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      11.03.2012 19:47
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      You get what you pay for, this is a nasty tasting soup.

      Tesco Cream of Tomato Soup


      I'll just start by saying the soup I'm going to review is indeed Tesco Cream of Tomato Soup but it is not from the value range as the picture above shows.

      I mainly buy soup for my son, but he will only eat Tomato Soup. He always has Heinz; he loves the stuff along with half a loaf of bread. Now the only reason I bought this Tesco Tomato Soup was the simple fact that this one particular time I went to get my usual four pack of Heinz Tomato, they didn't have any, in fact they didn't have a single tin of Heinz Tomato Soup, so I decided just this once I'd get Tesco's own, just a couple of tins, it can't taste that different I thought.

      Wrong!

      This soup, if you can indeed call it soup, couldn't be further from the great taste of Heinz. Okay to be fair I paid a fraction of the price per tin and you know what they say "You get what you pay for." I really didn't expect it to be quite as bad as it was. In appearance the tin of soup looks quite nice the picture on the front of the tin displays a nice looking bowl of creamy thick tomato soup. The tin has a ring pull for making opening easier.

      However once the tin of soup was open, the soup appeared very thin and runny, not thick and creamy at all. I didn't let this put me off though, heated for a couple of minutes in the microwave, stirred then popped it back in for around 30 seconds that heated the soup just right. I stirred the soup once it was hot enough and put it on a tray with bread for my son. I hadn't told him it was Tesco's own I wanted to see if he would notice the difference.

      After one spoonful he asked me what soup it was, I had to come clean and tell him but argued the fact that tomato soup was tomato soup whoever happened to make it. I got myself a spoon and took a spoonful for myself to taste. It really was awful; the consistency was like water, the taste was like a chalky tomato sort of flavour, it tasted really powdery to me. I could never have eaten it all and so did not expect my son to eat it either.

      So for those who may be interested in trying this soup for your selves?

      The soup comes in a 400g tin, it is suitable for vegetarians. The tin does state ingredients and allergy advice which I won't list here but you can find this information on the Tesco website should you wish to know.
      The can is metal and can be recycled.
      The price for a single 400g tin of this Tesco Cream of Tomato Soup is 45p it has just been reduced from 59p and can be found on the shelves of most Tesco stores among the tin isles.

      Thank you for reading my review which may appear on other sites.

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        02.06.2011 23:04

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        Fantastic product

        I don't solely buy supermarket own brands but I do get a few items. I'm not a fan of chunky soups therefore used to opt for the plain Heinz ones...howewer, these are so pricey! I didn't think I could go wrong with Tesco own brand soup so I gave it a go. And i'm glad I did! I actually much prefer it to Heinz. It doesn't have that 'too rich' that its Heinz counterpart has. It's light, tasty and generous in size...and the price is superb.

        It would be a shame if people were swayed by packaging...Tesco value tomato soup is plain in design but then the blue stripe is how this range is recognised.

        A whole tin will definately fill you up...half a can is ideal as a small snack. If you are saving the pennies, then this is definately the way to go...sprinkle a bit of grated cheese on top and you're away!

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        26.08.2010 08:17
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        give it a go it's only 17 pence!

        Times are tough for most of us these days. We are all looking for ways to save the pennies. I have two young boys who need nappies, are constantly growing out of clothes and then there is the toys!

        On a recent shopping trip to Tesco's I decided to give their valve range ago. I love soup it makes me feel really cosy and reminds me of the winter months. I do love homemade soups but I just don't have the time so a tin in the cupboard is always handy.

        I don't believe you can compare bought soup to homemade it just isn't the same so it's not fare. So I will compare this value tesco's soup with the higher brands of tinned tomato soup like Heinz and batchelors.

        The value Tesco's tomato soup comes in a tin of 400g and you pay 17 pence instead of Heinz or Batchelors 80 pence a tin. So that's four tins for the price of one! The look of the value tomato soup isn't very pleasing to the eye but you're not eating that so I can't see it causing you a problem. They have tried harder with their value range packaging over the last few years .

        Now the most important thing, the taste. It is thicker than I thought it would be which is lovely. I found the soup isn't too creamy so it doesn't have a sickly taste. It tastes like any other tinned tomato soup. It has a nice taste of tomato and doesn't leave an after taste in your mouth. Both my son's tried the soup and loved it. It was their first time trying tomato soup.

        I shared a tin with my husband for lunch with a slice of toast for dipping and a poached egg sat in the soup. It was yummy and filling enough for lunch. A poached egg in the soup is a really nice extra. I can manage a full tin to myself if it's just soup I'm having. The only down side I found to this soup was the colour, strangely it has a very orange colour to it! But this doesn't reflect in the taste.

        The ingredients are:

        Tomato Purée (55%),Water ,Reconstituted Whey Powder ,Sugar ,Modified Maize Starch ,Vegetable Oil ,Salt ,Ascorbic Acid , Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid) ,Mustard Flour ,Natural Flavouring ,Garlic Oil.
        A serving 200g has Calerioes 95, suger 8g, fat 4g, saturates trace and salt 1.1g

        I didn't think there was any difference between this value range and the well known range except the price difference. I will be getting myself a few more tins when I go shopping to stock in my cupboard.

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          01.07.2009 13:02
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          This Cream of Tomato Soup is part of the Tesco Value range and priced at just 16p for a 400g tin. A very cheap price compared to any other tin of Soup, but would it taste any good?

          The packaging doesn't look that exciting, but Value ranges never do! It is a can which has a white lable wrapped around it. The writing on the label is all in blue and it has the Tesco Value brand in the normal blue and red colourings, So only 2 colours on the tin, but it stands out on the shelf, as you can recognise the White label amoungst all the red tins. No ring pull on this, so time to dig out the Can opener. Considering this sits in a cupboard and only comes out to empty the tin into a device for cooking it with, I don't care much how it looks.

          The only 2 ways I can find to cook Soup is in the Microwave and this cooks well in approx 2 minutes. The other way is to put in a pan and cook on the hob. I normally cook on the hob, as I always find that Soup goes everywhere when I cook in the Microwave.

          So what does this look like? It is more an orang-y colour and looks slightly watery. The taste of it is slightly Cream-y and is has a nice taste of Tangy Tomato to it. it isn't that Rich tasting, but it is a nice Tomato taste nonetheless.

          I will buy this again as it is a nice Soup and a great price. If you want a really tangy Tomato taste then it's best to stick to a brand name, but this is very good for the bargain price it is!

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          31.03.2009 17:35
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          I would recommend this bargain bin soup!

          As I am currently out of a job I am always looking for cheaper items when doing my little bit of shopping each week.

          I am buying certain items from certain stores and Tesco has quite a few of these items in their Value ranges (as you may well see from some of my recent reviews!).

          Anyway, on to the product....

          This is a can of 400g of Tesco Value Tomato Soup which is currently selling for around the 20p mark (I believe it was 17p but don't quote me on that!).

          The can is very basic, it does not have a ring pull so you will need a can opener, it has a very basic label telling anyone who dares to peek in to your basket that you are buying a cheap product. The label is made from paper & the can from aluminium so both can be recycled.

          The soup can either be cooked on the hob in a saucepan or in a microwaveable dish in the microwave for 1-3 minutes (depending on the wattage of your microwave). I find that cooking on the hob for about 4 minutes on a medium-high heat is good for making sure the soup is completely warmed throughout.

          The soup itself is red in colour (as you'd expect), it's a little watery but not too bad at all. It has quite a tomatoey taste but not overpowering. It is certainly no Heinz but then it's about 1/4 of the price so it's too be expected that it won't be as great.

          Overall I would recommend this soup, I'm sure it'd be livened up even more if you have some nice fresh crusty bread with it.

          This product is great for serving up for the little ones too for their lunch, it's always good to give them something hot, especially as the weather isn't too hot yet outside.

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            16.02.2009 20:38
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            Super tasting inexpensive soup.

            Background:

            As part of my new list of cut backs I have been experimenting with cheaper non branded products. I have always loved Tomato Soup, so when I noticed Tesco do a Value tin I thought it was well worth a try.

            Price:

            The price for a 400-gram tin is currently just 17p. This compares very favourably to the usual branded tin, which cost 85p.

            Packaging:

            The tin's design is simple but effective. Admittedly not as stylish and eye catching as the branded ones but still perfectly presentable without looking cheap.

            On the rear of the tin, there is advice on how to serve the soup. It also tells you that the product is suitable for vegetarians, it lists the ingredients, nutrition values and allergic advice.

            How to serve:

            There are two ways to cook the Tomato Soup. The first is in a microwave, where it takes between one minute and two minutes depending on the power of your microwave.

            The second way is more traditional, to cook it on your hob. For this method you heat gently for 3-4 minutes and stir frequently.

            Serve piping hot throughout

            The look:

            The product to my mind looked exactly as I would expect it. Maybe a little more orange than red but it looked fine.

            Smell:

            I found the smell to be very appealing. It certainly smelt of tomatoes, and got my taste buds watering.

            Taste:

            When I tried the Soup the first thing I noticed was it was thicker than I expected. It had a tomato taste, but seemed to lack quality and a creamy taste I have experienced before with more expansive soups. Had I just been served this product and may well not have realised that it was a Value Item. It tasted very good especially with bread and butter. I found I could dunk the bread in the soup and it tasted wonderful.

            This product is not only good value but is surprisingly filling. I found after having this for Lunch I did not need any other snacks in the afternoon. It made a lovely change from sandwiches or jacket potato.

            One tin serves two generous helpings.


            My view:

            I am sure I will purchase this product again. The quality of the soup was surprising good; it was rich and thick in texture with a wonderful tomato taste. The only thing that worried me was the slightly brighter than normal orange colour, maybe that was the added ingredients that produce this.

            Soup is always enjoyable but especially in these cold winter days. It warms you up as well as providing you with a great and tasty meal.

            You do not have to eat the whole tin either, you can warm the product up again later as long as you consume it within 2 days of opening.

            Ingredients:

            Tomato Puree 49%, Water, Modified Maize Starch, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Onion Powder, Yeast Extract, Acidity Regulator (citric acid), Paprika, Flavouring and Mustard Flour.

            Nutrition info: 100g contains
            Energy: 55 calories
            Protein: 0.4g
            Carbohydrate: 7.2g
            Of which sugars 3.1g
            Fat: 2.4g
            Fibre: 0.2g
            Sodium: 0.3g
            Salt:0.8g

            Web Site:

            www.tesco.com

            Conclusion:

            A very tasty soup, that if you didn't make it yourself you would assume it was an original branded product. The quality is great and I will be purchasing this again. It has a great tomato taste and ideal for these cold winter days.

            Thanks for reading.

            @CPTDANIELS February 2009

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              30.01.2009 18:47

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              try it

              being a student, I have always liked quick food, as you get busier and busier you start looking at faster but still a little healthy food options, I went from cooking proper to pasta to instant noodles to soup.

              When I started having it, I used to get keinz tomato soup, I like the tomato one best, anyways i saw the Tesco value tomato soup in store and it was like 20p. That is ridiculous, I put it in my basket just because it was cheap and well ingredients seemed normal, still I did not expect much from it.

              ny ways got back opened the can and chucked it in the microwave, on the frying pan fried some bread with butter, five minutes later, done. with low expectations, I dig in.well surprise surprise, It was not bad at all, actually it tasted almost same as the more expensive heinz one I usually got.

              I realised had been wasting money on branded stuff. its time u realise that too

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              27.01.2009 08:08
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              Good budget meal.

              I normally have Heinz Tomato soup, which comes in the big can of 800g which easily serves me and my husband, for a cost of about £1.25. But what with inflation and us trying to cut down the shopping bill, we thought we would give the Tesco's value one a try at 17p a can. We had to buy two cans, of course, to serve two of us. I must admit I was put off by the design on the can, somehow the Heinz one just looks more appealing!! But I've got to get out of this "label snobbery" so in the trolley it went. We had a can each for tea with fresh bread from the breadmaker. We ate it - but you could tell it wasnt Heinz and if you looked at it under the light it had a weird greasy/oily tinge to it. Taste wise, it tasted of tomatoes (suprise!), I just about made it through the whole can but I'm afraid it will be Heinz every time from now on!!

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              17.01.2009 18:47
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              not to my taste

              If, and only IF money is tight, you could do worse than open a can of tesco cream of tomato soup, for the price, as always, you get what you pay for, I suppose with a good hunk of crusty bread, and your eyes closed it mihgt be passable, however if you prefer your soup on the thin side, and just need a warming snack or a quick lunchtime meal it serves its purpose, in comparison to the leading brands on the market it falls way short of the mark.
              Its all a matter of taste and of course it wouldnt do for us all to think the same, one mans meat is another mans poison so the saying goes.
              This is just my oppinion, for what its worth, but my grandchildren could be the best judges, and when they all sat down to give it a taste test the answer was yuk!

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              17.09.2008 13:27
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              Dont penny pinch buy Heinz!

              I am almost always willing to give something a go especially if it seems like a bargain, so when I saw Tesco tomato soup at under 20p per tin I thought why not? I usually eat Heinz tomato soup and there is one main difference between the two.

              The Heinz tomato soup is thick, rich, and very tasty whereas the Tesco version is thin, watery and virtually tasteless, well there is a taste there but it does not taste like tomato or like any tomato soup I have ever tasted.

              I think it lacks the herbs and spices that go into a tin of Heinz tomato soup and therefore it lacks the real taste and the kick that comes with the Heinz version. It is slightly healthier than the Heinz version and a lot cheaper but it is not worth the few pence that it does cost in my opinion.

              I would not recommend this product to anyone even though my hubby actually said he quite liked it I am at a total loss as to what there could possibly have been to like about it.

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                22.08.2008 18:23
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                Great value for money

                I like some soup, it's easy to make and tasty, and there's not much wrong you can go with tomato soup, so I decided to try Tesco's own brand tomato soup. I've never had a Tesco own brand soup before, so I was aware that it could have been rubbish.

                The packaging of it isn't particularly nice, it was red with "Tomato Soup" written on it. Although, if you shift your eyes down a bit, you realize that it's only around 20p. It is a standard size tin, not smaller sized one.

                Looking through the ingredients, there wasn't anything that was particularly alarming. If I remember right, there was less than 15 ingredients.

                The usual preparation methods and so on listed on it too. It is quite healthy too, the only thing that you might have to watch is the salt around 25% RDA (reccomended daily allowance).

                It looked very orange but not too thick, and not too watery. I heated it up on the hob, although I could have done it in the mircowave, using the guide on the label. It tasted like tomatoes, it's a pretty plain tomato soup, but that's not to say that I didn't enjoy it - it was nice. Could have done with some herbs or something little extra, but was pleased with it.

                At the price you can't go wrong with this decent soup. Don't let the unattractive packaging put you off from buying it, it's not the best but pretty darn good for the price!. I'm sure some of the other brands would taste better but this is a great basic tomato soup.

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                  18.08.2008 16:34
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                  This is actually a tasty soup, though it pains me to say it!

                  No no no no no! If it isn't Heinz, it's just plain WRONG!

                  TASTE
                  Surprisingly good. It isn't the best tomato soup I've had, not even close! But it does taste strongly of tomatoes and it is pretty creamy. It is thick and rich and actually as I type this I'm thinking it isn't as bad as I think. I might give it another go just to test!

                  PACKAGING
                  Vile horrid tesco value packaging that will put you off. But if you can bring yourself to pick up a tin, what is inside is pretty nice. The packaging does not do it justice!

                  INGREDIENTS
                  This soup contains the following ingredients: water, tomato puree, sugar, vegetable oil, maize starch, double cream, salt, dried skimmed milk, citric acid, mustard, flavourings. Nothing too frightening there.

                  NUTRITION PER 100g
                  76kcal
                  3.5g fat

                  PRICE
                  Varies but a few pennies is usually enough to get a tin! It really is a bargain and if you are desperately counting the pennies then it is a good thing to keep in your larder. (Get me! We don't even have a larder! Wish we did though - then I would know I've arrived!!)

                  OVERALL
                  Not a bad soup at all. It isn't watery and actually tastes pretty good. But it isn't heinz and if it isn't heinz, it isn't good enough! Sorry but I am a snob.

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                    26.07.2008 21:17
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                    Tasty and cheap soup, very nice

                    In the winter and whenever I'm feeling ill, I like to have some nice hot soup with a thick chunk of bread. It really does make me feel better. My favourite is normally chicken soup. Although I think very highly of Tesco value products I'd never bought a tin of soup from them before, I think it was the packaging that put me off even though it doesn't with other value products. I normally prefer to buy a tin of Heinz because of the really tasty looking picture on the front. However due to the increasing price of Heinz lately I decided to try buying a Tesco value tin.

                    Tesco Cream of Tomato Soup comes in a 400g tin for just 18p. There is no ring pull on this can unfortunately but apart from that it seems ok. It has a big white label on it with blue and red writing, the usual Tesco Value theme. On the back of the packet is the ingredients, the nutritional information and the cooking instruction.

                    This soup is made from:
                    Tomato Puree (49%), Water, Reconstituted Whey Powder, Modified Maize Starch, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Onion Powder, Yeast Extract, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Paprika, Flavouring, Mustard Flour.

                    Be warned though, it contains mustard and milk! If you're allergic to either of these then please avoid this soup.

                    Recipe: No nuts
                    Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free
                    Factory: No nuts

                    One serving (half a tin) contains:
                    105 Calories (5% GDA)
                    3.2g of Sugar (7% GDA)
                    4.8g of Fat (7% GDA)
                    0.8g of Saturated Fat (4% GDA)
                    1.6g of Salt (26% GDA)

                    As you can see it isn't that bad for you, except for the salt content which you have to watch out for as half a tin will give you a quarter of your guideline daily amount of salt.

                    The soup looks kind of orangey in the can, I prefer it homemade as I can then get it nice and red but this was cheaper than buying the fresh ingredients. It did however smell like tomatoes which is a good sign.

                    To cook it in the microwave you have to put it in a microwavable bowl and cook it on full temperature for 2 minutes, then remove it, stir it and cook again for 2 minutes at full temperature.

                    If you want to cook it on the hob then just empty it into a saucepan and let it cook for 3-4 minutes.

                    The soup had a very thick texture which was nice, I don't like it when soup's are to thin and watery. This was nice though and went really well with some chunky bread. It tasted very much of tomatoes, I'd have been worried if it didn't lol. I think it could have done with some herbs in it but it tasted really nice anyway.

                    Overall I give it 8 out of ten because I think it needs more herbs and a ring pull.

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