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Blog: A RARE Chunky Soup Disappointment

January 31st, 2017

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It finally happened.   It was soup that ate like a letdown.   I'll share the deets, plus other nonsense. 

I have a very high opinion of Campbell's Chunky Soup.   I've had Chunky Soup for years and years, and each one of those cans are feasts.   More than that, they are so creative coming up with useful new flavors.  Look at those cans in the picture.   A hearty pizza flavor?   I gotta check that out.

I truly believed that if I went to the store and reached into the shelf at random, I could pick out a good can of soup for the night.  I would not even have to look at it.  I'd just bring the soup home and enjoy.  It worked out that way a lot.   Pick any flavor you want, just give it to me and I'd find something tasty in it.

So, it comes as a great surprise that I found an extremely bland Chunky Soup flavor on Sunday.    I'm still stunned.  I didn't have much going that night, so I put on a can of their New England Clam Chowder and went to town; but what town is this?!

Am I so spoiled by the many high quality clam chowders along the California Coast?   Campbell's really put out a flavor that was as bland a chowder as I ever had.  There was virtually *no* taste.   The only taste I recall was from the potatoes.   I toughed it out; the clams are still good protein.  However, I sat, bewildered, at how terrible it was.  It was nothing like the sirloin steak burger frenzy, or the corn and chicken chipotle chowder, even that savory pot roast you see above in the first picture.

I don't know what to think.  This was a SPECTACULARLY lame flavor, unfit for the line of quality Chunky Soup products we grew to love over two decades.   I have one other can of soup in the pantry, a different flavor, I'll go taste that later on to renew my faith in Campbell's.

Unbelievable... it really is.

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That's all from here, have a good week everyone.