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 Vanilla Ice Creams
Photo: Manfred Koh

Light Vanilla Ice Cream

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Turkey Hill Vanilla Bean. You don’t want light to seem light, and Turkey Hill doesn’t. Abundant vanilla flavor (with vanilla bean specks), creamy texture, pleasing mouthfeel—and 3g less saturated fat per 1/2-cup serving than the full-fat variety.

TASTE TEST AWARD: Edy’s Slow Churned (Dreyer’s on the West Coast). Supercreamy with an intense vanilla flavor.

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