Product Reviews
Take Action
Back
SIGN THE PETITION

Fight for Fair Finance

Tell the administration and Congress to stand up for the consumer watchdog that protects you from financial fraud and abuse.
Take Action
Why Do We Have Campaigns?
We're fighting to ensure you and your family can get a fair deal in the marketplace, especially on the choices that matter most: health care, privacy, automobiles, food, finances and more. Join our campaigns and together, we'll hold corporations and lawmakers accountable.

Claim check: Campbell’s Slow Kettle Style soups

Will you 'want to slow down and savor' these fancy-sounding soups?

Consumer Reports magazine: December 2012

The claim. Campbell’s makes its Slow Kettle Style soups sound like something special. On the label: “Everything good takes time. Like slow-cooked soups with high-quality ingredients and delicious flavor combinations that deliver an experience you will want to slow down and savor.” And the flavors sound pretty fancy: Portobello Mushroom & Madeira Bisque, Burgundy Beef Stew, Tomato & Sweet Basil Bisque, Tuscan-Style Chicken & White Bean, and Southwest-Style Chicken Chili. The suggested retail price for a 15.5-ounce container is $3.99.

The check. In a blind test, four staffers tried each of the five soups. We heated them on a stove, suggested “for best results,” though you can microwave instead.

Bottom line. You say bisque, we say blech. Most of the soups were mediocre and tasted highly processed. Portobello Mushroom was a little better than most, though its mushrooms were rubbery; Burgundy Beef Stew was a bit worse, with some bitter and burnt notes. Meat, in soups that had it, was dry, stringy, or almost flavorless. A cup of each soup has about one-third of the recommended maximum daily intake of sodium. The bisques have the most calories and fat: A cup averages 245 calories and 16 grams of fat. And each container holds about 2 cups, so you’ll need to find someone to share it with.

Editor's Note:

A version of this article appeared in the December 2012 issue of Consumer Reports magazine with the headline "Campbell’s So-So Soups."

 



E-mail Newsletters

FREE e-mail Newsletters!
Choose from cars, safety, health, and more!
Already signed-up?
Manage your newsletters here too.

Campbell's News

Cars

Cars Build & Buy Car Buying Service
Save thousands off MSRP with upfront dealer pricing information and a transparent car buying experience.

See your savings

Mobile

Mobile Get Ratings on the go and compare
while you shop

Learn more