Who Discontinued My Cheese?

Jon Pertwee analyzes spaghetti
Good heavens, Jo! The sodium levels are astronomical!

You can’t make spaghetti flan without Heinz Spaghetti with Tomato and Cheese Sauce. Unfortunately, the venerable  spaghetti with cheese product appears to have gone the way of the Dodo, at least in the US and the UK. In the US, the only Heinz spaghetti I can find is Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce (without cheese!) and that’s imported from Britain, but at least you can buy it by the case.  In the UK, Heinz offers a wide range of tinned pasta varieties like Spaghetti PLUS Pepperoni or My Little Pony Pasta Shapes but from what I can tell, there’s no Spaghetti with Tomato and Cheese sauce on offer.

Dodo and Steven from the Celestial Toymaker
Dodo Chaplet, seen here wearing a Spaghetti Os skirt.

But all is not lost. There are places around the world where you can still get a can of Heinz Spaghetti with cheese in it. The Australians even have a version with extra cheese! New Zealanders have it too. Alas, my Kickstarter to raise funds for a Australian spaghetti fact-finding junket never got off the ground.

But as luck would have it, we took a family vacation to Canada this past summer. And there, on the shelf of a convenience store in the small Bay of Fundy village of Alma, sat cans of Heinz Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce With Cheese conveniently located next to the toilet paper and feminine care products. Fantastic!

Spaghetti on shelf
And it’s bilingual!

If a trip to Australia or Canada isn’t practical, there are other options for the spagflan enthusiast. Maybe the simplest thing to do is to use regular Heinz Spaghetti (without cheese) and add your own cheese. Or you might use another brand like Campbell’s (formerly Franco-American) Spaghetti in Tomato and Cheese Sauce.

WWJPD? Research and analysis, of course. Here are the ingredients and nutrition facts for some of the options available in the US plus the Canadian import. I’ll try a couple of them, but I need to pick up some flan rings first.

Campbell’s Spaghetti in Tomato and Cheese Sauce Campbell’s Spaghetti O’s Heinz Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce Heinz Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce with Cheese
Country US US UK CA
Price per can $1.99 $0.99 $3.39 $2.29
Volume per can (ml) 498
Weight per can (grams) 418 425 378 420
Price per 500g $2.38 $1.16 $4.48 $2.25
Serving size (grams) 252 252 189 210
Calories/serving 200 170 110 170
Fat cal/serving 15 10 5 n/a
Fat (g)/serving 1.5 1 0.5 1.5
Sat fat (g)/serving 0.5 0.5 0 0.5
Trans fat (g)/serving 0 0 0 0
Cholesterol (mg)/serving 5 5 0 0
Sodium (mg)/serving 950 600 440 630
Total carb (g)/serving 40 35 25 34
Fiber (g)/serving 3 3 1 3
Sugars (g)/serving 13 11 8 10
Protein (g)/serving 7 6 3 5
Calories/500g 396.8 337.3 291.0 404.8
Fat cal/500g 29.8 19.8 13.2 n/a
Fat (g)/500g 3.0 2.0 1.2 3.6
Sat fat (g)/500g 1.0 1.0 0.0 1.2
Trans fat (g)/500g 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Cholesterol (mg)/500g 9.9 9.9 0.0 0.0
Sodium (mg)/500g 1884.9 1190.5 1164.0 1500.0
Total carb (g)/500g 79.4 69.4 66.1 81.0
Fiber (g)/500g 6.0 6.0 2.6 7.1
Sugars (g)/500g 25.8 21.8 21.2 23.8
Protein (g)/500g 13.9 11.9 7.9 11.9
Ingredients Water, tomato puree (water, tomato paste), enriched spaghetti (enriched wheat
flour (wheat, ferrous sulfate, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic
acid)), high fructose corn syrup, contains less than 2% of: salt, cheddar cheese
(cheddar cheese [milk cultures, salt, enzymes, calcium chloride], water,
disodium phosphate, enzymes), dextrose, citric acid, flavoring, enzyme modified
butter, skim milk.
Water, Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Enriched Macaroni Product (Wheat
Flour, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid),
High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains Less than 2% of: Salt, Enzyme Modified
Cheddar Cheese (Cheddar Cheese [Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes, Calcium Chloride],
Water, Disodium Phosphate, Enzymes), Flavoring, Potassium Chloride, Vegetable
Oil (Corn, Cottonseed, Canola and/or Soybean), Enzyme Modified Butter (Milk),
Skim Milk, Paprika Extract, Citric Acid.
Spaghetti (Durum, Wheat Semolina, Wheat Flour, Water), Water, Concentrated
Tomato Puree, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Salt, Modified Corn Flour, Citric Acid, Onion,
Garlic, Celery, Spice Extractives, Iron Sulfate, Maltodextrin, Niacin,
Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12), Riboflavin, Thiamin Mononitrate, Potassium Iodide.
Spaghetti, Water, Tomato Puree, Sugar, White Vinegar, Salt, Modified (Corn)
Starch, Soybean Oil, Skim Milk Powder, Cheddar Cheese, Spices, Natural Flavour

Still here? How about some vacation pictures?

High tide at Alma Harbor
High tide at Alma Harbor
Low tide at Alma Harbor
Low tide at Alma Harbor

3 thoughts on “Who Discontinued My Cheese?

  1. That is a LOT of sodium! It’s adorable how few ingredients there are in the Canadian Spag w/ cheese, though. I think this will have to be a Monday night dinner one of these weeks.

  2. I liked your vacation photos. I’d go for the echt Heinz spaghetti in tomato sauce with cheese – accept no substitutes! Jon Pertwee would not allow the shining purity of spaghetti flan to be adulterated with ersatz ingredients.

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