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

Semisweet Chocolate Chips
Photo: Randy Mayor

Semisweet Chocolate Chips

We tasted each brand's chips straight, then tried our top three choices baked into a basic chocolate chip cookie.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Hershey's Special Dark

Perfectly balanced ratio of sweet to bitter, with smooth-as-silk meltability. And because they are smaller, you get more per serving. That makes them chocolate chip cookie champs, but they're great added to granola or trail mix, too.

TASTE TEST AWARD: Target Market Pantry Semisweet

Start out sweet, finish nicely bitter. The chips held up well to baking—staying creamy even after cookies had cooled.

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