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Baxter's Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Soup

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      19.05.2010 22:00
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      The Baxters Butternut squash & red pepper soup almost replaces my favourite soup - the spicy parsnip soup from Baxters. The flavours are great if a little too sweet and for around 80 pence it makes a healthy and delicious light meal.
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      Packaging & Label

      The soup comes in a 415g tin with a little ring on top so you do not need a tin opener - very convenient when you have it for lunch in the office or when - as it seems to happen in our house every other week - the tin opener breakes.

      As with all Baxter soups this one does not contain any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives which makes the soup a healthy alternative to cheaper options that are unfortunately often full of preservatives.

      The Butternut squash soup is vegetarian and for those of you who suffer from food allergies it contains milk, wheat, gluten and celery. The milk content makes it unfortunately unsuitable for vegans.
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      Taste

      Oh this soup is simply a joy! As soon as you open the tin you can see how creamy and rich it is. The bright orange colour looks so similar the homemade butternut squash soup my grandma used to make when I was a child. Preparing the soup is simple, just refill it into a bowl and stick in the microwave for a few minutes. One can instantly smell the rich aroma and it does actually smell of butternut squash and not just artificial flavourings and chemicals.

      I am actually eating the soup while typing this so trust me, it is absolutely delicious! You can taste both elements very clearly and it has a very subtle hint of spiciness which gives it this extra kick. If there is one thing that I had to criticize than it would be the slightly too sweet aftertaste but that can easily be adjusted with a hint of salt and maybe even pepper.

      The soup is very creamy which makes it rather filling, with a slice of bread you get a very healthy and not too heavy meal for only 80 pence and 160 calories for the whole tin.
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      Can I recommend it and would I buy it again?

      I absolutely love the Butternut squash and red pepper soup and cannot recommend it highly enough. The delicious flavours are simply perfect for colder days and even a joy as a light lunch in summer. With a few simple tricks one can great a great dish that does not cost much and is healthy as well. Simply add some roasted vegetables or some croutons to the soup and enjoy a filling meal for 80 pence.

      This soup is something that you will always find in my storage cupboard and I use every single promotion to ensure that I never run out of my favourite soup.
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      Thank you for reading and rating my review!

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        12.03.2010 21:05
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        a good snack or light meal if in a rush

        As a rule I really don't like most things that come in tins, and soup is no exception. It always seems to have that 'tinned' taste (I know that sounds obvious).
        However, sometimes there's not enough time to cook a proper meal, so something in a tin that only needs a few minutes to heat up is too convenient to ignore. I'm particularly lazy when it comes to preparing lunch, yet hate to go through the day on just a snack such as a sandwich. So if I'm going to take the easy option and stock some tinned soup for emergencies, it's likely it'll be from the Baxters range. I find that these soups have somewhat less of an artificial 'tinned' flavour than most others (Heinz I'm looking at you).

        They claim to be free of artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, so maybe this is why they're better than average. Nutrition wise, there's 2.1g fat per half can (or 'less than 2% fat overall). Salt is 1.2g per half can. I suppose these aren't bad values for a tinned product.
        Although the flavour is officially 'butternut squash and red pepper', carrots are actually the main vegetable ingredients. Interestingly, apples are also in the mix, as well as onions and carrots. All in all it's a nice flavour, but may be an acquired taste. You can definitely taste the butternut squash and red pepper, as well as a mildly spicy kick. The soup is also thick and creamy, and so quite filling.
        As a vegetarian I appreciate any product that offers more exciting flavours than the usual monotonous options, and this one is certainly better than most.

        The 415g tin (which is recyclable) provides enough for two small meals, especially if you factor in a few slices of bread.
        Baxters soups are about 20p more expensive than equivalent sized Heinz tins, but I think for the extra quality and better sense of nutrition, it's worth paying a little bit extra.

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        02.02.2010 14:22
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        A rich, creamy , delicious but healthy soup!

        I am a big soup lover, especially on cold dreary days like we are having at the moment I think there is nothing more comforting than a nice, warm bowl of soup.

        So today, being a typical cold , wet and grey (although thankfully snow free) day at work I thought I would take some soup to cheer me up for my lunch. I have tried lots of baxters soup before but found this tin in the cupboard this morning, courtesy of my mum, that I had not tried before. The picture on the front of the tin looked enticing so I thought why not?

        First of all, its a nice big can, which means you can share it between two or have half now half another day. Although I must admit im a greedy goggins who has the whole tin to themselves lol.
        I popped it in a bowl in the microwave in my staff kitchen and immediately I loved the look of it. It is bright orange and very creamy looking and as it started to cook the most wonderful creamy, rich and sweet aroma came off, I couldnt wait to tuck in!

        The taste is thick and creamy with a well seasoned taste to it. My only criticism would be that towards the end of the bowl it had got a bit sickly with its sweetness but that was just my own personal opinion and it certainly didn't stop me from enjoying it. In fact as soon as I had finished it I ran to dooyoo to review it!!!

        Another thing I love about it is that it is fairly healthy and being on a perpetual diet this is an important factor for me. The whole tin only had approx 192 calories , which for a filling meal is nothing.

        It was without doubt the nicest soup I've had in ages!!

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          26.11.2009 19:43
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          Warming Butternut Squash Soup

          My mum makes wicked butternut squash soup but she can't always be bothered with it all so she keeps some of these Baxter's Butternut Squash And Red Pepper soups in the cupboard. My dad eats them quite a bit but I've never tried it until tonight, even though mum didn't mind cooking it we didn't have any butternut squash and no-one could be bothered to go out.

          I wasn't that keen but only because I thought the red pepper flavour was a bit strong. The soup had got a yummy texture, it's thick and creamy and just the sort of soup you want to eat after being out in the cold all day.

          I could taste the butternut squash and the soup has got a proper fresh flavour. I think it tasted less messed with than Heinz soup and I could taste FRESH vegetables in it, it's not salty either and actually I preferred that to my mum's fresh soup because I always think she puts too much salt in it.

          I'm not all that struck on red pepper and I think it's a bit too strong in this soup. You can deffo taste it above the butternut squash and I think that's a bit of a shame but people who like red pepper more than me will love it.

          It's quite dear, I think a normal sized tin is over £1.00 but it's worth buying because the price of Heinz is creeping up and their soup is rubbish compared to Baxters.

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          04.03.2009 11:59
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          Not brilliant but perhaps nice for a change to have it.

          This is a decent soup with decent flavour but for my particular palate red pepper is not the best of ingredients to put in a soup.

          I associate red peppers more with recipes such as ratatouille or in stir fries or cold in a salad so something is telling my tastebuds that red peppers in a soup are not quite right.

          Anyway, this is still a pleasant soup made with good healthy ingredients which I list below. It is suitable for vegetarians but does contain milk, wheat, gluten and celery.

          A whole can only contains 162 calories which is impressive.

          Ingredients and key nutritional information:

          Water, Carrots, Butternut Squash Puree (8%), Red Peppers (6%), Potatoes, Onions, Apples, Modified Cornflour, Wheatflour, Double Cream, Whey Powder, Celery, Butter, Salt, Stabiliser (Polyphosphates), Sugar, Yeast Extract, Dried Onion, Celery Seed, Vegetable Oil, Herb and Spice Extracts, Black Pepper.

          Protein 0.7%
          Fat 1%
          Salt 0.48g per tin

          So in summary, this soup is nice, it is made from good ingredients but there are some nicer flavours in the Baxters range of soups and I would urge you to try many of their flavours because I am very confident that you will find at least 6 flavours that you will rate very highly and continue to eat for years to come.

          This review is also posted on www.ciao.co.uk
          under my user name bella6789

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            11.02.2008 13:13
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            Baxters soup

            I love soup and usually make my own. It is so simple to make it virtually makes itself! However like lots of people I lead a busy life and like to keep tins of soup in my cupboard for the times when I don't have the time or energy to prepare the vegetables I like to put into my soup. I am fussy when it comes to buying food and scan the labels to see just what my family are going to be eating. When I buy soup it always has to be either Baxter's or Covent Garden. Both of these brands are additive free and contain decent ingredients. True they are more expensive than the likes of Heinz but the taste is far superior in my book. I love red peppers and when I spotted Baxter's squash and red pepper soup a few months ago I knew I was going to love it!

            Baxter's are a family company based in Fochabers, Scotland.They have been in the food business since 1868, when George Baxter borrowed £100 from his uncle and set up a grocery store. To-day Baxter's is run by Audrey Baxter and is a far cry from that small grocery shop her ancestor opened!

            Baxter's butternut squash and red pepper soup comes in a can with a convenient ring pull. The soup itself is a lovely orange colour. It can be heated in a microwave, but I think it tastes much better if you heat the soup slowly in a saucepan.

            The soup contains 8% butternut squash puree and 6% red peppers. There are also other vegetables added such as carrots, onion and celery. I was a bit alarmed to see that this soup has double cream in the ingredients list! However a ½ can serving will only give you 79 calories and 2 g of fat so it isn't too bad!

            The soup tastes deliciously rich and creamy with a lovely sweetness, from the red peppers. The butternut squash gives the soup body and a slightly nutty taste. There are no nasty surprises in the ingredients list, unlike some of its rival brands! I love this soup and admit that I can eat a whole tin to myself! I think it goes well with French bread and cheese if you don't mind the extra calories and fat!

            Baxter's soups are more expensive than other brands available and this one costs about 68p for a 415g tin. I bought several cans a few months ago when this particular flavour was on offer in Asda. Recently I have had real trouble finding this flavour! You can buy it on line from www.baxters.com .

            Overall I would highly recommend this soup, it is delicious!

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