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.

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Cocoa Powder
Photo: Randy Mayor

Cocoa Powder

What's the difference between natural and Dutch process cocoa powders? Natural cocoa is simply finely ground roasted dried cocoa beans. Dutch cocoa has been alkalized to yield a deeper, less acidic flavor. (It's also a bit pricier.) If your recipe doesn't specify, opt for natural.

An intensely bittersweet chocolate concentration that's pleasing to the eye, nose, and palate. This is the high-end cocoa you break out when you want to impress.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER (Natural): Nestlé Toll House. 
Nuanced flavor and a powdery, delicate texture for melt-in-your-mouth baking. Great for everyday baking use.

All cocoa powders were tested using our June 2007 recipe for Bittersweet Brownies.

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