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.