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

Smooth Almond Butter
Photo: Randy Mayor

Smooth Almond Butter

Filled with heart-healthy fats, fiber, vitamin E, and potassium, it's a rich and toasty alternative to peanut butter.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: MaraNatha All-Natural No-Stir

Tops for taste: Powerfully nutty with an ideal salt level—just enough to bring out the almond flavor, but with a harmonizing note of sweetness. Try a dollop stirred into a winter squash soup.


Tops for texture: the smoothest, creamiest of the candidates. Ideal for turning a PB&J into an AB&J, or for swirling into banana bread batter.

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