Over the last two weeks, The Soup Troupe has been on a quest to answer the very important question: what is the best soup of all time?
The only fair way to determine that answer is a head to head, bracket style battle royale: The Ultimate Soup Showdown
We have been voting head to head on our Instagram story everyday, narrowing down to the reigning soup winner. Here is a quick glimpse back at the competition...
Day 1: Ah, it feels like so long ago. We started with Bracket 1 and we came out of the gate strong with some surprises and upsets, as well as the comeback story of the competition:
Cream of Broccoli (14 votes) vs. Cioppino (21 votes)
Hot & Sour Soup (25 votes) vs. Prawn Soup (10 votes)
Miso Soup (27 votes) vs. Avgolemono Soup (8 votes)
Pho (26 votes) vs. Lobster Stew (6 votes)
Kao Soi (6 votes) vs. Lobster Bisque (33 votes)
Day 2: This day was also full of surprises and early entries of some of the most classic and beloved soups
Cream of Asparagus (14 votes) vs. Tom Yum (22 votes)
Cream of Tomato Soup (19 votes) vs. Pumpkin Soup (17 votes)
Caldo Verde (9 votes) vs. Corn Chowder (26 votes)
Chicken Noodle Soup (25 votes) vs. Cream of Chicken Soup (8 votes)
Bun Bo Hue (10 votes) vs. Gumbo (22 votes)
Day 3: This bracket has two titans in Clam Chowder and Ramen. They did very well, and placed first and second in overall voting throughout the competition after round 1!
Shrimp Bisque (27 votes) vs. Wedding Soup (10 votes)
Coconut Curry Soup (29 votes) vs. Matzah Ball Soup (9 votes)
Beef Noodle Soup (28 votes) vs. Pozole (10 votes)
Bouillabaisse (12 votes) vs. Barley Soup (26 votes)
Manhattan Clam Chowder (3 votes) vs. Ramen (38 votes)
New England Clam Chowder (34 votes) vs. Leek Soup (7 votes)
Day 4: This Bracket has the most competitors still in the battle! There were some dead-locked ties which moved multiple competitors on to the next round due to a tie. We also added wild cards into the 2nd round based strictly on overall votes, and bracket 4 did very well! Wild cards will be revealed on Day 5!
White Bean Soup (17 votes) vs. Gazpacho (16 votes)
Lentil Soup (13 votes) vs. Crab Bisque (23 votes)
Zuppa Toscana (16 votes) vs. Goulash Soup (16 votes)
Split Pea (8 votes) vs. Tomato Bisque (26 votes)
French Onion Soup (15 votes) vs. Wonton Soup (10 votes)
Tortilla Soup (19 votes) vs. Minestrone (18 votes)
*Red denotes WILD CARDS
Day 5: The battle raged right on to the 2nd round where brackets 1, 2, and the wild cards went head to head in today's battle. Cinderella story, Cream of Broccoli, coming back as a wild card and moving ahead to the next stage! Titan Chicken Noodle is shockingly sent home early. We pour one out to you, chicken noodle <3
Miso Soup (25 votes) vs. Cioppino (12 votes)
Pho (28 votes) vs. Hot & Sour Soup (10 votes)
Tom Yum (15 votes) vs. Gumbo (20 votes)
Chicken Noodle (19 votes) vs. Cream of Tomato (20 votes)
Minestrone (22 votes) vs. Pumpkin Soup (16 votes)
Cream of Broccoli (20 votes) vs. Gazpacho (16 votes)
Day 6: Brackets 3 & 4 had their time in the spotlight with many of the overall favorites battling head to head!
New England Clam Chowder (23 votes) vs. Shrimp Bisque (10 votes)
Curry Coconut Soup (21 votes) vs. Beef Noodle Soup (12 votes)
Barley Soup (5 votes) vs. Ramen (29 votes)
French Onion Soup (22 votes) vs. Crab Bisque (12 votes)
Goulash Soup (8 votes) vs. Tortilla Soup (24 votes)
White Bean Soup (13 votes) vs. Zuppa Toscana (19 votes)
Day 7: After 7 days of showdowns and battles, we are left with the top 15 soups of all time.
In brackets 1 & 2 we have Pho & Gumbo moving along to the semi-finals! Miso Soup & Cream of Tomato have their final chance against first round titans Lobster Bisque & Corn Chowder.
In Bracket 3, Ramen is heading directly to the semi-finals while Curry Coconut Soup & New England Clam Chowder will battle for the final spot. Bracket 4 had so many contestants move on, there are still 4 soups competing. Zuppa will face Tomato Bisque & French Onion will face Tortilla Soup.
Here are the faceoffs:
Miso Soup (17 votes) vs. Lobster Bisque (16 votes)
Corn Chowder (16 votes) vs. Cream of Tomato (16 votes)
Curry Coconut Soup (17 votes) vs. New England Clam Chowder (13 votes)
Zuppa Toscana (15 votes) vs. Tomato Bisque (17 votes)
French Onion (16 votes) vs. Tortilla Soup (17 votes)
Cream of Broccoli (6 votes) vs. Minestrone (19 votes)
Day 8: We have reached the BRACKET FINALS! Only two more days until the finale. Minestrone officially won the wild card race and if Minestrone received more overall votes than any of our bracket finalists, it will move on to the bracket finals. Tortilla soup just barely edged minestrone out with 59 overall votes to minestrone's 58. We give a hat's off to Minestrone for a strong battle to the end. Miso Soup is also leading the vote count (69 votes) so far after three very strong rounds in bracket 1. Here are the official finalists:
Pho (28 votes) vs. Miso Soup (13 votes)
Corn Chowder (20 votes) vs. Gumbo (19 votes)
Curry Coconut Soup (13 votes) vs. Ramen (26 votes)
Tortilla Soup (22 votes) vs. Tomato Bisque (18 votes)
Day 9: The time has arrived. The SEMI-FINALS! Only ONE MORE DAY until the final round and we crown our overall soup winner. Miso soup put up a very strong battle and was winning the majority of the day, but a wave of phonatics came through and ultimate, bracket 1 went to Pho. Corn Chowder won bracket 2, Ramen won bracket 3 and Tortilla Soup won bracket 4. Here are the semi final face-offs:
Pho (12 votes) vs. Ramen (30 votes)
Corn Chowder (16 votes) vs. Tortilla (27 votes)
Day 10: The time has arrived. 52 soups have exited the competition and we are left with the top two. Looking back, this has been quite the unexpected path. But we are left today, with our final two soups battling head to head to become The Soup Troupe's 1st Annual Soup Showdown Winner!
Without further ado, the finalists are:
RAMEN VS. TORTILLA
And the decisive winner is....
Ramen received 45 votes & Tortilla Soup received 12 votes
So, after 2 weeks, 1700 votes, we have determined (objectively) what the best soup of ALL TIME is!!!
This was so much fun for us and hopefully so much fun for you too! This certainly served as a distraction from the woes of the world for at least a little! :)
We would LOVE to do something like this again. If you are a food blogger or business and want to somehow get involved in a future incarnation of this, please let us know :)
Enjoy this slideshow of our bracket as we moved towards the finals
Please note bracket 4 is a little off (sorry!)
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