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Taste test: Frozen berry smoothie and frozen lemonade top tastes in early 2011

Taste Test | Midyear review

Two foods were so well liked by judges this year, they made our Taster's Choice Hall of Fame. Scoring at least 90 out of 100 points were Yoplait's Triple Berry Frozen Smoothie and Minute Maid's frozen concentrated lemonade. Judges raved about the sweet and tart flavors of both. So far this year, judges have enjoyed those freezer treats along with ice cream cakes, frozen fish fillets and frozen chicken quesadillas. Lots of new foods have been rolled out since January, especially in the cereal, cereal bar and candy categories. Judges loved Reese's Minis, Cinnamon Burst Cheerios and Pepperidge Farm Dark Chocolate, Classic Creme Milano Melts Cookies. Below is a list of what we've sampled in 2011 and how the foods fared with our judges. New products were not ranked and are not listed.

January

Single-serving coffee: Newman's Own Organics, 73; Timothy's Melange Italien, 62; and Folgers Gourmet Selections Black Silk, 61

Key lime-flavored, low-fat yogurt: Great Value, 62; Yoplait Light, 57; and Publix, 39

Mexican grated cheese blend: Kraft, 55; Sargento, 51; and Hannaford, 39

February

Chocolate fruit dip: Baker's, 68; Dolci Frutta, 65; Marzetti, 48; and Smucker's, 45

Crescent rolls: Hannaford, 59; Great Value, 50; and Winn-Dixie, 49

Low-fat vanilla ice cream: Blue Bunny No Sugar Added, 73; Winn-Dixie Prestige, 58; Market Pantry Light, 58; and Polar Treats, 56

March

Turkey bacon: Winn-Dixie Hickory Sweet, 85; Jennie-O Extra Lean, 76; and Great Value, 51

Frozen smoothies: Yoplait Triple Berry, 97; Edy's Mixed Berry and Tropical Flavors, 87; and Jamba Razzmatazz. 61

Frozen chicken quesadillas: T.G.I. Friday's, 76; Farm Rich, 35; and Tyson, 24

Ice cream cake: Hannaford, 78; Friendly's, 71; Publix, 71; and Carvel, 51

April

Frozen fish: Publix, 56; Gorton's, 43; and Mrs. Paul's, 40

Au gratin potato mixes: Market Pantry, 60; Hungry Jack, 42; and Winn-Dixie, 39

Sloppy Joe mixes: Del Monte, 57; Great Value, 42; and Hannaford, 41

May

Lemonade iced tea: Sweet Leaf Organic Tea With a Touch of Lemon, 56; Snapple Lemon Tea, 45; and Arizona Iced Tea With Lemon, 36

Pulled pork: Sweet Baby Ray's, 67; Lloyd's, 55; Curly's, 48; and Publix, 32

Frozen burgers: Fire Side Gourmet Angus Steak Burgers, 65; Bubba Burger, 62; Red Hat Ranch Angus Burgers, 62; and Flanders, 47

June

Dill relish: Winn-Dixie, 71; Mt. Olive, 66; and Heinz, 44

Marshmallows: Jet-Puffed Jumbo, 52; Jet-Puffed Toasted Coconut, 47; and Campfire Zebras, 46

Frozen concentrate lemonade: Minute Maid, 90; Great Value, 70; and Flavorite, 65

Balsamic glaze: Roland, 75; Colavita, 70; and Monari Federzoni, 65

July

Flavored drink mixes: Propel Zero Grape, 67; Winn-Dixie Fruit Punch, 65; Flavorite, 55; and 4C Wild Berry Pomegranate, 55

Two foods were so well liked by judges this year, they made our Taster's Choice Hall of Fame. Scoring at least 90 out of 100 points were Yoplait's Triple Berry Frozen Smoothie and Minute Maid's frozen concentrated lemonade. Judges raved about the sweet and tart flavors of both. So far this year, judges have enjoyed those freezer treats along with ice cream cakes, frozen fish fillets and frozen chicken quesadillas. Lots of new foods have been rolled out since January, especially in the cereal, cereal bar and candy categories. Judges loved Reese's Minis, Cinnamon Burst Cheerios and Pepperidge Farm Dark Chocolate, Classic Creme Milano Melts Cookies. Below is a list of what we've sampled in 2011 and how the foods fared with our judges. New products were not ranked and are not listed.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

January

Single-serving coffee

1. Newman's Own Organics, 73

2. Timothy's Melange Italien, 62

3. Folgers Gourmet Selections Black Silk, 61

Key lime-flavored low-fat yogurt

1. Great Value, 62

2. Yoplait Light, 57

3. Publix, 39

Mexican grated cheese blend

1. Kraft, 55

2. Sargento, 51

3. Hannaford, 39

February

Chocolate fruit dip

1. Baker's, 68

2. Dolci Frutta, 65

3. Marzetti, 48

4. Smucker's, 45

Crescent rolls

1. Hannaford, 59

2. Great Value, 50

3. Winn-Dixie, 49

Low-fat vanilla ice cream

1. Blue Bunny No Sugar Added, 73

2. Winn-Dixie Prestige, 58

2. Market Pantry Light, 58

3. Polar Treats, 56

March

Turkey bacon

1. Winn-Dixie Hickory Sweet, 85

2. Jennie-O Extra Lean, 76

3. Great Value, 51

Frozen smoothies

1. Yoplait Triple Berry, 97

2. Edy's Mixed Berry and Tropical Flavors, 87

3. Jamba Razzmatazz, 61

Frozen chicken quesadillas

1. T.G.I. Friday's, 76

1. Farm Rich, 35

3. Tyson, 24

Ice cream cake

1. Hannaford, 78

2. Friendly's, 71

2. Publix, 71

3. Carvel, 51

April

Frozen fish

1. Publix, 56

2. Gorton's, 43

3. Mrs. Paul's, 40

Au gratin potato mixes

1. Market Pantry, 60

2. Hungry Jack, 42

3. Winn-Dixie, 39

Sloppy Joe mixes

1. Del Monte, 57

2. Great Value, 42

3. Hannaford, 41

May

Lemonade iced tea

1. Sweet Leaf Organic Tea With a Touch of Lemon, 56

2. Snapple Lemon Tea, 45

3. Arizona Iced Tea With Lemon, 36

Pulled pork

1. Sweet Baby Ray's, 67

2. Lloyd's, 55

3. Curly's, 48

4. Publix, 32

Frozen burgers

1. Fire Side Gourmet Angus Steak Burgers, 65

2. Bubba Burger, 62

2. Red Hat Ranch Angus Burgers, 62

3. Flanders, 47

June

Dill relish

1. Winn-Dixie, 71

2. Mt. Olive, 66

3. Heinz, 44

Marshmallows

1. Jet-Puffed Jumbo, 52

2. Jet-Puffed Toasted Coconut, 47

3. Campfire Zebras, 46

Frozen concentrate lemonade

1. Minute Maid, 90

2. Great Value, 70

3. Flavorite, 65

Balsamic glaze

1. Roland, 75

2. Colavita, 70

3. Monari Federzoni, 65

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