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 Canola Mayonnaise
Photo: Manfred Koh

Canola Mayonnaise

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Hellmann’s (East Coast)/Best Foods (West Coast). Hellmann’s offers creamier texture and superb spreadability. Canola-based mayo, by the way, is a heart-healthier option (lower in saturated fat than traditional mayonnaise).

TASTE TEST AWARD: Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value. Light, silky texture, balanced vinegar-lemon tang, and a nice salty kick.

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