Cup Noodles Takes Cheap Ramen Too Far with 2 New Ultra-Weird Flavors

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Cup Noodles is serving up a brand new Everything Bagel flavor alongside a returning Breakfast Ramen, both available for a limited time.
Updated May 2, 2024
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Sticking to a budget can be tough, especially when it comes to groceries. Between rising food costs and busy schedules, it's easy to fall back on quick, convenient options.

But who says those options can't be delicious and affordable too?

Enter the budget-friendly meal hero: instant ramen. Although, have you ever gotten tired of the same old flavors? Check out these surprising limited-edition Cup Noodles flavors available now, and ramen-inspired meal hacks to tackle high grocery costs.

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Cup Noodles gets bold with Everything Bagel flavor

Courtesy of Nissin Foods USA Cup Noodles Everything Bagel

Cup Noodles is shaking things up with their latest creation — Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese flavored ramen.

Yep, you read that right. This unique concoction combines the classic "everything" seasoning with a creamy sauce, offering a savory twist on your favorite morning bagel and retails for $1.18 per cup.

Breakfast Ramen makes a comeback

Courtesy of Nissin Foods USA Cup Noodles Breakfast

Cup Noodles isn't just going all out on savory flavors. They're also bringing back last year’s Breakfast Ramen flavor, which is covered in sauce that tastes like “breakfast flavors including fluffy pancakes, sweet maple syrup, and hearty sausage and eggs," according to Nissin Foods.

Both flavors will be available exclusively at Walmart stores and on Walmart.com for a limited time starting April 2.

Cup Noodles' new flavors spark debate

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The internet is buzzing with mixed reactions to Cup Noodles' latest limited-edition flavors. On Reddit, users expressed a range of emotions, from surprise to disappointment.

One user, Specialist_Ad0 questioned if it was real saying, “Omg this is real? I thought it was an April fools prank.”

Redditor Taniamorse85 offered a first-hand account, “I just tried the Everything Bagel one, and I was pretty disappointed. Plenty of poppy seeds, and I think I got an oniony taste. But, I didn't taste anything resembling cream cheese.”

However, the Breakfast Ramen seems to be finding fans. Reddit user Octolops said, “Found these at my Walmart. Have only tried the breakfast one. Reminds me of like a McGriddle but in ramen form. A bit odd, but not bad at all.”

Redditor ZantetsukensShadow gave the Breakfast Ramen a high rating, “Breakfast was like 9/10 for me. I added an egg and the breakfastness really came together. Everything bagel was so so like 4/10. It had a lot of poppy seeds. They nailed the seasoning but the cream cheese part was muted”

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Beyond the flavors: Unlock ramen's budget-friendly potential

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These limited-edition flavors might seem strange, but they could hold the key to saving you money and adding some excitement to your meals.

Here are four delicious dinner hacks to transform your instant ramen into a satisfying and budget-friendly feast:

  • Got leftover shredded chicken, tofu, or cooked beans? Toss them into your ramen for a protein boost and added texture.
  • Saute chopped sausage or chorizo in a pan before adding your ramen broth. This adds a smoky depth and richness to the dish.
  • Cook your ramen as usual, then whisk a beaten egg into the broth just before serving for a richer, egg drop soup-like experience.
  • Don't just use the broth. Cook your ramen noodles according to package directions, then drain and use them in a stir-fry with your favorite vegetables and protein.

Bottom line

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So, the next time you're looking for a quick and affordable meal, ditch the bland and embrace the wacky. By getting creative in the kitchen and utilizing these budget-friendly hacks, you can transform your instant ramen into a delicious meal, all while saving money on groceries.

Editor's Note: Generative AI tools helped write this story.

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Maneesha Tiwari With more than seven years of experience managing content and editorial teams, Maneesha is passionate about news and how to help her audience navigate the ever-changing landscape of personal finance. She previously served as a journalist for Reuters, where she covered the stock market.

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