Product Type: Heinz Spread
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Not as bad as I remember- Heinz Sandwich Spread
Heinz Sandwich Spread
Member Name: ryeb
Heinz Sandwich Spread
Advantages: Strong flavour, good crunchy texture
Disadvantages: Vinegray taste and smell won't appeal to everyone, needs using up quickly
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.
Summary: A blast from the past to liven up a sandwich
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