“ Brand: Baxter's / Type: Soups „
I am a really big lover of soup though I have to admit I never buy expensive soups and usually only buy shops own branded ones which I find nice enough or Heinz and the likes when they are on offer. However this one I spotted in my local Sainsbury's store in a reduced section and was shocked to see that it usually retails at a whopping £1.69 a can though I bought four of them for just 34p as I am usually a fan of mushroom soups and I couldn't believe it was actually cheaper than the shops own one I usually buy lol.
This comes in a really nice looking mainly black in coloured labeled can with a sturdy ring pull to the top of it. On the front of the can we are clearly told that it is Baxters 'Luxury' Mushroom Potage 'With Woodland Mushrooms'and there is a lovely photograph shown of the soup served and then we are also told that it now contains more mushrooms and that it contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and then on the back of the can other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients used and a nutritional chart is given, we are told hot to heat it up (on the hob and in a saucepan or in a microwave), the weight is stated which is 415g and contact details for Baxters are given. This does look a classy can I have to admit and it exudes quality which to be fair paying £1.69 a can you would flipping expect it to eh!?
The Soup Itself:
Ok I would love to be able to say this isn't great, only because the rrp of this is so high and for most of us although this is a large can (regular for me), it is a portion really and that price is quite alot for the amount you get. However I can't slate it at all, its quite a work of art! I wasn't holding out no hope for this when I opened the can and emptied it into a saucepan cos it took me a fork to scrape it out and it was moist rather than liquid however it turned more into a liquid and looking like a soup as it got heated through and I just simmered it for about 10 minutes to which is smelt really wonderful and of mushrooms of course.
This is simply a high quality 'posh soup' and me, if I was doing a dinner party or trying to impress someone feel that I could serve this and call it home made, its that good!
This is mainly a cream coloured thickish soup with visible slices of mushroom that vary in size in abundance throughout it, with lots of double cream in it and a light and slight taste of onion running gently throughout the whole thing. There are loads of mushrooms in it, I can taste a hint of celery it just really is a blended sauce (soup) and loads of mushrooms which are al dente cooked and not mushy are in there too. It looks the part and it taste creamy but still well seasoned, its filling, its hearty but seriously...its just so musooorm and creamily fantastic and a iure joy to eat for us mushroom fans and my only issue is that now I have taste this nothing I have is as good from the general mushroom soup range!
With 164 calories and 2.5g of saturated fat per 1/2 can thats the only off put for me but I can't slate this at all. Its tasty, looks fantastic and tastes as good as I would expect a home made soup to that would take hours to be like would be and I really do say this is great for impressing people with however be careful on buying it for yourself it cos it may suddenly turn you in a mushroom soup snob...like me!
On of the things that was included in my christmas grocery hamper was a tin of this soup, labelled Baxters Luxury Mushroom Potage. Despite the rather classy black can with red and gold accents, I was slightly dubious about the luxury tag - I find that in most cases what it means is 'Same stuff, nicer packaging, bigger price.' Plus, from the packaging, it looked like a bog standard cream of mushroom soup .
The can had guideline for heating on the hob or in the microwave. As my microwave is just the latest in a long line of appliances to pack up this year, following in the well trodden footsteps of my old computer, my fridge, and my washing machine, the hob was the only option for me . Luckily, the tin had a ringpull, so I didn't need to scout around for a can opener, and heating was a simple matter of stirring this around in the pan for a few minutes.
It didn't really have any fragrance when cooking - and this worried me . Surely something that tastes good should have some discernable smell to it . It was also alarmingly thick right out of the can, but it did seem to thin down to a more acceptable texture when cooking - still richly thick, but not overly so .
The taste I have to say was wonderful - initially mild but richly creamy, with a mild hint of pepper, suddenly my tongue was assaulted with earthy mushroom flavours, not just your bog standard button mushroom either, but a much deeper woodsy flavour of something a little wilder .
The texture was wonderfully rich - lots of creaminess and something buttery. There were lots of chunks of mushrooms in assorted sizes, which added something to bite into, and made the soup look more appealing visually too .
I have to say, I think this soup has certainly got the right to call itself a luxury product . But surely, there must be downsides too ?
Well, yes, the soup is made with double cream, making it slightly more calorific than many other tinned soups, with 160 calories per half a can, along with 10.8g of fat. Now, I ate the whole can to myself in one sitting, so thats a whopping 21.6 g of fat in that one meal, almost a 3rd of my RDA.
And, at £1.57 for a 415g tin in my local supermarket, it's not a cheap soup either.
This soup is not one I would have picked out for myself, but I'm glad it came in my christmas hamper, and will certainly be buying this again as a treat . I also think it's thickness makes it ideal to use as a pasta sauce too, and look forward to experimenting with it!
4 stars for a fab (but fat high) soup.