Taste Test: Our Guide to the Best Products at the Supermarket

There are tens of thousands of products on supermarket shelves; let us help you pick the best—in both taste and nutrition. After booting out foods that don't fit our nutrition standards, products are served to a Cooking Light staff tasting panel for blind taste tests. Here are the winning products in a variety of categories.

2011 Taste Test Awards: Grocery Category Winners

The Tasties are back! Find America's best supermarket products in 18 categories. By Cindy Hatcher

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Toasted Sesame Oil
Photo: Randy Mayor

Toasted Sesame Oil

You used to have to trek to a gourmet shop for good sesame, pistachio, almond, and walnut oils, but now they share shelf space with corn oil at better grocery stores. These are healthy oils, and the variation in texture, flavor, and bite is wonderful. Use them as you might a top-shelf virgin olive oil: a light drizzle as the perfect finishing accent.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: La Tourangelle.
Its lovely sesame aroma evokes freshly roasted coffee with a hint of caramel; flavor is toasted without being too bitter. The priciest option we tested, but well worth the expense.

TASTE TEST AWARD: Whole Foods 365.
A nutty, nuanced oil that's bold but not bitter. Intensely roasty, toasty flavor with a clean finish.

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