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British Bites: Beans on Toast

As a late-night snack, a light supper or even a quick snack, beans on toast make an ideal comforting meal when what you need is something warm in your stomach. Another excellent reason to love this simple, hearty dish is that it is very gentle on the wallet. Even after making this filling dish, you should have enough money left to afford a pint or two at the pub. More

Taste Test: The Best Ketchup

For most of us, Heinz is the default ketchup of choice, the one we compare all other ketchups to. It makes sense; the company dominates 60% of the entire ketchup market. But that doesn't mean that there aren't other options out there, and—at least in our local market—Heinz tends to be one of the more expensive brands on the shelf, priced at about 150% compared to its closest comparable competitor. Add on to this the recent backlash against high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and the accompanying influx of both organic brands and brands made with non-HFCS sweeteners, and you've got a few other variables to contend with. Could one of these cheaper or non-HFCS bottles be worth squeezing on our hot dogs or dipping our fries into? More

We Try Heinz's New Balsamic Vinegar Ketchup

Heinz's new Balsamic Vinegar Ketchup sounds like a winner, right? Upping the balscidity (new word) in lieu of the traditional distilled white vinegar gives it a mild kick without completely throwing off the familiar taste of ketchup. This is actually a pretty big move for Heinz, a bastion of ketchup tradition; they haven't released a new flavor in about a decade. (Remember green ketchup in the early 2000s?) More

Video: USB-Powered Mini Microwave in Action

Earlier last month we mentioned Heinz's Beanzawave, supposedly the world's smallest microwave—USB-powered to boot. It nukes the individual-serving baked bean Snap Pots packages available in the U.K. Now, thanks to Tiscali News, we've got full-motion video of the thing—after the jump.... More

Heinz Introduces World's Smallest Microwave, and It's USB-Powered

In England, Heinz has unveiled the world's smallest microwave—and it plugs into a USB port so you can nuke some grub at the desk or on the go. Called the Beanzawave, it's obviously a ploy to increase brand awareness for Heinz baked beans, but you could also warm some coffee, tea, or maybe a meatball or two. Don't get your wallet out yet, though. The 7.4-by-6.2-by-5.9-inch device is still in prototype stage, and who knows if it'll ever see the inside of stores. Apart from its size, the key breakthrough is the use of a combination of mobile phone radio frequencies to create the heat to cook both on the outside and within in under a minute...."It is possible... More

Student-Designed Heinz Ketchup Packets

The winners. Heinz recently posted the winners of its 2009 Ketchup Creativity contest, in which 12 designs were chosen (one finalist from each of Grades 1 through 12) to adorn packets of ketchup served in school cafeterias for the 2008–2009 school year. [via Fat City]... More

Heinz Pulls Mayo Ad With Men Kissing

After less than a week on British television, a Heinz Mayo advertisement featuring two men kissing—essentially it's just a peck—got yanked after Heinz's ad agency received nearly 200 complaints, reports the Guardian. The thirty-second commercial displays two children rushing out for school as "Mum," a white-aproned New Yorker-sounding deli man, slathers mayo onto their sandwiches in the kitchen. The scene's "Dad" walks through to grab his lunch, kissing "Mum" on his way out, who calls him "sweet cheeks." The point here seems to be that the sandwich tastes so good, it's like you have your own New York deli man in the kitchen—not that sandwiches taste better after two men kiss. Average domestic "Mum" can be transformed into a top-notch... More

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