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I'm Truly, Deeply Curious If You Think These Foods Count As Soup Or Not

Is cereal a soup? Let's discuss.

Hello, thank you for joining this very important and pressing conversation about one of life's greatest mysteries — what exactly is a soup?

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Now, because I am a human who knows how to use Google, I've provided you with the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of soup so we're all on the same page. It is as follows:

Soup defined as "a liquid food especially with a meat, fish, or vegetable stock as a base and often containing pieces of solid food"
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There are a lot of foods that feel like they probably could be soup, but I want answers and I want them now! So naturally, I am asking you — the good people of the internet — to decide this once and for all:

  1. Is chili a soup?

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  1. Is curry a soup?

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  1. Is stew a soup?

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  1. What about pot roast?

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  1. Is cereal a breakfast soup?

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  1. What about oatmeal — is it a soup?

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  1. Is ice cream a dessert soup?

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  1. Is a smoothie bowl a chilled soup?

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  1. OK, keep chicken and vegetable broth in mind here. Tea — is it soup?

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  1. What about queso and fondue — are those cheesy soups?

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  1. Is chicken pot pie an elaborate soup-and-bread-bowl type of situation?

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  1. Is ketchup a soup?

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  1. Is salsa just another gazpacho-y soup?

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  1. Is batter (cake, pancake, brownie, etc.) a kinda-ill-advised-to-eat soup?

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  1. Is hot cocoa a sweet soup?

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  1. OK, last one. Hear me out here. Is a pond kiiiiiinda like a living soup?

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Thank you very much for participating in this ~souper~ important research study. Do you have a strong defense for one of your answers? Are there any soup-like foods we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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