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Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup with a Hint of Basil
I love Heinz tomato soup and I do enjoy other brands but I still always prefer this yummy classic the best. Last time we went shopping the hubby accidentally picked up this tomato soup with a hint of basil. The packaging is very similar and it's not really that hard to understand why he made the mistake of confusing the two.
The first I noticed that I had a different soup was when I opened it and thought that it had gone bad, very bad. There were lots of unappetising black bits in it! I then checked the date and that is when I noticed that the unappetising black bits were in fact the so called promised hint of basil.
Heinz say "a sprinkling of basil adds an exciting twist to our famous and much loved soup creating a contemporary new recipe for all to enjoy..." It really is misleading when it says a hint or sprinkling of basil, it's more like you can't escape the basil.
Personally, I think I would have liked this soup more if I hadn't been expecting my yummy favourite, I would suggest to Heinz to make the packaging much clearer, rather than a simple banner under the tomato soup that says 'with a hint of basil'.
I'm not sure whether this is a limited edition or not but I have seen it available in most places where you can buy the original version and it costs the same as usual.
Overall, it's not a bad tasting soup, but I was disappointed that I bought it instead of the regular tomato soup and I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again or to recommend it to anyone. Sadly, this soup only gets two out of five stars from me. It just doesn't add anything to my classic favourite but it does detract from it.
After trying Heinz original tomato soup and all of us loved it I decided to try the tomato soup with a hint of basil. I saw it in the shop near the original one I just waited to try the original first. We really loved the well balanced taste of the original cream of tomato soup so I thought a little Mediterranean basil can't do any harm to this lovely soup. So I prepared the lunch: poured the soup into a dish and warmed it up on gas. Easy-peasy. The ring on the top of the tin makes opening the tin quick. And then I tasted it. I was disappointed. Actually my very beloved herb the basil destroyed this lovely soup.
The soup looks the same as the original one but there are small pieces of basil in it. Do you wonder why the Mediterranean tomato and basil didn't match each other in this soup? I was wandering too. I think the secret is among the ingredients.
The ingredients of this limited edition soup are: Tomatoes (84%), Water, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Modified Cornflour, Salt, Dried Skimmed Milk, Milk Proteins, Cream, Basil, Herb Extracts, Herb, Spice Extracts, Citric Acid. The energy content of this soup is 57 kcal/100 g so it fits well your diet.
This soup contains milk too and in this case I think the milk modifies the taste of the tomatoes. They are still very delicious but they are not very Mediterranean any more. The basil fits well the tomatoes and fits well the cheesy or cream but not all these together. So for me this limited edition soup was a complete disappointment. My elder son told me that it is hot (it is not actually) and he didn't eat any more of it. My younger one had a few more spoons and that was all.
Where to buy this soup if you want to check the balance of flavours? I think they are available in most of the supermarkets. I bought ours in the local Sainsbury's for 82 pence a 400 g tin and the prices are about the same in all the supermarkets.
Heinz says on the tin that there are 57 varieties available. I tested some other Heinz products such as chicken cream soup and bbq sauce but their cream of tomato soup is still the leading product.
To sum up, Heinz limited edition of tomato cream soup with a hint of basil is based on the cream of tomato soup and some herbs and basil are added to it. I found that these herbs don't really fit the well balanced taste of the soup. We could eat it as it wasn't as bad it just was about average. All my soups are better than this one so I won't buy it any more. The soup is creamy and thick. It has orangey to red colour and there are some green herb pieces in it. I can't really recommend it as I wasn't fond of it.
The cold winter day's may be disappearing, but as there is still a slight nip in the air, I continue to enjoy the occasional warm bowl of soup and slice of bread. I enjoy it at lunch-time and sometimes I'll have soup for dinner, with either sandwiches before, or a pudding afterwards.
Heinz make great tinned soup, with long best before dates, so you can safely keep a large stock of these in your store cupboard. They are expensive, so I always try to stock up, when they are on special offer.
One of our family favourites, is Heinz Cream of Tomato, but until recently I had never noticed the tomato with a hint a basil variety. I decided to buy a couple of tins to give it a go.
Heinz soups come in a steel can, with a ring pull on top, which are very easy to open. Wrapped round the can is a red paper label,, decorated with tomatoes and sprigs of basil, with the easily recognisable Heinz logo.
When you first open Cream of Tomato soup, with a Hint of Basil, you smell just how rich and tomatoey it is. You can also smell the basil and clearly see tiny pieces of it, dotted throughout the soup. I am surprised by just how fresh it smells and it does make your mouth water.
The soup is easily heated in either a microwave, at full power for 2 - 3 minutes or in a saucepan. I prefer heating it in a saucepan, as I think it tastes nicer. Just be careful to not let it boil, as this will impair the flavour.
This soup is really tasty, it has a very rich tomato flavour and is noticeably creamy. You can definitely taste the basil, but unlike the tomato, it doesn't taste very fresh, but is still a nice addition. The colour is a deep, strong tomatoey red and looks very attractive, especially with the pieces of basil through it.
Tomatoes (84%), Water, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Modified Cornflour, Salt, Dried Skimmed Milk, Milk Proteins, Cream, Basil, Herb Extracts, Herb, Spice Extracts, Citric Acid.
This soup is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.
It is suitable for vegetarians.
*Nutritional Value Per 1/2 Can*
Energy - 114 kcal
Protein - 1.8g
Carbohydrate - 13.3g
of which sugars - 9.8g
Fat - 6g
of which saturates - 0.4g
Fibre - 0.8g
Sodium - 0.6g
Salt Equivalent - 1.4g
Heinz Soups are available in Tesco at 82p for a 400g tin, which is very expensive in my opinion.
I am trying to save money at the moment, but even so, I still buy mainly Heinz soups. They are very good quality, taste great and my whole family loves them. I also know that they'll be no waste and at the end of the day, it's more important that we enjoy our food, than save an extra few pennies.
Ultimately, I would prefer to just buy the Cream of Tomato variety and add some basil to it, but I don't usually buy basil. I will therefore buy this flavour again, but do think the basil tastes slightly artificial.
I have previously reviewed Baxter's Tomato and Basil soup and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it and so was trying Heinz's version with some hope. I'm pleased to say that overall I wasn't disappointed!
The soup comes in a 400g tin adorned with the distinctive Heinz labelling and topped with an easy open ring pull lid. The main image to the front shows a normal looking bowl of tomato soup with a couple of basil leaves garnishing it and is surrounded by a number of juicy looking vine tomatoes. The front of the label also advertises that the soup contains 114 calories per serving (half a tin), is low fat and is low in sugar.
As is usual, the rear of the packaging gives the nutritional information with the vital statistics being (per serving): 1.8g protein, 13.3g carbohydrates of which 9.8g sugars, 6g fat of which 0.4g saturates, 0.8g fibre and 0.6g sodium with the salt equivalent being 1.4g. For those with dietary requirements it is also highlighted that the soup contains milk (dried skimmed milk and milk proteins), is suitable for a gluten free diet, suitable for vegetarians and contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
On opening the tin I was slightly disappointed that I was not met with the strong aroma that I'd experienced with Baxter's version. With this soup there was a subtle smell at best suggesting there really was only a "hint" of basil. On looking at the soup you have a greener looking tomato soup peppered with many small pieces of basil suggesting slightly more than a "hint"!
Once heated (approximately 3 minutes in a microwave stirring halfway through or approximately 5 minutes on a hob heating it gently) the aroma does improve and I found the soup became more appealing.
On finally tasting the soup I was pleased that there was still a strong tomatoey flavour that was not diminished by the basil, which I sometimes find overpowering. The soup was notably sweet, largely because of the high tomato content (84%) and also because of the sugar added in the ingredients but I did not find this off putting. Whilst the soup was perfectly tasty on its own, I personally like to have a cheese sandwich to dip in my tomato soup and always find this makes the whole experience that little bit more pleasurable!
In comparison to the Baxter version I think the Heinz Tomato and Basil is slightly inferior. I think some of the added ingredients (most notably the onion) in the Baxter's soup gave it a more distinguished taste. The Heinz version was, however, enjoyable to eat and I shall look forward to using up the other tin that I've got sat in my cupboard at home.
I purchased this soup when I absolutely hammered Asda's 5 tins for £2 offer a few weeks ago (I believe they are currently doing 4 for £2) but a tin generally retails for around 70p-80p.
Heinz - Cream of Tomato Soup with a hint of Basil
A food that takes longer to eat than to cook / heat it.
You're kidding right? Everybody will instantly recognise the bright red tin with its distinctive black label. Which comes in a handy palm sized tin with the now obligatory ring pull. Easy to open and completely recyclable. Only difference is the more leafy green expresion of basil contained within the tin and the 'Limited Edition' written across the tin.
There is always a tin somewhere in the kitchen cupboard. Although the price does seem to have rocketed lately 85p when I remember it being 30p. The supermarket cutting the prices on the luxuries and upping the cost of the basic foods!
It should easily serve 2 and will actually leave you feeling full afterward.
On the hob, on a low heat and cooked slowly for 5 minutes or in the microwave, not my favourite way, for 90 seconds. Remember, it keeps cooking for a minute after you take it out.
Can be very hot sometime and I have to admit soup is one of those things I stupidly and repeatedly burn my mouth on.
Try it with great big torn chunks of crusty bread. Or smaller bits and feed the ducks as we call it, drop them in and then spoon out the bloated pieces of bread. Or really send the taste to another level by adding some Parmesan.
Per 400g Tin
Trace of Citric Acid.
Heinz also make several other varieties such as:
Cream of Chicken,
Cream of Mushroom,
Potato and Leek,
And a dozen other soup under slightly different branding.
Where's the Basil !!
One of those food stuffs that I only have on the odd occasion. It does have that rich Tomatoe taste and that is its redeeming quality.
Best eaten on a long night shift when you want something hot but not too filling. I have it with dry toast cut into soldiers, delish.
It has a true creamy consistency and that bright Orangey Red eye catching colour.
The basil is not really noticible and adds nothing to the soup.
Now that the clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in, there's nothing better than a bowl of soup to beat the winter blues, with some thick, chunky bread for mopping up of course!
My Favourite soup is Heinz Cream of Tomato soup and we usually have it with a little fresh basil on top to give it that little bit of extra flavour. Mmmmm
When I saw this Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup with a Hint of Basil on the shelves at my local Sainsbury's I thought we should give it a go, not that it's hard to add some basil ourselves!
It says on the tin that this is a Limited Edition flavour and I guess that this means that it won't be around forever. I guess this is a good thing... and here's why...
The Basil flavouring tastes so artificial and after half a tin felt quite sickening. I was not very impressed.
The soup looked the same as normal Heinz Tomato Soup and the can was quite similar to the original Tomato Soup so you really need to be careful when purchasing Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup, you might accidently pick up the can With a Hint of Basil!
The tin is the usual 400g soup size and I picked it up for about 80p. Some supermarkets are offering 4 tins for £2 at the moment, but if they have that offer on Heinz Tomato Soup WITHOUT Basil... I'd go for that!
Overall I think it was a good idea for Heinz to try out this flavour as some people might like it, but as we like the taste of fresh Basil, this just tastes too fake and artificial! Next time we'll stick to the original flavour and add our own fresh Basil leaves!