|Personalised Baked Bean Notebook|
..and right now you have a choice of buying them directly through the Buzz Invites website;
or for our avid ebayers through ebay;
Through either channel; ebay and the official website the prices are identical and both also offer FREE postage;
£5.65 for an A5 notebook with the choice of lined or plain paper or
£8.99 for an A5 sized notebook, again with either lined or plain paper
Personalisation wise just email Buzz Invites with your choice of words, they will send back a proof in the form of a PDF for you to check spellings, once agreed it will be speedily dispatched to you.
Can the love it or hate it be applied to Baked Beans as well as Marmite?
So for a bit of fun as we trip into the middle of the working week, send a reply to this post and let us know your favourite brand - we will publish the results on Bank Holiday Monday in the UK...
In the meantime let me give you a little background into the history of the nations staple foods.
- Baked beans are believed to be based on a Native American dish in which beans were cooked with fat and maple syrup - hmm not too sure about that and given my dislike of the sweetness of some brand beans I can see how this has evolved.
- European settlers are then thought to have adapted the recipe by adding pork and molasses.
- There is another theory that the recipe can be traced to the classic French bean stew cassoulet, which figures as a variant of cassoulet is made up of pork, ham and haricot beans.
- Henry Heinz launched his baked beans in the U.S. in 1895 and brought them to the UK nine years later.
- Beans became a staple of the British diet. Originally the product contained a small piece of pork. But Second World War rationing put paid to that.
- The Beanz Meanz Heinz slogan dates from the mid-1960s. In 2006, Heinz headed off a threat by Branston to hijack it by reintroducing it to its marketing.
- In the mid-1990s, a price war broke out, with some supermarkets selling their own brand beans for as little as 3p a can.
- It has been one of the most iconic supermarket brands for more than 100 years, however suddenly canned food giant Heinz dropped the 'baked' from its beans.In a redesign sure to upset traditionalists, the re-designed can now simply read Heinz Beanz, consigning the 'baked' to the food history books. The firm's new design will see the iconic turquoise label retained, with the inclusion of a picture of the beans inside - just in case consumers are confused by the content.