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Friday, October 20, 2017

Taste Test

Taste test: Canned pumpkin

Two years ago, farmers were warning of a shortage of canned pumpkin. Those of us charged with preparing Thanksgiving meals rushed to stores to scoop up the offerings. The shortage, caused by too much rain falling on U.S. pumpkin patches, never really...
Published: 10/16/17

Taste test: s'mores-flavored products

Consumers love s'mores so much they apparently want to taste the combination of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate in lots of foods they eat. Our panelists sampled 10 different products infused with s'mores flavors to see if any of them are ...
Published: 10/09/17

Taste test: Non-dairy yogurts

My daughter's college roommate is vegan, meaning she doesn't eat or use any animal products. So when we visit my daughter in California, we make it a point to find foods and eateries her roommate can enjoy with us. Sometimes it's not easy, even in a ...
Updated one month ago

Taste test: new snack foods from Lay's, Duncan Hines and more

After foraging through our hurricane kits and noshing on all the fun snacks — even before Irma hit, for some of us — our judges were ready to find some new nibbles. This week, panelists enjoyed new chips, a new dessert and what they descr...
Updated one month ago

Taste test: puff pastry

After watching a French baker spend an entire night layering paper-thin dough with butter, I knew I likely would never make puff pastry from scratch. But I do love a good baked Brie en croute, a sweet palmier or a flaky and savory appetizer. Thankful...
Updated one month ago

Taste test: puff pastry

After watching a French baker spend an entire night layering paper-thin dough with butter, I knew I likely would never make puff pastry from scratch. But I do love a good baked Brie en croute, a sweet palmier or a flaky and savory appetizer. Thankful...
Updated one month ago

Taste test: New chocolate candy from Godiva, Skinny Cow, Lindt and Dove

Even on a postvacation diet, sometimes you need a little bite of sweetness to end a meal or get through an afternoon energy slump. Chocolate usually does the trick. Our tasters are always looking for new options to satisfy those cravings. We were del...
Updated: 2 months ago

Taste test: Grilling spices for Labor Day weekend

As they usher out the summer barbecue season this Labor Day, our panelists wanted to see if any of the grilling spices on the market could match up to their own seasoning recipes. We coated chicken strips with eight brands of garlic-and-herb seasonin...
Updated: 2 months ago

Taste test: shelf-stable milks for your hurricane kit

It was 25 years ago this week that Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida. For those of us familiar with the damage, hurricane preparedness is always a priority. With that in mind, our tasters wanted to sample some of the staples for stocking a hu...
Updated: 2 months ago

Taste test: new frozen treats

Perhaps the Twinkies craze has gone too far. On a recent shopping trip, we found frozen deep-fried Twinkies, Chocolate Twinkies, Chocolate-Filled Twinkies and Chocolate-Covered Twinkies. Hostess did hook us with Twinkies Ice Cream, which prompted us ...
Updated: 2 months ago