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      01.01.2010 14:45
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      Baxters French Onion

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      If anyone has read any of my earlier reviews, they will know that I have been trying to be good in the run up to the festive season and have been cutting back on unhealthy foods. For this reason, I have been eating quite a lot of soups for lunch because they provide a quick, convenient and tasty hot lunch option.

      I prefer to make my own soups but recently have found that I have been so busy that I just haven't had time so instead, have been buying quite a lot of fresh or tinned varieties as a handy stand by. Tins are not as good as the fresh ones but they are useful to keep in a locker or cupboard at work.

      A 415g tin of this Baxters French Onion soup cost me £0.75 from a local supermarket. The tin is a warm red and brown colour with the logo on the front and a picture of the soup, which does look really appealing.

      To heat the soup, you can either pop in into a pan and warm gently or use the microwave for around two and a half minutes. The lid pulls off so you don't need a tin opener which is also handy.

      For a tinned soup, this one is surprisingly good, it isn't as thick as I would have liked though but is quite smooth with plenty of onions in each mouthful. It has quite a rich taste and the base of the soup is a delicious and substantial stock, which goes really well with some decent bread.


      Nutritional info (per half can serving);

      Energy: 60 kcal
      Protein: 1.9g
      Carbohydrate: 12.7g
      of which is sugars: 8.3g
      Fat: 0.2g
      of which is saturates: 0.1g
      Fibre: 1.5g
      Sodium: 0.44g
      Approx salt: 1.0g


      I would have liked this soup to be a little but thicker but considering the fact that it came out of a tin, I was actually quite pleased with the quality. It was a lot better than I had expected and I certainly would buy it again. Of course, it is never going to be a rival for freshly made French onion soup, but if like me, you lack the time to make your own, then this is a pretty decent stand by.

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      18.11.2009 21:32
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      Baxters French Onion

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      A 415g tin of this soup cost me £0.73 from my local supermarket. You can buy this in most supermarkets and it comes in a red and brown tin, with the Baxters label and a picture of a bowl of the soup on the front.

      This tin has a ring pull which is great as it means that you don't have to hunt around for a tin opener. You can either warm it gently in a saucepan or put it in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes (stir half way through cooking).

      Unfortunately, when you pour this soup out, it is quite thin and an unappetising shade of brown. Don't be put off though! As soon as this soup starts to cook, you can smell the delicious onion aroma (good to cook in work, may take a while to get the smell out of your kitchen at home though!) and it makes your mouth water.

      Once warmed, it looks more appetising, quite glossy and thick. The taste is delicious, it has a gorgeous meaty taste (it doesn't have meat in it but that is the best way to describe it!) with plenty of onions through it and though it isn't as good as home made, it is loads better than you would expect from a tin.


      Nutritional info per half a tin as follows;

      Energy: 60 kcal
      Protein: 1.9g
      Carbohydrate: 12.7g
      of which is sugars: 8.3g
      Fat: 0.2g
      of which is saturates: 0.1g
      Fibre: 1.5g
      Sodium: 0.44g
      Approx salt: 1.0g

      I will definitely buy this again, it has a very authentic taste and goes really well with a chunk of crusty bread as a quick lunch on a cold day. If you are a fan of onion soup and have no time or inclination to make it yourself, then try this one and see what you think!

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      05.11.2009 22:22
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      I love a warm bowl of soup when the months start getting colder . Usually, I make my own, but sometimes I just don't have the time, so I do like to have a few cans sitting in the cupboard as standby meals . One of my favourites is French Onion .

      This is probably one of the easiest and cheapest soups to make at home, except for the fact that the vast amount of onions involved does make me cry like a baby. The can is very traditional, a burnt red colour, with a photo of the soup steaming hot in a bowl, and a ring pull lid . I like ring pull lids, I'm always losing my tin opener so it makes life a little easier not to need one .

      Poured out, the soup is a rich thick brown, with plenty of visible onion pieces . There are instructions for heating in the microwave and on the hob, I prefer with this soup to heat on the hob, and then add cheese on toast to the top and grill for the last couple of minutes .

      The soup is rather thin in texture - it is not totally liquid, but it doesn't have enough chunkiness or texture for me personally. With that said, the flavour is lovely, a slightly caramelised onion taste, with a tiny hint of something boozy , and an underlying meaty flavour .

      Half a tin is 55 calories - this is the recommended serving size, but personally I find I need a whole tin to feel full, making it 110 calories . Still, that really isn't a lot, and with the addition of some cheese on toast, it easily makes a full and satisfying meal.

      A tin of this costs aroun 75p, which is fairly reasonable, and being a big brand you can find this in most major supermarkets . I do recommend this - it tastes lovely, and it's pretty healthy and filling . Four stars!

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        11.05.2009 15:23
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        A lovely French onion soup!

        I absolutely adore soup! I find nothing better than some with fresh bread and butter and I right pig out on it! I also like a wide variety of flavours and my Mother does our weekly shop (as I live at home cos I'm not silly lol) and she got me this to try out last week!

        The Packaging....

        415g can with a ring pull lid to the top of it and on that in black writing I'm told that metal cans are widely recyclable. Around the 'body' of the can there is an orange sticky label covering it and on that in black and white writing I'm told it is Baxters 'Favourites' French Onion Soup and that it is suitable for Vegetarians and contains less than 1% fat and that it contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. There is a photograph of the soup in a bowl and a signature from Audrey Baxter (who is the creator of this soup lol). On the back of the can I'm told a bit about the soup, how to heat it up (warm in a pan on the hob or for 5 minutes in total in a microwave), ingredients and allergy advice are given as is a full nutritional breakdown, I'm told the best before date is stamped on the back of the bottom of the can (which it is), I'm told the can is made from steel, the size is stated and finally there is a bar-code displayed. Nice enough can and I do like the easy ring pull at the top of it.

        A Bit About The Soup According To The Back Of The Can....

        'I learned the secret of this full-flavoured classic from Provence. We make it with masses of onions & sherry & cider vinegar. My favourite accompaniments for this soup are a warm fire & a slice of toasted French bread topped with melted Gruyere - delicious!'

        Me Eating It....

        Very, very simple. I shoved mine in a microwavable dish for the five minutes, stirring halfway through and it was perfectly cooked throughout and bubbling nicely.

        What I did notice as I emptied the contents into a bowl was really how sloppy and thin it was. Dark, dark brown with lumps of onions and smelling rather beefy and meaty I wasn't exactly excited at the thought of eating this. As it cooked my Mother started moaning I was stinking the house out of onions and my Step-Father looked really annoyed with me!

        However the scorn from others is worth tolerating with this lol. Although the soup doesn't thicken or change colour and look better the taste is really lovely!

        Yes it's onion soup at it's finest so before you purchase it do you like onions? Although to me it has a rich beef taste (although it's vegetarian) there are lots and lots onions in this. Dried onions to make the stock (soup) oniony tasting and then lots and lots of caramelised onions within it. If you dig a spoon in and get the onions out I saw two massive piled high tablespoons of onions which were juicy, tender and very well cooked. Brilliantly seasoned this really is a cut above other soups. It appears as you would expect it to and me, I'd be happy to pass this off as my own creation with guests! It has a home made feel to it that really is very filling but oh do watch your breath after eating it! Lovely though!

        Allergy Advice....

        Contains: Milk, Celery.
        No Gluten.

        Nutritional Information....Per 1/2 can

        Energy: 60 kcal
        Protein: 1.9g
        Carbohydrate: 12.7g
        of which is sugars: 8.3g
        Fat: 0.2g
        of which is saturates: 0.1g
        Fibre: 1.5g
        Sodium: 0.44g
        Approx salt: 1.0g

        Available in all good supermarkets etc priced about 75p a can.

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          05.04.2009 21:32
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          Baxters French Onion Soup

          I like soup a lot but don't really like onions so when my mum brought a tin of french onion soup home I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, when I put some into a bowl I saw lots of stringy slices of onion and they put me off straight away. The smell wasnt pure onion though so I ate some with some croutons.

          The soup is a bit sweet and tastes meaty and even though I can taste the onions they have got a sweet flavour that isn't sharp at all. I only did myself about 1/4 of a tin but I went back and did myself some more because I enjoyed it so much. The onion was a bit slimy but I've had onion soup ina restaurant once and that was the same so it must be like that for all onion soup.

          I had to put some more salt into the soup and so did my mum because it isn't salty enough.

          I like this soup and I will have it again. I surprised my dad when I said this because he dislikes onion as much as me and even he has said he will try it now because he likes soup.

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            04.03.2009 15:39
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            Don't judge the flavour purely on the soup's name; give this flavour a go.

            It is only an amzingly low 120 calories for the whole tin!

            It is not too oniony in flavour as onion content is just 4% and the caramelization of the onions takes some of the edge off of the flavour; in fact the yeast extract that's been used in the soup gives it a slightly beefy flavour.

            Its also gluten free and has no artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives in it. However it does contain some milk and celery.

            This is a very nice soup. Onion soup sounds very heavy and when I've had it in restaurants it often is heavy and is also too salty.

            But Baxters French Onion Soup is both light and not too salty. I'd advise having it with a nice chunky piece of bread to dunk in it. Also, it's nice to float some of your favourite cheese on top of the soup so that it melts and adds more texture, flavour and fillingness to the soup. Many people also add croutons.

            Although the soup comes in a tin you wouldn't know it when tasting as it tastes very fresh.

            Baxters have been around since 1868 and in my opinion are amogst the elite of world soup makers. They have a startling array of soups in their range of which French Onion is one of my favourites.

            The ingredients and calories:

            Water, Dried Onions (5%), Caramelised Onions (4%), (Onions, Butter, Sugar), Cornflour, Yeast Extract, Burnt Sugar Syrup, Salt, Sherry, Concentrated Tomato Paste, Sugar, Concentrated Onion, Cider Vinegar, Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Extract with celery, Spices.

            Overall a very nice soup and made with good ingredients too which is something that Baxters are known for.

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

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            05.02.2008 15:36
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            French onion soup made by Baxters

            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 recently discovered Baxter's French onion soup and liked it so much I wanted to share my find with others.

            Baxter's are a family company based in Fochaber, 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 French onion soup comes in a can with a convenient ring pull. The soup itself is a rich brown colour. It can be heated in a microwave, but I think it tastes much better if you heat the soup slowly in a saucepan.

            As this is onion soup you would expect to find lots of onions and this soup won't disappoint you on that count! Baxter's say this soup was inspired by a recipe from Provence.It certainly tastes as good as onion soup I have eaten in France.

            The soup tastes deliciously rich with a lovely sweetness, from the caramelised onions. It also has sherry and cider vinegar added. There are no nasty surprises in the ingredients list, unlike some of its rival brands! This soup is also low in fat and with only 55 calories for ½ a tin it won't ruin the diet either. However 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. It is available from most large supermarkets. If I had to make a critism it would be that it is a bit on the salty side.

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

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              21.01.2008 11:14
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              A lovely tasty tinned soup at a good price

              I like soup, so I do; all sorts of soup. Soup is a practically instant food, and if you get the right one can almost be a meal in itself. We make lots and lots of home made soup in our household, my personal favourites being French onion, potato, and ham and pea.

              But every now and again you simply need something that you can prepare almost instantly, and which is tasty, filling and warming. It's then I turn Baxters, one of my favourite manufacturers of instant soup.

              The first thing that is instantly admirable about Baxter's is that they are Scottish through and through. (Just like myself. Heh, heh) They've been making good soups in Fochaber in Morayshire since way back in 1868, so it's safe to assume that they've probably picked up a good idea or two in the last 140 years!

              Baxter's French Onion is a soup I really like. It comes in a 415g tin can from my local supermarket at a cost of a mere Euro 1.19, so isn't going to break the bank.

              You can heat it up by either popping it into a microwaveable bowl, or else use a saucepan. I actually prefer to slowly warm up my soup in a saucepan as I think it heats the soup more evenly and thoroughly.

              Baxter's claim to have used a traditional recipe from Provence in France to make this soup. It has lots of goodies in it. Obviously lots and lots of lovely tasty onions, bolstered with tomatoes, spices, sherry, and cider vinegar. The flavour really grabs you from the first mouthful right through to the last.

              What does it taste like? Ehhhh.....onions, obviously.

              There's enough in a can to feed two people comfortably, and possibly three if you water it down just a little. Personally, I tend to eat the whole tin on my own!

              If you like you can make the traditional bread croutons with melted cheese to supplement the soup, and I must say I do like these although I usually only get them if it's my wife who is preparing the soup as a starter for a meal. (I'm too much of a lazy bugg*r to be bothered preparing them!)

              One of the times I particularly like taking this soup is if I've been out on the golf course and am frozen to the bone. I find the soup warms me up nicely, and leaves a lovely warming glow in my stomach.

              By the way, the soup is fat free, cholesterol free, gluten free, and uses no artificial flavouring. (Nice!)

              You'll love this soup if you like onions. If you don't, then obviously it's not for you, and try some of the others in the Baxter range instead.

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              © KenJ January 2008


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              I learned the secret of this full-flavoured classic from Provence. We make it with masses of onions & our key ingredients & sherry & cider vinegar. My favourite accompaniments for this soup are a warm fire & a slice of toasted French bread topped with melted Gruyere - delicious!