Review (x4): Campbell’s CheeseburgerOs, Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni, Campbell’s Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak Soup, Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch & The Nosh Show Episode 11!

Junk Food Nation, it’s Monday Monday Monday.  I, like many people, watched the VMAs last night.  You know, even though I know I’m rapidly aging, I was worried watching Miley Cyrus’ performance last night.  I was like, “Man, do you think kids think this is a good performance?  Am I just so old and jaded that I think this trainwreck is awful, but maybe in actuality, people are digging it?”  But noooooooooooooooooope – woke up this morning, and it was a CONSENSUS among news, bloggers, entertainment people – what I thought was a disaster, WAS a disaster.  Phew.  Not too much of a grandpa yet, over here.

Monday also means THE NOSH SHOW EPISODE 11 IS OUT:

The Nosh Show Episode 11!

The Nosh Show Episode 11!

This week, “In this episode, Dubba goes crazy over Taco Bell Dessert Kits, Marvo admits he’s a Yoplait Pumpkin Spice yogurt hater, Ryan won’t eat grapes that don’t taste like grapes, Eric eats chocolate that pops, and they all try SpaghettiOs CheeseburgerOs.”

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That’s right – on the Nosh Show, we ALL tried the new Campbell’s CheeseburgerOs, and gave a live review.  And that inspired me to write today’s review, in which I compared a whole LINE of products that all feature cheese in one fashion or another, probably where it SHOULDN’T be featured.

Presenting my reviews of: Campbell’s CheeseburgerOs, Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni, Campbell’s Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak, and Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch!

Campbell's CheeseburgerOs, Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni, Campbell's Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak, Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch

Campbell’s CheeseburgerOs, Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni, Campbell’s Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak, Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch: The Money Shot

Each of these products sort of scares me.  Cheeseburger-flavored SpaghettiOs?  A Cheesy Burger Macaroni competitor?  Philly Cheesesteak …in soup form?  And Cheddar Cheese Ramen noodles????  YIKES.

First up: Campbell’s CheeseburgerOs!

Campbell's CheeseburgerOs

Campbell’s CheeseburgerOs: The Money Shot

Campbell's CheeseburgerOs

Campbell’s CheeseburgerOs: Healthy if eaten with 8 tons of Kale

Campbell's CheeseburgerOs

Campbell’s CheeseburgerOs: scariest ingredient list ever

I’ll note that I see listed in the ingredients: mustard, beef tallow, and soy sauce.  What the eff is this going to taste like?

Campbell's CheeseburgerOs

Campbell’s CheeseburgerOs: MY GOD

That is an unholy orange color.

Campbell's CheeseburgerOs

Campbell’s CheeseburgerOs: Smells and looks like SpaghettiOs – straight out of the can

Campbell's CheeseburgerOs

Campbell’s CheeseburgerOs: heated, it pretty much looks the same.

Campbell's CheeseburgerOs

Campbell’s CheeseburgerOs: tiny bits of meat

This is mostly repeating what was said on the episode, but these Campbell’s CheeseburgerOs smelled like SpaghettiOs.  They did have a slight cheesy aroma, but not enough for me to say they smelled like Cheeseburgers.  The consistency was mushy, like SpaghettiOs are.  And, these TASTED like SpaghettiOs – tangy tomato-ey sauce, soft noodles, with some slight beefy flavor.

The sweet sauce, as I tasted it more, did have hints of a sour aftertaste, presumably the mustard. It was sort of…pickle-y tasting.  The bits of beef were dry, rubbery, spongy.  The sauce was tangy.  WHY SO TANGY?  Ugh.  Definitely tasted artificial, and made me wonder how I was able to stomach this stuff as a kid.

With each bite, I thought, “This is not good.”  Junk Food Gal commented, “It smells like a dirty foot in here.”  Yup.

Next up: Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni!

Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni

Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni: The Money Shot

Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni

Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni: Why is ferrous sulfate so high up the ingredient list?

At least this can didn’t contain mustard.  Wait…is that a good thing?

Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni

Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni: Let’s hope child hunger ends somewhere else.

Wait, Boiardi became Boyardee?  That’s offensive.

Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni

Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni: GAAAAH!

Why…why was this not red, or orange, but rather brown?

Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni

Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni: Brown Brown Brown

Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni

Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni: After heating, still looked funky

Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni

Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni: At least the macaroni sort of looks appealing…sort of.

I had high hopes for this Chef Boyardee Cheesy Burger Macaroni after the CheeseburgerOs experience…but I have to be honest, this one was even worse. I know.  I know.

The pot smelled like normal Chef Boyardee canned stuff – sweet tomato sauce.  The pasta was more substantial than the CheeseburgerOs, and it SMELLED sort of cheesy…despite the brown look.  But after a bite, the REAL problem was a substantial LACK of flavor. While the CheeseburgerOs were too tangy, this pasta had NO tomato taste at all.  I GUESS that’s a good thing – so it didn’t taste like red sauce pasta, but it really didn’t taste like anything else either.  The soft noodles were ultra processed, and the meat was spongy.  Worse yet, the meat didn’t really have much beef flavor.  It sort of tasted like overcooked beef that ground apart like sand between my teeth.

There was no saltiness (despite how much sodium was in the can) and no “cheesy burger” flavor to my mouth.  I guess one positive is that the whole spoonful was comfortably squishy and easy to swallow – but besides that, this was a FLOP.  Avoid.

Third up (groan): Campbell’s Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak Soup!

Campbell's Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak

Campbell’s Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak: The Money Shot

Campbell's Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak

Campbell’s Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak: Pour over a kaiser roll?  That’s your suggestion?

Campbell's Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak

Campbell’s Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak: Just as much of a sodium bomb as the others

Campbell's Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak

Campbell’s Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak: Amorphous

I opened the can and took a big sniff – after the initial gag (sorry), I focused and sniffed more carefully, and had to admit – it did smell like a cheesesteak!  I got that cheese mixed with onion and pepper smell.

And I want to set the record straight – I actually LIKE some of Campbell’s Chunky line.  Clam chowder. Chicken corn chowder.  I LIKE that processed soup!  So I’m going into this one with an open mind.  Sort of.

Campbell's Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak

Campbell’s Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak: Not horrible looking

Campbell's Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak

Campbell’s Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak: Big pieces of potato and…some sort of meat.

Campbell’s Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak was basically a cheese soup base, not a chowder base, and as a result, I was weirded out from the start.  Look, some people love cheese soups; I am not one of them.  But I plowed ahead.

The cheese soup smelled like a cheese fondue base, basically, which again, I am not a fan of. The spoonful I ate had a provolone-like cheesy brightness to it.  Honestly, it DID sort of remind me of a Cheez-Whiz soup with some provolone mixed in. The beef was chewy and had some general beefy flavor – not the most appetizing.  The potato was fine. Overall, the soup was NOT my favorite.  On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give it a solid 3.

I can’t believe the CheeseburgerOs are looking like the best of the bunch so far!  What the eff.

Last up (shudder) —- Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch!

Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch

Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch: The Money Shot

Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch

Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch: WAIT, THIS IS THE SODIUM ATOMIC BOMB!

Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch

Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch: I mean, it’s cheesy ramen noodles.  I love the cheese picture.  Are we serious?

Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch

Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch: GAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!

Holy cow, this is one funky looking Cup-O-Noodles brick.  But amazingly – the tub smelled like Nacho Cheese Doritos!!!!!  WHAAAAA?????

Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch

Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch: Doesn’t look any better

After adding water, I swear to God, the tub now smelled like buttery microwaved popcorn. The Junk Food Gal agreed.  We were perplexed.

Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch

Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch: Mixed up – that is some ORANGE-YELLOW soup

Ok, after mixing EVERYTHING up, now it smelled like cheese popcorn!!!! My mind was exploding.  As you can see from the photo, there were no dehydrated veggies or anything like you’d see in other Ramen Soup Cups.  Plus, these were flat noodles, almost like a pad thai noodle.  Time to dig in!

Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch

Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch: Yeeeeg

Ok, I’ll just say it: This Maruchan Cheddar Cheese Instant Lunch tasted…..ok.  I KNOW.  IT TASTED OK.  My mind was spinning as I tried to find a flaw, but I couldn’t.  Now, it wasn’t GOOD, and I’d rather eat a ton of other things, but as soon as I took my first bite, I knew this was the best tasting of the four things I’d tried.  Amazingly.

Basically, the noodles were standard rehydrated noodles that didn’t hold much of the soup when I ate them.  When I ate the noodles, the soup that stuck to them basically tasted like a creamy chicken soup base….maybe the creaminess was the “cheddar cheese” part of it? That was my first thought.  Had some onion-y flavor…but seemed barely cheesy except for the creaminess.

But then I decided to drink the soup by itself…and THERE was the cheesy flavor.  In fact, I will announce: THIS TASTED LIKE I WAS DRINKING NACHO CHEESE DORITOS, I SH*T YOU NOT.  It basically had all the flavors you KNOW from Doritos!  Cheese, onion, a bit of paprika…IT WAS ALL THERE!  Salty as hell. and coated my tongue with a weird oiliness.  BUT YES.  LIQUID DORITOS.

So yeah, this Instant Lunch didn’t taste BAD per se, but it definitely scared me.

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To give a ranking, I’d go 1) Cheddar Cheese Maruchan, 2) (I can’t believe this) CheeseburgerOs, 3) Philly Cheesesteak Soup, and 4) Cheesy Burger Macaroni.  Sorry, Chef Boiard1.

PURCHASED AT: Super Walmart

COST: Chunky Soup was $1.50. CheesburgerOs and Cheesy Burger Macaroni were each $0.98 cents.  And the Maruchan…a whopping $0.28 cents!

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Sincerely,

Junk Food Guy

Discuss - 16 Comments

  1. Alek says:

    UGH! Those doesn’t look good.

    Chef Boyardee is vile! I once bought cheese ravoli thinking that they didn’t come in meat sauce. But the meat sauce was added in. The Mac & Cheese from Chef Boyardee was so nasty! They messed up a very simple recipe. Flavorless, mushy, and even tried add salt and pepper still doesn’t taste very good.

    All of those are salt bombs. The campbells philly steak doesn’t look that tasty. Won’t be trying any of those anytime soon.

  2. Johnny says:

    Think the cheddar cheese ramen would have been better with less water? It seems like it could pass as a pseudo instant mac and cheese.

    • junkfoodguy says:

      @Johnny: Maybe with less water it’d be better. The soup didn’t REALLY turn into a cheese sauce, though…like, it didn’t thicken, per se. Maybe if some corn starch was added (excuse me while I gag)

  3. Joe says:

    Of the 4, the only one I liked was the Cheese Ramen. Makes a decent side, or a main when adding canned meats/fish. Best was plain Viennas (NOT recommended for anyone with high blood pressure).

  4. Shorneys says:

    This will totally flip your head, but Hector Boiardi used to be the head chef at the Greenbrier. Yes, THAT GREENBRIER.

  5. patchouli1971 says:

    You have the same silverware I had growing up. I still have some of it and it’s maybe 40 years old. That is all.

  6. Lumpy says:

    For some reason I bought two cans of that Chunky cheesesteak soup. I guess I was feeling optimistic. But I’ve been afraid to try it. I figure I’ll wait to try it until I run out of everything else and am too drunk to drive to Taco Bell. And I think I’ll eat it in the dark. That stuff looks like what was in my sink when my garbage disposal backed up. Why in the hell did I buy two cans?

  7. MP says:

    I just tried the Campbell’s Chunky Philly-Style Cheesesteak Soup – yuck! Blech! The chowder was so nasty tasting. After about 5 spoonfuls, I had to dump the rest. It did smell a lot better than it tasted. I’d rather have the real sandwich.

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