Product Type: Heinz Sauces / Soups
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Don't Check this Chick Soup
Heinz Classic Cream of Chicken Soup
Member Name: lynton1983
Heinz Classic Cream of Chicken Soup
Advantages: Tin Size
Disadvantages: Soup, flavour, almost everything.
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.
Summary: Not good!
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