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      31.10.2011 21:39

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      my review on heinz chicken soup.

      This has always been a favorite of mine. As a child my mum often gave it to me as i was quite a fussy eater and it is quite a simple soup to eat with a mild flavor. It's good to eat when your having a lazy day when you can not be bothered to cook a proper meal.It's very convenient pop it in the pan- or microwave if you prefer for 3 minutes an your done, tastes great with some french bread.It's very nice for the winter, warms you up a treat.The only bad things I would say is that it is a little bit on the salty side and it does have chicken pieces in it which i personally like but some people may not find the texture pleasant.All in All i would say you get good value for your money and it is surely a cupboard staple of mine.

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      28.07.2011 23:55
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      For emergencies only!

      I usually make my own soup, but this evening after I'd put the kids to bed, I was a little peckish and so helped myself to some of the Heinz Classic Cream of Chicken Soup that was in the cupboard. I haven't had this since I was a kid, but I get it because my daughter is really found of soup and sometimes its the only thing I can persuade her to eat - and so I usually have some hanging around in the cupboard.

      The can of soup contained 290g and cost me 64p from Tesco. I don't actually think that 64p is great value for money as I can imagine how little this soup is produced for, but it is an average cost of a tin of soup and so from that point of view its not a bad price. It comes in a typical can with the Heinz logo and pieces of chicken on the label. On the back of the label is the nutritional information and easy to follow instructions for heating the soup (although I'm not sure why anyone on the planet would need instructions!).

      The can has a ring pull on it and so opening it is easy. To heat, I simply poured it into a saucepan and heated through for about four minutes until the soup was bubbling. Once warmed I poured it into a bowl and was ready to go. Preparation really couldn't have been easier.

      The first thing I noticed about the soup was that it did have an aroma, but I wouldn't say that the aroma reminded me of chicken. The only way I can describe it is to say that it smelled like canned chicken soup smells - which is a unique smell - but it's definitely not one of chicken! The soup is an off-cream colour (kind of a yellowy white) and is very thick and somewhat gelatinous. I didn't think it looked too bad because although thick, it looked relatively smooth and non-greasy. There were tiny bits of chicken in the soup - but these were very small and few and far between. Interestingly and perhaps surprisingly, chicken was the highest ingredient in the soup after water - but yet it only comprised of 3% of the total contents which really is very little. On tasting the soup, it is.....okay. I wouldn't say it was disgusting and I wouldn't say it was very tasty - I would simply say it is edible, but that it isn't something that I would look forward to eating. It is creamy but tastes processed and very salty (it contains 1.9g of salt), but it is filling and warming and so does serve a function.

      I think this soup is okay to have in the cupboard for emergencies - but really this is only for emergencies when the munchies strike and there is nothing in the fridge (or for moody teenagers who believe that the soup is the only thing that can pass their lips!!).

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      15.06.2011 01:43
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      Another variety from Heinz

      Heinz soups in my experience are always good quality and compared to some cheaper brands which can be a little strange in the taste department and also sometimes watery they are creamy and have good flavours. The chicken variety from Heinz is a popular choice of mine that the company produces along with tomato and also mushroom.

      Their cream of chicken soup is found easily on the shelves as a tin of this is wrapped with the classic regimented red label that Heinz uses for their standard soups. Obviously the metal can is recyclable and as I have mentioned in previous reviews a great feature of their tins is the ring pull to open the lid with ease, so handy if you don't have a can opening device available.

      The soup contains no artificial colours or preservatives which is good to know, the more natural the better. The creamy texture of this is sensational and I feel the chicken taste is pleasant, you can buy more expensive brands of soups where may be the flavours would be stronger and more definite in your mouth but for the price I am very happy with Heinz's efforts and am satisfied because it is a brand I can trust. Chicken like tomato really is one of those soups to eat when you are under the weather especially when you have a cold or symptoms associated with flu and things like that. You can't beat it either on a cold winter's night with your favourite bread or rolls.

      One tin of this is currently 82 pence on the Tesco website but with many foods like this you can often benefit price wise if you buy multipacks or take advantage when they are on promotion. Some folks are satisfied with half a can but I like to eat it all if my appetite is functioning normally. This means for a whole tin I will end up consuming 210 calories and 12g of fat which for a snack or a light meal is not bad in my humble considered opinion.

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        24.06.2010 13:45
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        A fairly nice cream of chicken soup.

        Although I have been denying it for days, my flatmates have started moving out of our flat. This, fortunately, is not down to another argument or someone not fitting in, but is simply because the lease is coming to an end and two of them have left early to go au pairing in Spain and Italy. I, however, am still here and at the moment am in the flat alone. Finding myself eating tea by myself tonight, I decided to try one of the things that one of my friends left behind when they moved out: a tin of Heinz Classic Cream of Chicken soup. I had a tin of their Cream of Tomato soup a few days ago after not having one for years and loved it, so was curious to see whether this meaty variety would be just as good.

        The packaging is simple enough: a typical tin as you can see in the photo above. It is attractive enough and unmistakably Heinz, which is good if you're looking for a brand you trust but otherwise it is pleasant enough to look at. On the tin there is a list of ingredients, cooking instructions and nutritional information, but I won't list any of these here as I don't feel it's necessary for the purposes of this review, and you can find them on the internet or by looking at a tin in a supermarket if you're very interested. One thing that I will say, however, is that it mentions that per half tin there are 105 calories, which is fair enough really, but since the tin is hardly huge I doubt that many people would just have half a tin unless they weren't very hungry or had it with lots of bread. Still, 210 calories for a whole tin is pretty good going for anyone who's watching their weight. The tin has a ring pull, which I think is excellent as I often have trouble with tin openers so it's nice to bypass this inconvenience.

        Anyway, I heated this soup up simply in a pan on the hob, and it took only a few minutes to be hot enough to eat. The soup looked the same hot as cold: very thick and a pale creamy colour with the odd bit of real chicken visible through the gloopy soup. I transferred it to a bowl and found that it was less than is normally found in tins of soup that I eat, so I am very glad that I cooked the whole thing rather than just half the tin.

        And now, most importantly, the taste test. I have to say that this soup was very nice: it was pleasantly creamy with a definite yet subtle chicken flavour, and the small pieces of chicken gave it a more interesting texture as well as more of a chickeny taste. I really enjoyed eating this soup, and although it isn't the best soup I have ever had, it was a very nice chicken soup indeed.

        In conclusion, I am very glad that one of my flatmates left this behind as it made a nice, free tea. If I were to buy it again (or if you were to) apparently it costs as little as 57p from mysupermarket.com, though I would be willing to pay up to £1 for it if I saw it in smaller, more expensive shops. I would recommend this tin to anyone who likes chicken soup, though if I'm honest the Cream of Tomato variety from Heinz is definitely better than this one.

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          25.04.2010 19:30
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          Not good!

          Whilst wandering around a local corner shop I noticed some smaller tins of Heinz soup. Every now and then I fancy some soup , but don't always feel like a whole 400g tin and as this is all I usually stock in the cupboards, I often go without. So spotting these smaller tins seemed the answer to my problems. I selected two different flavours at 60p each, one of them being Cream of Chicken, a flavour I could not remember the last time I'd had it.

          The tin contains 290g of soup. It comes wrapped in the standard red Heinz labelling with a picture of a bowl of steaming chicken soup on the front. This looks like a nice thick soup, garnished with a sprig of parsley and sat next to some fresh looking crusty bread. The front of the label advertises that the soup is low in fat and contains 144 calories per serving. Whereas a 400g tin considers half of the tin to be one serving, with this being a smaller tin the entire contents constitute one serving here.

          The rest of the nutritional information is found on the rear of the label with the vital statistics being, per tin, 4.9g protein, 13g carbohydrates of which 3.2g sugars, 8g fat of which 1.3g saturates, 0.2g fibre and 0.7g sodium with the salt equivalent being 1.9g. This soup does have a higher fat content in comparison to many of the other Heinz soups but I think that is to be expected with cream being one of the more prominent ingredients.

          The rear of the label also highlights that the soup contains no artificial colours or preservatives but does contain gluten, wheat and milk.

          On opening the tin, which has a ring pull lid, and pouring the contents into a bowl, I think you would be quite forgiven for losing what appetite you might have had! The soup, in my opinion, looked like gloopy slop and there was also no aroma which might have offset the poor appearance.

          With there being less soup, it stands to reason that it can be heated in a shorter amount of time! In an 850w microwave the label states the soup should be heated for one minute, stirred and then heated for a further minute. My microwave at home is an 800w and I found the two minutes in total was enough time for the soup to be nice and hot. After being heated things did not improve visually but there was now a pleasant chicken smell being given off.

          On tasting the soup, I wasn't massively impressed. In my opinion it did taste like chicken but it was very weak. I think it is quite possible that if I was eating the soup blindfolded without being told what it is, it wouldn't be immediately obvious what the flavour was! Amongst the gelatinous soup there were some small pieces of chicken but these were almost non existent and when you did eat a piece they didn't really seem to contribute anything to the flavour. Looking at the ingredients, chicken accounts for only 4% of the soup and whilst there are flavourings they don't seem strong enough to make the soup taste as it should. I found the best flavour came after I had finished the soup with the aftertaste reminding me of chicken flavoured crisps, which I quite like!

          Whilst I wasn't a big fan of the flavour of this soup, I did find the portion size to be exactly what I was looking for. At 290g this provided enough soup for a decent snack and would also be good for those with smaller appetites but I certainly will not be buying this flavour again.

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            24.03.2010 20:47
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            Quick easy meal for dinner time, or nice as a starter!

            I recently purchased this Heinz tin of chicken soup when they were on offer in asda 5 for £2, i thought this was a great deal as it works out at just 40p a can, cheaper than buying supermarkets own brand soup!

            I am all for saving money on my food bill, but i have tried the own brand soups and i just dont like them! Many items of food taste the same, or a little different but still nice but cheap soup is deffinately not worth buying!

            I usually take soup to work with me when i have forgotten to make sandwiches or a salad, ill just grab a tin of soup out the cupboard. I wouldnt normally choose chicken soup to have at work as it isnt very filling, i would have something like vegetable or pea and ham as they have big pieces in to make it a bit more of a filling meal.

            This chicken soup does have pieces of chicken in it, but they are very small, not chunky pieces, and hardly worth having in there really!

            However, the taste of this soup is really nice. It is really creamy, not too thick and not like water either, it is just right. It tastes strongly of chicken, and when i have it at home i love it with a fresh loaf of white bread. I cant finish a big tin though to my self i have to half a small one.

            I find cheaper brands of soup to be very thick, and not have much taste. You can deffinately taste the difference in price.

            All you need to do to cook the soup, is pour it into a microwavable bowl and heat on full power for 2 minutes. Then stir and heat for another minute. This is the method i use if im having it for my dinner at work, but if im at home i will always heat the soup up in a pan on the hob. I dont know why it just tastes nicer and doesnt end up as thick by doing it on the hob!

            I was always given this soup as a child if i was off school ill, it never really made me feel better! But it does really warm you up on a cold day!

            This tin of heinz chicken soup looks exactly like it does in the picture. The can states there are only 102 calories per serving which is quite deceiving really, as most people would have a can of soup to themselves. But this can actually says 102 calories is per half a can. So 204 calories still isnt really that bad for you for a whole meal. It also says it is low in fat, which i think it is with it being so low in calories.

            The can advertises that heinz do 57 varieties of soup, i dont know if this is true, i have never seen 57 different flavours of soup on the shelves in asda!

            My cupboards are absolutely full of tins of soup at the moment with the promotion asda are doing! I buy five tins every week with my shopping, as they always have a couple of years date on them so they will get eaten at some point. They are always handy to have in the cupboard.

            Overall, i would also choose a tin of heinz soup over a supermarket brand any day!

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            21.03.2010 13:55
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            We are stocking up a bit on Soup just now. Asda is selling 4 tins of Heinz Soup for £2 just now, which is an alright offer. I think the normal price for the 400g tin is about 85p thesedays, so 50p per tin is pretty good.

            Although my favourite is Lentil and Tomato, I do like the odd change now and again. The wife likes other kinds, so we thought we'd get this one and a few others ones to try after not having them for a while.

            The tin is ok looking. It has the red coloured wrap around label and the nice picture on the front and the large enough Heinz label. This has a ring pull on it, so easy enough to open.

            I wouldn't say this smells too Chicken like when I opened it, but I would say this is a light Chicken and a pretty creamy scent to it. It is a pale beige colour and looks quite thick. After cooking this in a pan is got a bit thinner, but was still an ok consistency.

            The taste of this was pretty nice. It made a change from other Soups which are a bit heavier tasting sometimes. This did taste that bit creamy, but not a heavy cream that would sit in your stomach. The Chicken tasted nice enough and this was lightly seasoned.

            A nice enough Soup that we would get again. It is a lot nicer than Supermarket own brand of Cream of Chicken, and I would say it would probably be worth that extra cost, but it's even better being on special just now.

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            Mmmmm...Heinz Cream of Chicken soup. I'm not so sure...

            I bought a tin of this soup recently as it was on offer, 4 tins for £1.50. I immediately picked cream of chicken as I remember being a little girl and having it as some comfort food when I was feeling poorly. It was thick, tasty and made you feel all warm inside.

            Appearance wise, nothing much had changed. It still was packaged in the traditional red can emblazoned with the recognisable Heinz logo on the front and in a 400 gram serving.

            Being a more calorie conscious adult, I checked the nutritional information and I was pleasantly surprised. At just over 200 calories per can it isn't overly calorific but the saturated fat content is around 2g which isn't perfect but not food hell either. For good old fashioned comfort food I thought this was reasonable.

            I decided one afternoon to try it for lunch with some crusty bread and heated it the conventional way in a pot on the hob. You can also microwave heat but I have found that some Heinz soups don't respond well to this and go a bit sticky for want of a better word. The soup heats up very quickly so make sure you keep an eye on it.

            It looked pretty much the same although I did think the constancy was a little thicker than I remembered and there seemed to be less "chicken" bits in it.

            Upon tasting I was very disappointed. All my childhood memories of the comforting taste of Heinz chicken soup were shattered.

            The consistency definitely was a lot thicker and as one other reviewer mentioned was of a gloopy consistency. All I can say was it looked as though there was some sort of gelatine in it. My original suspicions were also confirmed when I noticed the distinct lack of chicken pieces in it.

            This all pales into significance however when it comes to taste...oh wait a minute there is none! The flavour in no way resembled any chicken I have ever tasted. In fact the flavour was severely lacking. Not even a little salt and black pepper could cheer it up.

            I must have persevered for all of 4 mouthfuls when I gave up and settled for some crusty bread and butter instead.

            Overall I was extremely disappointed in this soup. It just wasn't as good as I remembered, whether they have changed the recipe or I was looking back through rose tinted glassed. It did not constitute good value for money, even at 4 for £1.50. I always thought Heinz was a reliable soup brand but after this experience I'm not so sure.

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            22.02.2010 14:22
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            one to avoid for me

            I first decided to buy this soup when I was fed up of taking sandwiches to work, I scoured the shelves and went straight to Heinz as this is the only brand a new much about.

            The can looks quite appetising, you can't really miss them as they are bright red coloured and has the flavour of the soup printed on the front and then a picture of the ingredient underneath

            In this case, I picked up cream of soup, it looks very nice with a picture of slices of chicken on the front, I am not a big eater of vegetables, so this seemed to suit me as I love chicken.

            So I then look on the back at the nutritional information,

            Tin size = 400g
            Per 100g:

            Energy kcal - 52cal
            Protein - 1.7 g
            Carbohydrate - 4.7 g
            Sugars - 1.2g
            Fat - 3.0g
            Saturates - 0.5g
            Fibre - 0.1g



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            On reflection, calorie wise, roughly 200cal for the tin, which is not bad and hopefully, would fill me more than a packet of crisps!

            To heat the soup you can either do it an microwave or on the hob, as I was at work I chose to do it in the microwave, cook for 1 min, stir, hen heat for another min. A word of caution is to make sure you cover it with a place or something otherwise it will explode in your microwave. If you are doing it on the hob, boil at a low temperature otherwise it is likely to stick to the pan.

            Once it was heated throughout, now came the taste test, looking at it, I was already put off a bit, it looked very bland, it looked very thick and gloopy.

            I am disappointed to say, the taste reflected this, it was edible but tasted very bland and boring. There was no real chicken flavour to it, and there were the tiniest bits of chicken floating about in the soup.

            The tin itself was about 60p which was good value, but unfortunately it didn't taste very nice so the price is irrelevant.

            I now make my own which costs much less to make, but tastes a million times better, and I will never buy tinned soup again!

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            14.02.2010 21:06
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            For what you pay, it's fine...

            In the cold weather there is nothing I like more than soup with a roll or crackers for lunch. When it's below freezing sandwiches don't seem to cut it for me. So come November / December time, I start buying soup pretty much on a daily basis.

            Heinz is very well know for its soups. Along with baked beans it's probably one of its best sellers. They are very recognsiable on the shelf in their red finery and always at eye level as they are the brand leader I would suppose.

            What I particulary like about buying these cans is that they come with a ring pull. The other day I bought a Sainsubury's soup for a change and I was walking back to work when suddenly it struck me to look at the can and sure enough, no ring pull, it required a can opener which of course we don't have at work so back I went. So these are ultra convenient.

            The soup can be done on the hob or in the microwave. I have seen it in both 300g and 400g sizes so pick depending on the size of your mug or bowl. In the microwave it takes 2/2.5 mins. The soup doesn't look that interesting when taken out but it's not the same as getting a carton soup from The Covent Garden Soup Co. or something so you can't expect the same.

            The taste is good and relatively reminiscent of chicken. There are bits of chicken in this but I was rather put of this when a colleague asked me how long those bits of chicken had been dead for but there you are. It's very thick and yes creamy which is a must for me with soups as I find it more filling. I can't stand watery soup. Unfortuntely it is also rather salty as are all their soups but not as bad at this as the Tomato version.

            Overall it's good but don't expect a miracle. These are roughly 85p each or 4 for £2 at Sainsburys at present.

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            18.11.2009 23:17
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            Its probably fine after being sieved

            Heinz soups have been a feature of my lunch for the last couple of months, for those of you paying attention I've already said that I love the Organic Cream of Tomato soup, but I also need to go to the other end of the scale and say that thus far there is a clear looser in the taste tests too. The Chicken soup is one of the worst things I have ever had the displeasure of eating, but its a texture thing and nothing to do with the taste.

            I dare say that on its own the flavour would be something that I could actually enjoy. But Heinz has managed to destroy what is an otherwise lovely soup by putting large lumps of chicken dust in the soup. I unfortunately purchased a 4 pack of this dust filled gloop and will eat the rest of it; I even gave it the benefit of the doubt on the first tin, but no, the second tin was worse as it had more lumps of this, what I suppose they would prefer I called, chicken. I'm thinking the next time I decide to have it I'll strain it and then I might well be able to enjoy my lunch.

            Nutritional Information per 100g

            Energy 219 kJ
            Energy 52 kcal
            Protein 1.7 g
            Carbohydrate 4.7 g
            of which Sugars 1.2 g
            Fat 3.0 g
            of which Saturates 0.5 g
            Fibre 0.1 g

            And the ingredients are below (although I would dispute the second one)

            Water, Chicken (4%), Modified Cornflour, Vegetable Oil, Cream, Dried Skimmed Milk, Wheat Flour, Flavourings, Milk Proteins, Cornflour, Yeast Extracts, Herb Extracts, Stabiliser - Polyphosphates and Sodium Phosphates, Salt, Garlic Salt, Spice Extract, Colour - Beta-carotene

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              My lunch time fix in the winter months!

              Now winter is rolling in I like to eat something warm at lunch time, and with working full time I often end up in the pub because it's the quickest easiest thing BUT it isn't the healthiest or cheapest.

              I decided a few weeks ago to start watching what I eat, as well as stop wasting all my money in the pub. The best solution I could come up with to eat something warm was soup.

              I have a can of 290 grams Heinz, cream of chicken soup at lunch time with one slice of white bread.

              The can is typically aluminium and has a red label indicating the contents and the Heinz branding. There is also a picture of the soup in a bowl on the front. It does look appealing.

              I am not a soup person so don't have too much experience in comparing soups and have never made one at home.

              The soup itself, it is cream of chicken soup, so the soup itself is creamy yellow and quite thick, it tastes of chicken a little bit, but it is more just warm with a taste but not exactly chicken, I can't put my foot on it but it is quite nice, there are of course chicken pieces in it too. This is what the more chicken part of the taste is although it flavours the soup too.

              A can of 290 grams is enough for me with a slice of bread. It keeps me warm and full until dinner time. If I buy the bigger cans of 400 grams I end up with half one day and half the next, which in turn means I am getting a smaller portion (so probably sensible).

              The soup is a good and easy solution - the preparation time is 5 minutes maximum, all you need is bowl, a saucepan and a spoon.

              Nutritional Information (per 100 grams - not per can):

              Energy kJ: 207 kJ
              Energy kcal: 50 cal
              Protein: 1.7 grams
              Carbohydrate: 4.5 grams
              of which Sugars: 1.1 grams
              Fat: 2.8 grams
              of which Saturates: 0.5 grams
              Fibre: 0.1 grams

              This soup costs: £0.68 for the 290 grams and £0.82 for the 400 grams at Asda.

              My lunch time fix in the winter months!

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                20.10.2009 20:08
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                Heinz Classic Cream of Chicken Soup

                By now it is possible that everyone has tried this soup. I prefer home made soups but always have a can or 2 of this in the cupboard as a standby, it reminds me of my childhood (it still tastes exactly the same) and is warm, comforting and tasty.

                It can be obtained from most supermarkets and often the smaller shops too and comes in 3 different sizes - 300g, 400g, 800g. A 400g tin costs around £0.65 but these soups can often be found on offer. I tend to stock up then and stash them for cold days or quick lunches.

                It has a creamy taste and small chunks of chicken through it. My only suggestion for improvement would be to add more chicken!

                It warms up quickly and easily in the microwave (keep an eye on it and stir it half way through cooking) so requires hardly any effort. The tins have a pull off lid so you don't even need to use a tin opener, the ultimate in lazy cuisine!

                The ingredients are as follows;

                Water, Chicken (4%), Modified Cornflour, Vegetable Oil, Cream, Dried Skimmed Milk, Wheat Flour, Flavourings, Milk Proteins, Cornflour, Yeast Extracts, Herb Extracts, Stabiliser - Polyphosphates and Sodium Phosphates, Salt, Garlic Salt, Spice Extract, Colour - Beta-carotene

                And the nutritional information;

                Size 400g
                Energy kJ/100g : 219
                Energy kcal/100g : 52
                Protein g/100g : 1.7
                Carbohydrate g/100g : 4.7
                of which Sugars g/100g : 1.2
                Fat g/100g : 3.0
                of which Saturates g/100g : 0.5
                Fibre g/100g : 0.1

                In summary, this is a great soup which is filling and tasty. It is simple to prepare and definitely worth stashing a couple of tins in the cupboard for a rainy day.

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                  Heinz Classic Cream of Chicken Soup

                  I have read a few reviews of this product on here and the overall impression seems to be mixed. Soup from a tin is never going to be as good as home made, but it can also be quick, convenient and a good stand by to keep in the cupboard.

                  Right now, I am suffering from flu. When I say suffering, I mean SUFFERING! To the extent that I am struggling to do much more than blow my nose and groan loudly from time to time. As my other half is at work, I am also resigned to having to look after myself until he gets in each day (all together now - awwww!). I don't have much of an appetite and certainly don't have the inclination to cook anything. Hence scouring the cupboard for something quick and comforting.

                  Today this was Heinz Classic Chicken Soup. I stuck it in the microwave for 2.5 minutes (you need to be careful not to over microwave it as it tends to go a bit runny, best to keep checking and stirring it) and ate it with bread. It was actually quite good, the taste doesn't seem to have changed since I was a kid and it was tasty, filling and best of all, ready to eat very quickly. It is also quite low in calories (half a tin is around 105 calories) and there is less salt than there used to be.

                  The nutritional values and ingredients are as follows;

                  Water, Chicken (4%), Modified Cornflour, Vegetable Oil, Cream, Dried Skimmed Milk, Wheat Flour, Flavourings, Milk Proteins, Cornflour, Yeast Extracts, Herb Extracts, Stabiliser - Polyphosphates and Sodium Phosphates, Salt, Garlic Salt, Spice Extract, Colour - Beta-carotene

                  Size 400g
                  Energy kJ/100g : 219
                  Energy kcal/100g : 52
                  Protein g/100g : 1.7
                  Carbohydrate g/100g : 4.7
                  of which Sugars g/100g : 1.2
                  Fat g/100g : 3.0
                  of which Saturates g/100g : 0.5
                  Fibre g/100g : 0.1
                  Sodium g/100g : 0.3

                  On reflection, I still find this soup to be my favorite cream of chicken and while it is never going to rival fresh soup, it works pretty well for what it is. Definitely worth having a couple of cans in the cupboard for convenience and a decent comfort food for when you are feeling under the weather.

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                  A runny soup that I could easily live without.

                  I am actually multi-tasking at this very instant: eating (or should that be drinking?) this soup while typing this review. Now, I do feel that I should point out that I am not a great fan of soups, so perhaps I am not the best judge. I do have to be in the mood for them and I do prefer them to be more like a stew than liquid.

                  Why, I hear you ask, am I actually having Heinz's Cream of Chicken Soup? Funnily enough, you have caught me on one of those rare days when I actually feel interested in soup.


                  ~~~~ So what is the soup? ~~~~
                  Heinz states that it is a "long standing favourite made using our time honoured recipe". In my language, to put it simply, the soup is chicken-ish flavoured white sauce with pieces of chicken in it. Thus, 'Cream of...'.


                  ~~~~ Ingredients ~~~~
                  There is no indication as to where the ingredients for this soup are sourced (i.e. is it from Britain?). Only three per cent of this is actual chicken, but whether that is in terms of chicken stock or chicken pieces, it is not clarified. As stated on the tin, it also contains "modified Cornflour, Vegetable Oil, cream, dried skimmed milk, wheat flour, flavouring..." to name but a few. It actually doesn't sound that appetising, does it?


                  ~~~~ Allergy information ~~~~
                  This is not an ideal soup for people who suffer with food allergies. This contains gluten, wheat and milk.


                  ~~~~ Nutritional information ~~~~
                  According to the tin, the nutritional information is as follows:

                  Per 100g Per ½ can
                  Protein 1.5g 3.0g
                  Carbs 4.7g 9.3g
                  Fat 2.9g 5.9g
                  Fibre 0.1g 0.1g
                  Sodium 0.3g 0.5g
                  Salt 0.6g 1.3g

                  In comparison with recommended daily amounts, these quantities are minimal, but I still feel that they look surprisingly high.


                  ~~~~ How to cook? ~~~~
                  This soup can be heated either in a saucepan on the hob or in a microwaveable bowl in the microwave. Times indicate that it should be ready to serve within three minutes.


                  ~~~~ How to serve? ~~~~
                  Heinz recommends "garnish with parsley and serve with a fresh warm brown roll". I had bread and butter available. I would say that people can have it as either a shared snack or a single meal.


                  ~~~~ Packaging ~~~~
                  Environmentally speaking, it is made of recyclable steel, which is excellent. The actual paper covering is in the traditional format which is recognisably Heinz: a predominantly red background with an image at the front. This one is of a bowl of the chicken soup, which looks freshly cooked (steam is rising from the bowl) and there is brown roll next to it, which just makes you want to dunk some bread into the soup. It has also advertised that it contains only 102 calories per serving and that it contains low salt.

                  What I particularly like is that these cans have now got the ring pulls on them, which saves worrying about where you have put the can opener.


                  ~~~~ How does it taste? ~~~~
                  The title, Cream of Chicken, makes it sound a lot more luxurious than it actually tastes. If you have had ever tried Chicken in White Sauce that you can buy in a tin from local supermarkets, well, the recipe seems very similar. The only difference being is that in the soup it is mainly the white sauce and a few - perhaps 5 - small pieces of chicken. Furthermore, the way in which I would describe the chicken, even though it is in liquid, is hard and 'dry'; they are not succulent pieces.

                  It may be the way I have heated it or simply the way in which I prefer soup, but I feel that the viscosity of this soup is like water. Hence, do you eat or drink this?

                  I have the soup in a bowl and consequently, have been using a spoon. I did have some buttered bread and I will admit I enjoyed the taste when combined with it. Unfortunately, I ran out of bread. I feel like I am now just ploughing my way through it to get rid of it. There is also a lingering feeling in my stomach - you know, the kind that says 'you really shouldn't have eaten that'.

                  In fairness, it is not horrendous but it is not something that I would become excited about or look forward to having again.


                  ~~~~ Overall opinion? ~~~~
                  The Heinz website says that it is "Serving up quality, taste, convenience and innovation like no other food company on Earth".

                  Is it good quality and taste? My reaction is that it isn't bad, but it is not great either. It is convenient in that it can be heated very quickly. Innovative? As they said, it is a time honoured recipe!

                  I can easily live my life without ever having this soup again.

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