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.

2013 Taste Test Awards: Fast, Convenient Foods

We chose our top 41 supermarket foods in 20 categories. By: Cindy Hatcher

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Chicken Stock
Photo: Randy Mayor

Chicken Stock

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Swanson Cooking Stock

Rich, robust chicken essence—like the yummy browned bits you find in the bottom of the pan after roasting a whole chicken. The aromatics serve as a delicious backbone, so the true roasted-chicken flavor shines through. This stock would perform well as the base for a pan sauce.

TASTE TEST AWARD: Kitchen Basics Cooking Stock

Delicate with a slight celery tang and a lemony brightness. Salt is not a dominant note, but that's ideal because it gives you more control of the overall flavor of the recipe. Use it in a casserole or chicken soup.

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