Taste Test: Our Guide to the Best Products at the Supermarket
2012 Taste Test Awards: Artisanal Category Winners
Taste testers loved these gourmet treats for their delectable qualities—and you will too. Splurge on these meats, cheeses, sweets, and drinks for an extra special treat for your taste buds. By: Cindy Hatcher
Watching Gourmet GrowIn the three years since Cooking Light began giving these awards, the number of small-batch food producers has grown deliriously, and so has the quality of their products.
The pickling craze of 2010 simmered down, leaving room for a burst of intricate preserves, as well as a noisy party of superb small-batch liquor and beer. Most of these items can be ordered online. Shipping can be expensive, so we favored products that deliver a uniquely regional experience or make special gifts.
We did not focus on low-fat foods: When the quality is this high, you can enjoy a little less and truly savor.