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Waitrose lists £4.35 Harissa paste and French bouillon powder as university essentials

The i logo The i 11/09/2018 Jasmine Andersson

© Provided by Getty Parents have been left baffled over a Waitrose university essentials list that has recommended Harissa paste and bouillon powder as must-have ingredients for students.

Students, who spend on average £67 a month on their food shop, are being instructed to spend their cash on Waitrose's five must-have items - and they're a far cry from bread and baked beans.

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Harissa paste and bouillon powder

The list, which is featured in Waitrose's in-store magazine, lists Belazu Rose Harissa paste priced at £4.35 as an essential ingredient.

It also includes a tub of Marigold Swiss vegetable bouillon powder, priced at £2.

Organic Italian seasoning priced at £1.89 placed number three in the list, with a Tamari Soya Sauce that "elevates your meals from bland to brilliant" listed as the final item in the guide.

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As one man pointed out, Waitrose's £13 spend will leave students with only sauce to eat.

"The Waitrose concept of essential cooking staples for new students!?!" wrote bemused shopper Andrew Stronach.

The Waitrose concept of essential cooking staples for new students!?! 

Other parents chimed in with what ingredients children had actually taken to university.

"Uh oh...my son has just gone off with 3 jars of coffee, 4 packs of Super Noodles, 2 Pot Noodles and a bottle of Nandos peri peri sauce," wrote Jo Clarke.

"Mine's got pot noodles, bread, beans, cheese and a couple of frozen pizzas," added Liz Brown.

The real "student" essentials

"Having a good giggle at the items that @waitrose consider to be “student essentials”. Ahhh how jokes! Make sure you don’t forget your bouillon powder guys," wrote Twitter user Laura McCue.

"Rice and Soy Sauce. That’s all I needed," tweeted Ryan Holey.

"This would have bought me a whole week’s worth of food in my uni days," he added.

"Rose Harissa? Student essentials? Are you being serious?" tweeted Lucy Empson.

In a recent consumer study, Waitrose was found to be nearly £9 more expensive than Asda for ‘identical’ basket of essential food items

Which? Money compared a typical quick shop of ten branded essentials at six leading supermarkets, and found shoppers would spend £32.85 at Waitrose, and just £24.12 at Asda.

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