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      22.02.2014 16:41

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      Superb!

      Right, first things first, these are superb beans., Excellent beans. Consider them your new bean based best friend.
      So, I hear you cry, why are they better than Heinz?.

      Simply put, Branston have achieved a level of flavour balance that is just excellent. Unlike other leading brands, they are equally good on toast, or as an integral building block of a larger meal. They are not just a one trick bean!. In addition, the ratio of sauce to bean by volume is something which is much more satisfying than Heinz's pale imitation. I can honestly say I have never been less than satisfied.

      Also they are usually cheaper, however do not let this deceive you into a belief that they are substandard. The one slight downside I would bring to your attention is that they tend to not be quite as readily available as
      Heinz.

      I would therefore strongly recommend these baked beans.

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      14.05.2013 20:58
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      Much prefer Branston over Heinz

      I'm a big supporter of the underdog - especially when it is a newcomer taking on a more established name, so when I first saw the Branston Beans brand I immediately wanted them to be better than Heinz!

      Because Heinz Beans are so pricey I would often but supermarket own brands, but they were often watery or tasteless - and that's a shame as we eat a lot of beans!

      First of all Branston Beans do NOT taste like Branston Pickle - the ones I buy are not those in the photo, but have a predominately black coloured label, which did make me think of the famous dark pickle.

      However, pickle or not, they have become my favourite. The sauce is nice and thick - there is no watery layer when you open the tin at first - and it has a rich tomatoey flavour. They seemed to be tastier than Heinz - and when I compared them, they did have more of a "kick". In comparison I find that Heinz Beans are too sweet for me - I have to put a ton of black pepper on them to get rid of the sugary taste.

      It's like Branston Beans are more "grown-up" - a bit richer and a good bit spicier. I once ruined a good pot of chilli by chucking a tin of sweet-tasting baked beans in to bulk it up, but when I tried it recently with these beans the chilli was still fine (and fed another person!).

      And of course there is the price - much cheaper than Heinz and even some of the own brands, and they are frequently on an offer. The cheapest I have paid for a pack of four cans is £1.27 - right now they are half price at Tesco.

      Like all baked beans they are high in fibre and low in fat, but are quite high in sugar (it being the 3rd ingredient after water and tomatoes).

      The only downside is that there is no ring-pull top - you have to get the old-fashioned tin opener out - but that's just me being lazy!

      These are definitely a favourite - and if the shop doesn't have any I'm very disappointed that I have to go back to Heinz!

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        25.01.2013 19:39
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        Great tasting baked beans

        Baked beans are almost a staple in UK! Most people have a favourite brand that they like and most probably it's Heinz! Heinz was always my hubby's preference and nothing else was allowed!! A few years ago as times were getting hard I found Aldi's baked beans and without telling him served them up! he asked what beans they were (he had noticed!) but that he didn't mind them they were quote close, however a few weeks ago we noticed that the beans were horrible, they were always hard so we had to switch again. I was about to buy Heinz when I noticed these Branston beans on offer.

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        These are beans that have been baked in a tomato sauce and then tinned. We usually heat baked beans in the microwave in a bowl with a lid because they often splatter out if you haven't got a lid on, we find this is the easiest way to heat them up.

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        Beans, Tomatoes, Sugar, Water, modified Maize starch, Salt, Onion powder, Paprika, Ground white pepper, Flouring and spices.

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        The beans are lovely and soft and have a nice tomato sauce which is rich and creamy, the taste really really nice and all the family are in agreeance! even the Heinz mad hubby!

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        They cost £1.99 for four (Asda Jan 2013)

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        These beans are really lovely and we shall certainly be swapping over until Aldi change their bean texture!

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          23.05.2012 12:21
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          Wouldn't recommend

          I love baked beans whether they are accompanying a full English breakfast or just as a toast topping. Living in Cyprus I tend to bulk buy all by British food and have it shipped over, so when I see a great deal on a crate of Branston Beans I decided to give them a go as I usually buy only Heinz beans and I now know why.
          The sauce for the beans is the major downfall for this product, the taste is artificial and if I have to eat this product I always defeat the object and add Heinz tomato sauce to make it taste better. Not only that there is a lot of sauce and not too many beans in this can which is where I presume they save their money and can sell a cheaper product.
          The product would be great as a one of if Heinz is not available but it's a shame that a product I thought wouldn't be able to differ greatly has let me down so much! Therefore, from now on I will stick to Heinz!

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            20.03.2012 00:27
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            A brilliant, tasty cupboard essential!

            Baked beans are one of the staples that I keep in my kitchen cupboards all the time, they are so cheap, easy and versatile. So when premier foods launched Branston baked beans in 2005 I was eager to try them and they have been my firm favourite since.

            Now I am a little bit of a bargain hunter and hate having to pay full price for anything and this is certainly a case with baked beans. As the Branston ones are my favourite I will wait until they are on a good special offer and stock up. The last time I purchased them was a couple of months ago when they were priced at just £1.00 for a multi-pack of 4x410g tins. This was a fantastic bargain as a single tin currently costs £0.50 but I have seen them on sale for even more.

            The baked beans come in a metal can, the only downside to these beans is that they do not have a ring pull top so you do need to get your tin opener out. The can has a paper label wrapped around it which contains all the necessary information you need to know about the beans on including cooking instructions, ingredients listings, storage instructions and nutritional information.

            Baked beans are basically beans in a tomato sauce they go with so many meals, the most simple is beans on toast but they also act as a great accompaniment to many meals. It states on the label that they are 'a good source of fibre, low in fat and are great as part of a balanced diet'. They are also really easy to cook, just simply warm them in a sauce pan or a microwaveable container for a couple of minutes until heated but not boiling as this can impair the flavour.

            Each 205g (half tin) serving of the baked beans contains the following nutritional information:
            Calories - 201
            Protein - 9.8g
            Carbohydrate - 33.0g
            Sugars - 21.1
            Fat - 0.8g
            Fibre - 11.3g

            These baked beans although contain quite a large amount of sugar still have some good nutritional elements and if eaten as part of a balance diet as with most things are fine. The thing I like most about these beans is that the sauce is much thicker than may other baked beans and quite rich tasting. The beans themselves are also nice and soft. Personally I think these are the best baked beans by far and I would certainly recommend them and continue to buy them in the future.

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              27.02.2012 00:16
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              An ok bean!

              I am pretty funny about baked beans. Sometimes I really fancy them othertimes I purely hate them. My favourite brand is Heinz, the brand I was brought up with but they are little on the pricey side so the other day when I spotted these Branston ones in Tescos costing only 50p for a can containing 410g of the product I thought that was pretty good value for my money and of course I have heard of the Branston brand!

              The Packaging:

              These come in a mainly black labelled can wih a ringpull to the top of it and on the front of it there is a photograph of the baked beans and we are told of course what they are and who they are by and so on. On the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients and allery advice, a full nutritional chart and contact details for the manufacturer etc. Nice enough looking, smart can this is and of course it is informative enough too.

              The Beans:

              Well of course they are haricot beans in a thin and orange coloured sauce which at first I thought was a rather thin sauce. You can heat them in a saucepan or microwave them thats up to you, either way it only takes a couple of minutes to do so and the sauce did thicken and the beans did soften without going mushy.

              I have no complaints about these beans, however I still prefer Heinz and can tell the difference in taste and quality between them. I think the sauce on the Heinz one is richer, thicker and has a really nice smooth consitency but these Branston ones have a thinner less tasty sauce and its a bit on the salty side to me. Like I say though there is nothing wrong with them it all comes down to your preferred taste but me, I won't be penny pinching again and will stick to Heinz from now on!

              Nutritional Advice Per Half Can:

              Energy: 183 Kcal
              Protein: 10.1g
              Carbohydrate: 33.8g
              of which sugars: 12.4g
              Fat: 0.8g
              of which saturates:0.2g
              Fibre: 11.6g
              Sodium: 0.7g
              Salt Equivalent: 1.7g

              Available in all good supermarkets etc.

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                03.02.2012 17:08
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                Good value when on offer

                I picked these beans up during a recent shopping trip to Asda. I love baked beans but I'd never tried this brand before, always choosing the cheaper supermarket own label version, but these were on offer costing £1 for a pack of 4 x 410g tins. Looking around online, the normal price for this 4-pack is around £2.50.

                I was quite looking forward to trying these beans, I wouldn't say excited as that would imply I need to get out more, but as I usually only ever have supermarkets own labels, it's a rare treat to try the premium brands these days. I've been having these beans in work for lunch as I love hot food in the cold weather, and there's nothing more comforting than beans on toast. In addition to this, there's the added pleasure of a tin lasting me two days, so I'm effectively getting my lunch for 12.5 pence which is pretty unbeatable by anyone's standards!

                I presumed with these beans being a well known name, and the difference in price, that they would taste far superior to other baked beans I've been having recently. I think the other thing I thought, which was completely misunderstood on my part, was that they might in some way taste different to normal baked beans because they are "Branston" branded. I wasn't expecting Branston pickle or anything, but I thought maybe the sauce might taste a bit tangy and different. I was a bit disappointed that the sauce wasn't any different to other brands, but then looking at the packaging they never claimed it was, they just describe it as a "rich and tasty tomato sauce".

                The first thing I noticed when preparing these beans was that the juice was lovely and thick, and I'd forgotten how beans are when you're not eating the economy brands with their thin runny bean juice. Secondly, the colour of the beans and sauce was very vibrant and orange, not anaemic like some brands are.

                Now for the taste test....again, I was a little disappointed at first that there was no huge difference between these and the non-branded beans I usually buy. Don't get me wrong, they were tasty and the beans were a good consistency, but I honestly wouldn't know if I could pick these out of a taste test. I think on sight they look much more appetising due to the colour and thickness of the sauce, but if someone blindfolded me and gave me these alongside a non-branded product, I'm not sure I'd know the difference.

                Beans, as we know, are a good source of fibre, and half a tin of these provides 201 calories, 12g sugar, 1g fat, a trace of saturates and 1.5g salt. I guess these beans might be a little better for you on the salt & sugar side of things, than the non-branded versions which can sometimes contain much more salt and sugar.

                Overall, I'd happily eat these again, and if I see them on offer I'll stock up because they're much cheaper than any other brand, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find them and I definitely wouldn't pay full price. For taste and consistency I'd give them 4 stars, but the lack of value for money at full price brings these down to 3 stars for me.

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                  05.11.2011 13:13
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                  The Nick Cave of Baked Beans

                  Baked Beans are something we Brits really take for granted, whilst having a dedicated and eclectic palate, I have to admit that on long business journey's or when I was younger and lived abroad at various times, after the glamour and immediacy of a City had died down, I was left thinking about what I missed from home, after much debate, one of the things I missed most in almost every place was baked beans.

                  They are a formidable, easy to cook but intensely flavoured addition to a meal and whilst lacking the healthy sheen of Quinoa or the undeniable flexibility of the kidney bean they are indelibly British in my mind, perfect with egg and chips, corned beef hash, sausage and chips and all manner of other simple yet beautiful meals. Without a hint of sophistication or elegance they are filling, healthy and solid and a proud part of our culinary heritage no matter what the snobs might say.

                  I always felt the baked bean has been tainted somewhat by its association with flatulence, from the Mel Brooks film Blazing Saddles, through to the club staple of the 1990's, Mr Methane a man who played songs with his bottom, we always associate this humble and tasty side dish with bad wind, but we should celebrate it for its ability to help settle difficulties in the most turbulent belly!

                  Some might suggest the Boston Baked Beans involving molasses sugar and bacon are the real baked beans, but I would utterly disagree as these monstrous upstarts are too sweet and combine only with pancakes or other sweet foods, they lack the flexibility of our own baked beans and aren't a patch on them taste wise either.

                  Branston Baked Beans:

                  Created since 1922 Branston Baked Beans are up there with Heinz as the brand leaders, putting more emphasis on the flavour and consistency of the sauce than some of their supermarket rivals, their brand is excellent and really well received in our house.

                  Tin Looks:

                  The tin now looks much funkier and edgier than the photo you see, almost like a ready meal Nick Cave it is now housed in a dark, brooding 410g can with a picture of the beans surrounded by a sea of sinister blackness and the words Branston Baked Beans, it looks good, classy, understated and much more elegant than the slightly generic picture you can see above.

                  Price and Availability:

                  400g in total, this should feed a big lad who likes his beans or a family of 4 using controlled portion sizes, at a price of 69p per tin in Tesco or £2 for 4 tins, this is a fantastic store cupboard essential which can be eaten on their own, with toast or as part of a bigger meal option. These beans are available in all decent supermarkets and Iceland, they are well priced and widely available.

                  Health benefits:

                  There are 87 calories in a 100g serving which isn't brilliant, but the beans are filling, very filling and this means that you really can't eat too many to fill yourself up, so they are both healthy in moderation offering loads of starch and fibre and filling too.

                  Branston Baked Beans:

                  The tin looks great, the consistency of the tomato sauce is excellent, rich with sugary traces but not too much to make it sickly, the flavour has a lovely sweet tomatoey hint but is much more subtle than most other brands as there is some paprika in there to give it the slightest of edges, this brand really is a lot better than many of the gloopy sauced beans which consist of lots of sugar and additives, this tastes tomatoey with spicy aftertones and lends itself to slightly more foods than simple basic beans. The beans are well cooked, solid and don't mush up on contact and appear to have been very well sourced.

                  Overall;

                  Great price, good for your fibre intake, tasty with sausage and chips, toast a full English Breakfast or even Shepherds Pie, this is a versatile winner of a foodstuff, Branstons version is excellent and alongside Heinz is the best in the business and well worth checking out.

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                    23.09.2011 23:14
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                    Goodbye Heinz!!!!

                    Baked Beans- A huge English accompaniment- In fact Britain is the biggest consumer of Baked Beans combined with any other country you can think of! Which leads me on to Branston- After firmly establishing themselves into the pickled food market (YUK!!!!) they then looked for further options. To tell you the truth I am very pleased they did! They soon overtook the market leader Heinz Beanz- which were also good... but they are no real match to Branston!

                    Taste; I love the taste of Branston Beans. They are very rich- meaning they are could value, because you don't need to many of them. They taste very herby which compliments the tomato content (37%) They go very well with a jacket potato with cheese or with Fridays Chip day.
                    Smell; Naturally they smell of what they taste- They smell very spicy and very tomatoey. However they are not potent enough to ruin the delicious cooked smell of breaded cod wafting from the kitchen!

                    Packaging; The beans come in a tin and weigh in at 420 grams. What is very noticeable about the Bean can is the fact that they were recently rewarded a Which Best buy. Otherwise the label is coloured Black, Yellow, red and white- making it even more noticeable on the shelf!
                    Product quality; They taste nice- however I feel there is to much sugar in the can. I sometimes have another brand of baked beans and they contain less sugar but taste way to sweet for me. Branston contain around 3-4 grams of sugar more! The reason why they don't taste like that though is because of the large quantity of spices used to produce them, because of this I can only give product quality as Satisfactory.

                    Value For Money; I feel that for £0.60 a can it can be quite expensive. I do sometimes find them for a mere £0.25 in Asda making them excellent value for money. If you shop around then it is very easy to find them on offer... somewhere!!!

                    Verdict; A very worthy winner from Which! (I am now going to give a list of Ingredients, cooking instructions and cooking instructions. (I put this list at the bottom as I know some of you dislike lists!!!)

                    Ingredients; Haricot Beans (53%), Tomatoes (37%), Sugar, Water, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Onion Powder, Paprika, Ground White Pepper, Flavouring (Including Spices).
                    Nutritional value (per 100 grams) Measurements of nutrition also in grams!
                    Calories- 98
                    Protein- 4.8
                    Carbohydrate- 16.1
                    Sugar- 5.9
                    Fat- 0.4
                    (Of which saturates)- 0.1
                    Fibre-5.5
                    Sodium- 0.3
                    (Equivalent to Salt) 0.8

                    Cooking Instructions (Hob Cooking)
                    Empty contents into a saucepan- heat gently whilst stirring (DO NOT BOIL)

                    (Review also on Ciao by jjcross)

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                      26.08.2011 19:57
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                      Delicious baked beans.

                      As a student, I try to live on a budget which includes what I eat. Baked beans (like the majority of homes) are a staple to any cupboard since they are cheap and tasty. They make up a key ingredient of a fry-up, taste fabulous on toast and if one is really poor they make a fabulous evening meal on a jacket potato. Usually, I have stuck to buying either Aldi's own brand 'Corale' or Sainsbury's basics range which cost around 28p. I first bought these beans myself when Tesco had an offer offering individual tins of Branston's baked beans at the same price as their value range tins. Although I had eaten this brand before at home, I had not taken much notice of their taste before I bought these at university.

                      Branston's beans come in a 410g tin that requires a can opener to open the tin. 410g is the perfect size because one can get two portions out of a tin and still feel satisfied. Unfortunately, Branston's beans do not offer a ring pull on the tin unlike Heinz which means one has to struggle with dodgy can openers at times. Generally though, this is not really a problem as long as I can somehow get to the contents inside.

                      The beans inside the tin seem a deeper colour than other baked beans I have come across. The hue is much more of a dark orange colour in comparison to both Heinz and supermarket brand beans which to me, is much more appealing because the colour looks less artificial. The sauce is also very thick which is a welcome property of the baked beans because I have always found supermarket beaked beans have a very thin tomato sauce. The beans themselves are very regular too which means one does not get a contrast between big and tiny beans on one's plate.

                      Like every other tin on baked beans, Branston's beans can be heated up either in the microwave or on the hob. My preferred method is to heat beans over the hob because I have found it makes bean sauce thicker and richer. However, Branston's beans do not need much improvement as they are so tasty for the price. In comparison to other brands the tomato sauce is much more flavoursome and in my opinion, not as sweet as Heinz baked beans. Despite the sauce being thick, it does still get absorbed into my food (which is perfect for me when eating them with toast or on a jacket potato!).

                      Would I recommend these to others? Certainly. Branston's have made what I consider the perfect baked beans. The flavours are what baked beans should taste like and the sauce is not horrible and runny. Currently, Asda are selling these beans for £1 for a pack of four. Per tin, these work out even cheaper than Smart-price and are much tastier. Branston's beans are a must have for the food cupboard.

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                        11.08.2011 21:54
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                        Branston Beans wins hands down.

                        I have always bought Heinz baked beans, it's what my mum always bought, you knew what you were getting, had tried a few supermarket own brands over the years and was never impressed, I always went back to Heinz. It's one of the few products I would, never, ever compromise on. Until now.

                        As the cost of food goes up and up, but incomes stay the same, or in my case recently, go down, many of us find ourselves browing supermarket websites and shelves for the best deals, compromising our trusted brands for discount brands, supermarket own lines, BOGOF offers etc. to try and get the shopping bill a bit less scary.

                        As a mum of three kids with ever increasing appetites, coping with an ever decreading food budget, somethings got to give. Recently I was in the Supermarket, and went to pick up a few tins of Heinz beans, when the Branston Beans on the shelf next to them caught my eye. Firstly, they were priced at 52p per 410g tin, as opposed to Heinz, at 69p per 415g tin. Ok, there are 5g more in the Heinz tins, so what is that, half a bean? Certainly not 17p worth of beans that's for sure!!! So, I decided to pick up one of each and let my family be the judge. Should probably point out that the Dooyoo photo seems to be out of date, the beans now come in a dark brown can, not orange.

                        The first night we had the Branston Beans. On opening the can I noticed the sauce was a lot thicker than Heinz beans, richer, darker somehow. I wasn't sure if that was a good thing or not. My son came into the kitchen as I was opening the can, look sceptically at it and ran off to tell his dad that Mum has bought some other beans, not Heinz. Thanks son. so now son and husband are sceptical, looking suspiciously at the beans on their plate. But they dug in anyway (well, it's food, isn't it?) and no comment was made for a good few minutes until husband pipes up - 'they're actually really nice beans!! the kids agree, and everybody's unanimous verdict - 'They are better than Heinz Beans!!'

                        And, I have to agree. as mentioned before, the sauce is thick, rich, and tomatoey, more reddish-brown than orange, and in my opinion there is just the right beans to sauce ratio, not swimming in sauce but at the same time not overly thick. Perfect. The beans had a nice texture, I would say ever so slightly softer than Heinz, and really tasty.

                        So a few night later, I opened the Heinz beans I had the cupboard - and was met with 'Aww, aren't there any Branston Beans'. and that was that, Branston Beans are now 'Our Beans'.

                        They would have gotten 5 stars from me, if it wasn't for the fact that the cans don't have ring pulls. it makes it so much easier to open in a hurry, while camping (we usually forget the can opener) etc. minor niggle but worth mentioning, I think.

                        So, I'm a convert, and 17p difference per can, I'll continue to buy Branston Beans over Heinz, or any other brands. I think they are great value for 52p a can, and definately have more flavour and a richer sauce. Sorry, Heinz.

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                          24.06.2011 23:39
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                          Fantastic baked beans in a super sauce.

                          I wonder how many people still enjoy baked beans? I know that I do... but I don't have them as often as what I used to. Whilst Baked beans implies that the bans are baked... in fact they are usually 'stewed in a sauce' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baked_beans) ,. Baked beans are basically Haricot beans.

                          At one time my favourite brand was Heinz baked beans . I have tried all sorts, even the value ones!! However, I would never buy value ones again... they are too watery and the beans are hard... you may save some money buying them but in my view they are a bit nasty. I think its only been a few years that I have been eating these lovely Branston Baked beans. Now, whilst not really being a fan of their pickle I really am a fan of their baked beans and I particularly love the sauce. It is a darker colour than many other baked bean sauces. It is quite thick, rich and tomatoey. The baked beans themselves are very good; not hard or anything; just right. These baked beans are no my favourite and I have yet to find any other brand that I prefer. These Branston baked beans can usually be found at Iceland. They only cost a £1.00 for 4 x 410g cans. I think this is amazing value; particularly for such an excellent quality product. However currently a 4 pack is available at Tesco on a BOGOFF offer for £1.57 for a total of 8 cans!

                          There are only certain ways in which I usually have baked beans; either on toast (sometimes with fried egg); with a fried breakfast or with sausages and I always put plenty of brown sauce on them. that's just my own preference. I have occasionally had them cold with a salad too. Unfortunately my children wont eat them any more.... I think they have been listening to too many stories about baked beans giving you wind!

                          Its funny because I don't really like other types of beans such as broad beans or Red kidney beans. just the baked bean. However if I were to eat the beans on their own with no sauce and flavouring I probably wouldn't like these beans either!

                          Baked beans are easy to heat up and can also be microwaved. If you do microwave them... I highly recommend covering the beans... or else the tomato sauce goes all over the place and you will have a lot of cleaning up to do afterwards if you don't!


                          Ingredients (Per 410g can)
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                          Beans (53%)
                          Tomatoes (37%)
                          Sugar
                          Water
                          Modifies maize starch
                          Salt
                          Onion powder
                          Paprika
                          Ground white pepper
                          Flavouring
                          Spices

                          Nutrition
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                          There are 201 kcals per 205g serving (half a tin)
                          There is 1.5g of salt per 205g serving

                          Baked beans are a good and overall healthy food; and these ones taste great. I think they fully deserves a 5 star rating.

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                          05.05.2011 08:12
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                          My favourite beans, but the high salt and sugar is a little worrying.

                          Baked Beans are one my my favourite accompaniments to a meal, as they are tasty and reasonably healthy. One of my favourite brands is Branstons as to me it is better than all the rest. Supermarkets often have the tins of it on offer as 4 for £1 which I usually buy.

                          --- The Tin ---
                          The Beans come in a standard sized tin which is 10.5cm tall and 7cm in diameter. The can does not have a ring pull on it, which means you need a tin opener to open it. Around the sides there is a paper label that covers the tin. This is mostly black in colour, with a picture of the beans on the front and all the product information on the rear.

                          Each tin holds 410g of Baked Beans.

                          --- The Beans ---
                          The baked beans all seem to be the same size, about 1cm long and 0.5cm wide. The beans have a dark beige colour to them and they are covered in a dark red tomato sauce.

                          Hot or cold I like beans as they seem to taste great either way. When eaten cold they have a slight tomato flavour due to the sauce, but apart from that there isn't many other flavours. This makes them really easy to eat, especially on a hot day.

                          I usually cook mine in the microwave as it is much quicker and saves the hassle of burnt beans in a pan. Once hot, they have a lovely smell which makes them very appetising. I like to put a small knob of butter in my beans as I find this helps to make the saucy creamy and really brings out the flavour of the beans.

                          I have tried quite a few other brands of beans, such as Heinz, and compared to the others, I much prefer these ones. They look like and have the same texture as most other beans, but they have a slightly different taste which makes them uniquely delicious.

                          --- Healthiness ---
                          Per half a can, they contain 201 calories, 12.1g of sugar, 0.8g of fat and 1.5g of salt. I had never noticed these high sugar and salt levels before writing this review. Those values equate to 13% of your GDA for sugar and 25% of your GDA for salt!

                          --- Overall ---
                          Despite the rather high salt and sugar levels on these beans, they still have great flavour and I still really like them. I find that they have a unique flavour that I really like. I do know some people though who don't like these ones at all but love Heinz beans. I think they are a bit like Marmite, you either love them or hate them!

                          Overall I am going to give these only 3/5 as despite being my favourite brand of beans and being full of flavour, they contain a lot of salt and sugar, which if you eat them regularly, could potentially have health implications.

                          Thanks for reading.

                          This review may also appear on my blog and on Ciao under the same username.

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                          02.08.2010 21:30

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                          I used to hate baked beans, I gagged whenever I saw someone eating it, until I had Branston, it totally changed my view on baked beans. The tomato sauce is so rich n concentrate, every spoonful of beans left you this satisfied taste in your mouth! love it, n recommend to everyone!

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                          26.06.2010 15:00
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                          Great for taste, but a bit pricier

                          ~What is it?~

                          Heinz baked beans biggest rival no doubt Branston beans are a delicious alternative.

                          The beans come in a 420g metal can and is filled with beans that have been baked and covered in a tomato sauce.

                          The label on th ones I have is black and really stood out on the supermarket shelf. I bought mine from tesco as the missus pointe dout how good an offer it was and how they would go well with jacket potatos and on toast. Our little boy likes beans on toast so we dont like to buy cheapie brands that are unhealthy and bad for him. We always buy heniz but having tried Brantsons ow we're converted as when its on offer its cheaper but just as healthy and tastes just as good.

                          ~Best bits~

                          Each tin contains 88% beans and tomatos, which compared to the cheaper brands is much better and filled with healthier stuff. That means, although costs more than tescos own, it is good value for money. I find that one can will comfortably fill me and the wife and our little boy.

                          Forget the cheapie brands that have a thin and runny sauce. Branston baked beans has the thickest, and most delicious sauce of any baked bean make I've ever had - including Heinz.

                          The sauce really does taste like tomatos and is very thick and yummy.

                          The tins are easy to open but dont have a ring pull so get out your can opener for this one

                          Baked beans are are actually very good for you. they are an easy way to get very healthy with cheap food as they are high in fibre and low in fat. Half a can counts as one of your five a day

                          -Negatives-

                          Cost- you are paying more but its a better economy i think as its more filling and of course its better for oyu and you can really put a price on health!

                          Its not perfect- not like the natural baby foods we used to buy Joseph as the beans do have some levels of sugar and salt and flavourings.

                          ~Ingredients~

                          Beans, tomato, water, sugar, modified starch, salt, praprika, ground white pepper, flavourings and spices

                          ~Overall~

                          Tastier alternative to Heinz baked beans and better value for money!

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