Super Soup: Nancy Fink’s Spoon Optional Offers New Sippables in Time for Fall

When we last heard from Nancy Fink, she had just launched Spoon Optional, her St. Louis Park-based business selling sippable soup. But after an almost yearlong pause, Fink has taken the time to tweak her product—and the results are absolutely delicious.

“If you would have asked me when I started, I never could have imagined [this],” Fink says of her retooled soups. “It’s taken on a life of its own. It makes me feel so good and proud of everything that I’ve done.”
The major changes to Spoon Optional are in its flavors and packaging. Thirteen flavors have been reduced to four—beet cucumber gazpacho, carrot ginger turmeric, garden tomato basil and savory super greens—and Mason jars have been traded in for portable, sip-friendly bottles. Despite these changes, the heart of Fink’s original mission is still intact: providing people with holistic nutrition that doubles as comfort food.

“It’s perfect for moms,” Fink, a mom herself, says. “With the school year starting up, it’s good for parents on the go.”

The next stop? Eco-friendly packaging. “Hopefully we’ll be able to come up with some good, sustainable offerings.”