The Scoop on Keurig K-Cup Soup
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So, some interesting news articles have come my way, and I have news…maybe not brand-new, but news, nevertheless…Fresh-brewed soups made to go in your single cup brewer have hit the marketplace.
Now you can take that one-cup convenience one step further in the form of soup-all you do is pop a Kcup containing condensed soup bouillon into your brewer just like your other hot beverages!
Two flavors hit the market.. Campbell Keurig K-cups : a homestyle chicken noodle and a Southwest-inspired noodle version; I decided to try out the former.
♥Not that crazy an idea at all, I say. After all, we use our Keurigs for the hot water on demand to make ramen noodles. So why not hot soup in general? After all the recipe is surprisingly simple :-)♥
Keurig K-Cup Soup at a Glance
If you grew up in the 70s and 80s you were probably familiar with Lipton Cup-a-Soup. It came in individual packets, something like 4 to a box, and it was made to be a nice pick-me-up, but not part of a four-course dinner. It came in chicken noodle, a “heartier” chicken noodle, cream of chicken, and tomato. You added hot water with the help of your electric kettle and you were good to go. This new formula is pretty close; with each box containing 6 or 8 K-cups which contain a bouillon powder mixture and a packet containing the noodles and/or assorted dried veggies. You empty the veggie packet into your awaiting empty mug and insert a K-cup and select the 8-oz setting. After brewing, it’s best to let the noodles sit and steep a few minutes so they will not be raw tasting.
Any big difference besides the methodology? As someone who probably ate a lot of that wonderful Lipton-which contained dehydrated chicken pieces and sometimes croutons-the ingredients say a lot. The Southwest variety contains corn, dry bell pepper pieces, and a chili-flavored base. Traditional Chicken does not actually contain dehydrated chicken that I could see – just veggies.
Here’s the data on the nutritional info for those keeping tabs: Calories…70, Sodium…750 mg, Total carbs…10g Monosodium glutamate is one of the ingredients listed, just fyi. Not too much of a shocker; canned soups do tend to be high in sodium.
What Was the Verdict on the Keurig K-Cup Soup?
Probably only semi-conclusive. After all, what one person may consider scrumptious another may consider yucky. Our taste buds are as different as the day is long. So it is hard to gauge if you are going by what others say about the taste of the product. Some people called it so-so, okay, a nice snack, good for what it is worth. Once it’s been longer on the market, more opinions will leak through more and form a stronger consensus.
It sounds a lot like the reason people eat ramen noodles. They’re convenient, budget-friendly, and get the job done between meals-which is a factor over salt content or nutrition, sometimes. And it’s about as easy to make as ramen-these days you open the package and find a little sachet of dried veggies, and sometimes a “flavor booster” for the spicy kind. The veggies and hot water come first and then the flavor booster; then some time in the microwave before steeping.
My consensus was, surprise, surprise, it tastes just like Lipton Cup-A-Soup! (Musta filled up on a lot of that back in the day) It was easy to prepare and a nice pick-me-up. Now it is not meant to take the place of a hearty lunch special at Olive Garden, just so you know.
Where to Buy Them?
You can get these chicken soup K cups (and possibly some other flavor varieties) at your local grocery, but if the place you shop at is very provincial it may not be as likely or it may take longer. If you shop online you may open the door to greater flavor variety selection and quantity size options.
Keurig K-Cup Soup Conclusion
[yellowbox]UPDATE: As of April 2016 the Campbell Keurig k-cups have been discontinued. I gathered from several news reports that it wasn’t selling as well as anticipated. More info on this story can be found here: Why Campbell discontinued its K-cup soups line [/yellowbox]
Sorry to have to report that; it’s a bummer. On a more positive note there are some k-cup versions made by their biggest competitor Progresso. From what I see they look good and their Southwest style looks richer with the addition of beans, and I saw an herb tomato type that I’d like to try too.
⇒If you do try them out, be sure to perform a Kcup-less hot water cycle rinse after a soup brew – this is recommended to “purge” any residue from the cup chamber; just as you would with the hot cocoa beverage.
◊If you have any thoughts or comments to share on Keurig k cup soup, they are welcomed! Have you tried any yet, and what did you think?◊