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Taste Test: Crescent rolls

Serving size 1 roll 1 roll 1 roll
Calories 100 100 100
Fat/Fiber 6g / 0g 4.5g / 0g 6g / 0g
Sugars/Sodium 2g / 220mg 2g / 230mg 2g / 220mg
Carbs/Protein 11g / 1g 12g / 1g 11g / 1g

When buying refrigerated crescent rolls, store brands were the best, according to our survey. Our panelists rolled six varieties of the refrigerated triangular-shaped doughs into crescents and baked each according to package directions. They all tasted pretty much the same. Admittedly, these rolls aren't the healthiest of bread choices, but they are fun nonetheless. More important, they bake quickly, going from fridge to dinner table within minutes. Where we had a choice, we picked reduced-fat rolls for our sampling. Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent


(out of 100)
Hannaford: 59Great Value: 50Winn-Dixie: 49

Buttery flavor made these rolls stand out among the rest. Judges liked the smooth and flaky texture as well. "These almost taste like sourdough with good layers," said one panelist. They baked up a little lighter than some of the other rolls, but that was appealing to our panelists. "I would love to pair this with a slice of salty ham," said one.Walmart's brand of crescent rolls was doughier than the others. Judges liked the slightly heavier consistency and the fluffy look of the rolls. "The Pillsbury Doughboy would be pleased with these," said one judge. "They have a great, just-baked color and a chewy texture," said another.The golden-brown color made Winn-Dixie's crescent rolls a hit with our judges. They liked the buttery flavor and the light texture of the rolls. "These almost melt in your mouth," said one judge. "They would be the perfect choice for a special dinner." Another liked the combination of the crusty outside and soft interior. "They taste like they are fresh from a Parisian bakery on a Degas/Monet sun-filled Saturday afternoon," he said.

they buy?
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Shopping information$1.69 for an 8-ounce package of eight rolls from Sweetbay.$1.67 for an 8-ounce package of eight rolls from Walmart.$2.39 for an 8-ounce package of eight rolls.

Also Sampled: Publix ($1.89 for an 8-ounce package of eight rolls, 48 points); Market Pantry ($1.57 for an 8-ounce package of eight rolls from Target, 45 points); and Pillsbury ($1.98 for an 8-ounce package of eight rolls from Walmart, 40 points).

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of [email protected]; John Hehn, foodie and owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; and Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island. All foods were tasted blind.

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Taste Test: Crescent rolls 02/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 3:30am]
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