“ Brand: Crosse & Blackwell / Type: Pickles „
Cross and Blackwell Branston Small chunk.
What a brilliant idea, Branston in a small chunk variety. Having been to my daughters house recently and was fortunate to be there at lunch time, she always does a plate of sandwiches, cheese being my favourite and usually i have a few slices of tomato with mine, with a smaller serving of either french fries on the side of the plate or a little salad. My sandwiches served in brown bread, i like my crusts chopped off, not to be posh but thats how i enjoy my sandwiches because i only end up ripping the crusts off for the birds anyways. Biting into the sandwich which contained a medium strengthed cheddar i noticed that the branston pickle inside was not too thick and chuncky like the normal one, it was really a pleasant suprise, because even though the same sweet but spicy flavourings are there, the vegtables contained within are obviously chopped smaller making an easy to spread pickle with all the full flavour of the vegtables and spicies but smaller so less harsh in the mouth, i love it.
I think that this would be great if you were to be serving savoury crackers such as ritz etc because the appearance of this new pickle looks wonderfull but yet tastes great too.
I would recommend it in sandwiches, with a little breaded Ham or a really nice mature cheese depending what your taste buds require, it makes a pleasent change from the big chunks and is definetely a real winner for me.
I always have a sandwich at lunchtime with a serving of crisps or a few mini cheddars and this pickle is great. Its also looking good too and would be great to have in a little bowl to dip celery into etc as it is chopped finer and is more pourable for having as a dip.
I love Branstons pickle it has always been a great favourite in my household for many years now, ive tried the cheaper varieties but always come back to this one because the taste is unique and second to none. I like branston on the side of a plate of egg and chips which incidentally i havnt had for ages now. It is also good with a ploumans salad, or with fishfingers or sasages and mash or chips.
I like it because it comes in a jar and it is only costing £1.00 at the moment and I must say out of the two the normal and the Small Chunk, the small chunk wins over every time.
Great tasting pickle and does not in any way deflect from the original taste but is yet smaller chunks so it is really good.
Try some you will instantly notice the difference.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.
Cheese is wonderful on a sandwich, thick and savoury with some brown sauce, or sweet and delicious with a slice of tomato. Or simply great on it's own. There are however many other equally nice alternatives, one of them being both sweet savoury and crunchy.
As the advert says " Bring on the Branston" and I have indeed done so for many years, and been joyfully happy with the results. Recently I discovered an addition to the Branston range, which I was aware of but as of yet had not tried. It is a subtle variation on their already masterful pickle. It's still spicy, sweet chunkyish and still as tasty as it has ever been, its just smaller. ASDA seem to be in a pound phase at the moment, since all their offers are or have been £1 and so it was with the Branston small chunk pickle.
The spicy aroma hits you bang in the face once you open the almost trapezium shaped jar, not like the one in the Ciao photo. It's still a deep dark savoury brown colour and a mix of vegetables which are exactly the same as the original only the veg has been cut into smaller chunks. It still makes for a great sandwich, only now it' daintier and more eloquent....................posher if you will.
I never thought it could be improved upon, I was quite happy with the beefy chunks and looking somewhat less posh whilst demolishing my cheese and pickle sandwich. Its all the same ingredients, but for some unknown reason it just seems to taste a little better, perhaps its just the snob in me coming out, the little finger pointed outward whilst taking a delicate bite........................as if. It's still as spicy and still as cruncy and makes a super lunch with some cheese. It's not just for sandwiches though, I am partial to it with liver and mash to , but it does seem to work best with cheese.
Quite simply another pound well spent, and a nice little jar sitting waiting for one of the many times I fancy a cheese and pickle sandwich. I look forward to this delicious plain but scrumptious delight, Don't know as to why it seems to taste better, but it does.
Always has to be Branston, this is the first time I have had small chunk, and even though the pieces are smaller it does not compromise on taste. It is manufactured by Crosse and Blackwell and the copy cat brands do not come anywhere close to the original.
They have quite a long shelf life, but can not see anywhere written on the jar in what time it should be consumed once opened. They do have a free phone customer helpline though which you could use to check. I have never done this as once opened I refrigerate and it is consumed so quickly.
Branston pickle is also a good source of a variety of vegetables albeit in small quantities. It includes onions, cauliflower, carrots and gherkins. All great accompaniments to cheese and ham sandwiches.
They come in 520g and cost around £1.59 depending on the retailer.
The taste I can only describe as sweet with a tangy edge. I have not found anything close to it and I can not seeing me compromising on the taste.
I would whole heartedly recommend this to people, it certainly makes a sandwich more interesting and it goes great with sausage rolls.
A sandwich, salad or any meal really is often improved by the extra bits and pieces you add to it and Branston pickle has always been a real favourite of mine. A 360g jar of the small chunk pickle is currently one pound and thirteen pence on the Tesco website and all the packaging here, the glass jar and the metal lid are recyclable.
I particularly enjoy this sweet pickle with small chunks in ham, chicken or beef sandwiches but it also fits well alongside coleslaw, potato salad and cheese in meals like a ploughmans' lunch. I know that often this will be added to baked potatoes as well or anything that appeals to you really.
The small chunks in the pickle consist of various vegetables including onion, carrot, Rutabaga, Cauliflower, Marrow and Gherkin but you cannot really tell what is what, it all just mixes as one in a lovely spread. When you open the lid on the jar you get a fantastic smell which is sharp, a little spicy and sweet but not so overbearing as to put you off.
For every 100g of this pickle which I feel is a quite a lot you will consume 109 calories, 0.2g of fat and just short of 24 g of sugar which is probably why it is so sweet tasting.
Branston Pickle....... crunchy, tangy, British to the core and can bring to life the blandest of foods and/or enhance some already good flavours.
I have mine in cheese sandwiches, ham sandwiches, with cold turkey or chicken. You can buy the equivalent in other brands and it's usually cheaper and called "Sweet Pickle".
With the credit crunch that might be tempting but not for me because this is one product where the known brand is far superior in taste and texture to its cheap imitators, so I'm sticking to it.
It was first made by Cross & Blackwell as early as the 1920s but the brand was bought out by another company in 1922. Branston is a place in Burton-Upon-Trent (Better known for brewing than pickling) which is in the North Midlands of England.
In 2004 the price of Branston Pickle temporarily shot up because a fire completely destroyed a major pickling plant in Suffolk!
The pickle is made from a wide variety of very small diced vegetables combined with salt, sugar, vinegar, dates, onion powder, spices and one or two chemicals thrown in.
So although in no way harmful it should be treated as a relish rather than consuming vast quantities of it. There is no fat content in it.
If you haven't tried it I'd suggest putting it in a sandwich of hard mature cheese to lose your Branston virginity!
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**** Introduction ****
Ever since I was a young child I can always remember loving Branston pickle, I would eat it in cheese sandwiches and on toast. When I left home I didn't really bother to but it as my money was very tight and pickle was the least of my concerns.
Over the last few years I have had a real craving for the pickle and I am now ploughing my way through a jar every fortnight.
**** Branston Pickle ****
Branston pickle is manufactured by the well known company cross and Blackwell, which have been around for years and produce many different food brands including the increasingly popular Branston baked beans.
Pickle is basically chopped onions and vegetable pieces in a thick brown sticky sauce, for me the sauce makes branston pickle but if you don't like onions then this is something you will hate.
You can buy this in two different types, the original has large onion and vegetable nits in it and you have to crunch your way through the bigger bits, I find this works well when eating it with salads, but if you like to eat it in sandwiches I recommend the smooth pickle which contains smaller finely diced onions and vegetables, this is ideal if you are feeding it to young children.
Pickle comes in two types of packaging, you can buy it in a glass jar in three different sizes and it will cost you 89p - 1.79p a jar depending on the size. You can also get pickle is a plastic squeezable tube, which I the smoother variety this is ideal to use and as it is stored on its lid when it isn't in use, you get out every last drop of pickle.
**** My Views ****
I have always been a fan of pickle and I think I always will be, I personally love the original pickle as it is a lot thicker and you can crunch away on the vegetables but if I have this in a cheese sandwich it can be very overpowering.
This is something you will either love of hate as it has a very unique taste, I personally love it but I do know many hate it.
The price is very reasonable so I highly recommend you give this a try if you have never eaten it.
Crosse & Blackwell Branston Small Chunk is a great invention. I have always bought Branston Pickle for my family but found the original made very lumpy sandwiches! The small chunk variety is perfect for use in sandwiches and rolls because the vegetables are cut into much smaller chunks leaving a neater finish. The taste has not been compromised in the slightest.
The small chunk pickle is usually around £1.10 to £1.20 for a 360gram jar but my local Co-operative had a special buy-one-get-one-free offer recently so the two jars together were a real bargain. I haven't tried the squeezy version yet, though.
Of course, Branston is not only for sandwiches. It makes a great accompaniment to many dishes including salads and fry-ups and is wonderful as part of a Ploughman's lunch with thick crusty bread and a slab of cheese.
Branston Small Chunk contains carrots, rutubaga, cauliflower, marrow, gherkins, dates and onions in a spicy sauce which contains garlic, sugar, lemon juice and vinegar. It has no artificial flavours and is suitable for those on a gluten-free diet. It is used straight from the jar so is simplicity itself to add to a dish.
In this hot summer weather I like to eat sandwiches instead of a hot cooked meal and they're an great food to take on a picnic to the park or the beach. I have a very weird taste in sandwiches as you will know if you've read my top 10 sandwiches review. Mostly I like my sandwiches to include ketchup but I do sometimes like something a bit different.
I like to buy good quality pickle, normally either Tesco's or if I can afford it then Branston's I recently came across their small chunk pickle which seemed perfect as I have always thought it would be nicer to have smaller chunks. Branston is a really good quality company who have been around for about 90 years now so I think they have had plenty of time to perfect their recipe.
Cross and Blackwell Branston Small Chunk Pickle comes in a 520g jar for £1.19 from Tesco's this is quite cheap considering it is such a good quality pickle. The jar is clear with a red screw top on it and a label with the Branston's label on the front of the jar and all the nutritional information on the back.
Vegetables In Variable Proportions (Onions, Carrots, Rutabaga, Cauliflower, Marrow, Gherkins), Sugar, Malt Vinegar - From Barley, Spirit Vinegar, Salt, Chopped Dates (With Rice Flour), Apples (With Preservative: Sulphur Dioxide), Modified Maize Starch, Tomato Paste, Colour: Sulphite Ammonia Caramel, Spices, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Onion Powder, Garlic Extract
Per hundred grams there are:
26g of Carbohydrate
2.0g of fat
1.1g of fibre
1.6g of sodium
As you can see this
Free From Artificial Flavours, Free From Gluten, Suitable for Vegetarians. Unfortunately this contains sulphites but is suitable for a gluten free diet.
I like to spread my pickle quite thickly in ham sandwich this allows the pickle to give the sandwich a refreshing taste. In the winter I like to put a little less pickle in and then toast it but right now the weather is to hot for toasties. If you don't like ham or want to add something extra try it with some lettuce, it really tastes good. I also like it on hotdogs and burgers from the BBQ.
It smells very nice, I'm not really sure how describe it, it smells like pickle though! It's dark brown and has small chunks of vegetable in it. It tastes really good as well, it's a sweet pickle yet it has a slightly spicy smell to it. I like the fact that it has smaller chunks, this makes it easier to spread and it stays in the sandwich a lot easier.
Overall I give this a 10 out of 10 for being a wonderful pickle which has a great atste and is well worth the money I paid for it.