The base ingredients in Snow's Condensed New England Clam Chowder are clam juice, clams, dehydrated potatoes, modified corn starch and bleached wheat flour, as of 2015. The canned chowder also contains seasonings, natural flavors and artificial color.
Snow's Condensed New England Clam Chowder is seasoned with onion powder, salt, pepper, celery salt and garlic powder, in addition to yeast extract and natural flavor. The chowder contains no dairy products. Cornstarch, modified cornstarch and bleached wheat flour are used as thickening agents.
The canned chowder contains titanium dioxide as an artificial coloring. This lends the chowder its white color. Titanium dioxide is also used as an anti-clumping agent; it helps improve the texture of the chowder and prevent the cornstarch from forming clumps.
Snow's chowder also contains corn syrup solids and soybean oil. Corn syrup solids are a dried form of corn syrup, used as a sweetener and to improve the flavor of the chowder. Corn syrup solids have a similar application to corn syrup. Soybean oil is widely used as an emulsifier. In this application, it helps the starches and flour blend smoothly with the liquid ingredients. Soybean oil is a common food additive because of its relatively neutral flavor.