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The V8 Sweet Red Pepper Soup and V8 SouthWestern Corn Soup are amazing, so I figured that it was time to test out one of their other preservative free, veggie-full varieties. That is where Campbell's V8 Garden Broccoli Soup comes in.
The smell alone would entice any broccoli lovers out there. But, heat it up (and bulk it up with some crunchy frozen broccoli) and you have got one comforting spoonful after another. The flavor is well developed, bringing broccoli to a new level. 98% of the contents within the box are water and broccoli, with less than 2% of the soup coming from a small group of contributors including dehydrated potatoes, which is what gives the soup its body. The butter, dehydrated onion, sugar, sea salt and touch of parmesan cheese really finish off this blended broccoli creation in a tasty way.
I am absolutely in LOVE with V8 Soups. I have already gushed about V8 Southwestern Corn Soup, so it was high time that I tried another flavor so I picked up a box of V8 Sweet Red Pepper Soup and had it for lunch the next day.
The V8 Sweet Red Pepper Soup is described as, "A friendly competition between the crisp sweetness of red peppers and the classic sweetness of farm-grown tomatoes. No artificial flavors. No preservatives. Just the delicious, vibrant taste of a full serving of vegetables with the nutritional goodness that goes along with it." I thought it was delicious. it's quite a thick soup and looks like it would be tomato based, but it's not.
While eating this (and narrating the review in my head), I thought: flavorful, slightly sweet, but not in the traditional sense of the word, deep, rich flavor - smooth and fantastic with bread. A box is 2 servings and normally, and whereas I would eat the entire thing, as I was pouring this out, I thought to myself that this was a lot of soup - too much for me to eat in 1 sitting. I think this is because it's all liquid and so it seems more filling than traditional soups that have vegetables and/or meat added. This must be the first time I have not had to eat the entire "2 servings" content of soup at once to be fully satisfied.
Campbells says that for their V8 SouthWestern Corn Soup, they "take the mild sweetness of yellow corn and balance it with roasted peppers for a friendly little kick in the taste buds. No artificial flavors. No preservatives. Just the delicious, vibrant taste of a full serving of vegetables."
I don't think I could adequately describe how GOOD this soup is. V8 SouthWestern Corn Soup is full bodied, creamy, with a little spicy kick at the end of a mouthful. I was very skeptical about drinking "corn" soup - I don't like creamed corn - but this blew all doubts out of the water. I must confess though that I added a pinch of salt. This filled me up for lunch - I had the entire box which is 2 servings, and a few crackers. Forget all those Progresso & Campbell's condensed soups. After having this you will literally throw them out.
Read the reviews of Strawberry Banana and Pomegranate Blueberry Juice, and you'll see why I seriously considered sending Campbell's (who owns V8) a thank you note for making drinking my vegetables a pleasant experience. So when I happened across the V8 Fusion Light Juice, I did a little happy dance right there in the grocery store. Could V8 actually make their LIGHT juice taste just as good as the original, with the same 1 serving of fruit and vegetables per cup, but with 50% less calories and sugar?
Yes they can, is what I discovered. The Peach Mango flavor has, as they say, "all the taste of luscious fruits like peaches and mango, and the nutrition of vegetables." It is sweet and robust with maybe a little more peach than mango in taste. But I forgave them for that indiscretion because this juice is just 50 calories per serving.