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Taste test: 2012 new foods, favorite foods

Twice a year, we publish a list of the new foods our panelists have tried for the first time or those they have picked as their favorites in blind taste tests. So far in 2012, our tasters have found some treats that came with less guilt than some other goodies on the market. They loved dark chocolate Valentine's Day treats, Plum Amazins dried plums (formerly known as prunes) and the Raspberry Fudge Chunk frozen Greek yogurt by Ben & Jerry's.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

January

Chocolate protein shakes: Muscle Milk, Special K and Full Bar

Refrigerated egg whites: Hannaford, Organic Valley Organic and Egg Beaters

February

New candy: Dove Dark Chocolate Cherry Swirl Hearts, Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Strawberry Filled Squares, Ocean Spray Limited Edition Chocolate-Covered Craisins and M&M's Raspberry With Dark Chocolate

Low-sodium, canned chicken noodle soup: Progresso, Muir Glen Organic and Health Valley Organic

March

New Foods: Mueller's Whole Grain Penne Pasta, Dr Pepper Ten, Nature Valley Chew Protein Bars and Campbell's Slow Kettle Style Tomato & Sweet Basil Bisque

Citrus-flavored vitamin water: Glaceau Tropical Citrus, Sobe Life Orange Tangerine Water, Hannaford Tropical Citrus and Vidration

April

Fancy mustard: Archer Farms Smoky Onion, Zatarain's Creole and French's Dijon With Chardonnay

New foods: Crazy Apples, Plum Amazins, Quaker Real Medley's Summer Berry Oatmeal and Life Apple-Cinnamon Crunch Time cereal

May

Blue corn chips: Archer Farms, Garden of Eatin' and the Fresh Market

June

New foods: Mrs. Paul's Parchment Bake Garlic Butter Tilapia, Ben & Jerry's Raspberry Fudge Chunk Greek Frozen Yogurt, Taco Bell Seasoned Black Beans and Quaker Soft Baked Banana Nut Oatmeal Cookies

Chicken sausage: Amylu With Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil, Harvestland Smokey Garlic Herb and Applegate Organics Chicken & Apple Citrus

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