding many products that taste massively similar to the real branded item at sometimes about 1/10 of the the price.
Therefore, when i fancied some soup the other day i decided to try this out, and i really was not disappointed.
I was able to pick up 5 boxes, in a special offer, for 68p. I was really chuffed with this deal, obviously meaning that i was paying about 18p for each pack of soup. I thought i had found a real bargain.
The taste was also really good. It tasted like all other chicken soup that i had ever tried so i was really very impressed with the product. It was also not too thin as you usually find with cheap soups. They are usually massively watered down in order to provide better value for the company flogging the product - not with this stuff.
Ease of use
It was very very easy to make. I simply poured the granules into a pan, added the set amount of water which was listed on the box and then stirred over heat. It took about 7 or 8 minutes to make it taste delicious and i was really impressed.
Takes slightly longer to cook than many other of the soup products that i have bought but it is still fantastic value and great tasting. Therefore it gets a big thumbs up from me.
My sister prepared me one of these Chicken & Vegetable Instant Soups from the Asda Smart Price range today as she had recently bought a box and couldn't make her mind up if she liked them or not. I thought the soup was very nice and couldn't quite believe it when she told me she had paid just 20p for four sachets as this seems an amazing bargain considering the price of Batchelors Cup-A-Soup.
You make it in exactly the same way, adding boiling water to the powder in a cup or mug. Personally I always use a smaller mug than usual when making this kind of soup and in this instance a full sized mug is a bad idea as the soup was rather more watery than I prefer when my sister made me mine. I took a second sachet home however and have just made it in my smaller mug and found the consistency of the soup to be much improved.
The soup tastes lovely, surprisingly good considering it's basically powdered flavourings, thickeners and hot water! It has a nice chicken and herb flavour, I would say it is less like 'normal' chicken soup in that there isn't actually a strong chicken flavour although it does come through as an aftertaste. The strongest flavour in my opinion is that of the parsley used, although the overall flavour of the soup is much more well rounded that I would have thought for an instant soup.
The vegetables are simply carrots and peas and they have rehydrated very well, they are rather flavourless but isn't veg always in these kinds of soup. If nothing else they add an interesting change of texture to the soup and actually have a much better texture themselves than I imagined they would have.
I do find the soup a little bit salty if I'm honest, but then most instant soups are and this particular variety is not unbearably so like a recent Beef and Tomato Cup-A-Soup I had recently which required me to drink half a pint of water afterwards as it made me feel so thirsty!
While this is a nice soup, I didn't find it filling or substantial in any way. I had mine with a slice of bread which helped to fill me up, but within the hour I was feeling peckish again so I would say this is definitely more of a snack that a meal.
Each sachet of Chicken & Vegetable soup contains 85 calories and 2g of fat, which isn't too bad although it does grieve me to 'spend' so many calories on such a watery soup when I can make my own vegetable soup for far fewer calories and no fat at all!
I am always on the look out for a cheap snack to have at lunchtimes throughout the week as I am alone whilst my fiancé is at work and I don't want to waste time or money on cooking.
4 sachets of smart price chicken & vegetable soup are available for around 20p at present from Asda stores.
The sachet is dried soup and has small pieces of vegetable and chicken in it which are fairly full of taste and for the price of this soup I am not disappointed at all with the quality of the product. It is not watery but not too thick either and is the perfect consistency to be drunk out of a mug or just eaten with a spoon from a bowl.
To make the sachet you just empty your powdered soup in to a mug and then add boiling water. Give it a little stir and you have an instant lunch!
Each sachet contains 85 calories & 2g of fat so providing you don't load up on bread this can be quite a healthy lunchtime snack.
I enjoy mine with some crackers with cream cheese or just a tiger roll to dip in to the mug. I find this quite a filling lunch and it keeps me going until about 4-5pm when I start cooking dinner for my other half. I would definitely recommend these to anybody who is watching their calories or even just watching the pennies and looking for a healthy lunchtime snack that won't break the bank.
I am rating this product 4/5. It is fantastic for the price paid but could contain some more chicken & veg, although for 5p a sachet I wouldn't expect anymore that I get!
I've never been shy of buying 'no frills' own brand products from supermarkets. Most of the time the food is just the same as the more expensive brands but its packaged differently. That's my view anyway. These soups are absolutely fantastic, quick and easy to make and taste great! The soup isn't the same as is pictured above, that's the older version of the soups.
- Packaging -
The main box is simple, white with green writing which is similar to all of the Asda - Smartprice products. The ingredients are stated boldly on the back of the box in green writing. As is the nutritional value, instructions for preperation, allergy advice and best ways of storing the soups.
Inside the box are 4 white sachets which are foil lined to keep the soup powder fresh. Each sachet of soup is 22g in weight, and has the date it was packaged and the expiry date.
The plain packaging of the sachets are fine for me, I don't see the point in having some fancy packaging for something that's going to be thrown away just after its been opened.
- Price -
The box of 4 sachets of instant soup is currently 20p at Asda. Making it a bargain of 5p per soup! Compared to the leading brands that range from around 80-90p.
- Preperation -
Seems a bit silly writing about the preperation of a cuppa' soup but here we go, simply empty the sachet of soup into a cup or mug and top up with 200ml (1/3 pint) of boiling water. Stir gently to mix up the powder with the water and let it stand for a minute to cool slightly. To mix it up sometimes, I like to add croutons :)
- Ingredients -
Maize Flour, Maltodextrin, Dried Glucose Syrup, Potato Starch, Vegetable Oil, Natural Flavourings, Salt, Dried Vegetables (Peas, Carrot), Onion Powder, Sugar, Milk Protein, Yeast Extract, Emulsifiers (Potassium Phosphates, Sodium Citrates), Chicken Powder, Dried Parsley, Colour (Curcumin)
- Allergy Advice -
1. Contains Milk
2. May contain traces of nuts and/or seeds.
- Nutritional Value -
Per Sachet made up with boiling water :
Energy : 360kj/85kcal
Protein : 0.5g
Carbohydrate : 16.3g (of which sugars = 1.1g)
Fat : 2.0g (of which saturates = 1.6g)
Fibre : 0.7g
Sodium : 0.61g (equivalent as salt = 1.5g)
- Conclusion -
I absolutely love these soups, if your feeling a bit peckish, its a simple way to satisfy your hunger inbetween meals without pigging out on chocolates and such, which is what I would have done before, but I'm on a healthy eating kick at the moment, so like to have a soup between my dinner and tea so I'm not craving snacky foods like crisps etc.
With only 85 calories and they're low in fat, they're perfect for anyone who's trying to watch their figure.
They're simple to make, and taste great. There is also a plain vegetable flavoured instant soup available but I prefer the Chicken and Vegetable.
The powder of the soup is white/cream in colour and has the dried vegetable bits in it, aswell as dried parsley for extra flavour.
The only downside to the soups is if you don't stir it enough some of the powdered soup will clump up, or it will form a skin on the top of the soup, apart from that the soups are great. I'd recommend them to anyone who wants a quick liquid snack without all the calories and fat of creamy soups.
As I said before, if you want to add something into the mix, then throw in a couple of croutons for a bit of crunchyness in your cuppa' soup.
Thanks for reading! :)
Having been a fan of the cuppa soup brand for a while i decided to try the smart price asda variety while i was shopping on the hope it may taste as good as the more expensive ones. The cost is 20p for four sachets compared to the £2 plus for other brands i thought it was worth a go.
The box the sachets came in looked a bit unappealing. It was white and green like the other smartprice items in asda. It had a slightly disturbing photo of a mug containing a creamy white substance with little bits of unknown dried herbs and vegtables suspended in the liquid broth.
Making the soup is easy just put the powder into a cup, fill the desired amount of water and give it a good stir.
When i opened the packet the soup smelt good even if the granules had collected into little hard clumps.
On first taste it had a good flavour with parsley and herby flavours coming through.
There was a lack of chicken taste but i expected this as you cant really expect alot from 5p a cup soup i guess!
It did look like the picture on the packet and i am unsure what some of the little dried vegtable bits were.
Overall it was not a bad flavour, there was too much salt and i fount myself really thirsty after drinking my cup soup.
If you like your soup thick it is best to add less water than usual to these as it is quite a thin mix.
I cant say i will be buying these again as id rather pay more for the thicker and better tasting brands like batchelors. However for 20p a pack they wernt all that bad!
Asda Smart Price Chicken and Vegetable Instant Soup didn't really appeal to me when I saw it on the shelf in the store, but a friend insisted that these soups are excellent value and perfect for a snack lunch.
So, I reluctantly agreed to sample one of these with a sandwich for lunch.
Inside the plain white card box with orange writing and a brownish, uninspiring picture of a mug of soup, were 4 sachets of powder.
Preparing this soup is simple. Just put the powder into a cup and add boiling water, stir, leave for a couple of minutes and stir again.
It did eventually stir up properly but I was concerned about the sticky lumps that were in the bottom to start with.
We used cups rather mugs to make the soup as my friend had used these previously and discovered that the soup is very thin if you use a full mug of water.
The smell was quite pleasant and initially I though that the soup tasted quite good but it was quite salty to the taste and had more of a flavour of sage and onion stuffing than chicken.
There were bits of tiny orange things and a few green bits floating in the liquid and I took these to be carrot and parsley, or bits of peas.
By the time I had finished half of this I had decided that I could eat no more. I found it quite sickly and too spicy.
These soups cost 32p for a pack of four, so they are excellent value if you like them. I didn't but I have to say that my friend buys all different flavours of these instant soups to take to work for lunch and as a superfast snack.
I'm not really one for going to Asda, but I was fortunate enough to be given one of these to try the other day. I have recently been eating a lot more soup as the winter draws ever nearer, and in my quest for a good cheap soup, I thought I'd give this a go. And I was pleasantly surprised. My wife turned her nose up at it straight away, it being the cheapest brand from one of the cheapest stores, and you can understand, particularly with a powdered soup that has chicken in it!
A packet of four soups will cost you just under 30p from Asda, working out at about 7p per soup, and you get a mug out of each soup. So, much cheaper than most other options, it's just a case of the quality of the soup, then. Making it is simple - just boil the kettle, empty the contents into a mug, and stir, making sure the contents all dissolve in the boiling water.
I did find that there were some powdered clumps left even after stirring, and this required squishing them against the side of the mug, but that didn't bug me. Once it had cooled sufficiently to take a sip, I did so eagerly as the smell had been quite appealing. And I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. You could kind of taste chicken and some certain vegetables in the soup, and there were bits in it, as if you had just made it at home - none of this pure liquid that really makes you wonder what you've been eating!
The soup also warmed my insides, a quality I find important in a soup, especially with the cold winter we're experiencing now. I was impressed with this soup, although it wasn't particularly viscous. It was rather runny, but saved by the fact that it had flavour and warmed me. Too often, a runny soup will have little or no flavour - this is not the case here.
I recommend this soup, and it is rare that I like and own brand cheapest range soup. You could do a lot worse for what it is, and at a really cheap price, it's definitely worth trying.
Sometimes when Im looking for a snack to have during the day, I go for a packet soup. Unfortunately I find that branded packets tend to be quite expensive. I decided that I wanted to find a cheaper alternative, so on one of my frequent shopping trips to Asda, I decided to have a look to see what they had on offer.
The product I purchased was a packet soup from Asdas Smart Price range. The particular flavour I chose was chicken and vegetable, but also available were vegetable and minestrone. This four sachet box cost me 28 pence for 88g.
The packaging is typical for the smart price range and is quite plain, with the normal red and white box. The four sachets inside are just plain white, with no instructions on each individual sachet.
TESTING THE PRODUCT
The instructions on the back of the box tell me to empty the contents of a sachet into a mug, add a third of a pint of boiling water, and stir well.
The first thing I notice when I open the sachet is the smell. There is a nice strong smell of vegetables, but I cannot detect the smell of chicken.
I empty the powder into my mug and notice a fair amount of peas and pieces of carrot falling in, as well as what I think could be some herbs.
I pour some hot water into my mug and stir well. Now that I have added some water to the powder I can detect the smell of chicken. Once I have stirred it I leave it for a moment to allow the powder to dissolve thoroughly.
Once I pick the mug up again to have another stir, I am surprised at how thick the soup now actually is. Dont get me wrong, its not as thick as a tin of soup is, but it is certainly thicker than what I imagined. I was expecting that because of them being so cheap that they would be thin and runny basically like water tasted with vegetables.
I can see some peas and carrots floating around in my mug, along with some herbs. I get a spoon and lift up several spoonfuls looking for lumpy bits of powder that has not dissolved. I have found with other packet soups that you get lumps of powder which stick together and dont taste very nice. I was very surprised that for some reason I could not find any lumps with this one, even though I made it the same way as I have always made packet soup.
I have a taste and immediately my mouth is filled with the delicious taste of vegetables. I can also detect the taste of chicken in the background. The chicken taste is not as strong as the vegetable admittedly, but nonetheless it is still there. I am also surprised that it tastes quite thick and creamy in my mouth not what I was expecting at all.
Something else which I was shocked about was the pieces of vegetables in the soup. They were nice and soft. I was half expecting them to be hard and horrid, but they were not, they were lovely and soft although not soft enough to be classed as mushy.
Another thing I notice is when I finish my mug of soup. With other packet soups I have found that no matter how much I mix I always end up with a bit of powder stuck to the bottom of the mug. With this soup however, the bottom of the mug is completely powder free.
This product contains no preservatives.
A note for allergy sufferers is that the product contains gluten, milk and egg. It may also contain traces of nuts and seeds.
The box also states that when each sachet it made up it contains 84 calories, 2.0g of fat and approximately 1.5g salt.
To find out more about this product you can telephone Asda on 0845 300 1111, or alternatively via the website, which is www.asda.com
I was surprised at how good these were. I thought that because they were cheap then maybe they would not be as nice as other branded packet soups but I was wrong.
They were very easy to make up and for some unknown reason all the powder is absorbed into the water. Normally when I make a packet soup I am left with lumps floating as I drink the soup and then some stuck to the bottom of the mug. With this one I didnt encounter any of this, which is a definite bonus for me no longer will I have to scrape the lumps out of the bottom of my mug when I am washing up !!
I found there was a decent amount of vegetables included. The box says that the soup contains carrots and peas and I have to say they were there in good supply. They were also nice and soft to eat, but not mushy.
The soup was thicker and creamer than I was expecting it to be and also tasted a lot nicer. The vegetable taste was nice and strong, but not too overpowering and you could also taste the chicken, although the chicken was not as strong. There was also a nice, ever so slight taste of herbs mixed in.
A good thing of note is the calories, which are only 84 per made up sachet. The only downside could possibly be the amount of fat and salt each one contains. I am not entirely sure of the recommended daily amounts of fat and salt for men, but I believe that for women it is 70g of fat and 6g of salt. Whilst two grams off my limit of fat still leaves a fairly large amount, the salt in one of these at 1.5g is a quarter of my allowance, which I was very surprised at.
WOULD I RECOMMEND
Yes. These are cheap and tasty and ideal for a snack. I will have to give this product four out of five. If it had not been for the amount of salt then it would be five stars. I would recommend that if you are on a certain diet or watching your salt levels, then you check the amount in this first, compared with what you normally eat.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review, Cath. xx