Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13, is #NATIONALCHICKENNOODLESOUPDAY ! In honour of National Chicken Noodle Soup day, we’re dedicating this blog post to everybody’s go to feel-good, pick-me-up, heal-me- soup – Chicken Noodle.
There are lots of reasons why we love Chicken Noodle Soup – but did you know, it ACTUALLY has proven health benefits for when you’re feeling sick? A rich homemade chicken broth or soup (like the one made here at Dessert Lady Café & Bakery) is FULL of nutrients. It’s packed with protein, calcium & gelatin (that comes from the boiled bones) and vitamins & minerals that come from carrots and other vegetables. Chicken broth/soup is also a great source of electrolytes, which are especially valuable when the body is dehydrated from being sick (or from an eventful weekend with your friends 😉 ).
The healing reputation of chicken soup dates back thousands of years and is present in just about every part of the world. The earliest reference to chicken soup and its healing properties is from the 12thcentury book On The Cause of Symptoms by Maimonides. In this book, chicken broth is described as a treatment for things such as asthma, malnutrition, and leprosy.
According to Dr. Stephen Rennard and his findings (reported in 1993), chicken soup has tons of beneficial ingredients that help to alleviate symptoms of the common cold and flu and can even help to fight infection.
Now, where did the “Noodle” come in? Noodles have been paired with broth-based soups for again – thousands of years. Records show noodle soups dating back to as far as the early 1200s in Asia, and in the 1700s in Italy, noodle soup began being used as the go to comfort food for treating any ailment. By the 1900s in the US, noodle soups had become a staple in every household.
In 1934 Campbell’s launched its “Noodle with Chicken Soup”, thanks to creator Ernest Lacoutiere, a chef at the Campbell’s company. The soup did VERY well, and even better once the name had been changed five years later – which had been derived accidentally! After the introduction of “Noddle with Chicken Soup”, a radio host accidentally referred to it as “Chicken Noodle Soup”. People LOVED the new name and the new take on this household classic.
Although Campbell’s brought popularity to this favourite, we still prefer the homemade version – made with always fresh ingredients and lots of love! Whether you’re craving a bowl to keep warm, for nostalgic feels, or to help cure what ails you, Chicken Noodle Soup is here to stay, and we couldn’t be happier! Our homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is available every day for lunch at Dessert Lady Café & Bakery (located at 1 Sultan St.) – Stop by and enjoy a bowl today!
The Dessert Lady