Campbell’s Carb Request Chicken Broccoli Cheese Soup

Carb Request

I remember when my mother first fed me broccoli. It was a warm July evening and the sun was still high in the sky. Because it was still so lighted, my parents left the lights off as we ate dinner.

Being only ten years old and not growing in height as fast as the other children in my class, including the girls, I could not serve myself food, because I couldn’t reach the stove top where the pot of spaghetti sat. My mother took the Sesame Street plate from me and put a large serving of spaghetti on it.

“Eat up and some day you’ll be big enough to serve yourself…” she said to me.

Then she whispered under her breath, “…because I’m not going to serve you forever.”

I thanked my mother and walked to the table. At the table, there was a loaf of garlic Italian bread and a mound of green things that looked like aliens from outer space with gigantic afros. I imagined the afro was what The Great Kazoo’s hair must have looked like with his helmet off, when he wasn’t helping Fred Flintstone.

Sitting at the table was difficult for me because I was so short. I couldn’t reach the garlic Italian bread nor the green things with gigantic afros. Seeing the trouble I was having, my mother placed a slice of bread and a small stack of green things on the edge of my plate.

“What are the green things with the gigantic afros?” I asked my mom.

“It’s broccoli,” she replied, “It will help you grow big and strong…”

Then she said quietly to herself, “…so you can support yourself some day and move out of the house.”

I picked up one of the green things with a gigantic afro and began playing with it. Then I decided to give the green thing with the gigantic afro a haircut like Mr. T’s. After gnawing on the afro for a few moments and spitting out the parts I had gnawed off, I formed the mohawk I wanted. I grabbed a noodle from my spaghetti and wrapped it around the green thing with a mohawk, pretending it was a big gold chain, just like the ones the real Mr. T wore.

“I pity the fool who don’t eat spaghetti,” I said, shaking the green thing with a mohawk. “I pity the fool who don’t eat bread.”

“Stop playing with your food,” my mother said to me.

“Why?” I asked her.

“Because it’s rude to play with your food…” she said.

Then she said as softly as she could, “…and you’ll never find a woman to marry you if you keep playing with your food.”

I looked at my newly created green Mr. T. and said, “I pity the green thing with the mohawk.”

Then I chomped the mohawk off.

From that moment on, I’ve enjoyed broccoli. However, it was much later in life that I realized broccoli would be better with some kind of topping. The topping of choice was melted Velveeta cheese, because it was the only topping I had seen on broccoli, thanks to the Velveeta commercials. Broccoli and melted Velveeta was damn good.

So when I picked up a can of Campbell’s Carb Request Chicken Broccoli Cheese Soup, I expected good things. Unfortunately, I pity the fool who purchased the Campbell’s Carb Request Chicken Broccoli Cheese Soup.

Of course, that was me.

The aroma from the pot I was warming up the soup in turned out to be an accurate indicator of how the soup tasted. It was bland, like the future music offerings coming from celebrity siblings with the last names of Spears, Simpson, and Duff.

The pieces of broccoli were tiny and almost seemed nonexistent with every spoonful. There were big chunks of white chicken meat, although this disappointed the equal opportunity activist in me, hoping that were also big chunks of dark chicken meat.

After all, you know what they say about dark chicken meat, “Once you go dark, you’ll never want to be apart.”

– This was an excerpt from Chicken Broccoli Cheese Soup for the Quasi-Product Review Blog Editor’s Soul


Item: Campbell’s Carb Request Chicken Broccoli Cheese Soup
Purchase Price: $2.00 (on sale)
Rating: 2 out of 5
Pros: Big chunks of chicken. I actually enjoy broccoli. Mr. T. looking broccoli.
Cons: Bland. Not much broccoli. No dark meat. Low-carb.

16 thoughts on “Campbell’s Carb Request Chicken Broccoli Cheese Soup

  1. Broccli and Velveeta is the best!!! You should try it on rice then it is even better. So are you sad that you tried yet another Carb food? You should probably just give them up. They make for a good review but at what cost? Your poor taste buds.

  2. WTF is up with the name “Carb request” – were all other “Carb” names taken? If I was really requesting carbs, would I want soup with 3g net carbs?

  3. You know they are going to turn the A-Team into a movie, and I’ve been giving alot of thought about who should play B. A. Baracus. I am leaning towards Micheal Clarke Duncan. Although Mr. T really hasn’t aged at all, so maybe he could reprise the role. Your thoughts, Marvo?

  4. Mace – Most people seem to laugh. To be different, you should scream in terror.

    becky – Thanks for your concern. I continue to review low-carb foods in the hopes that I will find one that actually tastes good. When that day comes…Yahtzee!!

    Robin – With the overdose of low-carb foods, I believe you are correct with your theory of why they called it Carb Request. Yes, I also think all the other “Carb” names are taken, except for “Carb Crap.”

    kimdog – Oh, I don’t think Mr. T could do it. He’s just not the same anymore. He’s been wearing much fewer gold chains.

  5. This is one of my favorite reviews so far. I almost spit my snack mix out of my nose. That would have been painful.

  6. Oh my God. As I read your review, I was imagining a mini-Marvo swinging his little legs since they have yet to be able to touch the floor while sitting on a chair, playing with his spaghetti and broccoli and saying, “I pity the fool who don’t eat spaghetti”. That’s just too much for me to handle.

  7. Marvo, an absolute masterpiece of a quasi-review. But you didn’t tell us if that broccoli did in fact work its magic. I mean, are you still 4 feet tall?

  8. Grins – Well, with only a dozen or so readers, that’s a lot of pity and a lot of fools.

    Lou – Might I suggest a clear plastic covering over your monitor’s screen. It’s easier to clean.

    Toni – Don’t forget the bib I wore to protect my Transformers Autobots t-shirt.

    Jamie – Um, with or without the stilts?

  9. Jay – No, I just had the set with a character featured on each plate. My favorite one was the Cookie Monster plate.

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