Beanz

One of the joys of a full English breakfast are Heinz baked beans. At college, beans on toast were the staple supper whenever money was tight (like always). I doubt there is a larder in England that doesn’t have a can or two on a shelf.

I always assumed that the “Beanz Means Heinz” slogan pre-dated me but that is not so; I was in my late teens when Maurice Drake came up with one of the most durable of advertising lines in 1967. I know this now because of an article in the incomparable Creative Review.  From the same place I learn that Selfridge’s department store has made the bean can a feature of its displays this spring.

 

When I first arrived in Canada, it was a grave disappointment to me to find that cans of Heinz beans in North America were not the same as the English beans I grew up with.  However, I am glad to say that the original English flavour is now available here, if you know where to look — SuperValu on Commercial, for example.

They are one of life’s simple pleasures.

 

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2 Responses to Beanz

  1. CityFlaneur says:

    I’ve noticed that none of my favourite comfort foods introduced to me by my welsh father taste the same anymore: Branston Pickle for instance and HP sauce. Its so sad that I can’t taste the taste that used to transport me back to childhood and a closeness with the father who is now gone.

  2. jakking says:

    I agree. The current versions of mustard pickle and Mars bars are my latest disappointment. However, Daddie’s Sauce is still marvelously the same (though hard to get)..

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