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Beans with a difference
Heinz Mean Beans Sweet Chilli
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
Heinz Mean Beans Sweet Chilli
Advantages: Good quality Heinz beans
Disadvantages: Flavour not strong enough
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!
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.
Summary: Sweet chilli beans
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