This soup's the kind you get in Rome
We thought you'd like it here at home!
Is this supposed to be minestrone?
I think it is a little phony.
It's broth and veggies as per always
And noodles from Campbell's can-lined hallways
Some breadsticks and a costume or two
Does not make a generic new.
And nothing in this instant soup karma
Suggests Milan or Rome or Parma
Oh Campbell Kids, you can admit it
Just say the tricksy admen did it:
They tell us something came from Europe
And pour on hyperbole like corn syrup
They dub tapioca Spanish Flan
Then work their magic on a Campbell's can.
But Whoopie Pies are not Dobosch Tortes
According to culinary sorts;
And an Oreo's not a Snickerdoodle.
Likewise, this soup is Chicken Noodle.
[From Life, December 8, 1958. Big version here.]