1. Foods had to be available in most major markets nationwide.
2. We kicked out items that contained added trans fats, too much salt, or too much saturated fat.
3. A panel of 15 staffers tasted almost 200 foods blind: Brands weren't revealed to tasters until after they had sampled and ranked all items in that category.
4. We gave two levels of awards in each category: Grand Prize and Taste Test Award.