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      16.03.2014 21:31
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      This is a lovely soup that is generous on noodles, chicken and sweetcorn and tastes great.

      When I was sorting out my cupboards the other day I found a tin of Heinz Classic Chicken Noodle soup lurking at the back, so I decided to open it up and have with a couple of rounds of bread. I've not had this soup in a long time, and I do like this soup.


      PRICE AND PACKAGING
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      A 400g tin of this soup currently costs 89p in Asda, although sometimes you can find the Heinz Classic soup range on offer, which is more than likely when I bought it. There is a steaming hot bowl of the soup on the front of the can, and on the back is information about the soup, ingredients, nutritional information, contact details etc.

      What I like about this can is the pull tag on the top of the can rather than a tin opener. I find this much easier to open a can.

      THE SOUP
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      On opening the can the soup is clear, and you can see there is a generous amount of chicken, noodles and vegetables in it. The soup contains:

      * No artificial colours
      * No artificial preservatives.


      Per half a can there is 63 calories and it is low in fat. There are plenty of noodles in this soup, and the noodles aren't too long and can easily be eaten on a spoon. I also notice there plenty of small pieces of chicken. Also contained in the soup is sweetcorn and onion. I noticed there is a generous amount of sweetcorn and onion, and I find eating this is quite filling.

      Heating it up is simple enough. You can do it on the hob, stirring until it's hot. Or you can heat it up in the microwave for 2 minutes, then stir it, and heat it up for a further one minute.

      So how does it taste? Once served, I find this tastes really nice. It's not a strong flavoured soup, and the noodles, chicken and sweetcorn makes it quite filling. I like how it isn't too thick, and is easily swallowed.

      Nutritional information per 100g:
      Energy - 31 kcal
      Protein - 1.2g
      Carbohydrates - 6.0g
      fat - 0.3g
      Fibre - 0.2g
      Sodium - 0.3g
      Salt equivalent - 0.7g
      It also contains wheat, gluten, eggs, celery, celeriac.


      IN SUMMARY
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      I like this soup. It isn't too thick, and I find it filling. There is a generous amount of chicken and noodles, and I would highly recommend this soup. I think the calorie intake isn't too bad, and the taste isn't too strong either. For a light meal with a couple of slices of bread, I really enjoyed this soup.

      H.J. Heinz Co Ltd
      Hayes
      Middlesex
      UB4 8AL

      www.heinz.co.uk

      Thanks for reading.
      Louise.

      NOTE: This review is also written on Ciao under the same username.

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      01.04.2010 12:48
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      Try it

      After trying the weight watchers version of this soup and finding I needed a bit more, I thought I would give the classic version a go. I bought it in Asda as part of a multibuy offer of 3 tins of soup for £2 but you can buy it individually for 82p.

      The can is wrapped in the classic red Heinz label with a picture of a yummy looking bowl of soup on the front full of noodles. I am lazy when it comes to making my lunch but this soup can be heated on the hob or by sticking it in the microwave for 3 minutes.

      The can is 400g in size and the serving size is suggested as half the can. A serving will give you 62kcal, 2.3g of protein, 11.9g of carbohydrates of which 2.3g are sugars, 0.6g of fat of which 0.1g are saturates, 0.3g of fibre and 0.6g of sodium. It contains gluten, wheat, barley, egg, celery and celeriac so it is not suitable for anyone who has an allergy to any of those ingredients. On the plus side though, the soup contains no artificial colours or preservatives.

      The soup was a golden yellow colour and as I poured it into a saucepan, loads of noodles, sweetcorn and chunks of pepper came out. I had to look really hard while I was stirring the soup to find the pieces of chicken in it though. They are very small pieces and there are not that many of them. It had a lovely aroma and looked quite creamy. The soup took 4 minutes to heat on the hob. It tasted very pleasant but I found it had quite a spicy flavour to it which surprised me. The noodles tastes nice and the sweetcorn was succulent. There were more pieces of chicken as I got down to the end of my bowlful. I was hungry so had the whole can of soup with 2 slices of bread but I was really full by the end of it. I would definitely recommend this soup.

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      10.12.2009 12:31
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      quite good

      Here is an interesting comparison, last week I had a takeaway and had a Chinese chicken noodle soup, then three days later I purchased the Heinz tinned soup. Which one came out on top? Well, I am sorry to say that the Chinese one had the edge in terms of flavour, definitely more spices and a better quality noodles, but then it was also a few pounds more expensive. The Heinz soup I bought in Tesco, as part of a buy four for two quid offer, which seemed quite generous.

      I had not tried the chicken noodle soup before, so was not sure what to expect. As with all their other soups, the premise is simple enough. Packaged in a red tin with a ring pull, you simply empty contents into a saucepan and then heat until warm on the stove. I always use a finger as a temperature test.

      The soup pours out nicely and then is then followed by a big lumpy cluster of noodles which seem to slide out and plop into the saucepan, like a ...no I best not say actually! But after the plot, they start to separate as the heat penetrates them. The surrounding liquid is beige in colour with small flecks of chicken bits floating around in it.

      In terms of taste, it really is not bad, though not up to my Chinese takeaway standard. The chicken flavour cuts through with a sincere potency and it does taste of chicken. The noodles are soft and pliable and taste fine, if not a little bland, but then noodles do lack flavour. The ingredients all compliment each other, though it could have done with more spices to lift the flavour further. As a quick snack is great, but it lacks finesse and comes across as a slightly better version of a Pot Noodle!

      Price wise, expect to pay around fifty to seventy pence, a nice winter soup, but not the best one in the Heinz range.

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      22.11.2009 16:51
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      Well worth buying

      Heinz Chicken Noodle Soup


      Description: Manufacturer: Heinz / Type: Soups


      I am always looking for quick, convenient and tasty lunches and that very often means soup. Recently, Tesco were offering a special deal on Heinz soups, whereby you bought 2 400g tins for just £1. We bought heaps and stocked the cupboard with them, which means that each day, I only have to grab a tin and some bread and take it to work.

      The soup comes in a bright red tin which is easy to spot on shelves with the Heinz logo on the front. You can buy them in most shops and supermarkets and expect to pay around £0.65 for a 400g tin. They can also be bought in 300g and 800g tins.

      This can comes with a pull off lid, so you don't need a tin opener, you just open and pour into a saucepan (then gently warm for a few minutes) or a microwavable bowl. I heat in the microwave for around two and a half minutes and stir it half way through cooking.

      Ingredients are as follows;

      Water, Pasta Noodles (10%, Water, Durum Wheat Semolina, Egg White), Modified Cornflour, Chicken (2%), Sweetcorn, Onions, Red Peppers, Cornflour, Sugar, Flavourings (contain Celery, Celeriac), Concentrated Chicken Stock, Salt, Yeast Extract (contains Barley), Herb Extracts, Garlic Salt, Spice Extract, Herb, Colour - Beta-carotene

      Nutritional info as follows;

      Size 400g
      Energy kJ/100g : 132
      Energy kcal/100g : 31
      Protein g/100g : 1.2
      Carbohydrate g/100g : 6.0
      of which Sugars g/100g : 1.1
      Fat g/100g : 0.3
      of which Saturates g/100g : 0.1
      Fibre g/100g : 0.2
      Sodium g/100g : 0.3

      This is possibly the nicest tinned chicken noodle soup that I have eaten. It is thin without being watery and full of vegetables, noodles and chicken. It has a delicious smell which you can smell as soon as it starts cooking. It is really well seasoned too with a slightly peppery taste which gives it a warming kick. The noodles are a great texture too, not too firm but not at all soggy as can happen with some tinned pasta soups.

      I will definitely buy this brand again, it was filling and delicious and went really well with a baguette. Of course it wasn't as good as fresh or home made soup, but what do you expect from a can. For a quick and tasty lunch, this is a 4 star choice!

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      18.11.2009 17:43
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      Great consistancy and tastes fab.

      For many years Heinz Soups have been the leaders of soup manufacture, top of their game, the crem de la crem, and all that cal.

      In recent years the market has been barraged by a plethora of soups of all different flavours and consistencies, but even so I find that Heinz remains a brand that can be trusted with a generally high and consistent standard, especially evident in their Chicken Noodle Soup.

      A classic 'ooooh I'm so bitterly poorly, better take the duvet down to the sofa and be made a fuss of (I am a man, honestly ; P) kind of soup. A thin but not watery consistancy (my favourite type) with small shreds of chicken, soft white noodles (which settle at the bottom of the bowl so need a good stir) and sweet little bursts of corn providing lovely texture to the soup. Other vegetables include onion and slivers of red pepper which imbue the soup with a natural sweetness.

      Now it's no secret, I am addicted to heat so my own personal reccomendation is as follows, Add 2 tbsp of curry powder and 2 tbsp of chili powder and a healthy glug of tobasco sauce (the habanero variety if you have it). Not only does this really zing the soup up but if you are a bit poorly it really does clear your head and nose so it's win win baby.

      Even without the additional condiments and spices added, this is a really pleasing soup, warms you from within and has a perfect consistency. It's not stingey on ingredients either, especially on noodle content, perfect for when you're feeling a bit under the weather.

      Simply put your soup in the microwave for around 3 minutes (depending on the strength of your microwave) this should render it scorchingly hot (as well as a spice fetish I love my food incineratingly hot). You can also put the soup in a pan on the hob and heat through to just how you like it.

      There are a staggering 57 varieties of Heinz soups and they've been around since the dawn of the twentieth century, so you'd kinda hope they would be amongst the better quality products as they've had a whole century to get it right. You can pick up a trademark red can for around a pound at most if not all supermarkets and I whole heartedly reccomend the Chicken Noodle variety as a hot tasty lunch or snack, perfect with a bit of crusty bread to mop up.

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        13.11.2009 22:24
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        I probably wouldn't bother!

        Heinz Chicken Noodle Soup

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        Myself and Mr Siamese bought loads of tins of Heinz soup last week because it was on offer in Tesco. At just £1 for 2 tins (400g), it was too good an offer to turn down. These tins of soup are easy to spot because they all come in a bright red tin and have the Heinz logo on the front. They are available in most shops and supermarkets and come in heaps of different flavours.

        This was the first time that I had tried the chicken noodle flavour. It comes with a pull off lid and simply goes into the microwave for between 2 and 3 minutes (check and stir half way through cooking). It smells pretty good once it has been warmed up too.

        It may look a little strange at first because it is a browny colour and there are noodles and little pieces of red pepper floating on the top, but it has a nice creamy consistency and the noodles are not to soggy so are a good addition. It seemed a little too salty for my taste though so wasn't as good as I had hoped that it would be.


        Ingredients are as follows;

        Water, Pasta Noodles (10%, Water, Durum Wheat Semolina, Egg White), Modified Cornflour, Chicken (2%), Sweetcorn, Onions, Red Peppers, Cornflour, Sugar, Flavourings (contain Celery, Celeriac), Concentrated Chicken Stock, Salt, Yeast Extract (contains Barley), Herb Extracts, Garlic Salt, Spice Extract,

        Nutritional info is as follows;

        Size 400g
        Energy kJ/100g : 132
        Energy kcal/100g : 31
        Protein g/100g : 1.2
        Carbohydrate g/100g : 6.0
        of which Sugars g/100g : 1.1
        Fat g/100g : 0.3
        of which Saturates g/100g : 0.1


        There are a lot of noodles in this soup and hardly any chicken but it is okay. It would be better if it were less salty though and for that reason, will not be a flavour that I buy again. It was filling enough but after half a bowl, the saltiness had began to become overpowering, so this made eating the rest a bit of a chore. There are so many other flavours from Heinz that are so much better!

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          30.09.2009 11:40
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          A great tasting soup

          So, whilst I wait for the various product suggestions I've submitted to be posted on the site, here's something I've found in the cupboard for dinner which wasn't half bad...in fact, quite good...it's Heinz's Chicken Noodle Soup.

          It comes in the traditional red tin that all the regular Heinz soups come in, so nothing spectacular there to write home about. Instead, the proof is in the pudding...or starter-cum-main meal in this case.

          It's certainly not one of the most aesthetically pleasing of soups. With the small, roughly one inch in length noodles are scattered heavily throughout the soup. Along with the tiniest pieces of chicken you ever did see it does look like a bowl of slop. Thankfully some red pepper gives it some colour but it doesn't look as appetising as it tastes.

          The instant taste certainly reminds me of the kind of soup you want when you're ill with a cold and want something to make everything better. Yes, it tastes of chicken. But there's also a slight peppery kick which gives the flavour some substance.

          The ingredients list is as followed...

          Water, Pasta Noodles (10%, Water, Durum Wheat Semolina, Egg White), Modified Cornflour, Chicken (2%), Sweetcorn, Onions, Red Peppers, Cornflour, Sugar, Flavourings (contain Celery, Celeriac), Concentrated Chicken Stock, Salt, Yeast Extract (contains Barley), Herb Extracts, Garlic Salt, Spice Extract, Herb, Colour - Beta-carotene

          Now, I'm no Gordon Ramsey, put there appears to be an awful lot of ingredients for a soup. Yes there's obviously the noodles, but that aside there's a whole host of things in there.

          A 200 gram serving of this is only 55 calories, so it's hardly a fattening little number. However, how anyone who can have just 200 grams of this 400 gram tin and leave the rest is beyond me! Surely you can have the whole tin along with a couple of slices of bread?!

          You can pick up a tin of this for approximately 80p, but at present Tesco does have an offer of any four Heinz soups for £2...so get involved!!

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            27.09.2009 14:24
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            Good soup

            I love chocken noodle soup as it is a nice healthy option and does not come with a load of calories in a serving, one can which is 400 grams in total can serve two people or one of they have a very healthy appetite on them, personally I find that half a can with a slice of whole grain bread is more than enough for a tasty filling lunch.

            The soup itself comes in a red can with the Heinz labelling on the front, inside it does not always look that appealing as it looks like a watered down grazy with a few bits of noodles floating at the top however looks can be decieving as once it is heated up a lovely chiecken smell and herbs wafts up to your nostrils.

            The soup itself has a few generous chunks of chicken in it and a substatial amount of pasta noodles as well and it has a lovely taste with the chicken and past combining together, the soup is not too thick and is rather refreshing and quite filling to eat.

            It is easy to prepare as it only takes a few minutes to heat up on the hob and is a nice simple option for lunch.

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              22.07.2009 12:17
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              Second only to my Mums' leek and tomato soup, comes the Heinz version of chicken and noodle. The first time I actually tasted this concoction (?) was way back in a cafe when I was quite young. I've tasted many but I've never found one which came close to those flavours. So far, the Heinz variety has come top.

              Granted it doesn't look all that appetising when you get it in your bowl. In fact to me it's like looking at a very watery gravy which you might get out of those gravy granuals tubs. It's like a pale browny colour with floating bits of chicken and white strands of noodles at the bottom. In the tins that we've been buying there is also little pieces of sweetcorn and what I think is peppers.

              This has a definite chickeny taste to it which is quite nice although for me the soup is still a bit too salty for my tastebuds. The actual chicken is a bit minimal and the amount of noodles probably makes up for this. That doesn't bother me too much as they are my favourite part of the soup. It is slightly spicey but not so much that it's unbareable to eat. Just enough so that it gives a bit of a kick to it.

              It is quite runny and it also seems to go a bit cold quicker than what you'd expect, so I wouldn't recommend waiting around before eating it. Any soup tastes disgusting when not hot enough.

              You shouldn't have it boiling away on your hob or microwave for too long as, so I've been told, you'll appareantly ruin the flavour, you're meant to be heating it not cooking it. If you want to find out if it's hot enough stick your finger in it quickly. Sounds daft I know but that's what my brother is always telling me to do to work out if the temperature of food is hot enough to be served.

              In a 400g tin there's about 124 calories but this can easily be shared with 2 people.

              I do enjoy this soup and will eat it for my dinner easily however the one thing I refused to do is dunk my bread into it. It just looks and tastes disgusting when doing it. Up at Sainsburys you can get a can for about 80p.

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                29.06.2009 22:04
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                After reading a review of this by xxfoxy-redxx - check her out she's a great writer! I dug my own tin of this out the cupboard and ate it this afternoon. It's not that I don't like Soup, but it's not a favourite thing of mine. I will never eat Soup in a Restaurant, as I always think there is more exciting things to eat! However being back on my diet after being off it a week, I was feeling hungry this afternoon and it was the time after lunch but too early for tea, so I had this!

                This normally sells for about 70p per 400g can, but I bought a few different flavours when Asda was selling 2 tins for £1 a couple of months ago.

                The packaging is alright. Heinz Soupl tins stand out as they are a nice medium-deep red colour. This has the white writing of the product on the front and a small picture of some Noodles and some pieces of Chicken. The tin has a ring pull, so no fussing with can opener!

                Nutritional Information per 200g (half the tin)

                62 calories
                11.9g carbs
                0.6g fat
                0.1g saturates

                So a pretty healthy snack to be had.

                Now to the Soup, was it any good? Yes it is lovely. It isn't a thick Soup, more like a Chicken water, but don't be put off that description as it is flavoursome and rich tasting. You can taste the Chicken Stock in the liquid and there is a slight Herb hint in here as well. Mixed in with the generous cubes of Chicken is short strands of Pasta and the odd piece of Red Pepper. You shouldn't have to Season this, as I found it tasted slightly Salted and a hint of Pepper.

                Heinz makes the nicest Chicken Noodle Soup in my view and I find this a tasty and pretty virtuous eat!

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                  29.06.2009 00:56
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                  A must try for soup fans!

                  When I saw last week my Mother had bought me a tin of this I was really gutted. I'm not a fan of chicken noodle soups due to finding them bland with thin almost transparent sauces to the. I love soup though and all the other tins my Mum had purchased for me I ate leaving this one lurking, lonely in the back of the cupboard..till tonight when I got brave and wanted something quick to eat!

                  The Packaging....

                  400g steel can with ring-pull opening to the top of it. Around the middle of the can is the usual dark red labelling Heinz usually give us and on that there is a picture of a bowl of the chicken noodle soup and I'm told it is indeed Heinz 'Classic' Chicken Noodle Soup. On the back of the can I'm told a bit about the product and cooking instructions and ingredients are listed along with allergy advice as are nutritional information and contact details for Heinz given, along with the size being shown, the recycle symbol being displayed and finally a bar-code is on there. Nice enough, quality packaging this is and I do like the ring pull feature for ease of opening!

                  A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The can....

                  Heinz chicken noodle soup is made with a blend of the finest ingredients to make sure this classic soup remains a family favourite - perfect with warm crusty bread and a sprig of coriander.

                  To Cook It...

                  On the hob heat it up in a saucepan for a few minutes on a lowish heat or you can microwave it for a total of 3 minutes, stirring once halfway through the cooking time. Either way is easy and straightforward!

                  The Soup Itself....

                  Ok I wasn't looking forward to it as I splodged the light yellow soup into a bowl and whacked it into the microwave. I took little notice of it and cooked it for the three minutes and noticed no real aroma to it. I was bored already!

                  However this soup is absolutely gorgeous! The stock the soup is made up from is as I said a light yellow colour and is packed with light creamy coloured strands of pasta, flecks of onion, small chunks of pink juicy chicken and slithers of red pepper and a generous helping of sweet yellow fresh tasting corn. The whole thing tastes very chickeny and is very well seasoned with salt and some sort of herbs and the whole thing is light on flavours but full on taste...and very filling indeed.

                  I love this soup and never thought I'd say that. It has a hint of garlic to it according to the ingredient list but I'm mighty glad that never overpowered the flavour of the whole thing. This soup is of excellent consistency, isn't one bit greasy and just...well superb! Well done Heinz for giving us a relatively healthy but filling and tasty soup!

                  Allergy Advice....

                  Contains:

                  Wheat, Barley. Egg, Celery, Celeriac

                  Nutritional Information Per1/2 Can....

                  Energy: 62 Kcal
                  Protein: 2.3g
                  Carbohydrate: 11.9g
                  of which is sugars: 2.3g
                  Fat: 0.6g
                  of which is saturates: 0.1g
                  Sodium: 0.6g
                  Salt equivalent: 1.4g

                  Available in all good supermarkets etc priced about £1.15 a can.

                  This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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                    16.06.2009 13:13
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                    Overall a good lunchtime soup - try it with cheese on toast though for a bigger meal!

                    My Review is based on the Heinz 'Classic' Chicken Noodle Soup - the same as before except now it has reached classic status!

                    Here's the basic information: Cost £0.81 (Asda), 124 calories per can, 2.8g of salt.

                    Main ingredients: noodles, chicken, sweetcorn, red onions, red peppers.

                    I've got a few notes which are specific to Heinz cans, which I've mentioned in some other reviews so I won't re-do the entire list, but for those who've not read my other reviews here's a quick summary:

                    I take these Heinz tins into work for a few reasons:

                    > They are cheap & easy to sling into a bag;
                    > They have a ring-pull so I don't have to hunt down & clean the shared can opener!;
                    > They are good quality with a nice taste;
                    > They microwave well. Some soups can spoil if they are microwaved too long or too hot but these take a lot of stick!;
                    > They fill me up without leaving the afternoon bloated (which, I find, sandwiches do...).

                    In terms of this flavour, it is definitely my favourite. It is a really tasty soup and the quality of the noodles, chicken and vegetables is quite good. It has a nice taste and can be enjoyed all year-round (as opposed to some heavy broths etc.).

                    I find that it goes very well with cheese on toast (especially if you pop some chilli jam on before toasting)!

                    Downsides are limited really but I must say that even though it is quite low in salt I get quite thirsty after eating it...

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                    30.03.2009 15:21
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                    A good budget lunch... I will definitely be buying it again

                    Chicken Noodle is usually one of my favourite soup flavours, so when I spotted the Heinz Chicken Noodle Soup while browsing the soup aisle in Tesco looking for something to have for lunch, I decided to give it a go. I am eating a lot of soup at the moment as I'm on a diet and it's a quick, healthy low-fat lunch option, so there might be a few more soup reviews to follow this.

                    This soup is part of Heinz' classic range, which also includes things like Leek and Potato, Cream of Tomato and Scotch Broth. They come in a red can, with a photograph of the soup on the front. The photo makes the soup look very appetising, showing a steaming bowl of soup full of noodles and garnished with fresh coriander.

                    This product can be heated in a pan on the hob or cooked for three minutes in the microwave, so it is definitely a quick lunch option. You are advised not to over-cook it as this may impair the flavour.

                    The soup tastes like a Chinese style soup, although the noodles taste more like normal Italian spaghetti than oriental style noodles. It is essentially a clear broth-style soup, containing small noodles and tiny pieces of chicken, sweetcorn, red pepper and onion. The flavour is good - it has a delicious spicy kick to it which I like, otherwise I might have been tempted to sprinkle some chilli flakes in to liven it up a bit. It does have a very thin, slightly watery consistency but the noodles add enough bulk for this not to matter too much, and I've had chicken noodle soups in Chinese restaurants which haven't been too dissimilar in consistency.

                    Overall, I was impressed with the taste of the soup, although I'm not entirely convinced it's going to keep me full until dinner time tonight! My first impressions were not that great as it doesn't look very attractive, but it definitely tastes better than it looks. The can suggests stirring in some fresh coriander, and I think that might well enhance the flavour still further.

                    The can I bought cost 81 pence from Tesco which I think represents very good value - it is a cheap lunch, and you can always serve it with some nice crusty bread to turn it into more of a meal.

                    Another benefit of this soup for those, like me, who are on a diet is that it is very low calorie. The entire 400g can only has 124 calories, and 1.2g of fat (only 0.2g of this is saturated fat). I'm not convinced by the recommended serving size on the can though - you'd starve if you only had half a can for lunch!

                    I enjoyed this soup and will definitely be buying it again. It's not the best canned soup I've tried as I much prefer the Heinz Big Soups which really do feel me up, but for a quick, cheap low-calorie lunch I think it is great.

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                      18.02.2009 12:30
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                      Noodle soup with other bits

                      Heinz Chicken Noodle Soup has a satisfactory consistency when poured out of the tin, it is not creamy but thicker than some of the watery soups you can buy. It has a light golden tone with only minimal transparency. The noodles take the form of tiny worm like forms, almost vermicelli like in there appearance. The diced chicken pieces are also tiny as you might imagine along with scattered fragments of onion, tomato, sweetcorn and peppers.

                      There is a chicken flavour but it is not overwhelming. The peppers make the soup a spicy but not too hot concoction - just enough to tickle your tongue. Perhaps the only thing lacking is a bit of bite and something to chew on. But you can't have it all I guess. Nevertheless, the thin consistency and spicy flavour bring back memories of oriental adventures in Singapore when I frequented room 14 of the Raffles Hotel and dined on Mr Choo's spicy noodle cuisine. It's surprising what such humble tinned flavours can conjure up.

                      This low fat soup contains 132 calories in a 400g tin and a rather disappointing 1.2g of protein. If they'd chucked a few beans in they could have doubled the amount. At least it's free from artificial colours and preservatives.

                      There is no mention of 'free range' on the tin so I am concerned as to the condition of the chickens that went into the mix and where they came from. But if you can blot this sombre thought out of you mind, Heinz Chicken Noodle Soup isn't a bad snack. With some crusty loaf from Sayers it will keep you warm in February. Cost around 70p.

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                        Proof that something which looks utterly repugnant, can taste heavenly

                        COST: 68p to 74p, depending on where bought

                        NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per half a can):

                        Calories: 62
                        Kj: 263
                        Protein: 2.3g
                        Carbohydrate: 11.9g
                        - of which sugars: 2.3g
                        Fat: 0.6g
                        - of which saturates: 0.1g
                        Fibre: 0.3g
                        Sodium: 0.6g
                        Salt equivalent: 1.4g

                        INGREDIENTS:

                        Noodles (made of water, durum what semolina, egg white), modified cornflour, cornflour, chicken, sweetcorn, onions, red peppers, sugar, flavourings, celery, celeriac, concentrated chicken stock, salt, yeast extract, barley, herb extracts, garlic salt, spice extract, herbs, colour (beta-carotene)

                        DIETARY INFORMATION:

                        Contains: Celeriac, celery, barley, gluten, wheat, eggs
                        Free from artificial colours
                        Free from artificial preservatives

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                        Heinz Chicken Noodle Soup comes in the well-known standard red Heinz soup can, which has a ring-pull device on the top. On the front and in the middle of a brown shape which I assume is supposed to loosely represent a stockpot, is a pan of steaming yellow-coloured soup, with the words "chicken noodle soup" in white lettering above, and in pale brown, the words "Heinz Classic". The rear of the can contains all the nutritional and dietary information, ingredients, heating instructions, and details on how to contact the manufacturer. Just behind the brown shape is an image of part of a corn cob, and I assume the white criss-cross shapes under the brown shape are supposed to be either noodles, or fine shreds of chicken. At the bottom of the can is the standard "57 varieties" which appears on most, if not all Heinz products - I'd imagine Heinz have many more than 57 varieties of food on the go, as that 57 catchphrase I remember was around as far back as the early 1960s, and they've expanded their produce considerably since those days.

                        I always love to have lots of different sorts of tins of soup in my cupboard, as every so often I get a mad urge for a bowl with dippy bread, and can get very frustrated if I've run out. The other day when at Sainsbury's, I thought I'd stock up on my supply of tins of soup, especially bearing the autumn and forthcoming winter evenings in mind.

                        Now....I like chicken, and am rather partial to noodles. I hate cream of chicken soup, but I love the cubed or powdered packet clear chicken noodle soup - and the chicken noodle variety of cuppa soup too (I actually prefer to call it "mugga" soup as who has it in a cup??). Until my trip to Sainsbury's, I actually had never seen canned chicken noodle soup before, and suddenly there was a whole stack of it before my eyes, nestling amongst those familiar red Heinz tins, next to the tomato and the oxtail....of course, I picked up a can, tossed it into my trolley, hoping that it would be similar to the packet or cube variety of chicken noodle soup - or if different, then up to the usual standard of all Heinz tinned soups.

                        Because (despite how it seems by my food-related articles on DooYoo) there are very many things I just will not eat, I usually check the ingredients on canned and packeted food carefully before buying, just in case they contain something I find inedible, but on this day for some reason I forgot to check.

                        A couple of days later, I couldn't be bothered to cook a full evening meal, so thought I'd have some soup - I'd forgotten about buying the Heinz Chicken Noodle - and was thinking down the road of Scotch Broth, Tomato or Chunky Vegetable....then I saw it peeping between a packet of cornflour and two tins of pilchards....that tin of Heinz Chicken Noodle Soup. Hey-Ho went my brain and my taste buds.....let's have that one! Journey where one has never trodden before, is one of my mottos in life.

                        I rummaged (noisily!) for a saucepan and a wooden spoon - thankful that I'd had the presence of mind to wash up the previous evening - and pulled the ring open on top of the Heinz can. I pulled the lid back and thought "Oh Dear" (or words to that effect!). I won't here go into too much graphic detail as to the appearance of the soup, just in case some of you are eating whilst reading this. The soup was a dull, mustard-yellow colour with little wispy white bits floating around, that I assumed were the noodles. Also swimming in the mustard-yellow murk were little red flecks, and I cringed....Oh the dreaded PEPPERS!!!! (I can't stand peppers, as you may have gathered). It was only then that I checked the ingredients list on the back of the can, in the vain hope that the peppers may have been red chillies, but ooooops no, it quite clearly said "peppers". Oh well, I thought...they are only miniscule pieces, so perhaps I won't notice them. There were little yellow nuggets lurking in the gunge too - I identified these nuggets as sweetcorn - which I don't have a problem with, as I love it.

                        On tipping the soup into the saucepan, I wasn't very impressed by the consistency. I was expecting it to be a fair bit thicker, and it was sloshing around in the pan....rather watery in appearance. There was a rather sour-ish smell wafting up which I didn't feel too optimistic about, and I was wondering if Heinz had made a mistake by manufacturing chicken noodle soup. Well, as I have said in other articles, the real test is in the tasting.

                        I heated the soup, giving it a half-hearted little stir now and again, until it was bubbling gently - I fished a couple of slices of bread from the Kingsmill plastic bag, sloshed the soup into a bowl, and sat down to sample.

                        Heating the soup didn't improve the appearance of it in the slightest, and I by now had resigned myself to either loathing it, or at best tolerating it with a view to not buying any more, if it fell short of palatable. I watched the red pieces of pepper....they reminded me of baby piranha fish, waiting to pounce (that's a subjective impression, brought about by my hatred of peppers) - then I took the plunge, girded my loins, scooped up a spoonful of the soup, and sampled.

                        On first taste, I wasn't too impressed at all, but decided the soup wasn't quite as bad as it looked. I decided to persevere, and as I continued to eat (does one eat or drink soup???), something rather nice happened.

                        Though it took a few mouthfuls to notice it, a lovely chicken flavour began to bathe my tastebuds, combined with a spiciness which made my tongue tingle very pleasantly. Wow - this soup was starting to taste rather nice. I carried on, and with each mouthful, the flavour just got better and better....before I knew it, I'd polished off the lot, and had enjoyed it so much that I'd omitted to dip the bread into it....the two slices were still sitting on a plate next to me, sad, forlorn and forgotten (I made it up to them by having some toast later in the evening).

                        What initially had seemed like something rather grotesque, especially bearing the presence of peppers in mind, had turned after a few mouthfuls into one of the most delicious soup flavours I've ever experienced. I didn't taste the peppers as peppers at all, and am wondering if they weren't peppers, but chillies - because the soup was rather hot in the taste department....I'd say about equal to a mild to medium-ish Indian curry level of hotness....and, some people do call chillies peppers!

                        Verdict! This soup (rather surprisingly) is bloody delicious, and I definitely will buy it again. It's low in fat, low in calories, and claims to be free from artificial colours and preservatives. Despite the pretty awful appearance, Heinz has done us proud here, and I conclude that it is in fact better than the packet and cube varieties of chicken noodle soup. The down side is the initial smell, colour and general appearance of the soup, plus it's too thin. The noodle and sweetcorn content aren't quite as generous as I would ideally like, but the lovely flavour more than compensated for those little discrepancies. Heinz Chicken Noodle Soup comes highly recommended by little old me!

                        Thanks for reading!

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