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Taste test: A scorecard for the first half of 2010

Readers often ask for the list of the foods recommended by our panelists, so we present our "winners" a couple of times a year. We rank the foods on a scale from 1 to 100, with 100 being the best. This year, none of the foods have made our Taster's Choice Hall of Fame, scoring 90 points or higher, although some kettle chips and brownie mixes came pretty close. Store brands continue to score high in our surveys as well. An added feature this year are the new foods we have sampled. Along with comparing like products, we have been trying foods new on the market and giving our opinions rather than a score.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

We appreciate tips to improve the column and suggestions about grocery store foods to try. E-mail your thoughts to Kathy Saunders at kathy@kathysaunders.com. Put "SUGGESTIONS" in the subject line. Suggestions also may be mailed to Taster's Choice, Newsfeatures, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.

Canned salmon

1. Winn-Dixie, 71

2. Royal Red, 67

3. Arctic Bay, 64

Blue corn chips

1. Clancy's, 65

2. Green Mountain Gringo, 61

3. Bearitos, 60

Salsa, Part I

1. Publix Greenwise, 49

2. Enrico's Organic, 48

3. Hannaford, 46

Salsa, Part 2

1. Tostitos, 50

2. Great Value, 48

3. Chi Chi's, 38

Frozen buttermilk waffles

1. Publix, 71

2. Hannaford, 50

3. Aunt Jemima, 49

Canned ravioli

1. Winn-Dixie, 49

2. Great Value, 46

3. Bon Italia, 34

Raspberry vinaigrette

1. Emeril's Raspberry Balsamic, 43

2. Ken's Steak House Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette Lite, 41

3. Marie's Raspberry Vinaigrette, 39

Instant cappuccino

1. Hills Bros. Double Mocha, 65

2. Folgers Mocha Chocolate, 63

3. Swiss Miss Mocha Cappuccino, 42

New breakfast products

Quaker True Delight's Cafe Squares

Kellogg's Cinnabon bars

Kellogg's Pop-Tarts Strawberry Popsters

Chocolate Cheerios

Jimmy Dean D-Lights Turkey Sausage Bagel

Complete meals

1. Hormel Compleats Spicy Italian Sausage & Pasta with Marinara Sauce, 20

2. Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers Ziti & Meat Sauce, 15

3. Marie Callender's Homestyle Creations Meatball Lasagna, 14

Frozen cheese pizza

1. Taste of Inspiration Mozzarella Pizza on Handmade Thin Crust, 74

2. Winn-Dixie Thin Crust Margherita, 58

3. Hannaford Flatbread Margherita, 48

New products

President Brie Log

Ben & Jerry's "Cherry Garcia" FroYo

Cranberry Raisinets

Planters Big Nut Bars

Doritos Collisions

Vodka pasta sauce

1. La Famiglia Del Grosso, 79

2. Newman's Own, 61

3. Publix Premium, 60

New products

Ritz Munchables

Special K Fruit Crisps

Juicy Juice Sparkling Berry

Wheatables Nut Crisps

Wheaties Fuel

Beef jerky

1. Bridgford, 70

2. Mr. Z, 61

3. Hannaford, 60

3. Oberto, 60

Blueberry muffins from boxed mixes

1. Betty Crocker, 81

2. Krusteaz, 71

3. Duncan Hines, 50

Frozen crab cakes

1. SeaPak, 62

2. Phillips, 61

3. Archer Farms, 47

New foods

Oreo Fudge Cremes

Eggo Bake Shop Twists

Kool-Aid Fun Fizz

Keebler Town House Flip Sides

Animal crackers, cookies

1. Hannaford, 33

2. Nabisco, 29

2. Keebler, 29

2. Publix, 29

3. Stauffer's, 28

Kettle chips

1. Lay's, 88

2. Kettle, 78

3. Hannaford, 77

New foods

Peanut Butter Moon Pies

Cheetos Zingers

McCormick Perfect Pinch Seasoning

Nonni's Tusconi

Baked cheese crackers

1. Cheez-It, 71

2. Kashi TLC, 61

3. Publix, 57

Soft chocolate chip cookies

1. Hannaford, 57

2. Great Value, 43

3. Keebler, 33

Cheeseburger sliders

1. T.G.I. Friday's, 63

2. Hot Pockets, 61

3. White Castle, 56

Brownies from boxed mixes

1. Betty Crocker, 83

2. Duncan Hines, 74

3. Pillsbury, 71

Taste test: A scorecard for the first half of 2010 07/06/10 [Last modified: Monday, July 5, 2010 12:58pm]

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