Cost Breakdown: Filling the Ford Mustang Mach-E frunk with clam chowder

Ford recently announced that if you felt like getting a sketchy 1920’s type disease, you could fill the front storage area of your Mach-E electric crossover with wings, or shrimp. If you don’t believe me, here are the pictures:

Although I’m aware chicken and shellfish may be the only initial offerings, I’ve sat down and thought long and hard about alternatives. The first is clam chowder.

The Obvious Choice

Everybody likes clam chowder right? Rich people, poor people–people of all races, creeds, genders and ethnicities. Well, actually I’m sort of just guessing at that. Doesn’t matter, though. What does matter is how much chowder it would take to fill this frunk.

The Mach-E’s frunk is 4.8 cubic feet in volume. The great part about soup like clam chowder is none of this space will be wasted. Wings or shrimp would be a lot of air–I want to maximize the calories and nutrition.

4.8 cubic feet is about 4,596 ounces. The cans of soup I’m looking at right now–I’m looking at a lot of soup–are 19 ounces each. If we round up, that’s 242 cans of soup. The particular flavor of Campbell’s I’m looking at is also the chunky variety if you feel that’s important. These cans are $1.79 a piece at my local supermarket, meaning it would cost $433.18 to completely fill the frunk. Also, if you wanted to serve everybody, you would need some spoons. We can’t just slurp out of the frunk. That would, after all, be unsanitary.

Actually, you could just open the drain plug at the bottom of the frunk one at a time–taking turns sharing the chowder under the car. Forget about the spoons–I’m sorry.

There’s two servings per can, meaning you could theoretically feed 484 people out of the frunk. That’s actually very impressive. On a two-thousand calorie diet, if you ate every meal from the nourishing frunk of the Mach-E, you could still feed 44 people.

That still sounds a little expensive, though. I’m also not in the mood for soup, really. What about dessert?

It’s Pudding Time

We’re trying to save money here, right? We’re not gonna buy the little cups and dump them all in individually. That defeats the purpose of the frunk. We’re gonna get the mix and find some milk.

Alright, it’s three cups of milk per five ounces of this mix. The mix is $1.39 per box, and it would take 36 gallons of milk. Let’s do a quick google search to see the price of milk.

Alright, we’re gonna go with 2% because whole milk is disgusting and 1% tastes like skim milk that has something to prove. Two-percent is four bucks a gallon. If you’re lactose intolerant, I’m sorry, you can’t do this.

Thirty-six multiplied by four… that’s $144 dollars for the milk. The total for the pudding mix is $262.71. That brings our grand total for pudding (I chose chocolate, I like chocolate) up to $406.71. Wow, okay. So if we choose pudding that’s $26.47 in savings. I’m not sure how you could get the milk hot though. Maybe some charcoal and a big 40 gallon drum. You would need a few friends to help you pour it in probably.

I almost forgot!

I’m in college–how stupid can I be? Lets tie this into three courses with some ramen.

Ramen bricks are about four inches square and an inch deep. This makes their volume about nine ounces. Theoretically, we could fit 510 bricks into the frunk. I’m sure a little crushing would be necessary, though. As far as the hot water goes, I think the drum method would be carried over for this meal as well.

The cost of these noodles? You would need eleven bulk packages of 48 units per piece. The bulk boxes cost $9.97, so the total would be an absolutely paltry $109.67. I’m really surprised by that. Neither the pudding or the chowder is even close. There is a catch however–the drain plug method no longer works here. We need forks.

If everybody got their own brick, we would need 510 forks. 500 forks in only $11.89, so I guess a few people would have to share. I also got the more expensive heavy-duty forks–you could save more getting a cheaper variety.

So there it is; the cheapest meal to be had in the Mach-E’s frunk is ramen–by a huge margin. Unless someone can do better than $121.67, I’ve figured it out. Forget the shrimp. The shrimp is old news.

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25 responses to “Cost Breakdown: Filling the Ford Mustang Mach-E frunk with clam chowder”

  1. Zentropy Avatar

    This was ridiculous and pointless, yet thoroughly entertaining.

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      I fully support this kind of post.

  2. 0A5599 Avatar

    No Smaht Pahk, no chowdah.

    Besides, I don’t think that “Mustang” has enough BTUs to keep food warm.

    1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

      Ah, so you’ll be able to specify a front grill after all?

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar


    2. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      So with all that electric power there is no way to put toaster wires in the frunk to heat everything?

  3. Batshitbox Avatar

    Mach-e Gives You Wiiiiinngs!

  4. mdharrell Avatar

    “…chicken and shellfish may be the only initial offerings, I’ve sat down and thought long and hard about alternatives. The first is clam chowder.”

    Maybe things are different on the East Coast, but around here clam chowder contains clams, which, being shellfish, are not an alternative to shellfish.

    1. Peter H Avatar
      Peter H


    2. crank_case Avatar

      Quality pedantry.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        Thank you. I’m also pleased with the petty appeal to regionalism.

    3. Vairship Avatar

      In some areas clam chowder would contain dollars, which are clearly not shellfish:

    4. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Depends on where on the East Coast really. That red chowder bullshit they serve in NY is gross. Even worse though? Did you know Rhode Island has its own chowder? And it’s a fucking clear broth-based soup? Gross.

      /Born in Boston. Good chowder is chunky and white. Yes I’m a chowder gate-keeper.

  5. Sjalabais Avatar

    Are you seriously saying that the photos above are official Ford? This is insane. Did they hire GM’s marketing folks? “Real food, not chicken actors”.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Minus the Chowder lead image, which I ‘shopped.

  6. Maymar Avatar

    I can’t beat the ramen, but the first cheap food staple I thought of was pea soup. WalMart has Habitant for 3 cans (796ml for $5), and you’d need about 171 cans to fill the frunk. But, factor in the exchange rate, and you’re only paying about $215.

    1. Jaymonster Avatar

      OMG! That is a real product!?! I had to google it to make sure! I’ve never seen it before, and thought, with that name it was some sort of soylent green. “Made with real French-Canadians” Mmmmm!

      1. Maymar Avatar

        Very, very real. Quebec winters can be brutal, so you know anything made with Quebecois is nice and hearty.

      2. Troggy Avatar

        No, made with real French-Canadian pee.
        As opposed to regular Canadian pee I guess.

    2. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      Reminds me of ham and bean soup. Another product that will help you empty out a house.

    3. longrooffan Avatar

      Does this mean you could theoretically run a Mach E on gas?

  7. P161911 Avatar

    So does the frunk have a removable liner? If so, Jello mold!

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      I think if someone wants to serve dessert at cars and coffee, upside down cake would be a good choice.

      Because Mustang.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        To complete the Mustang-ness of such a cake at cars’n’coffee, it would have to slide sideways over your plate and land smack dab on your shoes though.

        1. Vairship Avatar

          Unfortunately Erik Carlsson is no longer around to serve it.