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Taste test: blueberry pancake mixes

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Blueberry pancakes make any breakfast seem special. Our tasters prefer to add their own berries, but when they don't have a chance to get fresh fruit, a boxed mix will do the trick. We sampled seven brands of blueberry pancake mix and prepared them according to package directions. All seven were cooked on a stovetop griddle with good results. We found several options worthy of whisking up for Easter brunch.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/Score

(out of 100)
Krusteaz 86The Fresh Market 80Archer Farms

Wild Blueberries & Multigrain 76
Judges'

comments
Texture was the key to this brand's success. Judges described the samples as cakelike and airy. "These look like the perfect morning — just after an early morning shower and if the butter was left out all night so it is nice and soft," said one judge. "These are generous with the blueberries, have great flavor and beautiful shape." A couple of judges wanted even more blueberries, saying they would use this mix and add more fruit.Judges were divided on this pancake mix. A couple raved about the freshness and sweetness of the berries, while a couple said they were too few and too crunchy. "These actually have real berries and they are toasty, too," said one panelist. Another liked the taste but questioned the amount of berries, saying the griddle cakes would be a good base but could handle the addition of several types of berries, whipped cream and syrup."Comforting" was the word judges used to describe these pancakes. "They are nice and grainy with an explosion of blueberries," said one panelist. "They are slightly sweet with great texture." Another said they were homemade tasting, golden and buttery looking. "These are great buttermilk pancakes with a bonus of blueberries," said a taster who also appreciated the airy consistency of the cakes.
Would

they buy?
Four of the five judges said yes.Three of the five judges said yes.All five judges said yes.
Shopping information$1.88 for a 28-ounce box from Walmart.$5.99 for a 1-pound can.$2.99 for a 16-ounce box from Target.


Also Sampled: Great Value ($1.62 for a 28-ounce box, 50 points); Hungry Jack Blueberry Wheat ($1 for a 7-ounce pouch from Winn-Dixie, 40 points); Taste of Inspirations Wild Blueberry Pancake Mix ($2.99 for a 14-ounce box from Sweetbay, 56 points); and My Essentials (79 cents for a 5.5-ounce box from Sweetbay, 41 points).

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; John Hehn, foodie and owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; Wayne Conery, manager of the R Bar on Treasure Island; and Laura Reiley, Times food critic. All foods were tasted blind.

Send suggestions for product testing to: Taste section, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or email them to jkeeler@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 sizeThree 4-inch pancakesTwo 4-inch pancakesTwo 4-inch pancakes
Calories240260310
Fat/Fiber3g / 1g7g / 1g1g / 3g
Sugars/Sodium10g / 600mg15g / 640mg5g / 500mg
Carbs/Protein47g / 5g41g / 8g38g / 5g

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