I followed the directions on the box and got ready to dig in.
And was disappointed.
I've never had real Maryland-style crab soup, so maybe it is supposed to be sweet. But I wasn't a fan. The soup was very sweet, and the crab didn't have a crab-like texture, in my opinion. The veggies were super sweet. I also was expecting a clear broth-like soup with chunks of crab, but as you can see below, it's thicker.
I waited a week or so, then tried it again. Same too-sweet flavor. I waited another week, then tried it again, this time doctoring it in hopes that I could down-play too sweet flavor. And after finding a few reviews stating that everything from Medifast tastes better after soaking, I soaked the soup first. I added an extra half-cup of bullion, and a dash of salt.
The soaking and watering it down made a HUGE improvement on the palatability of the soup, but I'm still not a fan :(. I REALLY wanted to like it, since so many other people raved about it. It just wasn't my thing, I guess.
The picture below is the soup after cooking it (and yes, it was soaked first).
Flavor: Too sweet for my tastes. Watering it down with a half cup of bullion helped, as did adding a pinch of salt to reduce the overpowering sweetness.
Texture: Lots of chunks of crab and little chunks of veggies. Mostly crab. Good chew when soaked before preparing.
Portion size: Good size, filling, especially with the addition of a half-cup of bullion to reduce the sweetness.
Would I order it again: No. This is the first product in the Medifast line that I would say I'd definitely not order again.
What are your thoughts on the Maryland-style crab soup? Do you like it? Hate it? Did you find anything that made it more palatable (or now you love it?)? I still have a couple pouches left and would love to discover that it really is amazing when prepared a certain way! :)
Upcoming reviews: Cream of Broccoli Soup, Macaroni and Cheese, Pancakes