When I was much younger I used to love it when my Mum made me a supper of toast toppers on toast of course! I remember loving the ham and cheese flavour with a passion and so the other day when I spotted the little cans of different flavoured toast toppers in my local Asda store I decide to treat myself and bought the chicken & mushroom variety.
The can is small and holds 128g of the topper and has a ring-pull to the top of it to pull the lid off with. Around the can there is an orange and yellow coloured label and on that we are told that it is Heinz Chicken & Mushroom Toast Toppers '57 Varieties'. On the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients and nutritional information being given, we are told how to use the toast topper and contact details for Heinz are given. It's a nice enough little can this one and very easy to open and is informative enough too.
The Toast Topper Itself:
Well as you know by now I bought myself the chicken & mushroom toast topper. One can is meant to be enough to adequately top 2 pieces of toast and course you toast the bread before popping this on one side of it.
In its appearance its a moist sort of paste really and not too runny. Brownish in colour with a meaty aroma to it when you spread it you can see like the fibres of pink coloured chicken and tiny chunks of mushrooms, sweetcorn and slithers on red pepper. it spreads easily enough and I found the contents of the can to be just enough for two slices of standard bread and then all you do is grill it till it firms up slightly on the toast which takes about 2 minutes or so.
Taste wise, well this flavour failed to impress me really to be honest. It set nicely and did taste a bit of chicken and I could taste the mushrooms and sweetcorn within it however it didn't taste as well seasoned as it could do and to me simply lacked a richness. Maybe I had opted for the wrong flavour but I was disappointed that I got chicken fibre like meat than chunks of chicken!
Not for me this one but I will be trying other flavours from this range when I see them and will not be off put!
I bought my can in Asda for 85p a can and other flavours such as ham & cheese and mushroom & bacon were also available at the same price.
Nutritional Information Per Can (The Important Bits):
Energy 72 Kcal
of which saturates: 0.5g
These are an occasional rather than a regular purchase but as such make for a pleasant and tasty change from cheese on toast.
Toast Toppers come in a small 128g container with a pull off ring pull. The most common flavours regularly seen on sale are Ham and Cheese or Chicken and Mushroom or Bacon and Mushroom. They each cost over 60p but you do sometimes see them on offer, which is when I buy them.
When you open the tin, you see an unappetising gooey spread with lumps in it. These lumps will as likely as not be either ham, chicken or mushroom, depending on the flavour you have selected. If I had to accurately describe the look of it, I would say that it looks like thick sick but without the diced carrot. (Sorry!)
Don't be put off at this stage because you will be able, to render this stuff into a tasty and eminently edible satisfying snack.
First you make yourself two slices of toast - if anything a little under-done. When complete, spread the Toast Topper onto the toast, ensuring that you cover the corners and edges well. (It says there is enough on the tin for two slices of bread, but you can get three slices out of it at a pinch if you're a bit on the tight side - guess how many slices I get out of it? .......No, not six - I am tight but not that tight!)
Once it is nicely spread, bung your loaded slices of toast under a hot grill and remove when it starts to bubble satisfyingly or when the corners start to burn ( I TOLD you to cover those corners properly!)
Serve it up on a plate but resist the temptation to bite straight into this as it is entirely likely to take the skin off the roof of your mouth. Count to 30 before you tuck in and use this time to dispel all thoughts of thick sick from your mind before scoffing the lot!
There - that was nice, wasn't it? A tasty treat if ever I tasted one. There are only 122 calories per can in my Ham and Cheese flavour. If you haven't tasted these before or if it's ages since you last had it, you'll be able to hunt it down in all the major supermarkets.