Alisa Fleming ~ Earlier this year, Pacific Foods came out with a huge line of all-natural and organic hearty carton soups. I was so excited when I first went to their website and gazed at the array of enticing flavors. They began with just this one dairy-free option, but are now offering 13 dairy-free hearty soup varieties! Pacific Foods offers several wonderful non-dairy milks, but they aren’t a strictly dairy-free company.
Thai Sweet Potato –
As far as packaged soups go, this one gets a big “thumbs up” from me. It is close to a bisque in texture, with a touch of almond butter and creamed coconut adding to the richness. The flavor is excellent – spicy, but not over the top and sweetened perfectly by the sweet potatoes, carrots, and winter squash (no added sugars!).
If I could fix anything, it would be the chunky factor. There aren’t a ton of chunks in the soup, and the ones that remain are a little too soft. I’d either vote to leave more chunkiness in the soup, or just puree it all. But that wouldn’t deter me from enjoying the soup again!
Keep in mind, since this is the only dairy-free soup in that whole product line, it is probably made on shared equipment with other milk-based products. There is no “may contain” label on the box, but those with severe milk allergies should be aware, since “may contain” labels are optional to companies.
The Facts on Pacific Foods Hearty Soups
Certifications: Pacific Hearty Soups are Certified Kosher Parve, Certified Vegan, Certified Gluten Free, Certified Organic, and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, these Pacific Foods Hearty Soups are dairy-free / non-dairy, nut-free, peanut-free. There are vegetarian, vegan, egg-free, gluten-free, and soy-free varieties available. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
Product Info: For more information on this product and where to purchase, visit the Pacific Foods Website at www.pacificfoods.com.
This is a third party review by Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications, with an emphasis on creating recipes for various types of special diets.