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Taste test: frozen blueberry waffles

Waffles with blueberries

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Waffles with blueberries

For years, my column about Publix frozen waffles was taped to the freezer at my local store. In that 2005 column, our judges picked the Publix home-style frozen waffles over all the other name brands. They were fluffy, flavorful and tasted homemade. This week, the tasters put frozen blueberry waffles to the test. It's time for Publix to celebrate again.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/Score

(out of 100)
Publix 74Van's Gluten Free 61Eggo 59
Judges'

comments
Judges especially liked these waffles for their "great golden-brown color." One said they also tasted the most homemade. The only issue was that they didn't have many blueberries. Judges figured they would be good for individuals who prefer just a touch of blueberry flavor in their breakfast foods. "The blueberries are MIA," said one taster. "Overall, though, I like them."These waffles had a grayish color that made a couple of judges wince, but they still enjoyed the taste. "They are crispy and filling," said one panelist. "Of course they would be really, really good smothered in syrup and butter." Another said the waffles seemed healthy. "I think you could add a lot of toppings to these waffles and not overpower the dish," said one judge. "I'm thinking whipped cream!"Plenty of blueberries and strong fruit flavor set these waffles apart. "I would serve them with blueberry glaze," said one taster. Other panelists liked these for their fluffy texture and crispy edges. "These would be pretty on a brunch plate," said one.
Would

they buy?
Three of the four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.Three of the four judges said yes.
Shopping information$2 for a 12.3-ounce box of 10.$2.99 for a 9-ounce box of six from Publix.$2.38 for a 12.3-ounce box of 10 from Walmart.


Also Sampled: Trader Joe's ($1.99 for an 11-ounce box of eight, 46 points); Kashi ($3 for a 10.1-ounce box of eight from Publix, 45 points);

Winn-Dixie ($2 for a 12.3-ounce box of 10, 39 points); and Great Value ($2 for a 12.3-ounce box of 10 from Walmart, 56 points).

Panelists: Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island; Wayne Conery, retired restaurant manager; Kimberly Schroeder, retired nurse and guest taster; and Janet Keeler, assistant professor of journalism at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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 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 sizeTwo wafflesTwo wafflesTwo waffles
Calories190210180
Fat/Fiber6g / 1g6g / 1g6g / 0g
Sugars/Sodium6g / 380mg3g / 320mg6g / 370mg
Carbs/Protein29g / 4g35g / 2g29g / 4g

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