“ Brand: Heinz / Type: Soups „
My latest foray into the world of soup saw me try one that I hadn't had before, the Heinz Classic Chicken and Barley Broth. I was instantly attracted to this one due to the label highlighting the low calorie and fat content of the soup (126 calories and 1.2g of which 0.2g saturates, per tin).
The packaging is the standard Heinz label with the common picture of a steaming bowl of whichever soup you are eating. I think this soup looks particularly appealing on the label and looks a nice dark and thick product accompanied well with a ripped chunk of rustic bread. The rear of the label gives the rest of the nutritional information which includes, per 400g tin, 5.4g protein, 23.6g carbohydrates of which 5g sugars, 3g fibre, 0.8g sodium which is the equivalent of 2.2g salt. For those with dietary requirements, the label advises that the soup contains gluten, wheat, barley and celery but does not contain any artificial colours or preservatives.
On opening the tin using the handy ring pull I was not met with the thick dark broth as I was expecting but with something that looked distinctly watery. Thankfully on pouring the soup into a bowl things began to improve as the ingredients dispersed and the soup began to look more broth like. It still did not resemble what I was looking at on the tin and was notably lighter in colour but it still looked quite good, having plenty of barley and vegetables. What it did seem to be lacking was chicken, having only a few small pieces that did not look particularly exciting. There was also no aroma coming from the soup. This, I have found, is sometimes the case with soups until they have been heated but after three minutes in total in the microwave, things still hadn't improved in the smell department.
The taste of the soup I would describe as average in comparison to most of Heinz's range. There was plenty of vegetables but they did not have any real flavour to them and although what chicken there was added good flavour, there was not enough of it to add an empowering taste to the soup. It would be fair to say I was a little disappointed and felt the need to add quite a bit of pepper to make it more to my liking.
I bought this soup from Asda when they were offering five tins of soup for £2 and as a result I've still got a few more tins of this to go through. The standard price for the product would be 70-80p.