I tried baked beans from Tesco, Aldi, Asda and Sainsbury’s – and one was as good as Heinz but 95pc cheaper
They also contain iron, zinc and B vitamins. However, it’s important to make sure it’s not too high in salt and sugar. On average, half a can of dried beans can contain about 9 g of sugar (10 percent of the recommended daily intake) and up to 1.3 g of salt.
It is a tomato sauce made with dried or cannellini that you should check as it contains sugar and salt along with spices, paprika and onion powder. I decided to try their own brand of baked beans at the supermarket from Asda, Tesco, Aldi and Sainsbury’s, to see if any of them taste as good as Heinz and save on our weekly grocery bill.
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The first thing my son and I noticed at the taste test was that not all cans of baked beans are equal in weight, and the sauces appear in different colors and textures. We tried the beans on their own and on toast.
Heinz Dry Beans
Original Heinz baked beans from Sainsbury’s cost £1.40 for a 415g can. This is significantly more than the entire supermarket self-brand variety. Each box contains 8.9g of sugar and 1.3g of salt.
When you open the can, you can see that it is a rich, thick, tomato sauce. They had that great Beanz Meanz Heinz flavor and they were delicious on toast. We gave them 5 stars out of 5.
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Tesco Dry Beans
Tesco baked beans cost 50p for a 420g can, so you get more beans for far less. They contain 9.8g of sugar and 1.1g of salt, so they’re slightly sweeter.
The sauce wasn’t as vibrant red or thick as Heinz. Instead of tomatoes and spices, you can taste the dry beans we don’t like. And having a thinner, more runny sauce caused the toast to collapse and make it harder to eat. We gave them 2 stars out of 5.
Asda Dry Beans
Asda baked beans cost 50p for a 410g can, so they were about the same price as Tesco, but you get less bang for your buck. They contain 8.6g of sugar and 0.96g of salt, meaning they contain less sugar and salt than both Tesco and the original Heinz brands.
The color and texture of the sauce was very similar to the Tesco brand. Even though they didn’t break the toast too much, it tasted pretty much the same. We gave them 3 stars out of 5.
Aldi Dry Beans
Corale Baked Beans from Aldi cost 45p for a 420g can. As soon as we opened the box, we realized that the sauce had the same color and consistency as the original Heinz beans. They contain 13g of sugar and 1.3g of salt, so they’re sweeter than other brands.
However, the taste was great and the sauce was thick enough not to cause it to fall apart under the toast. I guess a little extra sugar won’t hurt as long as you don’t eat them every day. We gave them 4 stars out of 5.
Sainsbury’s Baked Beans
Sainsbury’s baked beans cost 43p for a 400g can, so they were actually cheaper than any other supermarket brand, which is unusual. However, it was the smallest possible weight, so it came out pretty even.
These beans and sauces looked just like the Tesco and Asda brands and tasted almost like they were made in the same factory. We gave them 3 stars out of 5.
There is no doubt that Beanz Meanz Heinz is in our house, but we thought the Aldi brand was just as good. This saves you 95 pence on every can of beans you buy, which is a lot of money if you buy a few each week like we do.
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