Mail-Order Soup for Sickies

Spoonful of Comfort Chicken Soup

Spoonful of Comfort Chicken Soup

I Paid: $32 for a 64-ounce jar (prices may vary by region)

Taste: 3 stars

Marketing: 4 stars

It’s hard not to like the idea of Spoonful of Comfort Chicken Soup. Punch in your credit card number, select some options, and bingo! A small company sends a big jar of good old-fashioned chicken noodle soup to the ailing friend or family member of your choice. It seems like e-commerce magic: a lovely, warm, personal gesture long recognized as a way to support a sick loved one, boiled down to a few simple clicks of the mouse. That said, $32 not including shipping is no small cost for around four bowls of soup. (You can add rolls or oatmeal-raisin cookies for $6 extra.) In my opinion, it’s reasonable to expect excellence.

I appreciate the charming way the soup’s packaged, in a jar with a cute yellow bow. But it’s hard to assess excellence in chicken noodle soup. It’s supposed to be sort of boring and digestible and comforting. This one’s extremely classic and simple, with a clean, wholesome flavor, relatively large white-meat chunks of chicken, bits of carrots, a rich broth, noodles, and not much else. Not overly salty, not too bland. But if you’re not the kind of person who can chuck half a C-note around with abandon, or you happen to prefer chicken soups that are more exciting, along the lines of pho or tom kha gai, you won’t be pleased with this product.

The thing is, life’s temporary. While we’re here, we should make as many gracious and caring gestures as we can manage. Homemade is better, but if that isn’t an option—and you’ve got the cash—Spoonful of Comfort is worth considering.

James Norton edits the Upper Midwestern food journal Heavy Table. He's also the coauthor of a book on Wisconsin's master cheesemakers. Follow Chowhound on Twitter, and become a fan on Facebook.

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