Make us your home page
Instagram

Taste test: a few of our favorite food things

Since our judges don't usually get to pick the foods they try for Taster's Choice, we invited them to bring a favorite holiday treat to share for this week's column. While some of the foods are available throughout the year, judges said they save them for holiday enjoyment. We hope readers will enjoy a few of their suggestions as well.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/Score

(out of 100)
Utz White Chocolate Flavored Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Cinnamon Sticks Pepperidge Farm Candy Cane Milano Cookies Publix Deli Cranberry Orange Relish Golden

All-Natural Potato Pancakes/Latkes
Judges'

comments
"Lovely" and "welcoming" were the words that came from judges sampling these. "Serious fans of white chocolate will love these," said one panelist. "They are smooth and comforting." Another said she liked the luscious chocolate coating. "These could definitely be addictive." Another agreed, saying, "It's really hard to just have one." She liked the balance of spiced cinnamon and sweet chocolate. "These would taste great with coffee.""These are a refreshing mix of chocolate and peppermint between two crunchy cookies," said one panelist. "They are a perfect twist on regular minty Milanos." Panelists said they definitely will be putting these on their holiday dessert buffets. "I'll say it — this is a sexy cookie," said one judge. "It's lightly minted, touched by dark chocolate and layered on an airy biscuit.The citrus flavor was profound in this relish. All of the panelists agreed the store brand of relish would be particularly great with a Black Friday leftover turkey sandwich. "It's tart and puckery," said one judge. "It might make a nice relish for a main-dish honey-cured ham as well." Another said she really liked the dark color of the cranberries and the vibrant bits of orange. "Put this in a beautiful serving bowl and it's an elegant side dish for a festive meal," added one taster.Crunchy outsides and warm, soft centers made these the perfect potato pancakes, according to our judges. "They hold together really well and don't taste overly processed," said one panelist. We warmed these frozen latkes in the oven, although package directions listed the option of pan frying as well. Right out of the oven, they were crispy and flavorful. "They have a touch of onion and a sweet, crunchy outside coating," said a panelist who suggested these would be great with applesauce or apple jelly.
Would

they buy?
All four judges said yes.Three of the four judges said yes.All four judges said yes.All four judges said yes.
Shopping information$8.99 for an 18-ounce container from Total Wine & More.$2.50 for a 7-ounce bag from Target.$1.99 for an 8-ounce container from Publix.$3.99 for a 10.6-ounce box of eight from Winn-Dixie.


Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; Wayne Conery, retired restaurant manager; Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island; and Liz Mergenthaler, dietetic intern with Pinellas County Home Extension.

Send suggestions for product testing to: Taste section, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or email them to mstark@tampabay.com. Please put TEST SUGGESTION in the subject line. To read past Taster's Choice columns, go to

tampabay.com/things-to-do/food/tastetest.

Serving sizeFive piecesTwo cookiesOne-fourth cupOne patty
Calories14013010070
Fat/Fiber5g / 0g6g / 0g0g / 2g3g / 1g
Sugars/Sodium13g / 110mg9g / 50mg19g / 0mg2g / 190mg
Carbs/Protein21g / 2g17g / 1g25g / 0g10g / 1g

Taste test: a few of our favorite food things 12/18/15 [Last modified: Friday, December 18, 2015 10:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Glen Campbell's wife Kim discusses challenges, guilt caregivers of Alzheimer's patients, others face

    Life Times

    If there's one thing Kim Campbell would change about caregiving for Alzheimer's patients, it's the attitude so many of us have toward transferring a loved one from home to a long-term care facility. According to Campbell, it's often the most kind, loving decision you can make. It's not a sign of failure, but one of …

    Kim Campbell, wife of country music legend Glen Campbell, is acknowledged by those attending the free event where she shared the story of her personal journey with Alzheimer???‚??„?s disease and the struggles she faced caring for her husband on Friday (5/26/17) at the Suncoast Hospice's Empath Health Service Center in Clearwater. Empath Choices for Care, a member of Empath Health, and Arden Courts Memory Care hosted the free event where Kim shared her story to help others understand the early stages, how the disease changes lives, the challenges families face and the role of caregiver.
  2. What happened when I took my dad to a Pitbull concert

    Music & Concerts

    TAMPA — "So, you know how you like Pitbull?" I asked my dad. "We can see him."

    Selfie of Divya Kumar and Anand Kumar at Pitbull/Enrique Iglesias concert.
  3. Tampa City Council votes to accept travel invitation from Cuban ambassador

    Blogs

    The invitation came to Tampa City Council chairwoman Yvonne Yolie Capin in a June 9 letter from Cuban ambassador to the United States José Ramón Cabañas Rodriguez.

    The Tampa City Council voted 6-0, with Frank Reddick out of the room, to respond to a travel invitation from Cuban ambassador to the United States José Ramón Cabañas Rodriguez.
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 25

    Events

    St. Pete Pride Festival: The daytime festival covers Central Avenue's Grand Central District with more than 350 vendors, multiple stages, live music, art and food. 9 a.m., Grand Central District, 2429 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 342-0084.

    Kristen Whalen poses for a photo before the start of the St. Pete Pride Parade in St. Petersburg last year. It's that time of year again, so check with us for your planning purposes. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times (2016)]
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 24

    Events

    St. Pete Pride Block Party and Night Parade: St. Pete Pride's popular parade moves to downtown St. Petersburg's scenic waterfront. The block party brings DJs, food and drinks starting at 2 p.m. The parade steps off at Fifth Ave NE and Bayshore at 7 p.m. with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. 2 p.m., North Straub Park, Fifth …

    Thousands line the streets of Central Ave. during the St. Pete Pride Parade in St. Petersburg.  [Saturday, June 25, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]