I’m not sure exactly what I have, a cold or allergies, but something has really been kicking my butt this past week.
In an effort to give a bit of relief to my scratchy throat, I decided to pick up some chicken soup this morning for lunch. I went to the store with the intention of buying my normal brand. But, I noticed they had the Our Family Condensed Chicken Noodle Soup on sale for just 40 cents and decided to buy that brand instead.
Normally, I’m not much of a condensed soup fan and prefer the “chunky” varieties (despite the fact they are more expensive). And, for the most part, this particular soup didn’t do anything to make me change my mind about that. However, it did prove to be better than I expected it to be.
I will start out by saying the Our Family soup had the same problem most other condensed chicken noodle soups have, there really wasn’t much substance to it. It was easy enough to make, all I had to do was dump it into a pot on the stove with some water and heat it up. But, it was mostly broth with a small amount of noodles and, by my count at least, about three very tiny pieces of chicken. Like I said before, it didn’t do anything to make me not miss my usual chunky varieties and I did have to add some crackers to it just because I was getting tired of all that excess broth.
However, there were some things I liked about this soup. One of the main ones (other than the price, which was about $1 less than Campbell’s condensed soup) was the taste. Normally, the cheaper brands of soup tend to be too salty; at least those that actually have any flavor to them (some of the “healthy” varieties taste like water). That was not the case with this brand. It wasn’t salty and it wasn’t bland. Instead, it had a nice, comforting flavor to it. I don’t know if I would describe it as tasting like chicken. But, it was close enough given the low price. And, it did serve the purpose, soothing my throat while giving me a light but filling lunch.
If given a choice between this product and a soup that offers a bit more substance, I probably would still choose the latter. But, if I were looking to save money, this is a soup I would consider buying again.