January 13, 2010 in Food

Campbell’s Chunky Soups please testers tastebuds

By The Spokesman-Review
 

January brings plenty of soup weather.

Two new offerings from Campbell’s Chunky Soups will help fill any hankering for a “soup that eats like a meal.”

Food panel members gave Roasted Beef Tips with Vegetables and Chicken Corn Chowder three and a half stars each for taste during a recent test.

“I feel guilty for knowing what this is, but I love it,” confessed Skip Hubbard. “Many a cool evening my family will enjoy the convenience of this chowder. Big, rough cut potatoes, carrots and chicken, rounded out with corn. Yum.”

Even Marilyn Moore, who insists on homemade, was won over by the soups. She liked the big chunks of potatoes and veggies. “Tasty,” she said.

Vicki Deschaine said she might reach for the soups in a pinch. “A very good quick meal for two,” she said of the Roasted Beef Tips with Vegetables.

Each soup serving includes a half cup of vegetables, according to the labels.

Some tasters say the soups could have used a bit of salt, pepper and other seasonings.

“Very good. Perhaps needs a tad bit of seasoning but has a nice blend of ingredients,” Larry Inman said.

Peggy Kazanis said the soups looked better than they tasted: “I see the potatoes, corn and beef, but I can’t really taste them.”

“Quite bland,” said Nancy Robinson.

The soups are $2.19 for each 18.8-ounce can. Food panel tasters thought that was a fair price.

Campbell’s Chunky Roasted Beef Tips with Vegetables Soup

Price: $2.19 per 18.8-ounce can

Nutrition per 1-cup serving: 130 calories, 1.5 grams fat (.5 grams saturated), 8 grams protein, 20 grams carbohydrate, 15 milligrams cholesterol, 2 grams dietary fiber, 800 milligrams sodium.

Taste: • • • 1/2

Value: • • •

Comments: “Canned soup with big chunks of beef, carrots and potatoes. Needs some spice, it’s quite bland. Also has green beans and corn.” – Nancy Robinson

“Looks better than it tastes.” – Peggy Kazanis

“Full of lots of potatoes, carrots, corn, etc. It tastes really good.” – Marilyn Moore

“Rich beef broth filled with veggies goes a long way in my book. Way to go, Campbell’s.” – Skip Hubbard

Campbell’s Chunky Chicken Corn Chowder

Price: $2.19 per 18.8 ounce can

Nutrition per 1-cup serving: 200 calories, 10 grams fat (3 grams saturated), 7 grams protein, 20 grams carbohydrate, 15 milligrams cholesterol, 2 grams dietary fiber, 860 milligrams sodium.

Taste: • • • 1/2

Value: • • •

Comments: “Nice and creamy, but that’s the rub. I can’t really taste the carrots, chicken or taters. Nevertheless, I’d like it for a quick meal.” – Vicki Deschaine

“Thick, rich taste. More like stew than soup. Filling and flavorful.” – Larry Inman

“Tastes like canned soup. Lots of chicken, potatoes, carrots and corn. Needs some kind of spice. Kind of bland.” – Nancy Robinson

Products sampled by The Spokesman-Review’s reader food panel are prepared according to package directions. Panelists are not aware of a product’s brand name or price until after they have tasted it. Products are rated from one to five stars for taste and for value, based on quality compared to price.


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