“ Brand: Baxter's / Type: Soups „
The latest in my exploration through Baxters soup range was their Chicken and Vegetable from their Healthy Choice selection.
As with most of the Baxters soups, the product comes in a 415g tin with ring pull lid for speed and easiness. The tin can be turned upside down and opened with a tin opener if this is preferred. The label advertises to the consumer that the product is "Nutritionally Balanced" and contains no artificial additives, colours, flavours or preservatives. It is also gluten free and contains less than 1% fat. With regards to the nutritional information, the soup contains (per tin) 162 calories, 7.8g protein, 28.2g of carbohydrates of which 7.4g sugars, 2g fat of which 0.4g saturates, 7g fibre, 0.96g sodium and approximately 2.4g salt.
The label itself is quite attractive with the front depicting a field of vegetables above a bowl of nice looking soup, packed full of vegetables. Unfortunately this would be my one main criticism of this product as what I poured from the tin and later took from the microwave did not look like what I was expecting from the label. This is something I accept happens a lot with food products in the interest of advertising and selling but I have always been impressed with how Baxters soups look almost exactly as they do on the tin. With the chicken and vegetable soup I found it to be extremely watery and not like the relatively thick broth as the label suggested it would be. The amount of food within the liquid was both good and bad! There were plenty of vegetables and a good range at that, with the soup containing carrots, onions, peas, haricot beans, potatoes (including nice large chunks), cauliflower, green beans, parsnips, swede, sweet corn and celery. If you could look past the watery aspect of the product, the range of ingredients created an appeal visually. The negative aspect of the ingredients was the amount of chicken. As you might expect, the chicken flavour of the soup comes from chicken stock with actual chicken accounting for only 1% of the product. What chicken was in the soup did taste nice and the pieces, although pretty small, were large enough to actually be able to taste them, I would have just preferred there to be quite a bit more of it! Halfway through the soup I apprehended a colleague's pepper that they had left lying on their desk and found this added to the flavour by giving it a bit of spice. The soup also smelled very appealing once heated.
To warm the soup it can be heated gently on the hob until hot ensuring the product does not boil and this usually takes 5/6 minutes or so. Or, it can be nuked in a microwave slightly quicker in 3-4 minutes. My personal preference is to heat on the hob although the soups I've eaten of late I have had to microwave at work and I have been more than happy with the outcome.
This was a nice tasting and aromatic soup that had a lot of ingredients to it. My only criticisms would be the appearance of it as it was too watery and did not reflect the image on the label and I would prefer there to be more actual chicken in it. It is a good, healthy option and I would buy it again but I do prefer others.
This soup can generally be purchased from most supermarkets for approximately 70-80p which I think amounts to good value.