I have had bad experiences with soups as well.
Once a co-worker dragged me to a restaurant for a lunch. In the restaurant I was told that their veggie soup is of course vegetarian, but when I tasted it, it was a chicken broth masked with veggies.
I have also been served a vegetarian pea soup that smelled to the high heaven of smoked pork.
So I prefer to cook my own lunch and bring it along.
Jelly lovers, have you tried agar-agar as a gelatin substitution? It's made of algae.