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I usually eat this with peanut butter as a quick tasty snack. The two go very well together, in fact I'm surprised Heinz don't suggest it on their web page. Both keep well, one in the fridge and the other in the cupboard, and the combination should suit vegetarians. I remember Sandwich Spread from the sixties and discovered its compatibility with PB in the seventies. It was a regular bit of sustenance when I got home from school until dad came home from work and we all sat down for our evening meal.
It was whilst I was recently carrying out an online grocery shop at Asda (www.asda.com) that my eye happened upon a familiar product in amongst an assortment of condiments and spreads. The "Heinz Sandwich Spread" is a well-known 'sandwich filler' product and I hadn't had it for absolute years.
Feeling slightly nostalgic, I decided to buy a jar of the spread for my husband and I to try out and I paid the sum of £1.31 for the jar, which is a reasonable 270g in size. (Info correct as at the time of writing - October 2013).
The Heinz Sandwich Spread is available from all good supermarkets such as Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco, in addition to some smaller shops as it is quite a well known product. It may also be worth noting that the Heinz brand also sells a "Light Sandwich Spread" product which contains less fat and calories than it's 'Original' counterpart. I have not tried the Light version so cannot comment on it further than this.
The packaging for the Heinz Sandwich Spread is fairly average for this type of product and comprises of a round jar made of thick, robust glass. There is a green lid on top of the jar which screws off easily and I have never had any problems with opening the jar apart from its initial opening, when it was closed tightly and required my husband to open it for me.
There is an attractive enough label going around the front and back of the jar which provides all relevant information about the product such as nutritional information and allergy advice, as well as a product description. The label also informs me that the spread contains "No Artificial Colours." In addition, the spread is entirely suitable for a vegetarian diet.
The spread itself is a sort of 'creamy' texture although there are a lot of little coloured flecks throughout the spread which are noticeable even as I peer at the product through the glass jar. The spread is an off-white colour and when I scoop a spoonful of the spread from the jar I feel that it looks quite appetising and tasty.
The spread is similar to a paste as it is quite thick and doesn't drip or run, making it entirely suitable for spreading over bread or crackers. A strong, slightly 'vinegary' smell is evident as I spread the product over bread and I find this aroma to be quite mouth-watering, although the smell is quite strong and I would think it would be evident to others if I was eating my sandwich in close proximity to them.
The taste of the Heinz Spread is quite difficult to describe, but I'll try my best! I find the taste to be slightly similar to coleslaw, but with a much more 'vinegar' like taste which gives it a pleasant sharpness, similar perhaps to some salad cream type products. This sharpness makes the spread surprisingly moreish which I hadn't expected. This sharpness is perhaps best summed up by the neat description provided on the front of the jar's label... "The Tangy Crunchy Spread."
The little coloured flecks are actually small pieces of vegetable, and I find that these provide something vital to the texture of the spread - vital for me anyway, as I feel their absence would make the spread's texture too 'mushy' for my own preference, with it perhaps reminding me of something similar to baby food?! The addition of these little morsels adds a little crunch to the Sandwich Spread, and I find that this allows a pleasant 'bite' to be found within the Spread's texture overall; this is very pleasant and adds to the overall flavour and appeal of the product, I think.
I do find that the Heinz Sandwich Spread is surprisingly versatile, and I have recently been enjoying it spread over some flavoured crackers. This serving variation hadn't occurred to me prior to purchase, but I decided to try it out one day at lunchtime, after discovering a pack of flavoured crackers in the larder. This made a pleasant change from having sandwiches at lunchtime, and I've enjoyed this snack a few times recently.
The nutritional information on the jar's label informs me that a 10ml dessertspoon of the Sandwich Spread will provide 22 kcal and 1.3g fat. I would estimate that at least double this serving would be required to adequately cover the bread in your average sandwich - but this is down to personal taste of course.
Overall, I really enjoyed becoming reacquainted with this old favourite of mine, and I have already repurchased a second jar for myself. Whilst perhaps not the most exciting sandwich filler that I have ever experienced, I have found it offers a pleasant change from more mundane fillings, and it comes with a high recommendation from me as a result.
I remember when Heinz Sandwich spread used to be sold everywhere, and many of my friends loved the stuff. I, however, thought it was absolutely disgusting, and the smell alone was enough to make me hastily decline tea at a friends house. I didn't think it was still available to buy until I saw some in my mum's fridge. She was convinced I would like it if I tried it again, so going on the basis that my mum is usually right, I did. Amazingly, I have completely changed my mind about the spread.
Heinz describe their product as a "tangy, crunchy spread" that is the "perfect edition to any sandwich." As it is similiar to mayonaise or a thick salad cream, with the edition of crunchy vegetables pieces, I think there is a limit to the "any sandwich" idea - jam for example! I tried it first on it's own but I also now enjoy it with the sorts of sandwich fillings that I would normally add salad cream to, such as cheese or salad. I think it works especially well with a soft cheese, because the crunchy pieces add a nice texture contrast.
I still do not like the smell of the spread a great deal, even if I don't find it as offputting as I once did! It reminds me of a vinegary salad cream, and it looks similar to that too, except for the addition of the vegetable pieces. It is also thicker, which makes it a more substantial filling in it's own right. The vegetable pieces are very small, and so do not add much to the flavour of the spread. They do help it to look colourful though. There are supposed to be carrot, cabbage, gherkins, and red peppers amongst the ingredients, but carrots are the most numerous. I would like to taste more of the pepper and carrot but to me it is a blessing not to really taste the gherkins and cabbage as I don't like them much, and I wouldn't choose to add them to a sandwich normally. The main taste to me is of an acidic salad cream with a lingering tangy aftertaste. I can also detect the feint heat of mustard, although the other herbs and spices added do not stand out to me. I think if you normally like pickles, then you will probably like this strong flavour too. All the vegetables are nice and crunchy, and stay that way within the sandwich.
The only problem I have with the spread is the fact that once opened it need to be used within 2 weeks. As I find the taste strong, it doesn't go with every sandwich I want to make, and when I do use it a little goes a long way. So it isn't really possible for me to use the 270g jar completely before the use by date. I have used some up as a jacket potato filling, and I enjoyed it, but again, I wouldn't want that every day. If Heinz produced a smaller jar, I would buy it more often.
Nutrition wise, the original recipe 0.1g of saturated fat per dessertspoonful, and the same amount of salt. This is better than I expected, but if you want to consume less fat, I have noticed that there is a "light" version of the spread available, which promises 30% less fat. I haven't tried it though so I don't know if it tastes the same.
I would recommend you give Heinz Sandwich spread a try if you would like a change from chutney or pickle in a sandwich. The taste is distinctive, and I am sure it will not suit everyone. I doubt those people who don't like vinegar will enjoy it much. For those that do, it costs £1.25 a jar in Tesco, Waitrose, and Sainsbury's, although my mum says it can also be bought in Poundland. I will be buying it again, although a smaller jar would suit me much better.
Suitable for vegetarianss, but not vegans.
Have you ever come across a food product that you really enjoyed as a child - maybe something that you couldn't find in the shops for some considerable years, then rediscovered like a long-lost friend? This was how I felt when I recently found a jar of Heinz Sandwich Spread in a local supermarket - Morrisons.
Now, before you feel obliged to correct me, I think maybe this product hadn't actually disappeared. Maybe it had more to do with my shopping habits that somehow I'd managed to overlook it all these years. I don't think it would appeal to my other half, for instance - too many vegetables! Anyway, they say a little bit of what you fancy does you good, so I decided to indulge myself by buying a jar.
I saw that it was now available in two formats - original and light. I know I probably should have the bought the Light, but it wouldn't have been right somehow. The price was £1.32 for a jar of 270g, which looked pretty much the same shape and size that I remembered. It seemed to be the only size available. The contents looked the same, with tiny, finely chopped pieces of assorted vegetables coated in a creamy light yellow coloured sauce.
The glass jar has a green twistable lid and a green label which describes the product as 'the tangy crunchy spread.' A note to the top left says that the product should be refrigerated after opening and used within two weeks. I thought that, if I'm the only person eating it, I won't get through a whole jar in two weeks and will have to throw some away if I stick to these guidelines. I did a Google search to see if Heinz had any suggestions for other uses:
I discovered that, as well as making a vegetarian sandwich, the spread could be used with jacket potatoes, salads or omelettes. I hadn't thought of that, to be honest, and maybe those jars would get used up within the two weeks if such ideas could somehow be incorporated on the labelling! I think it could be done if the label completely encircled the jar.
To the right of the label the ingredients are listed. I won't list them all, but spirit vinegar is the first listed - I believe this means that it's the one with the greatest quantity. Following this is sugar, then the first of the vegetables, cabbage. Other vegetables are carrots, gherkins, onions and red peppers. Other ingredients are vegetable oil, salt, egg yolks, cornflour, spices including mustard & mustard seeds, herb extract including celery - and so on. Stabilisers include guar gum and xanthan gum; preservatives include sulphites, which I seem to remember are used in winemaking. Riboflavin is an added colouring. The fact that vegetable oil is the fourth ingredient listed leads me to question whether the fat level is high [ this would account, perhaps, for the Light version having '30% less fat.' 1.3g fat per 10ml dessertspoon does seem a bit high, but at least only 0.1 g is saturated fat.
Attention is drawn to the following ingredients, presumably because of the possibility of an allergic reaction in those who are sensitive, although it doesn't actually say so:
Egg, Celery, Mustard, Sulphites
Suitable for vegetarians
No artificial colourings
A serving contains 0.2g of adult's recommended daily salt intake of 6g.
The serving mentioned appears to be a dessertspoon, which also contains 22 kcal.
When you open the lid you get a smell of vegetables mixed with vinegar. It's quite pleasant. Because the vegetables are so finely chopped, and due to the smooth consistency of the sauce, it does spread on bread very well. Now for the taste - and this is where I was a little disappointed, because I thought I remembered a taste of vegetables in salad cream. I can't quite put my finger on it, but somehow the vinegar seemed more dominant than I recalled. It might be that the recipe has been adapted over the years, maybe to cut sugar levels, or it may be simply that my taste buds don't pick up flavours in the same way they did when I was a child; that's very likely. So I would have to confess to feeling a bit disappointed, but not to such an extent that it would put me off buying sandwich spread again. For a quick sandwich it's very useful, and even that two-week shelf life compares favourably to other spreads, meat and pate especially. It's a handy item to have in the cupboard.
Thank you for reading!
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I am really partial to a nice sandwich and the other day I spotted this so decided to get it! I remember having this when at school (years ago, ahem lol) and rather liking it so decided it was time to revisit my misspent youth!
270g glass jar which has a green twist on/off lid to the top of it. On the front of the jar there are pictures depicted of vegetables and I'm told that it is Heinz 'Original Sandwich Spread 'The Tangy Crunchy Spread'. Other information listed on the sides of the jar includes ingredients and allergy advice being stated along with storage instructions and a nutritional value chart and contact details for Heinz are listed. It's a nice enough looking jar, easy to open and close and of course easy enough to understand, and plenty of information is given without being overwhelming or anything like that.
The Spread Itself:
Well for the main part of this spread it is an off white colour. Then within in it (and in abundance) you get tiny little chunks of red pepper, cabbage, gherkin, carrots, onion, mustard seeds and some herbs and a little bit of garlic, all for good measure. It's easy to spread and not one bit oily. It gives off a very big vegetable smell with like the smell of malt vinegar to it and a whole heap of sweetness though it doesn't smell or taste of garlic. Taste wise well this is as sweet as it smells, well seasoned, crunchy and slightly sour and me...... well I quite simply love it.
To me though this is simply a vegetable spread and I really couldn't tell you which vegetable I'm eating and it all tastes pretty much the same however like I just said I just love the stuff. Keep it in the fridge and if you like a sandwich with bite this could be for you....why not grab some on your next shop? lol.
Nutritional Information Per 10ml Dessertspoon:
Energy: 22 Kcal
of which sugars: 2.1g
of which saturates: 0.1g
Salt equivalent: 0.2g
Expect to pay about £1.05 for 270g size in all good supermarkets.
I love Heinz Sandwich Spread and I regularly have a jar in the fridge. It is great at livening up a boring sandwich and although I do prefer coleslaw as a sandwich ingredient, this keeps in the fridge for longer.
Heinz Sandwich Spread comes in a glass jar, with a green metal, screw top lid. When opened, the first thing I notice is the smell of vinegar and is does remind me of salad cream, in smell and flavour, but with added vegetables.
This pale, creamy yellow spread is very crunchy and is full of vegetables, but they are so tiny, it's impossible to taste them individually. This is actually good, as I would never choose to eat either gherkins or cabbage voluntarily!
It really makes a great job of livening up a bland sandwich and I like to add it to chicken style Quorn. A Quorn sandwich by itself is pretty boring, but with a layer of sandwich spread on top, my taste buds are very happy. It is quite tangy and sharp and it definitely makes my mouth water. My kids also like to use it as a dip for tortillas and it does work out cheaper than their other favourite, Doritos mild salsa dip.
Spirit Vinegar, Sugar, Cabbage, Vegetable Oil, Carrots, Gherkins (contain Firming Agent - Calcium Chloride), Modified Cornflour, Salt, Onions, Egg Yolks, Red Peppers, Mustard, Mustard Seeds, Stabilisers - Guar Gum and Xanthan Gum, Spice Extracts, Spices, Herb Extract, Garlic Extract, Colour - Riboflavin, Vegetables:35%
*Nutritional Value Per 10ml Dessertspoon*
Energy - 22 kcal
Protein - 0.1g
Carbohydrate - 2.4g
of which sugars - 2.1g
Fat - 1.3g
of which saturates - 0.1g
Fibre - 0.1g
Sodium - 0.1g
Salt Equivalent - 0.2g
This product contains eggs and mustard. It is free from artificial colours and flavours.
It is suitable for vegetarians and for anyone on a gluten free diet.
Heinz Sandwich Spread is available from Tesco in a 270g jar and costs £1.25. It is also available in a 270g 'light' variety for £1.05.
If you are looking for an inexpensive spread to add flavour to your sandwiches, this is well worth giving a try. It will keep for 2 weeks, in the fridge after opening, which should give you enough time to use it up and save on waste.
We have a jar of this in the Fridge just now and I decided to make a quick sandwich with this. I've not had this for years and am sure the jar has got decidedly smaller. No doubt it is more expensive for less as well, as that's the way it goes. I think the wife paid 90p for the jar, and i've only seen it in the 1 size.
You can find this up where the Meat Paste and Sauces are, at least that's where it is in my local Asda and Tesco.
This is a bit of a weird Sandwich filling. It is nice and all that, but just totally different to anything else out there.
The is a sort of mix of a light mayo with a Salad Cream. Actually I would say it is more a Salad Cream with a good splash of Vinegar. This has tiny bits of Vegetables in it, which i'm not the biggest Vegetable fan - especially in a Sandwich. This has mostly Peppers in it, but Carrots, and a few greens. There is plenty of little chunks mxed through and you don't really taste them for being big and lumpy because they aren't.
The Cream part is quite thick, but not that much, and you can build up the layer of this by spreading a few lots onto the Bread.
It is nice, but in an odd way. It is tangy, I wouldn't say sour but there is a bit nip to it. Not a sweet or meaty taste anyway which is what 'm used to. A good change, but only something I would have every now and again.
I was first introduced the Heinz Sandwich Spread last summer when my Husband brought home a jar with the weekly grocery shopping. We had been discussing how to make lunch at work more interesting by introducing new flavours and filling to our sandwiches, amongst other suggestions. My husband has always been a meat and sauce kind of guy and it was no surprise he decided to use my sandwiches as a trial run the next day.
Heinz sandwich spread contains a mixture of finely chopped carrots cabbage, gherkins and red peppers in a tangy mustard, onion and vinegar sauce. The mixture has a thick consistency but unfortunately isn't very easy on the eyes. The smell has a strong vinegar aroma but has a pleasant salad cream smelling base which made me forgive the awful appearance and was willing to give the tasting a go.
I should mention as before, my Husband likes his sandwiches with meat and some kind of condiment, so I became the taste tester of the ham and sandwich spread sandwich on white soft everyday bread, small amount of margarine.
The taste of the sandwich spread is very similar to the Heinz salad cream, but with pickled finely chopped vegetables mixed in to create a tangy crunchy texture. I found the spread to be quite strong in flavour almost overpowering the ham, and the small crunchy vegetables didn't do much to add to the whole experience. I personally do like salad cream, and I do like some pickled vegetables too, but unfortunately this mix is not a winner for me. The overall taste was too tangy for my liking, I would have preferred coleslaw myself to give my sandwich a cool refreshing taste. The flavour of the spread lingered on my taste buds for a while afterwards, if you are trying this for the first time you may want to keep a drink handy just in case.
Having said that, I explained to my husband that I didn't enjoy the spread as much as I hoped I would, I would eat it very occasionally but not on its own. My husband since has tried it with other meats in a sandwich as well as on its own in a sandwich and simply loves the stuff. The mind boggles.
A 200g jar will set you back £0.94 but will last you any sandwiches. The average life expectancy of a jar is over a year in the fridge so you need not worry about it going out of date before you can finish the lot. Per 10g serving there is 22 calories with 1.3g of fat. I would say this isn't bad as far as spreads go, perhaps not the healthiest but would be a good alternative to full fat mayonnaise or fattier spread alternatives. Heinz sandwich spreads are widely available in most supermarkets and is suitable for vegetarians too!
I think the spread fits in nicely with the Heinz brand and for every person that doesn't like this spread I am sure there is a person who loves it. If you like pickled vegetables, salad cream or tangy vinegar sauces I would highly recommend this.
When I was a child sandwich spread was something that we often had in sandwiches. It was always spread very thinly as there were four children in the family and I suppose it was comparatively expensive way back then.
I used to like it but I really cannot stand the smell or the sight of it now. It comes in glass jars with a screw top and is made by Heinz. It is a hotch potch of chopped up vegetable in a yellowy, mayonnaise come salad cream kind of sauce.
The little red bits that are everywhere are minute bits of red pepper. There are also clear things, green bits and stringy bits. The overall flavour is enough to make your mouth screw up with the vinegar taste.
I think the recipe must have changed over the years because I used to like sandwich spread. It could be that my taste buds have changed too, I suppose.
It is off putting to look at and to quote Claribella on this yes, 'It looks like sick'. (A perfect choice of words to describe the appearance.)
This is certainly not one of my favourites and I will not buy it again for myself. However, I know that my sister recommends it as part of her calorie controlled diet. A teaspoonful contains just 11 calories, so it's an excellent spread for anyone watching their weight.
As for me, I'd rather go without than have to eat this but I do have to admit that aversion to it has more to do with the way it looks than how it tastes.
I suspect that Heinz Sandwich spread is a bit like Marmite , you either
love it or hate it. I have to say I fall into the latter group.
Like myself it has been around a long time. I first tasted it in the late 60's, during my nursing training study blocks, when we were offered it for afternoon tea. These consisted of slices of bread and butter, with a choice of jam or Sandwich Spread. I had never tasted it before, but possibly as a result of being ravenously hungry I thought it tasted fantastic and wolfed it down.
If you haven't tasted it before it is a sort of creamy, vinegary mayonnaise, containing small crunchy pieces of vegetables. According to the jar these vegetables can be identified as cabbage, carrots, onions, red peppers,also it contains celery and garlic, actually I think its quite nice not knowing what the veg is ,as you can sort of guess as you are eating it.It is suitable for vegetarians,contains no artificial colours, and is low in salt (a serving contains 0.2g of an adults daily recommended daily salt intake of 6g)
So far, so good but its probably best to skip over the dietary information on the jar, unless you feel very concerned. , as its high in fat and carbohydrates. It also contains Sulphites, which act as preservatives.
This week a 270g jar cost £1.25 at Tescos, which can't be complained about. This is the original variety, I seem to remember a cucumber version, which personally I didn't like so much.
I buy it now and again, it still tastes pretty good to me, although I don't really use it for sandwiches, as I prefer the more usual fillings, cheese, ham, or salad perhaps. But its very acceptable as a snack on bread when you are hungry , though I bet its no longer served up to Student Nurses!
Definitely worth 4 stars.
Heinz Sandwich spread is a bit of a staple food for my lunch. I like sandwiches but quite often I dont know what to have in them. Do I want meat? erm.. no. Do I want fish? no. I want something that will not be overpowered by the bread taste and be savoury and tangy.
I love vinegary tasting foods and pickled foods even though they arnt good for me so I try and limit them to special occations but sandwich spread is something I have in my sandwich at least once a week and sometimes every day.
The spread is made of vinegar, vegetable oil, eggs and mustard and contains chunks of cabbage, gherkins and carrots.
The spread comes in a 270g glass jar with a green screw top lid, which pops when you open it. The jar is round at the top and bottom but in the middle it is an octagonal shape. Around the middle too is a label which is various shades of green and has some out of focus vegetable chuncks in the background. On the label it says that the spread contains 35% vegetables and contains no artiifical colours or preservatives.
The jar can be stored in the cupboard but once it is opened it needs to be kept in the fridge and you should eat it within 2 weeks. There is a strong smell of vinegar when you open the lid, and when you look inside you can see little red, orange and green pieces of the vegetables. It has a bumpy texture because of all the vegeables but apart from that it is a thick cream consistency.
The spread tastes of a very vinegary mayonnaise and the tiny cubed vegetbles are crunchie and tangy but you cannot really differentiate them as tbey are so small.
I eat it with wholegrain bread and granary and it tastes much better on the granary but does have a tendancy to bulge out of the holes in the bread! You dont need to put margarine on the bread before the spread but you can do. I normally use a tiny amount of it and it doesnt interfere with the flavour at all.
How much spread you use all depends on how much you like it. If you use too much though it will all come out of the sandwich though and be overly vinegary too. The best thing though is it is so quick and easy to make a sandwich spread sandwich, knife in the pot, spread on the bread and you are done.
One 10ml dessertspoon of the spread contains-
2.4g carbohydrates (2.1g sugar),
1.4g fat (0.1g saturated),
Per 100g there is 13g of fat which is quite high but it is mainly unsaturated fat and seeing as you only use a small amount it doesnt seem as bad.
Years ago when I had a sandwich toaster I played about with what was the best filling in them. Ham made the bread too salty, tomatos got so hot they burned my mouth, cheese melted out of the side of the machine, but sandwich spread, WOW. Best toasted sandwich filling ever. The warmed mayonnaise filling is so comforting with the toasted bread and the vegetables remain crispy and tangy. I do suggest you try some in a toasty if you havent done so.
A jar will cost you 94p, there also is a light version which is 84p for the same amount! Ive not tried this though so cannot comment on whether it is any tastier.
I doubt it could be any tastier as the original is very hard to beat.
I first started to use Heinz sandwich spread about 30 years ago when I was a student. I bought it when I was on a backpacking holiday in Cornwall. When I taste it nowadays it brings back the wonderful memories of my walk round the Cornish coastal paths.
I would make up the sandwiches in the early morning and then put a yoghurt in the lunch box, walk for 4-5 hours and then sit in some spectaular location in Cornwall and devour the sandwiches. They tasted so good after all that walking and made a change from the delicious Cornish pasties and Cornish cream teas that I did sucumb to now and again.
I have been using Heinz Sandwich Spread ever since! The spread is basically tiny chopped vegetables - ie gherkin, red pepper, cabbage and onions in a salady type cream sauce...it is quite tangy and has a very distinctive taste.
I particularly like to combine it with either cheese or tuna on a sandwich....it makes the cheese and tuna go that bit further and adds a diferent taste. It is quite crunchy too.
It can be obtained from most supermarkets and costs around 97p for a 270 gram jar..
Spirit Vinegar, Sugar, Cabbage, Vegetable Oil, Carrots, Gherkins (contain Firming Agent - Calcium Chloride), Modified Cornflour, Salt, Onions, Egg Yolks, Red Peppers, Mustard, Mustard Seeds, Stabilisers - Guar Gum and Xanthan Gum, Spice Extracts, Spices, Herb Extract, Garlic Extract, Colour - Riboflavin VEGETABLES: 35%
Nutrients Per 100g Per 10ml Dessertspoon
Energy 918kJ/220kcal 92kJ/22kcal
Protein 0.9g 0.1g
Carbohydrate 23.9g 2.4g
(of which sugars) (21.3g) (2.1g)
Fat 13.1g 1.3g
(of which saturates) (1.0g) (0.1g)
Fibre 0.6g 0.1g
Sodium 0.8g 0.1g
Salt equivalent 2.1g 0.2g
It is suitable for those on gluten free diets and for vegetarians. It contains no artificial colours or flavours..
Overall I would highly recommend Heinz Sandwich Spread. However, I have a sneaking feeling that it probably falls into the category of one of those food products that you either love or hate!! A bit like 'Marmite' and 'Bovril'. If you like Heinz Salad Cream I think that you would like Heinz Sandwich Spread.
The biggest downside to it is the amount of sugar it contains and, hence, calories...
It is no doubt popular with a lot of folk as this product has been sold and consumed for over 30 thirty years and has stood the test of time....
Heinz also do a low calorie sandwich spread called 'Sandwich spread 'light'. It is also cheaper to buy than the original spread at only 85p in Tesco and Asda.
A dessertspoonful contains
Energy kCal 16 kCal
Protein 0.1 g
Carbohydrate 1.8 g
of which sugars 1.7 g
of which saturates 0.1 g
Fibre 0.1 g
Sodium 0.1 g
Salt Equivalent 0.1 g
However, I have never personally sampled this...
Its difficult to know whether to give this stuff a good or bad review. Its quite obviously totally bad for you and to some palates repellent, but for some of us it is also insidiously more-ish. There was a story years ago that the BBC kept a stock of this product in the drama effects department in order to represent a certain effluent produced by the stomach. I was very surprised to find that it still exists on a visit to my local Tescos. I have been out of the country for a long time. I remember my mum buying it when I was a teenager, which makes it at least 35 years old. Ive tried to find out exactly when it first hit our supermarket shelves but it seems to be classified. I was surprised at its continuing existence because to me it is a symbol of the 70s, the sandwich filler equivalent of stack heel boots and crushed velvet flares. Oh the pain!
It is basically good old Heinz Salad Cream poured into a jar of finely chopped difficult to recognise vegetables. They are difficult to recognise but obviously slightly pickled. Although the presence of salad cream is unmistakeable there is an overall vinegary pickled taste to the mix. It has roughly the same tongue curling effect as the beloved Piccalilli. In fact if you added mustard powder, it may taste a little like Piccalilli put through a blender. Although it is sharp to the tongue it does contain enough sugar, fat and salt to make it supremely edible in a thoroughly unhealthy way. It is also superbly crunchy in a small way. I dont want to give away too many of my bad habits, but under an attack of terminal munchies I can quite easily spoon down a whole jar in 10 minutes, no need for a sandwich!
The vegetables used in the spread are celery, cabbage, carrot, gherkin (dill pickles), onion and red pepper.
So just how healthy is this sandwich filler?
Per 30ml it provides 120 calories. That makes a whole jar around 1200 calories since the jars now on sale contain 270ml. If youre on a diet, that would be your lot. Its also enough to keep an average size person going for a day as long as they are not digging ditches.
It is 15% fat, 8% of which is saturated. We are definitely in junk food territory here.
The whole jar contains 135mg of cholesterol which should satisfy most potential coronaries.
The jar contains 12% salt which should also have Cardiac Consultants booking an extra holiday in the Caribbean.
According to the Heinz website details, it contains absolutely no vitamins at all. I found this rather strange and have double checked. How can this be possible, given the veg? Does Heinz have a secret process that extracts vitamins? I find myself; Yours Puzzled of Mid-Glamorgan. The same Heinz supplied details claim that it has no fibre. Surely they mean no added fibre. Last one to the cemetery shuts the gates!
Would I recommend this personally rediscovered product? Why not. It is very tasty and crunchy and if you cant indulge in a bit of fat, salt and sugar from time to time you may as well drive down to Bristol and do a swallow dive off the Clifton Suspension Bridge. I never use it in sandwiches however. I either spoon it down or use it as a relish for cold meats and strong cheeses. I find that on its own in a sandwich its rather insipid.
The taste of Heinz Sandwich Spread Natural is deliciously fresh because of the crunchy pieces of vegetable. Heinz Sandwich Spread is a tangy crunchy spread great on your favorite sandwich.