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      17.03.2010 13:07
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      A very nice tin of beans from Heinz

      Heinz Beans ~ with the exciting taste of sweet chilli


      Often times I really cannot be bothered to stand and slave over a hot stove conjuring up some wonderful gourmet creation, haha! ...... and prefer instead to simply throw together a couple of bits of things to suit my lazy mood.

      Last night was one such occasion where all I really wanted to do was sit and watch Emmerdale and sip a glass of wine. However 'his highness' needed to be fed and it was he who suggested the tin of sweet chilli beans we had in the cupboard and "perhaps you could throw in a Cornish pasty with it!" And so dinner was prepared.

      These beans from Heinz are cheap. tasty and full of goodness. They come in the regular green Heinz tin with Sweet Chilli written across the front and this is the 390g size. On the reverse of the tin it has a meal suggestion stating "Make meal times exciting ~ try pouring over Nachos with tasty guacamole". also on the reverse is the storage instructions, dietary information and how to cook.

      On the hob:~ Empty contents into a saucepan and stir gently while heating. Do not boil or overcook as this will impair the flavour.

      Microwave (Cat E 850w):~ Empty contents into a microwavable container and cover. Heat on full power for 1.5 minutes, stir then for a further 1 minute. Check that product is hot before serving.



      The reverse of the can also gives us the nutritional information:~

      Based on 1 serving ~ half of the can:~

      Kcals ~ 139
      Protein ~ 9.3g
      Carbs ~ 24.3g
      (of which sugars) ~ 9.1g
      Fat ~ 0.5g
      (of which saturates) ~ Trace
      Fibre ~ 7.4g
      Sodium ~ 0.5g
      Salt equivalent ~ 1.3g


      Opinion:~

      These beans are part of a range from Heinz and include other such flavours as Mexican, Jalfrezi and Tikka. They are lovely beans that are soft and succulent and they come in a lovely rich sauce. When you first open the tin you can smell the chilli in the beans and you get the impression that these are going to be very spicy, which I was really looking forward to, as hubby and I both love very spicy food. However this was not to be the case. They are mildly chilli flavoured but that actually doesn't detract from the flavour as they really are very nice beans. They make a nice alternative to the boring original and I would be very happy to have these again in the future, and I am also very keen now to try the other flavours in the range.

      They make a wonderful accompaniment to our peppery Cornish pasty and would also go very well with a cheese and mushroom omelette, on a jacket potato or indeed almost anything. They are quick and easy to prepare and taste just great!


      Cost and availability:~ These are widely available in all good supermarkets at a price of around 50p to 80p depending on where you shop and whatever offers they have on at the time.



      Thank you so much for reading this review!

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        09.03.2010 12:38
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        Buy them

        I love baked beans and I have a slight obsession for sweet chilli sauce (yes it does go with EVERYTHING!!! lol) so when I saw these in Asda for 51p I couldn;t believe my luck and had to buy them.

        The packaging is green with the familiar Heinz Beanz logo with a picture of the beans oozing down the can below it. They can be heated on the hob or in the microwave for 2 1/2 mins. These beans contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. It is nice to see a product that is suitable for a gluten free diet after the recent reviews I have written that all conatin gluten and they are suitable for vegetarians.

        The can is 390g in size which is meant to be enough for 2 portions but I am assuming that this is if you have them with something else. Half a can will give you 138kcal, 9.3g of protein, 24.3g of carbohydrates of wich 9.1g are sugars, 0.5g of fat, 7.4g of fibre (nearly a third of your recommended aily allowance) and 0.5g of sodium. I was surprised at how low in calories these beans are and that a can of them would be nearly 2/3 of your daily recommended fibre intake!!

        After a hard morning at the stables I was starving so decided to have the whole can on 2 pieces of toast. I opened the can and the sauce is slightly dark and more brown in colour than the usual baked beans. I could see the odd little fleck of red that showed that there actually was chilli in the sauce. I thought the beans smelt more like curry powder than chilli at first so I had to go and sniff my bottle of chilli dipping sauce but they did smell the same. The beans smelt really spicy so I was worried that they would be too "hot" for my taste buds. After 3 mins on the hob, the beans were fully heated and ready to go. As I poured them on to my toast, more flecks of chilli appeared. I was in heaven from the first bite. The spicyness was just right for me and even after the whole can my mouth didn't feel like it was on fire. The sauce is creamy and there is plenty of it but not to the point that you have a bean in a whole heap of sauce. I will definitely be buying these again. I was meant to share them with my grandad but it was a good job that I didn't as I think I would have been scraping them off his plate.

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          15.02.2010 14:51
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          A (mildy) spicy alternative to regular beans.

          I am a vegetarian and I often turn to Heinz Baked Beans on buttered toast as a quick and effortless (lazy!) meal. It can become a bit bland and 'samey' though so I often find myself adding a bit of tomato ketchup or worcester sauce to the beans during cooking. That's why I found these Sweet Chilli flavoured beans so appealling when I saw them in Asda recently. Finally, I thought, I can still get the comfort meal of beans on toast but with a bit of a tastebud kick!

          These are produced by Heinz and are one of their four Heinz 'Mean Bean' flavours with the others being Mexican, Jalfrezi and Tikka. They are sold in large tins of 390 grams and I bought mine for 70p which was 20p more than they were selling the regular Heinz baked beans in the same sized tin.

          The tin has an easy pull ring where you can peal the lid back with the littlest effort. The tin and label are fully recyclable. All information about the product is listed on the label including company contact information and ingredients.

          The ingredients don't state that these are haricot beans. To me they appear slightly smaller than their regular baked beans though. There is 50% beans and 27% tomatoes which make up the sauce. Other additions to the sauce are water, sugar, red peppers (2%), chilli powder, spices, onion and paprika extract. There is also an added sweetner. The beans are suitable for a gluten free diet and for vegetarians.

          You can cook these on the hob or microwave, basically warming them until they are hot all the way through. It only takes a couple of minutes for them on the hob and around a minute and a half in the microwave.

          The beans have a darker, redder and slightly thicker sauce than regular baked beans. This is also streaked with dots and dashes of red peppers. They look very rich and tasty and even could be described as appearing a bit more upmarket than regular beans!

          I had these with toast although the serving suggestion on the tin says to put them with nachos and guacamole. I think this might be a better way to eat them actually as on buttered toast they just don't do it for me! I find the chilli flavour to be virtually non-existent. I love the flavour of chilli and actually eat chilli peanuts every single day so perhaps my tastebuds are too used to stronger flavours but I really can barely detect the chilli in the beans' sauce. I actually think the taste is more like red peppers with a subtle sweet undertone. That clash of the sharp and sweet is a lovely mix though. The beans are also uncannily like Heinz 'Hidden Veg' beans (which also contain mulched red peppers), infact I'd be willing to bet if I had them side by side I wouldn't be able to differentiate between the two of them.

          Despite failing to impress me with the strength of the sweet chilli flavour I do think the beans have a nice taste and are certainly different from and more spicy than regular beans. The beans, as always with Heinz, are top quality too and are succulent and soft. Some cheaper brands often have that chalky dryness to the core of the bean but every bean in a Heinz tin is of perfect texture. I will certainly buy these again but I'll do so knowing the flavour isn't as strong as I originally thought it might be! I'd award these 4 out of five stars for the quality and the pleasant taste but I'd knock a star off because the chilli flavour isn't pronounced as much as it could be.

          These beans provide a lot of fibre which is great for keeping the digestive system in peak condition. They also provide 139 calories per 1/2 can and 0.5 grams of fat which means these are a healthy, low fat option.

          Check out the websites:

          http://www.heinz.co.uk

          and the sub-site:

          http://www.heinzbeanz.com/

          for more information about the Heinz beans range and also for recipes and news about the company and their products.

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          07.02.2010 14:40
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          Sweet chilli beans

          I never used to like beans as a child, but during my time as an undergrad this all changed. I think it must be obligatory for students to consume large quantities of the things! As I was on a budget I rarely bought Heinz beans, usually sticking to value brands.

          Even now I usually buy cheaper versions, but these Heinz beans caught my eye as they come with added 'sweet chilli' flavour. Unlike the tin above, the tin I bought looks just like a normal tin of Heinz 'beanz' with 'Sweet Chilli' underneath in red 'Chinese-style' writing. I love all things spicy so I had to try these!

          A tin of these beans costs around 70p, which is twice as expensive as the beans I usually buy, but it's still a very reasonable price.

          I had beans on toast for my lunch and decided to try these beans. One thing I like about Heinz beans is the ring pull on the can - no messing about with tin openers!

          I poured half the beans into the saucepan and smelled them - I could definitely detect a hint of sweet chilli. Appearance-wise, they looked just like normal beans, with rich tomato sauce.

          Now whenever I cook beans I like to cook them really well... until they are all soft and the sauce has reduced! This might be why I ended up slightly disappointed with the flavour. I couldn't really taste the sweet chilli, although the beans themselves were very tasty.

          The next day I had beans on toast again, only this time I took more care, cooking them more slowly. I tasted them while they were still in the pan, and this time I could detect the sweet chilli - it was very subtle though, and I ended adding Tabasco sauce to my beans!

          Overall, these beans are tasty and good quality like all Heinz beans, however the sweet chilli aspect is rather disappointing. If you're not a huge fan of spicy foods and just want something with a subtle flavour these might be ideal for you, but if you're like me and routinely add Tabasco sauce to your everyday beans then they won't really be strong enough! Personally, I'll be sticking to bog-standard beans and adding my own sauce. I might give some of the other flavours in the range a try though.

          Half a can of beans contains 139 calories, which I think is pretty good. These are ideal on toast or a baked potato. The tin suggests adding them to nachos with a bit of guacamole - this is a good idea and I might have tried it if the beans had been stronger!

          Ingredients:
          Beans (50%), tomatoes (27%), water, sugar, red peppers (2%), modified cornflour, salt, spirit vinegar, chilli powder, spices, onion powder, colours - plain caramel and paprika extract, sweetener - sucralose.

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            13.12.2009 22:11
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            Go grab some tins while they're still only 24p!

            This have obviously reduced in price since the other people have reviewed them, they're now only 24p for a 390g can in Sainsbury's (in store or online). This doesn't even seem to be some sort of special offer, I've not seen any signs to suggest it is.

            I found them in the aisle where the rest of the beans are but not right next to the usual Heinz beans.

            The label looks very similar to regular beans but it's a bit lighter in colour and says 'Heinz Beanz with the exciting taste of SWEET CHILLI' on the front. The back of the can suggests serving them on nachos with guacamole, that's not a bad idea! I decided to use mine to make a baked potato a bit more interesting.

            I like to eat beans cold, straight from the tin so this was the first taste I had of them. When cold, they almost taste like regular beans but have a slight hint of chilli.

            They're very easy to warm up, either pop them in a saucepan on the hob or chuck them in the microwave for about two minutes, stirring halfway through.

            Once warmed they seemed to smell just like regular beans, no spicy smell to them but they're darker in colour and there are visible flecks of pepper in the sauce, which there's plenty of.

            They have texture you'd expect from beans and when you initially put them in your mouth they almost seem like your boring old beans but then the spiciness creeps in. And there's certainly that feeling of chilli burning in your throat as part of the aftertaste. They'll definitely warm you up on a cold day!

            Overall, they're not very spicy but I would say 'spicy enough'. They made a lovely change and are perfect if you fancy a change.

            They're suitable for vegetarians, a gluten-free diet and contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

            For 24 pence a can (that's cheaper than a 150g can of regular Heinz Beanz!) you really can't go wrong! And they're a great source of fibre and protein too.

            Ingredients:
            Beans (50%), tomatoes (27%), water, sugar, red peppers (2%), modified cornflour, salt, spirit vinegar, chilli powder, spices, onion powder, colours - plain caramel and paprika extract, sweetener - sucralose.

            Nutritional Information:
            (per ½ can)
            Energy - 590kj/139kcal
            Protein - 9.3g
            Carbohydrate - 24.3g
            of which sugars - 9.1g
            Fat - 0.5g
            of which saturates - trace
            Fibre - 7.4g
            Sodium - 0.5g
            Salt equivalent - 1.3g

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              21.10.2009 22:32
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              If you fancy a spicy change this could be the product for you

              We are quite a regular buyer of the Heinz Mexican and BBQ Mean Beanz and decided this week that we would try out the Sweet Chilli flavour. We thought that it would go perfectly with a bacon and cheese omelette and were not disappointed.

              Packaging: The beans are contained wthin a standard tin can, but the mostly black paper label has a wild west theme which the Heinz Mean Beanz - Sweet Chilli description looking like a "wanted" poster. The label also has a picture of the beans with nachos, sour cream and guacamole which is one of the serving recommendations. The can weighs 390g.

              Appearance and smell: The haricot beans look very similar to a standard can of baked beans, and the sauce is the same dark red colour. However, there are a lot of small pieces of chilli in the sauce which is an encouraging sight if you like a bit of spice in your food like me. In terms of the smell, the sauce is dominated by a light tomato flavour again with a hint of spice.

              Taste: The taste is superb and the beans really combined well the omelette. After cooking the beans on a medium heat for a few minutes, the beans were nice and soft, and the sauce had quite a spicy kick, enough to let you know these beanz mean business.

              Value for money: This can was 64p, which is roughly the same price as a standard single can of Heinz baked beans. This does not represent the best value for money, but the flavour was excellent and make a really good alternative if you fancy a change from the same old regular beans.

              Overall: I really enjoyed these Sweet Chilli beans and thought that they had a excellent flavour with a nice chilli kick. The value for money is not great, but if you fancy a spicy change, then this could be the product for you.

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                14.07.2009 22:34
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                A great alternative to plain beans to liven up your lunch

                Fancying something a little different for my lunch one day this week I grabbed a couple of tins from this fairly recent range of Heinz products, humorously titled Mean Beanz. They have basically produced 4 new 'flavours' of the old classic Heinz Baked Beans which are Jalfrezi, Mexican, Tikka and this particular one I am going to review here - Sweet Chilli.

                I do love baked beans and eat them quite often, partly because being on the weight watchers plan these tend to be a great low point option for lunch with a jacket or on wholemeal toast. However, beans can be a little on the boring side.....unless you try the mean beanz range....

                I paid 67p for a 390g can and the nutritional info tells me that in half a can (the portion I would have) there are 142 calories and only a trace of saturated fat, in points terms this means that the half can is worth 3 points. This is quite high for a filler / toast topper, but if I have it with a small jacket or one slice of wholemeal I can still get my meal to around 5 points which is fine.

                So, on day one I poured half the tin into a pan and heaed while warming up a jacket spud. The smell when I opened the tin was quite something, definitely a spicy kind of smell and a slightly darker colour than your average beans. In usual Heinz quality the beans were in a thick sauce and were of regular size and shape. Stirring them round for a few minutes they soon reached the required temperature.

                Taste wise I was actually really impressed. I am a big fan of anything 'sweet chilli' and use the sauce a lot in my normal cooking methods, this product managed to capture the taste of sweet chilli sauce with the texture and filling capacity of usual beans, to say it was tasty was an understatement. I even contemplated heating up the rest of the pan there and then but managed to talk myself out of it!

                There is an unmistakable kick to the sauce these beans are in, it manages to be both spicy and sweet at the same time. I was really pleased to see that the ingredients list was made up of entirely recognisable things and no nasties or MSG or artificial flavourings. There is both sweetener and sugar in these beans, sugar is usually present in baked beans but I assume that there is added sweetener in this because of the sweetness of the chilli sauce they were seeking to recreate.

                The next day I had the rest of the beans on some toast and they were equally delicious. All round I think this product is a success and is one I will be buying again, beans are such a convenient and relatively healthy, quick meal and to have a variation on that is a great option in my opinion.

                I think 67p is pretty good value for money, it would be nice to see the rest of this range on some kind of special offer to encourage more people to try them but I would buy them at full price anyway.

                I have also bought the Tikka variety and will get round to reviewing that at some point, it will have something to live up to with these though so watch this space!

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