Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Taste Test

Taste test: vanilla wafers

Taste test: vanilla wafers

When it comes to cookies, our judges are all in. When it comes to vanilla wafers, most of them admitted to reaching for the familiar Nilla Wafers in the bright yellow box. Surprisingly, they liked the well-known brand least of the seven wafers sample...
Published: 04/23/18
A taste test for drinking water? They can be surprisingly different

A taste test for drinking water? They can be surprisingly different

BROOKSVILLEThey brought it in glass carboys, in jars, in 2-liter bottles. It stacked up at the entrance to the auditorium, some of it just slightly murky but most of it crystal clear.Water. For more than 15 years the members of Region IV Florida Sect...
Published: 04/18/18
Taste test: citrus-flavored sparkling water

Taste test: citrus-flavored sparkling water

Many years ago, I took a trip to Rome and learned enough Italian to find directions and order dinner from menus. I learned very quickly that if I didn’t make it clear, I would get sparkling water rather than still water at every restaurant. My husban...
Published: 04/16/18
Taste test: cocktail sauce

Taste test: cocktail sauce

One of our judges has been perfecting her homemade cocktail sauce for nearly two years. It takes just the right balance of horseradish, ketchup, lemon, Worcestershire, hot sauce and spices. With the onset of warm afternoons and more daylight, many of...
Updated one month ago
Taste test: Hawaiian sweet rolls

Taste test: Hawaiian sweet rolls

Whenever I see sweet rolls at the grocery store I always take pleasure knowing I used to enjoy the originals baked on King Street in Honolulu while growing up on the islands. While nostalgic about the treats of my childhood, I am glad the soft rolls ...
Updated one month ago
Taste test: New snacks from Oreo, Smash Mallow, Hostess and more

Taste test: New snacks from Oreo, Smash Mallow, Hostess and more

Snackmakers are always trying to find new ways to help us through those afternoon sugar lows, and our judges are happy to give their snacks a try. This week, we sampled four new offerings, mostly from known brands trying out a new twist on old standb...
Updated one month ago

Taste test: Cream cheese

Cream cheeses come in many flavors, but our judges were most interested in texture when they began to compare 10 different brands. We tried the cheese spreads alone and with bagels to test spreadability. Our sample included only plain cream cheeses a...
Updated one month ago

Taste test: grocery store meal kits

This week, our panel tasted a variety of "meal kits" from local grocery stores. These are prepared meals from various stores that require only heating or minor food preparation. Mail delivery meal kits are all the rage right now, so it makes sense th...
Updated one month ago
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Our tasters started out wanting to taste one of the offerings from Oprah’s new O, That’s Good! line of foods. But we couldn’t resist a few other new foods we also found on grocery store shelves. In the end, judges were pretty impressed with Oprah’s c...
Updated: 2 months ago
Taste test: canned peeled tomatoes

Taste test: canned peeled tomatoes

On a recent cold night, my son asked for a bowl of tomato soup. I was preparing to run to the grocery store for a can or carton of soup to heat up when I realized I had 17 cans of whole tomatoes on the counter, ready for my tasting panel to sample. I...
Updated: 2 months ago