Chicken noodle soup has a special place in everybody’s heart. Whether you’re feeling sick or just need a taste of home, it’s a lovely, healthy option that’s jam-packed with nutrients. Chicken noodle soup has been a staple since time immemorial. Former New York Times food critic Mimi Sheraton stated the case plainly by choosing a hat-tip of a title for her 1995 cookbook: The Whole World Loves Chicken Soup.
Every culture has its own version of the iconic dish. A version with matzo balls in it is often referred to as “Jewish Penicillin” — a bona fide cure-all for any condition from sinus congestion to heartache.
Chicken soup evokes a sort of connection to our innocent childhoods that other foods don’t necessarily have; we eat it to feel comforted and at ease. Whether we harken back to Grandma’s homemade broth or to our parents simply warming up a can of Campbell’s soup on the stove, a can of chicken noodle soup can quickly put us in touch with fond memories. But how are you supposed to indulge in a wave of nostalgia when there are too many brands to choose from?
We’ve solved that problem for you here at The Daily Meal and dissected every can of chicken soup we could find, taking into account the texture, color, quality of chicken, and noodle size… and after a long, drawn-out process of analysis we came up with the ultimate canned chicken noodle soup taste test.