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.

2012 Taste Test Awards: Grocery Category Winners

These store-bought foods are the tastiest picks in America's grocery stores. We tested products in 13 different categories so you can keep your kitchen stocked with yummy staples. By: Cindy Hatcher

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Lower-Fat Ricotta Cheese
Photo: Randy Mayor

Lower-Fat Ricotta Cheese


Boasts a lighter texture than its low-fat competitors, which tend to be dense. Moist and fluffy with a wonderfully salty edge that brings out its cheesiness. Great for savory applications, like a pasta filling or bruschetta topping.

TASTE TEST AWARD: Simply Kraft Reduced-Fat (available nationwide in Wal-Mart stores)

A little on the sweet side—as if it had a touch of sweetened condensed milk—this one is ideal for desserts. Try it in a parfait mixed with honey or in a cheesecake.






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