Special Edition Classic Soups from Heinz – a review

Soup-er *tumbleweed* – Mark

I love a nice soup. So easy to make, so easy to eat and a brilliantly easy way of getting some of your five-a-day.

When I’m pushed for time, I can be persuaded to eat a canned soup, and Heinz’s range has always been among my trusted favourites. You know when you buy Heinz that it won’t be grey goop or taste like dishwater.

With that in mind, I was happy to try out the new range of Special Edition Classic Soups from Heinz.

I was sent Cream of Tomato with a Twist of Chilli, Cream of Chicken with a Touch of Sage, Cream of Mushroom with a Hint of Garlic and Cream of Chicken with a Dash of White Wine. Mark and Joel tried out the meat varieties and I tried out the veggie options.

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but because they’ve been launched in partnership with celebrity chef and restaurateur, James Tanner, I have to admit I was a little disappointed to find that they are basically exactly the same as the normal varieties, but with a hint of garlic/chilli/wine/sage thrown in.

They’re pleasant enough – the flavour combinations work perfectly well – but delicious they’re not. I got the most out of the Cream of Mushroom with a Hint of Garlic soup when I added in a handful of cooked pasta, although in truth the flavour is too mild to stand up on its own as a pasta sauce.

I think I wanted something with a more upmarket flavour, something a little less processed. As someone with plenty of herbs and spices in the cupboard, it left me wondering quite whether I’d bother buying the special varieties when I can tweak the flavours myself.

But of course, canned soups aren’t really aimed at people who cook regularly – they’re a convenience food – and the Special Edition soups seem to be priced at the same level as their standard counterparts, so if the flavours appeal more to you than the plain varieties, you’re on to a winner.

Disclosure: I was sent four cans of Heinz Special Edition Classic Soups for review. No payment was received. All posts are 100% honest.

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