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.

Taste Test: Kid-Friendly Snacks

Kid-approved and parent-pleasing snacks—cheese crackers, string cheese, and fruit purees. By: Kimberly Holland

Tastiest Store-Bought Snacks
Photo: Randy Mayor

Tastiest Store-Bought Snacks

Between meals, most kids get hungry as wolves, and snacking is an important energy bridge. Snacking ought to be healthy, but it still needs to have the crunch, chew, and bright flavors of a real treat. Homeade snacks are great. But sometimes packaged snacks trump everything. We limited our selections to cheese crackers made with whole grains and containing 150 calories and 250mg sodium or less; string cheeses with 200mg sodium and 3g sat fat or less; and fruit purees with less than 15g sugar and no added fruit juice concentrate or other sweeteners.

How we tested: We sampled 12 cheese crackers, 14 fruit purees, and six string cheeses in blind tastings. We took the top three contenders from each category to an elementary school, where they were tested by kindergarten, second, and third grade classes.

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