Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Taste Test

Taste Test | Half-year wrapup

Twice a year, we like to give readers a list of the foods our tasters rated highly the previous six months. In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Taster's Choice column, we've retried a few of the foods we sampled in the column's earliest days. Frozen garlic bread, hot dogs and salsa were sampled the first summer the panel was formed. Since that time, we found many new brands on the market; for instance, we found 16 types of salsa in jars, compared to the seven we found 10 years ago. In the upcoming months, we will continue to sample healthy food items as well as popular ones. Have a suggestion for us to try? We'd love to hear it. Send it to [email protected] and please put TEST SUGGESTION in the subject line.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Here is a list of the top three picks per category from panelists for the first half of 2014. The numbers represent the score — from 1 to 100, with 100 being the best — each product received. We did not include the new foods we tried, only products that can be judged against one another.

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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

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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...
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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 ...
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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