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.

2010 Taste Test Awards: Grocery Category Winners

Our judges ate their way through 200 foods to find these winners—our picks for the best products on grocery store aisles nationwide. By Cindy Hatcher


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Best Light Sour Cream
Photo: Manfred Koh

Light Sour Cream

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Daisy. Daisy has the richest, freshest flavor on the sour-cream aisle. Ideal for simply dolloping on top of a tasty baked potato.

TASTE TEST AWARDS: Organic Valley. Close to full-fat flavor with its tangy taste and creamy texture.

Target Market Pantry. So thick and luscious that one tester thought it might be mascarpone cheese.

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