I received a full box of Campbell's products to try for free from Crowdtap and this was one of the items. Based on my past experience with Campbell's soup, I feel like they have changed their entire formula. The soups do not taste the same way they did as when I was a child. It tasted better when I was younger honestly. I feel like either my taste buds have changed since I have gotten older or Campbell's has either added something into their soups or taken something out. Regardless, I tend to only use their soups for different recipes instead of simply just eating the soup by itself. However since I received a whole bunch of food for free from Crowdtap, I'm going to try it out.
**Make Sure You Read The Entire Review to the End To Decide Whether You Should Try It Or Not... I Always Give Tips**
The Campbell's Slow Kettle Style Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup has ingredients like chicken stock, white chicken meat, carrots, egg noodles, celery, onions, chicken fat, chicken flavor, and some other stuff, including different spices. It also says that it has only 2% of salt which terrified me upon first glance because I need some sort of....... something. Spices are my friend. They are my everything, so I was hopeful. To be completely honest though, the term "white chicken meat" threw me off because whenever I see it as an ingredient with any food I become kind of skeptical. I hoped that it would surprise me and that it would taste amazing though.
The container that the soup comes in has a pull up tab and usually I have no problem getting these open, but my soup cup was unfortunately hard to open. It took about 20 seconds to open it whereas usually it only take 5 seconds. It said that the cup was safe to use with some microwaves, but it could possibly cause popping or other things to happen when attempting to heat it up because of the metal rim. I decided to take no chances and place the soup in a bowl because better safe than sorry...
Uncooked, it actually looks pretty delicious. The noodles are rather big. The broth is a nice color and you can see a bit of the vegetables floating in it along with the chicken. It's suppose to be cooked in the microwave for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes. It can also be cooked on the stove in a pot, but I'm lazy and I did not feel like going through such trouble. I heated it up in 30 second increments because I used a small bowl and I didn't want it to overflow.
(I've had a few overflowing incidents with the microwave.) I cooked it for 2 minutes.
After it was done cooking, the broth was not as thick. It was thin to begin with, but after heat warms up most food, it thins out a bit. It definitely smelled like childhood. I know that they had nothing similar to this out in the early 90's when I was younger, but it smelled like Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup.
The Actual Review of the Campbell's Slow Kettle Style Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup with herbs and white meat chicken
Firstly, the broth is alright. It's not thee best, but it tastes okay. It's not too salty. I feel like it needs a bit more spice to it. It's missing something.
The egg noodles were thick, not starchy. They soaked up the broth enough to give them some sort of flavor.
The carrots and the celery were delicious. It was a variety of diced big chunks and little pieces.
As for the chicken, it was ridiculously dry. It did not soak up any of the broth. It tasted kind of rough even, like it felt rough on my tongue. I find that this is something that occurs in a lot of canned soups for some reason. The chicken doesn't exactly taste like chicken, which is a problem for me since I love chicken. So that is a big negative.
Time to Rank
Simplicity: 5 stars
It's very easy to make. You can microwave it or heat it up on the stove.
Taste: I unfortunately have to give this a star rating of a 3 stars.
The reasons why I have to give this a low score is because of the overall taste. The noodles, celery, and carrots were okay, but the chicken needs to go and the broth needs more spice, more flavor. To be completely honest, this would taste so much better if Campbell's used the seasoning that's in Ramen Noodles, which I'm assuming is the ingredients in chicken bouillon. If the creators of Campbell's could just mix that seasoning in with the noodles, celery, and carrots, you would have had me completely hooked. It would have changed the overall flavor, but it would have tasted so much better. Also, I feel like there should be more noodles and vegetables because it was mostly broth...
I actually set the broth to the side in a another bowl and took a picture of how much noodles and vegetables were actually in the soup...
It definitely does not seem like it's enough of actual food in there. I wish I knew how much this soup actually cost, but I do not. So I can't really measure the value with the actual cost.
So overall do I think this is a good product for a college student to buy for lunch or dinner?
Do I dub thee college food?
Do I dub thee college food?
Honestly, if you're trying to eat healthy or light, I would say that this would be ideal just subtract the chicken...unless you like the way the chicken tastes. It's only 100 calories (1 cup) and it says it has 2 servings, but I don't know about that. The only way I would be able to eat this is if I ate a sandwich along with it and added some other spices like pepper, maybe some garlic salt, and even a dash of hot sauce, which is exactly what I did after I wrote my thoughts down on the soup as is. The soup tasted pretty good once I added some other spices to it and had a sandwich to eat along with it to fill me up. So if you're eating healthy or light, buy it. If you're a college student and you have some of your favorite spices on hand, I'd buy it. Also you could even eat it with crackers too. It's college food worthy, but you're going to need spices if you like flavorful food. You're also going to need something else to eat with it (i.e. crackers, bread, or a sandwich) if you like big servings.
* Products were given to me to test for free from Crowdtap