Hooray! National Soup Day is upon us! February 4th is known as National Homemade Soup Day and it is the perfect opportunity to warm up with a bowl of minestrone, albondigas, split-pea, or good old-fashioned chicken noodle. To get you ready for National Soup Day, here are 5 fun soup facts you can use to impress your friends at parties!
Soup Fact #1 – America’s Favorite Soup
It’s not surprising that Chicken Noodle tops the list as America’s favorite soup. Broad noodles, skinny noodles, and everything in between – all are delicious when simmered with chicken and fresh vegetables. It’s the perfect comfort food on a chilly day or when you are under the weather.
Soup Fact #2 – Hippo Soup
The earliest archaeological evidence for the consumption of soup dates back to around 20,000 BC. It is assumed that early people began cooking broths as soon as they discovered making mud vessels or clay pots. History tells us that soup became a part of human’s regular diet sometime around 6000 BC. And the chowder of choice? Hippopotamus soup.
Soup Fact #3 – The First Canned Soup
The Campbell Company was the first to invent condensed soup. They introduced it to the world in 1897 when they condensed soup to fit into smaller packaging. This made soup more affordable for families while preserving the quality of the ingredients.
Soup Fact #4 – Millions of Bowls Served
Americans eat more than 10 billion bowls of soup each year. While winter is the most common time to enjoy a bowl of nice, warm soup, people enjoy this delicious meal all year long. In fact, 99% of all American homes have soup in them.
Soup Fact #5 – Really, Really, Old Soup
In December of 2010, Chinese archaeologists unearthed a culinary time capsule containing a 2,400-year-old cauldron of soup – with its contents still liquid. The bronze vessel contained bones and liquid and provided powerful insights into diets during this period.