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Sriracha Sauces
Published: December 2018
Sriracha Sauces
Think there's only one sriracha? Think again.
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Packaged Stuffing (Stovetop Stuffing Mixes)
Published: October 2018
Packaged Stuffing (Stovetop Stuffing Mixes)
In just 10 minutes, you can have a side dish for a holiday roast or weeknight di…
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Potato Chips
Published: August 2018
Potato Chips
Thick and crunchy kettle chips versus the traditional thin and crispy variety: W…
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Flour Tortillas
Published: June 2018
Flour Tortillas
Don't let a dry, dense flour tortilla ruin dinner.
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Hot Sauce
Published: June 2018
Hot Sauce
Which all-around sauce strikes the best balance between fire and flavor?
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Creamy Peanut Butter
Published: April 2018
Creamy Peanut Butter
The average family of four goes through a jar of peanut butter every two weeks. …
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Jarred Pasta Sauce
Published: February 2018
Jarred Pasta Sauce
The supermarket is filled with a maddening number of pasta sauce options. Are an…
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Bagged Popcorn
Published: August 2016
Bagged Popcorn
Bagged popcorn is selling like crazy these days; does it deserve the hype?
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Worcestershire Sauce
Published: June 2016
Worcestershire Sauce
We tasted four nationally available bottled Worcestershire sauces to find one wi…
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Supermarket Honey
Published: August 2015
Supermarket Honey
To find the best supermarket honey, we selected five top-selling honeys—three tr…
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Dill Pickle Spears
Published: April 2015
Dill Pickle Spears
To see if the quality of supermarket pickles had improved in recent years, we pu…
Peach Preserves
Published: June 2014
Peach Preserves
We tested five brands to find our favorite peach flavor.
Brown Mustard
Published: April 2014
Brown Mustard
Products awash in vinegar didn’t cut the mustard with our tasters.
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Canned Crushed Pineapple
Published: April 2014
Canned Crushed Pineapple
We put three supermarket pineapple products to the test, sampling them both plai…
Bread Crumbs
Published: December 2013
Bread Crumbs
Two styles of bread crumbs and seven determined contenders. The battle for big c…
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Jarred Medium Salsa
Published: August 2013
Jarred Medium Salsa
Sure, it sells well, but is salsa from the supermarket actually any good?
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Jarred Green Salsa
Published: August 2013
Jarred Green Salsa
Salsa verde adds tangy zest to tacos, enchiladas, and more. We rounded up five n…
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Grits
Published: April 2012
Grits
If you're just going to slather them with butter and cheese, does it really matt…
Gravy Enhancers
Published: October 2011
Gravy Enhancers
Liquid gravy seasonings claim to enhance homemade gravy. We wanted to find out …
Ketchup
Published: August 2011
Ketchup
Responding to public demands, many manufacturers have ditched high-fructose corn…
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Graham Crackers
Published: June 2011
Graham Crackers
We tasted three top-selling national brands to see which came out on top.
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Golden Raisins
Published: April 2011
Golden Raisins
When a recipe calls for golden raisins, your choices are surprisingly limited. B…
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Macaroni and Cheese
Published: April 2011
Macaroni and Cheese
We tasted 25 boxed and frozen versions of mostly clumpy, gloppy, wimpy mac and c…
Ground Ginger
Published: February 2011
Ground Ginger
Since ginger is often used in combination with other spices, would it matter whi…
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Pancake Mixes
Published: December 2010
Pancake Mixes
What’s the secret to the best from-the-box pancakes? Here’s a hint: They don’t m…
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Tomato Paste
Published: October 2010
Tomato Paste
In a tight race, one brand edged ahead with bright, balanced flavor both straigh…
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Blackberry Jams
Published: October 2010
Blackberry Jams
One product made our tasters berry happy.
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Yellow Mustard
Published: August 2010
Yellow Mustard
A small organic brand sneaks up on the big boys.
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Whole Kosher Dill Pickles
Published: June 2010
Whole Kosher Dill Pickles
Supermarkets carry a dizzying array of kosher dill pickles, putting us in a pret…
Long-Grain White Rice
Published: February 2010
Long-Grain White Rice
Since white rice is neutral in flavor, does it matter which kind you use? We tas…
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Canned Black Beans
Published: February 2010
Canned Black Beans
While salt can be both friend and foe, mush is always a foe.
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Decaffeinated Coffees
Published: December 2009
Decaffeinated Coffees
Has grocery store decaf coffee improved as much as the high-octane stuff in rece…
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Creamy Italian Dressings
Published: December 2009
Creamy Italian Dressings
Fat equals flavor—but only if it's the right fat.
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Canned Corn
Published: June 2009
Canned Corn
We wanted canned corn with a vibrant, fresh corn taste.
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Canned Baked Beans
Published: June 2009
Canned Baked Beans
A sweet discovery helped us see which baked beans are best.
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Hot Cocoa Mix
Published: February 2009
Hot Cocoa Mix
The best cocoa mixes feature a double dose of chocolate.
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