Monday, January 4, 2010

Progresso Soup review with Giveaway!

Welcome to my very first review post! Progresso sent us an awesome selection of soups to try out and I also get to give away a prize package! (see bottom of this post) Progresso also has a great contest going on on their website for a HUGE prize! Three grand prize winners will be awarded a trip for two to New York City from May 21st-23rd. The prize includes roundtrip airfare, a two-night stay in a NYC hotel, a full makeover, a $1,000 wardrobe shopping spree and personal consultation at a New York department store.

To enter, you’ll need to do the following:

* Go to to learn more and enter the contest

* Submit your essay (200 characters or less) telling Progresso why you love Progresso Light or 100 Calorie Soups and why you would like a makeover

* In addition, please submit a photo of yourself that visually reinforces the theme of your essay

In addition, throughout the duration of the contest you can visit to download a coupon for $1 off any three varieties of Progresso Soup!

So, on to the soups. I love Progresso soups and the Light and Reduced Sodium varieties are no exception. In fact, I like the Light variety because they don't taste watered-down like a lot of light soups do. I love lunching on a grilled cheese on double fiber bread and a mug of warm Minestrone! Or a garlic breadstick and a bowl of Tomato Rotini! My husband is in love with their Chicken and Dumpling flavor, so hearty! They have a TON of flavors to choose from and lots of them are endorsed by Weight Watchers!

My main issue with Progresso soups are that there are very few I, as a vegetarian, can eat. And several of their flavors are very nearly deceiving in that they sound like they SHOULD be vegetarian but disappointingly aren't. Like the Light Zesty Southwestern Style Vegetable in my picture below. First ingredient: chicken broth.
This is the label from the Light Vegetable and Noodle, which would be PERFECT for cold winter days or stuffy nose-sore throat days. IF the first ingredient weren't chicken broth, even though it's not called chicken noodle, it's called Vegetable and Noodle.Of ALL 76 of Progresso's flavors (including soups from all 6 varieties), only this handful (17) are vegetarian. (These are not all Vegan, thanks to milk and egg products in many of the pastas so you vegans get even fewer choices.)

Light Vegetable
Light Italian Style Vegetable
High Fiber Creamy Tomato Basil
High Fiber Homestyle Minestrone
Reduced Sodium Garden Vegetable
Reduced Sodium Minestrone
Vegetable Classics Lentil
Vegetable Classics Tomato Basil
Vegetable Classics 99% Fat Free Lentil
Vegetable Classics Macaroni and Bean
Vegetable Classics Creamy Mushroom
Vegetable Classics Hearty Tomato
Vegetable Classics Minestrone
Vegetable Classics Tomato Rotini
Vegetable Classics Vegetarian Vegetable with Barley
Vegetable Classics Garden Vegetable
Vegetable Classics Vegetable Italiano

See that last streak of "Vegetable Classics"? What gets me is that you can't even safely pick up all of the Vegetable Classics and get vegetarian soup. Their French Onion, 99% Fat Free Minestrone, Hearty Black Bean, Hearty Penne in Chicken Broth, Green Split Pea with Bacon, and Vegetable soups in the Vegetable Classics line all contain meat ingredients!

Giving Away:
Progresso (through MyBlogSpark) is going to give one lucky CorgiPants reader a giftset including a mug like the one above, a cool jump rope that counts your jumps for you and two cans of Progresso Soup!

How to enter: Leave a comment here telling me if you read the ingredients label on a soup before you by it. Entries will be accepted through January 12, 2010 and a winner will be selected through random draw on January 13 because 13 is my lucky number!

You can get a second entry by posting about my giveaway on your blog and then leaving a second comment saying you have done so.

Progresso provided me with the free product, information, and gift pack through MyBlogSpark


Kelly said...

I don't read the labels of soup I buy, but I am not a vegetarian or vegan either :) I probably should though.. I mean, I read every ingredient on packages of anything my dog eats!!

JuLo said...

I've actually gotten really good about reading food ingredients, rather than just the nutritional information. I like to see how much of the soup is vegetable and other goodness. If it doesn't read wholesome enough to me, I put it back on the shelf.

Lol, Kelly! It's so true!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Good job!! It must be hard to find what you are looking for and know I know to not just the title but the list of Ingredients too!

minishoes1 said...

I read some of the label-calorie count and fat content. great giveaway! Thanks!

Charity said...

I normally don't read the labels. I do like the Progresso soups as they are high in fiber:) Please enter me. Thanks!!


cdziuba said... I don't read the labels. Thanks for the chance to win.

Dolphin Girl said...

I am a label reader. I read the label on almost everything before I buy it.

Jennifer T. said...

I don't read soup labels. Sometimes, I'll scan them for sodium content when I'm being viligant.

Anonymous said...

I do read the ingredients label on a soup before I buy it :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...


jocelyn said...

I always read the ingredients of anything I eat, because I'm a vegetarian, and I have to make sure there's no meat in a food, particularly soup--like you said, it can be deceiving!

jocelyn said...

I also posted the giveaway on my blog at

katers2714 said...

I always read labels on everything not just soup. I like to know what my family and I are eating.

Elsie said...

Yes, I read soup labels lately, for inspiration too, to learn what soup is all about, and to know if it's good for you....

Linda Kish said...

Generally I do read the labels because I don't like high sodium anything.

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Linda Kish said...

Generally I do read the labels because I don't like high sodium anything.

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dreeg said...

I almost always read the label.

mandala said...

I read the labels of soups (and other products) that I buy and I like Progresso soups because they have the less sodium.

Kristin said...

I do read the labels on the soup before I buy them

sweetone624 said...

yes, I do read labels and my hubby recently bought me Progresso when I was sick and it was so yummy! Thanks for giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I really should read the labels, but I don't! I figure if I can't afford the good soup, its probably best NOT to know what I am eating.

The Bookworm said...

I usually read the ingredients on a soup can, if it's the first time I'm buying that brand.