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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Cannellini Beans
Photo: Manfred Koh

Cannellini Beans

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Progresso. Stock up on cannellinis for salads and stews: They offer 5g of fiber per 100-calorie serving and lots of rustic flavor and texture. Some beans pour from the can soggy, even gummy, but not these. Great bean flavor with no metallic taste. 

TASTE TEST AWARD: Goya. Perfect chewy texture, and a good salt balance even after rinsing.


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