Tuesday 21 February 2017

Shopping around: Spaghetti Hoops

Edel Coffey

Published 27/06/2014 | 02:30

SuperValu Spaghetti Hoops
SuperValu Spaghetti Hoops
LIDL Newgate Spaghetti Loops
Tesco Spaghetti Rings

Spaghetti hoops are not exactly known for being an essential part of a balanced diet. However, for many mothers of children who detest nutritious food, a spoonful of these pasta shapes covered in tomato sauce is one of the easiest ways to persuade children to eat otherwise unappetising things, like vegetables.

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They were specifically invented for children – spaghetti-O's were a way of making spaghetti less messy so children could eat it without the difficulty of wrapping it around a fork and making the precarious journey from plate to mouth, preserving the appearance of tablecloths and outfits in the process.

While spaghetti hoops probably should remain firmly in the arena of childhood dining, for many adults they are a satisfying alternative to beans on toast.

SuperValu Spaghetti Hoops in tomato sauce

Price: ¢63 (411g)

Cost per 100g - ¢15


There's not much variation in taste between these three products so it all comes down to value and nutritional information. These hoops are perfectly functional rings of spaghetti with a decent-tasting sauce.

Per 100g, you get 60 calories, 1.5g of protein, 3.9g of sugar and 0.3g of fat.

Score 4/5

Tesco Spaghetti Rings in tomato sauce

Price: ¢59 (385g)

Cost per 100g - ¢15


No surprises here either, although these have a slightly superior-tasting sauce than the other two.

Per 100g, you get 55 calories, 1.5g of protein, 4g of sugar and 0.3g of fat

Score 4/5

LIDL Newgate Spaghetti Loops in a rich tomato sauce

Price: ¢45 (410g)

Cost per 100g - ¢11


Lidl's offering is perfectly palatable but it wins on the grounds that they are best value for money in a tight race and they have the lowest calorie count.

Per 100g, you get 47 calories, 1.3g protein, 4g of sugar and 0.1g fat.

Score 5/5

Edel Coffey

Irish Independent

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