Grocery Taste Tests
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I Tried 10 Different Cans of Chickpeas and There Was One Clear Winner
This is the only brand you should buy for roasting.
Mar 11, 2020
I Tried All the Bagels I Could Find at My Local Grocery Stores — These Were My 2 Favorites
Taste Test
Because not everyone has access to even half-way decent bagels in their town.
Mar 6, 2020
I Tried 9 Cans of Clam Chowder — And There Were Two Clear Winners
Taste Test
There were two we'd definitely put in our shopping cart.
Feb 24, 2020
I Tried 8 Frozen Boxes of Mac and Cheese and Found a Clear Winner
Taste Test
The cheese blend alone (cheddar, Swiss, Havarti, and Gouda!) was a dead giveaway that this was gonna be our favorite.
Feb 12, 2020
I Tried 10 Different Granolas and This Is the One I’m Putting on My Yogurt from Now On
Taste Test
The winning pick was surprising, even to us!
Jan 30, 2020
I Tried 7 Hot Chocolate Mixes and This Is the Only One I’ll Buy Again
Taste Test
"One mix tasted almost burnt, and another didn’t even really taste like chocolate."
Jan 21, 2020
I Made My Grandma’s Swedish Meatballs Using Beyond Beef
Here's how it went!
Jan 15, 2020
We Don’t Believe in Detox Tea but Tasted a Bunch Anyway. Here’s the Winner!
Taste Test
You can find it any mainstream grocery store.
Jan 14, 2020
I Tried 5 Plant-Based “Ground Beef” Options, and There’s Only 1 I’ll Buy Again
Taste Test
Even true carnivores will like the winner.
Jan 10, 2020
Our Most Popular Grocery Store Taste Tests from 2019
Best of Kitchn 2019
We found the best frozen meatballs, the best jarred Alfredo sauce, the best salsa, and more!
Dec 29, 2019
I Tried 11 Bloody Mary Mixes and Now These Are the Only Two I’ll Buy
Taste Test
These two can come to brunch. The rest are not invited.
Dec 18, 2019
I Tried 8 Bags of Frozen Turkey Meatballs and Now These Are the Only Ones I’ll Buy
Taste Test
If you're not ready to go cold turkey on turkey by the end of the week, these are the ones to go for.
Nov 25, 2019
I Tried a Dozen Different Jars of Dill Pickle Spears and Now These Are the Only Ones I’ll Buy
Taste Test
Some of the crunchiest pickles had bland flavors, and some of the more flavorful varieties were too mushy. But there was a clear winner.
Nov 19, 2019
We Tried 10 Different Pouches of Beef Jerky — and There Was One Clear Winner
Taste Test
We got them all at mainstream supermarkets.
Nov 10, 2019
I Tried 8 Cans of Chicken Soup and There Were 2 Clear Winners
Taste Test
These are the two that tasted the most homemade!
Oct 23, 2019
I Tried 12 Jars of Strawberry Jam and There Were 3 Clear Winners
You might not have even heard of the winning brand!
Oct 9, 2019
I Tried 11 Bags of Frozen Meatballs and Now These Are the Only Ones I’ll Buy
Taste Test
These meatballs are on a roll!
Sep 4, 2019
We Tried Every Bag of Granola We Could Get Our Hands On — These Were the Best
We've got a pick for all sorts of preferences.
Aug 19, 2019
I Tried Almost a Dozen Frozen Pepperoni Pizzas. Now This Is the Only One I’ll Buy.
Taste Test
"Everyone liked how the sweetness of the sauce paired with the savory pepperoni, and the spice blend was perfectly balanced."
Aug 5, 2019
The Best (and Worst!) Indian Groceries at Trader Joe’s
Number two was surprising, a little confusing, and yet very delicious.
Jul 18, 2019
The Store-Bought Guacamole Taste Test: We Tried 6 Brands and Ranked Them
Guacamole is so easy to make that it’s almost silly to buy it from the store. But sometimes you just don’t have 10 minutes to chop and mash your way to homemade. Maybe you’re heading straight to a party from work, or grabbing some snacks on the road while heading for the beach, or maybe you’d rather focus your efforts on making an entrée and not an app? Besides, you can’t always get your hands on perfectly ripe avocados right when you need them.
Jun 3, 2019
The String Cheese Taste Test: We Tried 9 Brands and Here’s What We Thought
Aside from the price and the label, there are a few key differences.
Jun 3, 2019
The Hummus Taste Test: We Tried 7 Brands and Here’s Our Favorite
There’s no denying that creamy chickpea dip (known as hummus or hommus!) is downright delicious. Whether we’re craving a savory afternoon snack or packing for a picnic in the park, hummus and pita chips is practically a universal favorite. In what was one of our most favorite taste tests yet, staffers in our office tried seven national brands of traditional hummus. Keep reading to find our thoughts on all seven brands, as well as our most favorite hummus of the bunch.
Jun 3, 2019
The Ketchup Taste Test: We Tried 7 Brands and Picked Our 3 Favorites
It’s the go-to condiment for French fries; a must-have for kids; and a regular accompaniment to hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers. Yes, we’re talking about ketchup! We tried seven well-known brands of ketchup (with French fries for dipping, of course!) and picked our three favorites. Keep reading to see which ones won.
May 30, 2019
The Best Yellow Cake Mix Based on Your Cake-Eating Ways
Take a stroll down the baking aisle and you’ll quickly see that the choices are many — especially when it comes to yellow cake mix. Extra-moist, golden, tender crumb? At the end of the day, we want a cake that’s going to meet our needs. We tried a bunch of popular brands and discovered that there is a boxed cake out there just for you. Good cake, bad cake — it all boils down to preference. So what kind of yellow cake are you after?
May 30, 2019
I Ate Every Veggie Tot I Could Get My Hands On. Here’s What I Thought.
There’s a special magic to tater tots. Like french fries, they’re crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, but their chubby little nugget shape offers an entirely different eating experience. And they’re the key ingredient to my favorite punny snack, tot-chos (nachos made with tots instead of chips). Adding to the brilliance that is tater tots, some frozen food brands have taken the concept and applied it to veggies with a bit more nutritional oomph than pure potatoes.
May 30, 2019
I Tried Making Frankenstein’s Guacamole, and It’s Super Spooky
The only green thing that Boris Karloff is known for is the green tufts of fur on The Grinch, or the ghoulish putre that was Frankenstein’s skin. But guacamole? That certainly doesn’t come to mind. But the king of horror loved Mexican food. (Karloff frequently worked with Mexican directors.) In an undated newspaper article, the writer extolls the professional brute as a kind, civilized man with a desire for fine food, with guacamole top among his favorites.
May 24, 2019
We Tried Nearly Every Salad Kit in America. Here Are the Best of the Best.
We’re almost a month into a new year; are you a new you yet? (We hope not; we liked you just as you were in 2018!) One of your resolutions was probably to start taking lunch to work — or to eat better, spend less money on food, win the office title of She Who Packs the Best Lunches, blah blah blah. You know what, though? Packing a good lunch every day can be tough.
May 24, 2019
I Tried Every Pack of Frozen Chicken Nuggets I Could Find. And Now This Is the Only One I’ll Buy.
If you have kids, you almost certainly have a bag of chicken nuggets in your freezer right now. Even if you don’t have kids, nuggets likely have a place in your kitchen — or at least in your heart. They’re super-fast, protein-packed, and pretty hard to resist. And there are all sorts of ways you can turn them into an adult-friendly dinner. But not all nuggets are created equal. Some bake up crisp, while others are gummy.
May 24, 2019
The Breakfast Sandwich Taste Test: We Tried 7 Brands and Ranked Them
Not to be dramatic, but a breakfast sandwich can make or break your entire day. We tried seven from national and regional chains and ranked them from worst to best.
May 1, 2019
Taste Test: Frozen Chicken Nuggets
Chicken nuggets in almost any form beyond homemade are a much-demonized convenience food. It’s difficult to call which presentation of convenience is more polarizing: the drive-thru chicken nuggets or the box of store-bought, frozen chicken nuggets. Truthfully, I once held the same distain for both and swore up and down that my future kids would never eat mass-produced nuggets. Ah, how little we know about parenting before we are parents.
May 1, 2019
The Grocery Store Pancake Taste Test: We Tried 11 Brands and Ranked Them
Could a boxed mix compare to homemade pancakes? The only way to find out would be to try every pancake mix we could get our hands on. Our favorite is easy to find.
May 1, 2019
Taste Test: Chocolate Sampler Boxes for Valentine’s Day
We sampled all the heart-shaped boxes of assorted filled chocolates we could find and ranked them.
May 1, 2019
The Gluten-Free Pizza Dough Taste Test: We Tried 11 Mixes and Ranked Them
As Jane Austen once said, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person in possession of a mouth, must love pizza.” Okay, maybe I’m misquoting her a bit, but the sentiment rings true. I’ve never in my life met a person who didn’t like pizza — not even the cheese-hater I married.
May 1, 2019
The Boxed Mac and Cheese Taste Test: We Tried 10 Brands and Compared Them
I love to make rich, gooey mac and cheese from scratch with a creamy béchamel, heaping handfuls of sharp cheddar, and some Parmesan tossed in for good measure. Or if I’m keeping it simple, I’ll make a quick sauce of heavy cream reduced until thick, with some herbs and cheese whisked in. I also have a special love for the cheap, buck-a-box stuff, too, mainly because my kids can whip it up themselves whenever they need an after-school snack.
May 1, 2019
Beyond Halo Top: We Taste-Tested 7 Other Low-Calorie Ice Creams (Here’s What We Loved!)
A few days ago, one of my internet friends posted an Instagram story with step-by-step pics of his first Halo Top experience, like an ice cream unboxing sequence. He’d never had Halo Top before, which is weird because I assumed that the entire world was pretty much in agreement that it was the pinnacle of human achievement.
May 1, 2019
I Tried 15 KIND Bars and These 3 Were My Favorites
Until this week, I’m not sure that I’d ever eaten a KIND bar outside of an airplane, trying to unwrap one while being smashed by my own tray table thanks to a stranger’s fully reclined seat. They’re always available at airport gift shops and, when my snack options are either a KIND bar or, like, a $34 bag of beef jerky, those nuts and seeds will always win.
May 1, 2019
This List of the Best Sabra Hummus Flavors Shockingly Doesn’t Include the Classic Flavor
Every day I swear I’m not going to click on Facebook’s self-generated “On This Day” montage, and, every day, I find myself scrolling through a decade’s worth of posts that include “The Time I Was Deeply into Desperate Housewives” and “The Time I Was Deeply into Crossfit,” and those 10 or 15 minutes when I wouldn’t shut up about Whole30. (There was admittedly some overlap between those last two.
May 1, 2019
I Tried 5 Different Kinds of Coffee from Costco and Found a Clear Winner
I tried five different coffees from Costco and this one was (surprisingly) my favorite.
Dec 19, 2018