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      16.02.2014 19:19
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      cheap, filling

      Normally i just take sandwiches to work with the colder weather I wanted something warmer.

      **The brand/range**
      I think they offer a nice range of soups and I am more likely to buy them than others such as Heinz.

      **Packaging**
      The product comes in a tin with a ring pull. I don't think this really matters at home on a day to day basis but its handy in the office where the tin opener can never be found or if you plan on going camping.

      **Cooking**
      This can be made on the hob and it states on the packaging not to let it boil. I tend to bung it in the microwave for around 2 minutes then give it a stir- saves on dishes and its nice and quick to make at work so im not hogging the microwave.

      **Taste, smell etc**
      The ingredients are Water,Leeks (11%) ,Rice (9% Cooked) ,Carrots ,Cornflour ,Chicken (1.5%) ,Chicken Flavouring ,Onions ,Chicken Fat ,Yeast Extract ,Sugar ,Sea Salt ,Black Pepper ,Turmeric . Taste wise this is rather nice . Its a watery soup so would perhaps make a better summer soup and to be honest I think I had two tiny little bits of "chewy" chicken in the entire thing but I wasn't really bothered by that.I think the balance of ingredients was just right and i also liked the texture of the cooked rice. This didn't have much of a smell. One of the things I liked about this is that it is gluten free. Whilst i do get away with eating small amounts of products with gluten larger amounts do give me a bad stomach.A whole tin of this has 116 calories,3.2 grams sugar, 2.4g fat which i think is very reasonable for a lunch time meal or even if you just had half as a starter.


      **Price and where to buy**
      This costs £1.04 from Tesos. I tend to bulk buy soup and you an get 12 for £9 from amazon.


      Overall a nice soup not my favorite kind but not the worst either

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        09.11.2011 15:03
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        A disappointing cock-a-leekie but a not bad soup if you haven't got your hopes up

        I'm a big fan of cock-a-leekie soup, and with the weather turning cold and finding this on bogof, I thought it was worth a try.

        Opening the can, it looked watery, but I decided not to worry yet. It was easy to heat, 4 minutes in my ancient microwave, which makes this style of soup perfect for a work lunch where you're likely to have a more modern microwave.

        In appearance it was clear beige, with obvious bits of leek, onion and rice. Rice is not standard in cock-a-leekie, but it adds vitamins and energy, so I wouldn't dismiss it out of hand.

        However, despite the fact that leeks are the second ingredient listed (after water), I could barely taste any leek and no chicken in this soup. If I'd been doing a blind taste test, I would have said this was a french onion soup, as the predominant taste was onion with chicken stock. I would also have been happy to eat it as such.

        A few lumps of chicken would be nice, and help to make it taste like a normal cock-a-leekie.

        In addition, the soup is very salty, containing both yeast extract and extra salt. If they just didn't add the salt, that would improve the soup immensely.

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          04.11.2009 11:07
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          Not impressed with this at all!

          I have been eating soups for my lunch for the last month or so as the weather has gone cold and I find them quite comforting. I am a big fan of the Baxters Chicken Broth (see my review for more details) and so I assumed that I would also like this soup which seemed quite similar from the ingredients and was round about the same in terms of being a low fat option.

          I bought my tin for 86p from my local Asda and was impressed to note that for the entire can there was only 96 calories (even less than the chicken broth) and 0.2g of fat. This works out at 1.5 points per entire can and means I can have two slices of bread with it to make it feel more substantial and keep well within my points allocated.

          I thought I was on to a good thing!

          However, in my opinion, a rival to the Baxters Chicken Broth this is not. I heated it in the same way and for the same amount of time and indeed for convenience it is as impressive as its sibling. But on tasting it I was less than impressed.

          Large and stringy looking clumps of leek were floating about in my soup. I like leek but these were wholly unappetising due to their sludgy consistency, almost like they had been boiled to death and with slimy tendrils hanging off they did not look like something I particularly wanted to put in my mouth. The texture was not pleasant at all.

          I have to say away from the leeks that the soup itself seemed even more watery than the chicken broth version and had less flavour and richness to it. I looked at the back of the can afterwards in puzzlement wondering whether I had got it wrong to expect to have some chicken in the soup, no - the can says 'tender pieces of chicken meat'. But where?

          Unless the chicken is shredded so small as to be unidentifiable then I am at a loss as to where it was within my soup.

          I do not expect this kind of quality from Baxters, I do not expect it from anyone when I have paid 86p for a tin of soup. Maybe I was unlucky and got a bad batch but I have been left thinking that cock a leekie most definitely is not a soup for me and I will be sticking with my chicken broth in future, what a shame!

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            04.10.2009 19:01
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            I love soup, so I always have a variety of tins lurking in my cupboard, ready to heat up quickly for a snack whenever I get the urge - which is happening more and more often as the nights start to get longer and the temperatures get colder .

            One of my favourite soup brands has to be Baxters, who have been around since 1868, and making soups since 1929. They're a traditional Scottish company, and the packaging of this soup reflects that, being very traditional, with flashes or tartan and a photo of the soup steaming hot in a bowl .

            The can also has a handy ring pull, which I like as it means I don't have to go hunting around for a tin opener . Pouring it into the pan, the soup itself is quite a thing broth, with generous amounts of leek, onion, carrot and chicken floating in it . Heating it up is a simple as heating it on the hob for a few minutes and pouring it into a bowl .

            It smells divine when heated - rich and earthy, with a definite whiff of chicken and leek. Tasting it, its lovely - the soup itself, while quite thin is richly flavoured, and the leeks were tender . The chicken chunks were moist and really quite generously sized. The thin soup was balanced out perfectly by the generous amount of chunky chicken and veg as well as a smattering of light fluffy grains of rice, and a tin of this made for a very filling meal for me,accompanied with a slice of bread for mopping up the last little dregs .

            Nutritionally, this is brilliant, with a whole tin weighing in at just 96 calories, and only 1.2 g of fat. For such a filling meal, these numbers are remarkably low, and this soup would I imagine be great for those counting the calories .

            The only slight downside is that with this being a premium brand, it isn't the cheapest soup on the shelf, with a can of this costing me 73p. With that said, I think this is excellent value, and I will certainly be buying this soup again - it's tasty, filling, and very comforting on a cold night .

            5 stars .

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            04.07.2008 20:59
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            You are probably more than likely aware that I am watching what i eat at the moment and to be honest I am quite enjoying the diet that I am doing. Its not very interesting and some would say that what I am eating at the moment is pretty boring however watching the pounds drop off as I am now nearly at my target weight is great.

            What I am eating a lot of at the moment is soup and I find that its a filling and quick snack, that has minimal calories depending on what flavour you are having and is working wonders for me. As a rule, I used to stick to the boring original flavours, tomato, chicken, vegetable and my favourite oxtail, however, to add more variation in what I am eating I have become more adventurous with what tins I am throwing into my shopping trolley.

            Having been quite loyal to the Heinz brand for years, suddenly I have started to diversify to the Baxter range and the variety of flavours that they have available. One flavour that I have never had and tried for the first time this week is Cock A Leekie. Now being a typical blond, I wasn't quite sure what to expect of this however I thought I would give it a go. Being even more blond, I wasn't quite sure what a Leek was until I asked someone and got laughed at for being naive.

            I normally have my soup as a snack at work so I don't have the opportunity to simmer it on the hob, it has to be popped into microwave for a couple of minutes to heat it up so it is piping hot and ready to eat.

            When I poured this soup into a bowl, I was quite surprised at how thin it was, its more like a broth or lobby (Potteries dish for those that don't know what it is) than a soup as I have always associated soup with being relatively thick rather than thin. It didn't disappointment me, as I thought that it is going be better for me.

            THe main content of this soup is leeks and they come out the tin in abundance. With a vaiety of other winter vegetables in there including carrot, it looks quite appetising even before cooking. I was wonder what the Cock part of the name of the soup was. Again being blond, it was only until I had put it in the bowl and saw tiny little pieces of chicken in there that I realised it was chicken and leek soup.

            When warmed up, it smells delicious and the taste is moderate. I was expecting it to be quite strong, maybe a little overpowering, however its like a hot onion water with vegetables in it. A little bit bland but nice and when you get a piece of chicken on your spoon with the vegetables it gives you that little bit more in the taste and adds a little bit more variation to the flavour.

            This soup is absolutely fantastic for my diet and is less than 100 calories per tin, which is below the normal amount that you usual get, purely because it has more water content in it, and no cream. The protein level isn't too high, however more importantly the carbs are not high either.

            I found it quite filling to because of the amount of vegetables in the soup. I will definetely be buying this again, it was a pleasant change and very tasty.

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            "Another Baxter family favourite! We create this soup by blending the best possible leeks with the other essential components; tender pieces of chicken meat, carrots & onions, A delicious taste of Scotland in a can!"