Colbert Bumps Campbell's Go Soups into My Shopping Cart

Categories: Fast Times

Photos by Christina Uticone
Shout it from the rooftops: SOUP!
I am always on the lookout for cool little treats I can stash in the pantry. "Shelf stable" are dirty words to some, but I don't mind the occasional canned soup or quick, just-add-hot-water snack. When my husband -- who shoulders most of the cooking duties -- is out of town, or working late, these items are a staple. I've already got my eye on summer, when Josh will be traveling often for work and I will, inevitably, catch cold after cold. (For some reason, I catch all my colds in the summer since moving to Texas.) When I'm sick, I love to have stuff like this I can just zap and eat before going back to sleep.

Okay, okay. They make great lunches on days I'm feeling lazy. Like weekdays.

On a recent stroll through the aisles at H-E-B an item happened to catch my eye, something that I had seen on The Colbert Report months earlier: the super-fun, extremely edgy, hugely hipster Campbell's "Go Soups". I could not resist.

Campbell's ridiculous marketing aside, the Colbert bump struck again; I remembered this bit three months later and bought an item I would never have otherwise noticed or considered. (In case you were wondering, yes the product website is also ridiculous.) I don't think this soup has anything particularly young or hip going for it, but my bowls of Moroccan Style Chicken with Chickpeas were spicy, with a lot of tomato-y sweetness in the broth -- maybe too much sweetness, but it does a good job of balancing the heat, which is pronounced. The spice lingers after finishing a bowl, which got me thinking about sour cream, which I put on approximately everything. When I went in for my second bowl I added a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of fresh parsley, and just a small spritz of lemon juice and I have to say, I kind of loved it.

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What were you expecting? It's soup from a pouch.
I will acknowledge that is kind of a lot of doctoring for an at-home fast food, but seeing as these are items I usually have accessible I think that is okay. I ate two bowls in a row, and compared to a lot of canned soup out there, Campbell's Go Soups pack a lot of flavor, and Moroccan Style Chicken is a lot more interesting to me than split pea or something. In short, these are worth trying, if not necessarily raving on and on about.

Author's note: I like the pouch option for short-term wilderness adventures that require lightweight, portable food.

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gossamersixteen topcommenter

Still tasted metallic to me, don't know how campbells  managed to pull that off being that they're in plastic envelopes. I've tried the Moroccan, red pepper, and semi Thai tasting coconut one and none have been very good even with ample embellishments. And at $3.50-4 a pop they aren't cheap, I'll stick with progresso thanks.


Although I haven't had the Campbell's brand, while strolling through H.E.B. yesterday they were offering samples of their version of the same.  I must say -- pretty tasty and I would be willing to have a few in stock!

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