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Taste Test: The Best Caesar Salad Dressings

Taste Tests Daniel Gritzer 45 comments

Does any salad do a better job of combining refreshing lightness and total indulgence into one than Caesar salad? Here our panel of blind tasters sample our way through several supermarket brands in search of the ones that live up best to from-scratch standards. More

Taste Test: Should I Use Filtered or Bottled Water for Tea?

Max Falkowitz 25 comments

Tea people always talk about how the quality of your water can affect the taste of your tea. What does that claim look like when you put it to the test? Should you bother making your tea with bottled or filtered water? More

Taste Test: The Best Fast Food Chicken Nuggets

Erin Jackson 55 comments

Which fast food chain has the best chicken nuggets? We found out. More

Hot Dog Taste Test: Chicago's Vienna Beef vs. New York's Sabrett

J. Kenji López-Alt 36 comments

I've had this idea griddling in my brain for quite a while now. New York and Chicago both have a proud hot dog culture that highlights all-beef, natural casing franks. But whose dogs are really better? More

Taste Test: We Try All the Flavors of Tillamook's New Tillabars

Taste Tests Maggie Hoffman 5 comments

I grew up with Tillamook ice cream, and I still like it. While the flavors tend toward classic, not surprising or 'gourmet', they're good versions of the classics. So I was eager to taste Tillamook's new line of chocolate-dipped ice cream bars. Here's how they fared. More

Taste Test: The Best Frozen Puff Pastry

Taste Tests Niki Achitoff-Gray 103 comments

Puff pastry. The light, flaky, buttery stuff of apple turnovers, beef Wellington, and, of course, the most epic waffles you'll ever eat. But which pre-made brand yields the best results? We tasted the top two contenders to see how they'd perform. More

Taste Test: The Best Spicy Brown Mustards

Taste Tests Daniel Gritzer 47 comments

Which spicy brown mustard should you smear on your pastrami and rye, or squirt next to that big, juicy bratwurst? A panel of Serious Eats staff blind tastes the major spicy brown mustard brands and come up with a handful of favorites. More

Trader Joe's Kouign Amann is Almost as Good as Dominique Ansel's

Jamie Feldmar 28 comments

Ready-to-bake kouign amanns are now available in the freezer section of Trader Joe's. I was excited, but also a little skeptical—could TJ's convenience-oriented take remotely compare to the real deal? More

The Fresh Ramen Kits From Sun Noodle Will Knock Your Socks Off

J. Kenji López-Alt 42 comments

Here's something you may not know: Sun Noodle, the noodle supplier for some of the finest ramen shops on both coasts, produces refrigerated packs of fresh ramen noodles paired with concentrated sauce bases intended to be cooked just like instant ramen. I headed over to Mitsuwa in New Jersey and got my hands on their four flavors—shoyu, tonkotsu, tan tan, and miso—and gave 'em a taste to see how they stack up to local ramen shops and other instant noodle brands. More

Taste Test: The Best Frozen Veggie Burgers

Taste Tests J. Kenji López-Alt 44 comments

You want to know the honest truth? Even as an omnivore, I've always been a fan of veggie burgers, and there are times when I want what a veggie burger has to offer without having to go through the trouble of making the patties myself. Which supermarket brand is the tastiest and which come closest to homemade? More

The Arbequina Oil From Séka Hills is My New Favorite Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Taste Tests J. Kenji López-Alt 8 comments

I was first introduced to the Arbequina extra-virgin olive oil from Séka Hills by Chef Jesse Ziff-Cool. It was an exceedingly simple dish: A smear of gloriously creamy goat cheese on a crouton with a little slice of fresh California fig, a couple of thyme leaves, a sprinkle of salt, and a drizzle of that oil.

That's a combination that's hard not to swoon over, but it was the olive oil that really blew my mind. Holy s*%t! I thought to myself. What is the gorgeous stuff? And how could something with such a mild flavor still taste so good?

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Taste Test: We Try Every Flavor of Cheez-It Crackers

Taste Tests Niki Achitoff-Gray 52 comments

Once you've started to explore the world of cheesy snacks, a definite hierarchy begins to emerge. And here at Serious Eats, Cheez-Its are very high up on our list. But what, we wondered, of Cheez-It's flavored brethren? When we realized that there were a whopping dozen variations on this already delightful theme, the answer was clear: sit down and eat every last one. More

Taste Test: The Best Frozen Burgers

A Hamburger Today Erin Jackson 30 comments

We put seven different brands of frozen burgers to the test. Find out which two emerged as the clear favorites. More

The New Ben and Jerry's 'Cores' are Pretty Mindblowingly Delicious

Sweets Erin Jackson 16 comments

The new "Cores" from Ben and Jerry's are like a two scoop sundae...in a pint. More

Taste Test: British Digestives

Sweets Robyn Lee 29 comments

We put 12 brands of plain British digestives (including budget and regular) to the test. More

Vegan Mayonnaise Taste Test Produces Surprising Results

Taste Tests J. Kenji López-Alt 52 comments

We tasted four nationally available egg-free vegan mayonnaise products, alongside one conventional brand, to see how they'd stack up. The results took us completely by surprise. More

Taste Test: Takis vs. Their Tak-alikes

Taste Tests Max Falkowitz 4 comments

How do super-spicy, ultra-sour Takis taste to their competitor made by Doritos? We put the brands to the test. More

Taste Test: The Best Frozen Deep Dish Pizza

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 46 comments

I'm not here to provoke an argument or debate the merits of whether deep dish even deserves to be categorized as pizza. I'm just trying to deal with a Chicago winter that has brought two polar vortexes and over five feet of snow. More

Taste Test: The 8 Most Popular Full-Calorie Beers in the USA

Drinks J. Kenji López-Alt 33 comments

We decided that it was time to do a true blind taste test of the most popular full-calorie beers in the United States, in order to see if our loyalties are well-founded, or if, as some contend, these beers really all just taste the same. More

Taste Test: The Best Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Taste Tests Niki Achitoff-Gray 46 comments

Chicken nuggets seem to have suffered a bit of a PR crisis in recent years. And if you've ever stopped short of eating one to wonder what's actually in these things?, then you're living proof. We set out to recuperate that image, by eating our way through nine different brands of frozen chicken nuggets to find the leader of the pack. See the results after the jump! More

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