15 Food Products We Tried & Tasted in 2011

One part of preparing food at home is testing out new products and brands of foods and beverages. Here are a few of our favorite eats and drinks from 2011 that were shining stars — plus a few that turned out to be a little ho-hum. Check them out below before your next trip to the grocery store.

• 1 Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Brownie Mix
• 2 MiO Liquid Water Enhancer
• 3 Trader Joe's Caffè Latte
• 4 Laura Santtini's Taste No. 5 Umami Paste
• 5 Demitri's Bloody Mary Seasoning

• 6 Jovial Gluten-Free Brown Rice Pasta
• 7 Aveda Comforting Tea
• 8 Blue Diamond Dark Chocolate Almonds
• 9 Ka Me Gluten-Free Rice Crackers
• 10 Noble Handcrafted Tonics

• 11 Skillet Sauces From Frontera & Rick Bayless
• 12 Bols Sweet Tea Liqueur
• 13 Becherovka Herbal Liqueur
• 14 Bols Genever & Barrel Aged Genever
• 15 Williams-Sonoma's Organic Willie Bird

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Sarah Trover has lived all across the Midwest and currently calls the hot dog-laden city of Chicago home. She rides scooters and seeks out kitchens that make the best pie.