Celebrity Soup Facts:

  • Elvis Presley often enjoyed potato cheese soup with French fried onion rings on top.
  • Judy Garland was on an MGM Studio slim-down diet of chicken soup.
  • Howard Hughes lived on soup after withdrawing from the world and living alone in sealed hotel rooms.
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy almost always had soup and a sandwich for lunch.
  • Queen Victoria’s favorite soup of chicken and ham became known as Queen Victoria Soup.
  • Minnie Mouse loves smoky cheese soup.
  • Abraham Lincoln celebrated his inauguration as 16th president with mock turtle soup.
  • George Washington often dined on vegetable soup with fried bread.

Bouillon Facts:

  • Bouillon was originally a clarified liquid in which meat, poultry, or vegetables had been cooked.
  • The forerunner of bouillon cubes and instant bouillon was a slowly boiled stock cooked to jelly consistency and dried in the sun. This dry concentrated bouillon became known as Portable Soup or Pocket Soup.
  • The use of bouillon can be traced to 18th-century France.
  • In the 1980s, the Bloody Bull was the hottest drink on Wall Street. The drink was a Bloody Mary with bouillon.
  • The word "bouillon" is derived from the French word, "boulir," meaning "to boil."
  • Bouillon has been a key ingredient in European kitchens since the 1800s and was used to enrich gravies, soups, and sauces.
  • In the early 1900s bouillon was literally unknown to the average American cook.
  • There is actually a Castle of Bouillon dating from 1076, now a tourist attraction in the Belgian province of Luxembourg.
  • "Bouillon" is the 36,215th most popular last name in the United States.


Wyler’s Facts:

  • Silvain Wyler and his wife, Arma, founded the Wyler Company in 1931, and began by importing bouillon from Europe.
  • Wyler & Company started with seven employees and one product, the Chicken Bouillon Cube.
  • Initially, Wyler & Company imported bouillon products from France.
  • Wyler’s® completed a state of the art manufacturing facility in 1965 for its Wyler’s Bouillon and Soup products. It was considered to be the most efficient, high-quality bouillon process in the country.
  • In 1967 Wyler’s® developed its first national advertising campaign.
  • In the mid 1960s, the Wyler family donated a personal gift of more than $2 million that enabled The University of Chicago to begin construction of the nation’s newest children’s hospital.
  • In October 2000, Wyler’s broke the Guinness Record for the World’s Largest Bowl of Soup - 662 Gallons!

Soup Facts:

  • The English word "soup" originated from the Middle Ages word "sop," a bread slice over which meat drippings were ladled.
  • Soup and sandwich were born of European influence.
  • From all archaeological evidence, soup dates back to 6000 B.C.
  • In the U.S.A. it is estimated that 2.2 billion soup and sandwich meals are consumed a year.
  • During a typical two-week period in the U.S.A., 65% of households serve at least one bowl of soup.
  • Vegetable soup has become a healthy meal staple in the last decade because of the photochemical compounds found in vegetables that may fight cancer.
  • It is thought that chicken soup has natural healing powers for the common cold.

Soup Sayings:

  • "Soup is sensitive. You don’t catch steak hanging around when you’re poor and sick, do you?"-Judith Martin
  • "It’s a comforting sort of thing to have," said Christopher Robin. -House at Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne
  • "Soup’s On" is a familiar expression that dates back to Shakespeare’s The Dying Nun Ballet, and to this day means dinner is ready, whether it’s soup or not!

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