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Hmmm...I have been converted?
*About the Product*
As you would have guessed by now, Heinz Taste of Home Gorgeous Classic Creamy Custard is...custard!! Heinz have created this custard based on a classic recipe to give you the taste of homemade custard.
The custard comes in a metal tin with a ring pull lid. The label is mainly purple and extends around the full tin. The front has the name of the custard in bubble writing and has a picture of a bowl of custard and a spoon underneath the title. The label also contains information about the company, the ingredients, nutritional information, how to cook/prepare and storage information.
1/2 a can contains
3.8g saturated fat
0.2g salt equivaleny
Whole milk, sugar, modified tapioca starch, flavouring, colour beta carotene
Allergy information - contains milk
Suitable for vegetarians
No artificial colours or preservatives
*How to Prepare*
Heinz Custard can be eaten hot or cold depending on your preference. To eat cold simply pour into your bowl and serve.
You can heat on the hob - pour into a saucepan and stir gently while heating. Do not overcook or boil.
You can also heat the custard in the microwave - pour into a microwavable dish and cover. Heat on full power for 2mins, stir then heat for another 2mins.
For storing this - empty into a covered container and refrigerate. Use within 2days.
Made in Belgium
HJ Heinz Co Ltd
*Availability and Price*
Heinz custard is available in small shops and Poundland. Poundland offer a mix and match 2 for a £1 for 425g tins.
I have always been an Ambrosia Custard girl, I have never found another custard that matched it but got put off it after I bought a "dodgy" off tin from my local shop. Whilst in Poundland a few days ago, I spotted these in the food aisle alongside Ambrosia products and other Heinz tins. They were on 2 for £1 which is reasonable so I picked one of these up and another tin and paid.
Last night I decided to open this. I personally prefer my custard heated up though my fiance prefers his cold. I opened the tin and seen that the custard was a pale yellow colour and very thick in consistency. It smelt quite vanilla like. I poured some into a bowl and topped with fruit cocktail for my fiance and poured my half into a microwavable bowl. I like to heat my custard in the microwave until it forms a little bit of skin on the top. The tin advises 2mins then stir then another 2mins however I personally only had it in the microwave for 1min 30secs and it was extremely hot. I topped with my fruit cocktail and allowed to cool down.
So the taste test..the smell wafted through from the kitchen so I dipped my spoon in an went in for the ultimate test. The custard was extremely creamy and very sweet. I had half the tin but could not eat it all as it was very very sweet and a little sickly though still tasty if that makes sense.
I think I would buy this again if I was buying custard though what I would say is, if you buy from Poundland, please watch the dates as I bought this 3days ago and it goes out of date this month which I didn't think of checking when I was in store. Not good for bulk buying. I think custard with some fruit is an excellent treat for dessert, it is quick to prepare and very cheap.
A couple of months ago our local Heron were doing a promotion on this Heinz Taste of Home Gorgeous Classic Creamy Custard (yes, that's really what it's called!) where you could buy 4 tins for a pound. Seeing this was a real bargain I stocked up and have to say I'm hooked!
The custard is ready made and comes in a 425g tin with a ring pull. The can is as the picture above with a distinctive purple label with "custardy" looking text and a picture of custard. The nutritional stats are as follows per half a can: 213 calories, 5.3g protein, 33.4g carbohydrates, 25.7g sugars and 6.4g fat. Now I don't know about you but I expected this and never assumed for a second this would be low in fat, calories or sugar but as an occasional treat I'm not too worried.
So the custard. The first thing you notice is of course the consistency. This custard is nice and thick, not too thick and stodgy, just right so it pours onto your dessert but doesn't turn into a lumpy mess. The smell is very sweet and appetising, a nice vanilla kind of scent.
The main question though is how does it taste? It tastes divine! If you like custard you'll love this one. It really is much creamier tasting than other brands I've tried and the word gorgeous in it's title is justified. I like custard anyway but this is far superior to bog standard custard.
One thing I'm not sure you could do with this though is make it into a trifle layer, as it's ready made I don't know if it would solidify in the fridge or not. I don't make trifles so I have no idea about this.
It can be heated up on the hob (I prefer this way) or in the microwave and added to puddings or fruit. It advises on the can not to boil or overcook the custard as this impairs the taste and I can verify this, I have even burnt custard once and it isn't edible if you do!
It is suitable for vegetarians and has no artificial colours or preservatives too! It's starting to sound healthy now but of course it is quite calorific and has plenty of sugar and fat.
But I recommend it as a treat, it tastes heavenly and really creamy so watch out for it in the supermarket.