Monday, October 16, 2006

Heinz minis

A friend of mine used to say “All good things come in small packages” and to a degree he was right. Everywhere you look there’s a desire to make things smaller and sexier whether it be the Mini car, Mac Mini computer or in this case Heinz minis. Yes even food can’t escape the march of miniaturization.


Looking at the tins you won’t be able to see much difference to the usual small cans of baked beans that are made my Heinz. Anyone thinking that the cans are just half sized portions of existing products will be pleasantly surprised. In actual fact not only are the tins half the size but the food inside has been drastically reduced in size as well. That means when you pop open a tin of Heinz Baked Beans with mini pork sausages you really will be enjoying some of the tiniest sausages known to man.

This has two direct advantages over the standard small tins. First it means that you won’t have to worry about only getting a couple of sausages in a small tin, now it’s even easier to ration the food on your plate. It also means that you can enjoy the taste of each product for a lot longer as in the case of the Vegetable ravioli which includes perfectly sized miniature portions ready for each bite.


These tins are also much better for kids as their smaller size makes them easier to swallow and also means the food is far less intimidating than bigger portions. On top of that it means that those who can’t find the time to chew their food will already have had some of the hard work done for them.

In terms of taste the Mini ravioli and baked beans taste exactly the same as their bigger counterparts so if you like the big versions there’s no reason you won’t feel right at home with their baby siblings. The pasta spirals on the other hand were totally new to me so I decided to sample them for an early lunch today. If you’re a fan of macaroni and cheese then you’ll be right at home here. The cheesy sauce can be a little strong but as the tins are cheap and small they're easy to try any time for the curious.


Don’t let the size fool you, there’s lots here to enjoy. A single portion is just about the right size for one person so there’s no waste and if you’re feeling a bit adventurous you can even mix and match ravioli and beans for a unique taste.

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