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Taste test: Looking back on edamame, other picks from 2013

Edamame, Greek yogurt and almond milk were among the healthier options sampled by our panelists during the first half of 2013. Judges tasted their share of new fruit and cereal bars, which seem to multiply overnight on grocery store shelves. And, they tried plenty of new treats, including frozen bananas dipped in dark chocolate. In between, panelists went back to some favorite comfort foods like chicken pot pies, tomato soup and oatmeal. Every summer, we provide readers with a list of the foods the judges have preferred and the new products they have sampled so far this year. The food comparisons were scored by points with a possible total of 100.

January
Chicken Pot PiesProductScore
Marie Callender's97
Boston Market67
Trader Joe's54
Veggie BurgersProductScore
Morning Star Farms75
Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burger 57
Publix Greenwise Garden Style Veggie Burger50
Pistachio NutsProductScore
Wonderful90
Great Value81
Planters74
Dried PineappleProductScore
Crispy Green72
Crunchies65
Brothers All-Natural57
July
Caramel CornProductScore
Crunch 'n Munch87
Quaker Popped Rice Snacks70
Cracker Jack69

February
Vanilla Frozen YogurtProductScore
Kemps83
Trader Joe's64
tcby60

Tomato SoupProductScore
Archer Farms Organic Tomato Basil 66
Pacific Tomato Basil Homestyle 45
Campbell's Gourmet Bisques Tomato Roasted Garlic Bacon44

March
OatmealProductScore
Great Value70
Publix54
Quaker Oats49

Raspberry VinaigretteProductScore
Ken's Light Options Raspberry Walnut71
Market Pantry 56
Annie's Naturals Lite54

Hollandaise Sauce MixesProductScore
McCormick65
Knorr39
Simply Organic28
April
Frozen Mini QuichesProductScore
Taste of Inspirations72
Chudleigh's57
GFS (Gordon Food Service)50

Vanilla Almond MilkProductScore
The Fresh Market79
Silk Pure Almond56
So Delicious55

Frozen EdamameProductScore
Archer Farms83
Trader Joe's83
Cascadian Farm62
Seapoint Farms60

May
Yellow Rice MixesProductScore
Hannaford67
Vigo56
Dixie Lily47

Maple SyrupProductScore
Field Day Organic78
Hannaford73
Maple Grove Farms65

Instant Iced CoffeeProductScore
Starbucks60
Hills Bros. French Vanilla42
Barnie's Coffee Kitchen pronto! Hawaiian Hazelnut 29
Maxwell House International Iced French Vanilla22

Peanut Butter PretzelsProductScore
The Fresh Market73
Publix59
HK Anderson57

June
Ready-Made Sweet Iced TeaProductScore
Pure Leaf61
Gold Peak42
Swiss41

Pistachio NutsProductScore
Wonderful90
Great Value81
Planters74

Dried PineappleProductScore
Crispy Green72
Crunchies65
Brothers All-Natural57

July
Caramel CornProductScore
Crunch 'n Munch87
Quaker Popped Rice Snacks70
Cracker Jack69

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

Taste test: Looking back on edamame, other picks from 2013 07/16/13 [Last modified: Monday, July 15, 2013 12:50pm]
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