While shopping at Wal- Mart last week, I happened to notice a display rack filled with many cans of Great Value brand Baked Beans. Great Value products are one of Wal- Mart’s private label lines of merchandise. Although I had previously eaten several different types of Great Value products, I had never tried their baked beans. When I saw that the listed retail price for one 28 ounce can of Wal- Mart Great Value Baked Beans was .99c, I decided that I had to purchase a can.
When I got home and began to put the groceries away, I remembered that there was already an opened can of Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans in my refrigerator. The can of Bush’s Baked Beans was almost empty and there really weren’t enough beans remaining to provide an adequate serving. I was planning to eat hot dogs for dinner that evening and wanted to enjoy some baked beans with my meal. After a few moments of thought, I decided to open the can of Wal- Mart Great Value Baked Beans, thinking that I might combine the two products.
As soon as I opened the can of Great Value beans, I couldn’t help but notice the strikingly similar appearance of the two brands of baked beans. They looked practically identical to me. I grabbed a teaspoon and taste- tested the two brands of baked beans, cold, straight- out- of- the- can. What I instantly discovered, was that the Wal- Mart brand baked beans and the Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans not only looked quite similar, but they also tasted almost identical to each other. It was after tasting the two brands of baked beans side by side, that I decided to write a consumer product comparison review of the two products. Presented here, is a fair and objective comparison review of Wal- Mart’s Great Value Baked Beans and Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans.
Both the Wal- Mart Great Value Baked Beans and Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans maintain a deep, rich brown color that is very appetizing. Upon examining both brands of beans, it seemed to me that the Bush’s beans contained more liquid, or sauce. While both brands of beans were thick in consistency, the Wal- Mart Great Value Baked Beans, to me, appeared to have a thicker consistency.
Both brands of baked beans are packaged in cans. The Wal- Mart Great Value Baked Beans are packaged in a 28 ounce behemoth of a can, as are the Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans. While both brands are available in other- sized cans,I think that the 28 ounce cans are the most economical. One good thing about the large sized cans is that the containers provide six servings, or enough to feed a small family.
While both brands of baked beans contain white beans and several of the same ingredients, each brand also contains ingredients that the other does not. Both the Wal- Mart Great Value Baked Beans and the Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans contain bacon and brown sugar. The Wal- Mart product also contains honey, which I think makes them just a little bit sweeter than the Bush’s variety. The Bush’s beans however, also contain mustard, mustard seed and turmeric, which the Wal- Mart brand does not contain.
As previously stated, these two brands of baked beans taste quite similar. In fact, if I was blindfolded and tasted the two brands of beans, I think it would be very difficult to tell the difference between the two brands. Both brands contain a slightly- sweet, somewhat- smoky flavor, although I think that the Wal- Mart Great Value Baked Beans offer a faint taste of molasses that is not present in the Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans.
Both brands of baked beans contain high-quality, nicely- firm beans that do not fall apart or become mushy in the heating process. The thick consistency that comes with baked beans, as opposed to canned pork and beans makes them very enjoyable to eat.
One 28 ounce can of Wal- Mart Great Value Baked Beans cost me $.99c. I paid approximately $1.99 for one 28 ounce can of Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans at a local supermarket.
Both brands of beans can be heated until hot in a saucepan, oven or microwave oven.
Wal- Mart Great Value Baked Beans contain 140 calories, with 10 calories from fat, per 1/2 cup serving. They contain 0% cholesterol, 0 grams trans fat, 10 grams of sugars and are low in carbs. Wal- Mart Great Value Baked Beans are a great source of dietary fiber and protein.
Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans also contain 140 calories, with 10 calories from fat, per 1/2 cup serving. These beans contain 0% cholesterol, 0 grams trans fat, 12 grams of sugars and are low in carbs. Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans are also an excellent source of dietary fiber and protein.
All things considered, I would honestly have to state that these two brands of baked beans are so similar in taste, appearance, texture and overall quality, that to me, they rate equally. I would recommend both brands, but have to state that when it comes to value, the Wal- Mart Great Value Baked Beans vault to top position. At .99c per can, these beans can’t be beat.
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