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.

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North Country Smokehouse Cottage Bacon 

Photo: Travis Rathbone

Best in Meat: New Hampshire

North Country Smokehouse Cottage Bacon ($30 for 4 [12-ounce] packages)

Taken from the center of the pork butt rather than the fatty belly, this bacon is sweet and perfectly smoky with just a slight hint of maple-y goodness. Produced by a family-owned smokehouse.

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