Review of Self Heating Soup

Pretty tasty stuff!
There are times when I hear about a product and see potential applicability for vandwellers and campers.  This was one such time.  When I heard about this product on a radio program this morning, my mind jumped back to trout fishing in the rain… I was cold, soaked, and wishing for something warm to eat or drink.  This product would have fit the bill!

Tonight I bought two cans of “Hot Can” brand soup – one tomato (as pictured) and one of asparagus flavor.

It is simple to heat the soup. You turn the can over and using two thumbs, put a lot of force on the bottom.   3/4 inch of displacement is required.

Suddenly there is a loud snapping sound (enough to startle you) and then the chemical reaction begins. While the soup is warming, you lightly shake the can. 

I noticed it did take a LOT of force to activate the heating reaction.  Some dainty ladies or elderly people with arthritic hands might find it difficult to push firmly enough.

Being a lover of all things asparagus, I eagerly activated that can first, assuming one container would fill me up.
The directions said it takes about three minutes to heat the soup.  I found it to be more like five minutes.  The can warmed to a lovely temperature, the outside heating the hands like a cup of medium hot coffee.
I popped the container open and tasted the soup.  Much to my delight, the asparagus concoction was delicious!  As I drove down the street, I slowly sipped the hot soup, once again daydreaming about fishing.  And then the soup was gone.  Empty.  But the can was still very heavy!
When I got home, I peered deep into the can and to my dismay, a great portion of the approximately 16 ounce sized container was taken up by the heating apparatus.  Bummer!  A glance at the side of the can showed that there was only 7.1 fluid ounces contained inside.  Due to the heavy mass of the soup container, I simply assumed there was a lot more of the delicious beverage inside.  Not so!
Still wishing for more soup, I activated the second can – this time the tomato flavored one.  Unlike the first can, this second one suddenly emitted hot steam and I nearly burned my hand!  I dropped the can which did not harm anything.  It was activated but not opened, thankfully.  Once it had finished heating, I opened the soup beverage and found the tomato flavor pleasing.  But like the last time, the small quantity was a letdown.
After drinking both soups, I was satisfied.  The flavor of each product better than expected.  But due to the relatively small serving and $2.99 price tag for each can, I was disappointed and probably won’t buy this product again soon.  It’s too expensive, in my opinion.  Also, since the can states not to use it outside the range of 50 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit, it might not work for ice fishing.  If you’re going out in the cold, keep it close to your body.

So the experience was mixed… I give it a thumb’s up for the taste of the soups and the temperature.  One thumb’s down for the price and serving size.  If a person does not mind the price, the flavors are quite good.  One other thought – you can order this soup by the case at for a terrific price break.  That way it’s about $1.60 a can – much more attractive!
That’s about it for now.  Thanks for stopping by today.
Bradford, the “Van Trekker”

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

5 Responses to Review of Self Heating Soup

  1. Pat says:

    One more bio hazard. Does Walmart take the can back like used motor oil? I think you should build a rocket stove. YouTube it, there cool.

  2. tinycamper says:

    Interesting review, Brad. A few years back I tried one of the self-heating coffee drinks just for the novelty of it.

    I’d really like to keep a couple of cans of the soup on hand for emergencies — if it was at least a 12 ounce serving and maybe a dollar a can cheaper. 🙂

  3. zane hodges says:

    Hmm.interesting find brother.I agree the price is a little steep considering although more unhealthy you can get full from a dollar menu.

  4. I am wondering, what kind of chemical reaction goes on in the can to heat up the soup. Btw, how hot does it become?

  5. Brad says:

    I don’t know what kind of reaction they use… Presumably something like what is used in the hand and foot warmers I use when ice fishing.

    The temp of the soup is about 150-160 degrees when hot. It is nice and hot. I might have to pick up a couple of cans before the upcoming camping trip…. or just fill a thermos.