Monday, April 23, 2018
Taste Test

Taste test: mixed nuts

Whether it's a Mother's Day gathering, a graduation party or an impromptu get-together, a bowl of mixed nuts is a perfect place to start. But how is one to choose from so many brands? Our judges did some prep work, sampling six brands of mixed nuts. The combinations varied in taste more than the judges had predicted.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

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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

BROOKSVILLEThey brought it in glass carboys, in jars, in 2-liter bottles. It stacked up at the entrance to the auditorium, some of it just slightly murky but most of it crystal clear.Water. For more than 15 years the members of Region IV Florida Sect...
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 ...
Updated one month ago
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