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      25.01.2014 21:00
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      Ok soup

      I have been doing WW on and off for a number of years. They do a wide range of products some are better than others. The chicken noodle soap is something I have occasionally as a snack.

      Price/Availability/Packaging

      I've bought this soup from Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco and even Poundland on occasions. I have also seen it in smaller local shops so it's best to check what's available locally to you. Price wise expect to pay between 70p-80p however Asda have had it on offer for 50p or 4 for £2 and Poundland sell 3 for £2. The size is 295g and is classed as one portion at 1 pro point. The packaging is similar to the WW brand with purple and a picture of the item inside. This soup is part of a range of WW soups and as far as I am aware it is the lowest pointed soup in their range.

      Preparing

      I pour the soup into a mug as it just about fits and warm in the microwave for between 1-2 minutes but this will vary per microwave power. You can also heat up on the hob in a pan to your desired warmth.

      Taste/Appearance/Smell

      On first opening it it does smell quite nice, a fragrant hint of chicken. The soup is a pale yellow in colour and is quite watery, compared to usual soups however it being a chicken noodle soup it is no different to other branded chicken noodle soups. There is a good amount of noodles and vegetables, abut of chicken but not loads. Taste wise it is quite nice, it's not overpowering and the ingredients in it are cooked well although I did find that the little chicken in it was a touch chewy. Now I have this soup as a mid morning snack around 10am and it does fill the gap for several hours until lunch. If you were to have it as a lunch I would recommend having it with other items are it wouldn't fill me up until my dinner but for a few hours it would be ok.

      The ingredients in this soup are -

      Water,Pasta Noodles (11%, Water, Durum Wheat Semolina, Egg White) ,Carrots ,Sweetcorn ,Chicken (1%) ,Red Peppers ,Modified Cornflour ,Flavourings (contain Celery, Celeriac) ,Onions ,Salt ,Concentrated Poultry Stock (contains Turkey, Chicken) ,Parsley ,Yeast Extract ,Spice Extracts ,Colour - Beta Carotene

      As you can see above the biggest ingredient is water so it's understand why it is so watery and also why it would only be 1 pro point/51 calories per serving.

      Overall

      It's not the nicest soup I've had and I do think over the WW soup range is quite good. The chicken noodle soup is a great snack or filler for those both on the WW diet or a low calorie diet. I quite like having them mid morning and I generally buy when on offer, at 50p it is a good price but at full price it's not worth the price.

      I am giving it 3/5 it loses a star for price and another for lack of chicken and thickness

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        12.10.2013 11:34
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        Sloppy noodle soup!

        One thing that I love is soup. Its getting colder and when my boyfriend isn't here I really can't be bothering to cook for just myself so for tea some nights I like a nice, big bowl of soup and some bread to dip in it and recently in a discount store I came across a few different things by Weightwatchers for 50p a can and so I bought some.

        I am quite familiar with Weightwatchers products considering I followed the plan a few years back to lose some weight and remember rather liking them and so when I saw this Chicken Noodle Soup I decided to grab a can for me tea that night!

        The Packaging:

        The can is mainly purple in colour and has a photograph of a bowl of the soup shown and we are clearly what it is and who it is by, told that it only contains 1 Weightwatchers point per can and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown then on the back of the can other information listed includes heating advice, the ingredients and allergy advice is given, there is a full nutritional chart shown, the weight is stated which 295g and contact details for the manufacturer are given. There is a ring-pull to the top of it and all in all this is a good quality and highly informative can.

        The Soup Itself:

        To heat this up is simple you can either microwave it or pop it in a saucepan and heat it on the hob for a few minutes, me I'm a lazy so and so and I simply shoved the entire contents of the can into a bowl and into the microwave for quickness. This is a small can of soup and simple to enough to heat up but it really didn't look all that appertising when cold but smell ok really, simply like chicken stock but fairly weak in its aroma. Getting it out of the microwave it looked no better through being heated, by that I mean it hadn't thickened up anything like that. You get loads of very thin light yellowy liquid which is actually chicken stock and floating in that is very thin strips of pasta (11%) and a tiny amount of pink chicken (1%) and a very small amount of slithers of carrot and I counted about 4 sweetcorn kernels in it.

        Sounds bad? It is bad....it tastes horrible! Its just like drinking very thin chicken stock, it has no substance to it at all and the pasta is so soggy and vile. Its seasoned well enough, in fact drinking the stock wasn't awful and it was what it was but the soggy pasta and soggy sweetcorn really was unpleasant and the lack of chicken was a good thing cos the one tiny piece I did get in my mouth was chewy anyway!

        If your cutting back on food, healthy eating or actively trying to lose weight then the food you should be eating should be enjoyable, this isn't. Ok it may be healthy but there is nothing enjoyable about having to drink this even if it does only 50 calories with 1g fat in the entire can!!

        Widely available from all good supermarkets etc.

        This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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          05.05.2012 15:42
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          Don't do it.

          I am partial to chicken noodle soup and it's a dish I will sometimes have at lunchtime. I have tried a number of the dishes available from the Weight Watchers brand, and I've found the quality of them a little hit and miss. The Weight Watchers Clear Chicken Noodle Soup is, unfortunately, one of their products that I just feel totally misses the mark. A 295g can of the Weight Watchers Clear Chicken Noodle Soup costs 75p from Tesco - which is not a particularly good price as most other brands available are considerably cheaper than this. Having said that, I know that I am usually willing to pay a little more for a tasty low-fat and low-calorie dish - but this just isn't it.

          The soup comes in a can with a ring pull and therefore it has a really long shelf life of a few years. Full directions, ingredients and nutritional information are given on the can. In order to prepare it for consumption it is just a matter of heating it up in a saucepan or in the microwave - and both methods take about 3 minutes and the quality is the same with either method. There is enough soup in each can for one person, but there certainly isn't enough to share with anyone else!

          The soup doesn't really look particularly attractive. It looks a little bit like dishwater with a few lumps of something in it. I could only see a few really small pieces of chicken and some unappetising slithers of vegetables and a tiny amount of noodles. There is just no substance to this soup - and it's just very low quality. There is no particular aroma to the soup and so it doesn't get any taste buds going, and then couple this with the appearance, I have to say that I really didn't even want to try it.......but I forced myself.

          The taste.....what can I say? The taste is meh, ewwww, ugh - and any other sound ilke that you can make. It's not completely unedible and I'm sure if I was starving in the middle of the Sahara or something then I would eat it, but this certainly isn't something that I'd ever want to eat again. It has very little flavour, and what flavour it did have was just very unpleasant because it tasted so synthetic and just like greasy chicken water. I only ate about half the bowl because that's all I could force down and I can assure you that it did nothing to fill me up or make me feel satiated.

          Overall, this is just a poor quality product and I can't think of anything positive to say about it.

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            23.03.2010 10:32
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            Not Even If I Was On A Diet!!!

            I found a tin of Weight Watchers Chicken Noodle Soup in the cupboard yesterday and remembered that I like chicken noodle soup so warmed it up for my lunch. Chicken noodle soup is usually low fat anyway so I didn't worry about what Weight Watchers were going to do to it! lol

            It's proper naff though, the worst chicken noodle soup I've EVER tried! It even looks horrible when you open the tin because it's got a proper dirty look to it and it looks like the soup has settled in the bottom of the tin because you can't see any noodles or anything floating in the soup.

            I warmed it up in the saucepan to make sure it kept it's flavour properly but I couldn't even get much of a SMELL of chicken noodle soup.... I knew it was going to be crap but even then I didn't realise how bland and bad it was going to taste! lol

            I had it with a bread roll and it even ruined the taste of that! lol The soup is dead watery and even though you can kind of taste chicken in it there's not much flavour and it's like a nasty watered down chicken soup. There aren't all that many noodles in it either and they're all soggy with a weird slimey feel to them, I KNEW that was going to happen because they go soggy in most tinned versions but these are even worse than usual!!!

            It's like the soup hasn't got enough salt in as well because there doesn't hardly seem to be any flavour at all to it. The chicken is majorly boring tasting and there's not enough BITS in the soup to make me feel full up or anything either. This is a Weight Watchers soup but I know if I was on a diet I'd want something to fill me up better than this, it's like it's just flavoured water instead of soup because when I dipped my bread into it it just made the bread go WET instead of it soaking the flavours up.

            Not recommended.... if you want chicken noodle soup go to the Chinese or buy a dried packet mix, dried soup might not sound very nice but it's yummy for chicken noodle and a BILLION times better than this rubbish!!!

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              11.03.2010 12:39
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              I saw this soup in Asda for 57p when I was trying to find something different to buy for my lunch.

              The can has a purple label with the usual white weight watchers logo and a picture of a bowl of soup on the front. The picture shows the soup full of noodles which is what made me decide to buy it. It is described as tender chicken, noodles and sweetcorn, sprinkled with parsley make this a tasty and filling soup.

              The soup contains gluten, wheat, egg, celery and celeriac so it is not suitable for anyone with allergies to those and obviously it is not suitable for vegetarians. It doesn't contain any artificial colours or preservatives though. The soup can be heated on the hob or in the microwave for 2 1/2 mins.

              The can is 295g in size and the whole can will give you 50kcal, 2.3g of protein, 9.0g of carbohydrates of which 1.2g are sugars, 0.5g of fat of which 0.1g is saturates, 0.6g of fibre and 0.7g of sodium. The can is classed as 1/2 a weight watchers point and from what I understand of the point system, that is low.

              To be honest, I didn't expect much from this soup. I opened the can and was pleasantly surprised. It was a yellowy orange colour but had loads of noodles in it. I couldn't see any pieces of chicken but there was lots of sweetcorn, carrots and red pepper. It did look a bit watery though. It tasted really nice and I had 2 pieces of bread with it. I didn't feel full afterwards but you could really have two cans of this soup as it is so low in kcals etc. Overall, it wasmuch better than I expected.

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              08.02.2010 19:02
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              A poor quality soup !

              The saying goes 'Pigs might fly' well i think my chicken certainly did. I have just had a bowl of the Clear Chicken Noodle Soup from the Weight Watchers range for my lunch. I am desperately trying to lose some weight after the festive period and i really do quite enjoy the soups from this range so didn't think twice about paying money out for this one.

              The can is in the usual Weight Watchers plum coloured tin, it shows a lovely thick chicken coloured liquid on the picture and contains 295g of soup, just enough i thought for one person for a light lunch.

              I opened the tin via the little ring-pull on the top of the tin, this is a very handy feature with most of the Weight Watchers soups, saves having to take can-openers to work every day, and poured out the contents into my bowl. Well, i have to say on first impressions i was not very happy, it looked like the end product of your washing up bowl, when you have finished the dishes. It was extremely watery although, to be fair to the company, they do state that it is 'clear' chicken and noodle soup, it does however look a lot more thick and creamy on the picture than what is in the tin. It had 'oodles of noodles', very thin and very short strips of them in fact, tiny tiny bits of red peppers, sweetcorn and carrots, and i would praise anyone if they could have found any chicken.

              The taste was as insipid as it looked i'm afraid, the chicken taste was minimal, it had no taste from the veg, it tasted of a little salt and very little else. I had to add copious amounts of pepper to get some flavour at all out of the soup, as i didn't want to add any more salt than it already had.

              For any dieters (like myself) out there who are interested in the dietary information, the soup contains only 50 calories, which is a real bonus or just 0.5 of a point to those following the Weight Watchers diet. It contains less than 1 gram of fat, 2.3g protein, 9.0g carbs (of which 1.2g are sugars), 0.6g of fibre, 0.7g of sodium and finally 1.7g of salt.

              For those who suffer from intolerances, it contains Gluten, Wheat, Egg, Celery, and Celeriac.

              My opinion is not very good when it comes to this soup and i found it to be very disappointing, it would not even slightly fill you even for a light lunch in my opinion, you would have to bulk it up with a nice chunky piece of bread, which of course, defeats the object.

              In all i would not recommend it and i would deffinatley not buy it again. Though i would not be put off buying other soups from the Weight Watchers range as i have tried most of the others and they are usually very nice. It costs around 65 pence from most supermarkets, but my advice would be to save your money or buy something else.

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                22.01.2010 11:59
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                Continuing on the Diet themed reviews, it is the turn of this little tin of SOup. I normally have a Sandwich or filled Pita Bread for Lunch, but it is nice to have the odd bowl of Soup. I like Soup, but don't have it that often as I feel it isn't that filling, but it is tasty and the calorie content in this means you can perhaps have this and also a Sandwich, so it should hopefully fill you up for longer.

                This is in a 295ml tin. A good enough size to have the whole tin yourself. this in in the trademark purple colouring that the Weight Watchers brand has. It has the branding on the front, a nice looking picture of a bowl of Soup and we are reminded that it is Weight Watchers from Heinz. This has a ring pull on the top, so if you want to eat this for Lunch then you just rip the top off, which is handy.

                This whole can only has 50 calories, which I think it excellent. Then again for those calories I wasn't expecting much in the way of flavour, but we are just coming to the taste of this.

                Although it is saying Clear Chicken Noodle, there is a slight cloudy tinge to this. It is very watery, and no thickness to this. There is a good amount of thin, short Noodle strands in this and the odd bit Vegetable. There was a couple of tiny Chicken bits in this, but the Chicken taste came more from the liquid rather than the Pieces in this. The Chicken taste was nice, a little Herb-y and tasted seasoned alright.

                This wasn't the best Soup i've ever had, but for the low calories it made for a good enough snack. There is better tasting ones in the Weight Watchers range, and I would probably stick to them before buying this 1 again.

                Priced at around 68p for this teeny tiny tin.

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                  16.01.2010 13:58
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                  Weight Watchers Clear Chicken Noodle Soup

                  Description: Soup.


                  As anyone who has read any of my earlier reviews will know, I am trying to lose a little weight. I have managed to put on almost 5 pounds over the festive season and while that may not sound much to some people, I am only 5 feet tall so it seems a lot to me! Unfortunately, trying to lose these extra pounds means that I am eating healthy foods, most of which are quite good but in the case of this soup, are sadly disappointing.

                  A 295g tin normally costs around £0.70 from supermarkets but I bought some from Poundland and only paid £1 for three tins. I normally love Poundland and get loads of bargains from there but in this case, it was a bit of a false economy as they only had this flavour, so I still have two tins left and to put it nicely, it was flipping horrible!

                  The tin has a predominantly purple label with a picture of the soup and the Weight Watchers logo on the front. The lid pulls off so you don't need a tin opener.

                  The soup can be heated in a pan or in the microwave. I used the microwave and heated it for two minutes, stirring half way through cooking.

                  The soup is very thin and a not very appealing shade of brown. It smells a little like chicken stock and has some soggy looking noodles (not very many) floating about in it, doing a pretty good imitation of tapeworms.

                  The taste is no better than the appearance unfortunately. It also tastes a little like chicken stock, and is weak and insipid. I really struggled to finish a bowl of this as it was so unpleasant. Each 295g tin of soup contains just 50 calories and 1g of fat but even with those statistics, this soup does not redeem itself.

                  Best avoided at all costs in my opinion, I am planning on palming off the other tins on Mr Siamese, if he will eat them!

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                    03.11.2009 15:29
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                    Weight Watchers Clear Chicken Noodle Soup

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                    I have read some really great reviews about Weight Watcher soups and so had no hesitation about trying some. I popped to the shop to get some lunch today and bought a tin of their clear chicken noodle variety, along with some yummy looking bread. It was just as well I bought the bread, it was definitely the best part of the meal.

                    The tin is a purple colour with a photo on the front, along with the Weight Watchers logo. The lid has a pull off top, so you don't need a tin opened. So far, so good......

                    As soon as I opened it, I was skeptical. The soup does not look like the picture on the front of the tin. In fact, it is a cloudy brown colour and very thin looking. Nevertheless, I put it into the microwave for a couple of minutes (stirring halfway through) and then served. It can also be heated in a saucepan but I wouldn't bother, it was bad enough without having to wash a pan as well!

                    There are hardly any vegetables, noodles or chicken but having tasted them, can confirm that this can only be a good thing. They were tasteless and the noodles quite soggy which was quite unpleasant. The taste is also very weak, but again, this might be for the best. It is as if someone took a few spoonfuls of poor chicken noodle soup and then topped it up with water.

                    A 295g tin cost me £70 from a local Tesco Express, I hesitate to say that it was the worst £0.70 I have ever spent but it is jostling for the rank!

                    Per 295g tin of soup there are only 50 calories and 1g of fat so it is certainly healthy enough, but neither tasty or satisfying so save yourself the money and get a different flavour!

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                      17.09.2009 12:25
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                      Apparently chicken noodle soup, more like murky water with bits floating in it

                      Following on from quite a pleasant review of the Weight Watchers Chicken Soup, I thought that for an afternoon snack I would try the Weight Watchers Clear Chicken Noodle Soup. I rather naively assumed that because I like the Weight Watchers Chicken Soup I would really like the Clear Chicken and Noodle Soup. Wrong!!! It was awful and I have to say that this is the worst soup I have tasted ever, not just from the Weight Watchers range.

                      ***Packaging***

                      The Clear Chicken and Noodle soup comes in a 295g can. The can has a ring pull so you do not need a tin opener handy to eat this soup. This is extremely convenient if like myself you take a tin of this soup to work. The tin has a purple logo which is consistent with the Weight Watchers branding and colours. On the label is an image of the soup it looks quite a light brown thick consistency with lots of noodles and vegetables floating in the soup. An appealing soup and the image looks like the soup that is often served in Chinese restaurants.

                      Once removed from the can the soup takes 2 minutes 30 seconds in a 700W microwave. A very quick and easy soup to heat up.


                      ***Price***

                      A 295g of Weight Watchers Clear Chicken and Noodle soup costs 57p from Asda, Tesco also offer the product at a similar cost. Asda do their own version of this soup in their Good for You range and for a larger 400g can this costs 52p so you are paying premium for this being a Weight Watchers product. I got my tin in the 3 tins for £1 offer so this made the soup more affordable.


                      ***Clear Chicken Noodle Soup***

                      My first observation was that the soup looks nothing like image on the front of the tin. When I poured the soup out it was like pouring a clear browny coloured liquid out of the tin (very much like dish water). After the liquid was tipped out about 2 (small) tablespoons worth of noodles and bits of vegetable came out of the tin into my bowl. After a quick search I found only 2 very small chicken "pieces" in the soup. So much for this being a "clear chicken and noodle soup".

                      Once heated up the scent of the soup was very weak, if you sniff the soup it has a slight hint of chicken but only slight. I can compare this to very very weak chicken stock. All of the noodles and vegetables had sunk to the bottom of the bowl therefore the soup just looked like a clear brown coloured liquid... not at all appealing.

                      I tasted the soup and grimaced it tasted like very weak chicken stock, basically water with a very light hint of chicken. I decided to dig to the bottom of the bowl and get a (small) spoonful of noodles. The were o nly about 1 inch long and tasted soggy and disgusting. The carrots and pieces of sweetcorn in the soup also tasted soggy and had no taste. After swallowing I was left with nothing but a slightly salty taste in my mouth.

                      I have to say I did not even manage a quarter of the bowl of soup before I gave up. My work colleague tried it and he actually spat out the soup he reckoned it tasted that disgusting and the worst soup he has ever tasted.



                      **Nutritional Information**

                      Per 295g tin of soup
                      50 calories
                      1g fat

                      From first glance this looks like a great choice for those looking for a low calorie soup and

                      ***Overall***

                      I think that the rest of my review has probably summed it up. Do not waste your money and buy this soup it is awful. I don't think this can even be classed as soup it is just water with bits floating in it with a slight taste of chicken. The only benefit of the soup is that it is very low calorie but so is warm water with a stock cube melted into it which is probably what this soup can best be compared to. If I could award 0 stars I would!

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                        19.06.2009 14:57
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                        A pathetic excuse for a soup

                        Even for diet food this is a poor choice. I first picked this up on a whim when trying out some different 'healthy' lunch options. The image on the tin isn't that far from the stuff inside, and in retrospect that should have set off alarm bells.

                        The soup has the consistancy of tap water and about the same amount of flavour. When you pour it out of the tin you can see the pale yellow colour, speckled with miniscule lumps of vegetables and limp looking noodles.

                        In terms of flavour, it was virtually non-existant. I ended up having to add a great deal of salt to mine and still found it incredibly bland. The only exception to this was the tiny nuggets of sweetcorn which occasionally provided a burst of sweetness, but that aside you are left witha tasteless stock, noodles with an unplesantly mushy consistency and tiny cubes of stringry chicken.

                        At under 100 kcal per you can't really expect this to fill you up, but I found myself feeling hungry even though I mopped this up with a few slices of thick bread. I think its the lack of actual protein that makes it so insubstantial.

                        If you're buying this with the hopes of loosing weight then think again, you'd be much better off eating something healthy and FILLING than eating this and scoffing biscuits later (like I did!) to fill you up.

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                        20.04.2009 12:08
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                        Not worth having as you will still be hungry after

                        This is low in fat for the simple reason that there is nothing to it.

                        It is like water and has not much taste at all.

                        It comes in a 295g tin can which has a ring pull top.

                        It does give you heating instructions on the can but only for a 650 watt microwave. However I am not just picking faults as I believe that heating soup up is an easy job.

                        There are 89 calories and 3 grams of fat per can which converts to a points value of 1.5. This is good as the normal daily allowance is between 16 and 22. I am allowed 20 points so this is ok to have for lunch but to fill you up you do have to have some bread with it and this just increases your points so I do not believe it is worth it.

                        You need to look very hard for the chicken in it but there is some there.

                        All of the Weight Watchers soups are not this bad and that is why I do still eat them, I just wont be having this one again in a hurry

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                          05.02.2009 13:54
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                          This wouldn't be my first choice

                          The last of my 3 for 2 Weight Watchers soups (from Somerfield, but they are cheaper individually at other supermarkets) was this Chicken Noodle Soup.

                          As a rule I only buy tomato soup as I find other soups are generally hit and miss and I don't like them. However, I thought this looked good so I thought why not.

                          The tin is actually quite deceptive as the front shows a brown soup with bits of noodle in - because of this I didn't realise until after I'd bought it that it contained sweetcorn, the only vegetable I refuse to eat at all times. I decided I could probably fish it out if there wasn't much though and decided to eat it anyway.

                          This turned out to be true, as in actual fact that wasn't much of any of the other ingredients except, well, soup. I was also surprised at how transparent it actually was - though it's called 'clear' in this review category, the tin no longer says 'Clear' on it and in the picture looks more solidly brown. One of my friends commented that it looked like water, but it was more like lightly muddied water. Not the best colour in the world...

                          The soup contained a few half hearted bits of sweetcorn, and some other things which may or may not have been carrot and pepper. The tastes were indistinguishable individually, but together they did provide an overall lovely mix of different flavours - surprisingly so. I enjoyed the noodle bits, though there weren't that many and they all sank to the bottom, suggesting that the packaging which shows them floating on the surface had miraculously defied the laws of physics.

                          One thing I dislike about soup is that it gets very boring after a while. I'm the kind of person that likes to have different morsels on my fork or spoon to enjoy the flavours together. Because of the noodles, seasoning and small amount of veg the texture was a lot more varied than, say, the Weight Watchers tomato soup which made it more interesting to eat.

                          Overall, I might buy this again as at only 50 calories and with a variety of flavours it's pretty good. However, after eating a 295g tin and 2 slices of wholemeal bread with it, I still feel quite peckish and it's not as filling as the tomato version.

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                            17.11.2008 16:36
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                            A nice tasting healthy soup

                            I have been going to weight watchers now for about 5 weeks and I can honestly say that it does work. The weight watchers points plan is calculated by your age and fitness and you are basically set a number of points to eat per day in aid to lose weight.

                            After buying a fair few weight watchers meals and deserts I came across the clear chicken and noodle soup. I must admit that a lot of the frozen meals and deserts are very highly priced. But the soups are fair at around 63 pence per can.

                            The soup itself has a point's value of ½, which is an excellent amount as it contains less that 1g of fat and only 50 calories. On the down side it isn't very filling at all. The soup is very watery and contains only a few Pasta Noodles, Carrots, Sweetcorn, Red Peppers and Chicken that I didn't actually notice. To be fair the soup does taste nice it is Very light.

                            I think that the soup is a great dinner item and it can still stay low in points by adding some weight watchers Danish bread which is only ½ a point per slice. One of the recipes I like is adding a chicken breast to the soup it is very tasty and still low fat considering the chicken is counted as 2 ½ points.


                            The soup contains no artificial colours or preservatives but it does contain Celery, Wheat, Egg, Gluten and Celeriac.

                            It is hard to find weight watchers items in some stores but I find that Asda and Tesco have a good range.

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                              05.11.2008 16:23
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                              Not really a chicken soup, but OK if you're on a diet

                              It was while I found myself counting the pieces of chicken (one) in my soup, that I felt the urge for a review coming on.

                              I've been stuck indoors for days thanks to an operation which has rendered me unable to exercise for a few weeks. In anticipation of spending my days nibbling I stocked up on some handy low calorie food items. Of course, writing reviews on dooyoo always helps hinder the eating process.

                              Anyway, in preparation, I'd purchased some Weight Watchers from Heinz soups.

                              I haven't eaten these for many years, probably over 20, so it was almost an entirely new eating experience. I mentally prepared myself for an unappetising lunch. With a total calorie count of only 50 per entire can, I knew not to expect a gastronomic delight.

                              ~~~The Tin~~~

                              The label on the tin shows a delightful photo of a bowl of chicken noodle soup, brimming with noodles, sweetcorn and peppers. The Weight Watchers logo is prominently displayed as is the calorific value (50), points value (half) and fat value (less than 1g). So far so good.

                              ~~~The Contents~~~

                              The opened tin didn't look too promising. All I could see was a murky looking liquid with a few herby specks floating around on top. I'd probably emptied most of the tin before the emergence of anything other than liquid appeared and it then duly sank to the bottom of the bowl. Still, there were quite a few fine noodles which looked like they may provide a bit of nourishment.

                              ~~~The Smell and Taste Test~~~

                              I actually didn't even notice the smell of the soup heating up. It was brought to my attention by my 4 year old daughter who came running into the kitchen asking what the smell was. But she didn't say she liked it and she didn't ask for any. When I opened the microwave oven door, I detected a hint of a chicken smell, but only a hint. It reminded me of a dissolved chicken stock cube.

                              I decided to eat the liquid part first so I could try to enjoy the pile of noodles and vegetables sitting on the bottom on the bowl. The liquid part of the soup had the consistency of water and tasted, as I suspected, like a dissolved chicken stock cube. Nothing wrong with that. For 50 calories I'm not expecting miracles.

                              Once I arrived at the vegetables sitting at the bottom of my bowl, I could only stare at them in wonder. Goodness, I'd have to use my imagination here. I was eating with a teaspoon to prolong the experience. Eating slowly helps fill you up more you see.

                              My first surprise was the chicken content. I spotted one piece of chicken, roughly the size of my small finger nail. There were a couple of flakes of chicken floating amongst the noodles; they probably escaped from the main piece. I was somewhat dubious as to the origin of the chicken. It looked like it had been reformed many times over. However, on reading the Heinz website I was partially reassured by their statement declaring they use only 100% high-quality meat. I'll have to take their word on that.

                              OK. What next. I counted 12 pieces of sweetcorn and 15 pieces (specks) of carrot and 5 dots of red pepper. It all looked rather colourful and the noodles, although very fine and short, were substantial enough - about 6 teaspoons worth in all.

                              And then it was all over. Did I feel full? No. Did I feel satisfied? No. It did go some way towards filling a gap and giving the illusion of having eaten something, since it was a savoury food. After a drink, a fruit and a yogurt, I approached the feeling of fullness at last.

                              I have another two tins of this in my cupboard which I probably won't be opening any time soon. I have a couple of other WW flavours to try out still and I'll report back with my verdict. Bet you can't wait!

                              I feel this soup would probably benefit from the addition of a few of your own cooked vegetables, which wouldn't increase the calorie count substantially but would provide a more filling soup. It's probably be nice eaten with some bread to bulk it out a bit. Definitely a soup for those on a calorie controlled diet only.

                              Each tin of Clear Chicken Noodle Soup contains 295g and fills a normal breakfast sized bowl.

                              If you want to buy one of these then you can find them in major supermarkets priced at around 57p.

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