The Story Behind Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup

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The Story Behind Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup

Better put the soup on, the history of this 80-year-old classic soup will make you hungry.

According to a press release, in 1934 Ernest Lacoutiere, the head chef of Campbell's, invented Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup.

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The soup became an instant hit. Campbell's estimates that in 2013 Americans bought over 200 millions cans of Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup.

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When it was introduced, the soup was 10 to 12 cents.

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In 1938 Campbell's Soup changed the name of its signature product. The famous soup was originally called Noodle with Chicken soup, but took on its now familiar name after a broadcaster on a popular radio show misread it. The soup flew off grocery shelves.

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In 1962, Andy Warhol turned Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup into artwork with his piece 32 Campbell's Soup Cans.

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A famous Campbell's ad cemented its status as a kid-favorite dish with the slogan,"You only have to call them once when there’s Chicken Noodle soup for lunch.”

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During the winter, everyone can agree that a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup really hits the spot.

This year, Campbell's classic Chicken Noodle, the most famous chicken noodle soup on the planet, celebrates its 80th birthday! From being the subject of pop art to receiving its current name from a radio flub, Campbell's Chicken Noodle has a rich — and delicious — history.

Check out the slideshow above for story behind Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup.

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