March 4, 2024

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The Best Supermarket Foods of the Year

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WINNER: BEST CEREAL

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Kellogg’s Special K Oat Crunch Honey

Testers praised the “sweet but not sugary” combo of crisp flakes and vanilla oat clusters. “It’s even better over yogurt—or ice cream!”

Buy it! $5, target.com



WINNER: BEST GRANOLA

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Sweet Dreams Honey Moonglow Cereal

Made with lavender, chamomile and other nutrients said to promote natural melatonin production, its “granola-like blend” had one staffer raving that she “slept like a baby” after a nighttime bowl.

Buy it! $4.50, walmart.com




WINNER: BEST CHOCOLATE CEREAL

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Lucky Charms S’mores

“It tastes like childhood but with a twist,” a tester said of this classic and white marshmallow mash-up with chocolate cereal chunks and graham-cracker pieces.

Buy it! $5, amazon.com



WINNER: BEST BREAKFAST BOWL

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Eggland’s Best Sausage & Cheese Breakfast Bowl

The hearty combo of scrambled eggs, potatoes, cheddar and pork sausage is ready in less than five minutes.

Buy it! $6, shoprite.com




WINNER: BEST INSTANT OATMEAL

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Yishi Taro Bubble Tea Oatmeal

Although there’s no actual boba inside, the blend of ground gluten-free oats, flax seeds, blueberries, coconut and black tea has a flavor reminiscent of Taiwanese bubble tea. Add hot water for a quick breakfast or chill overnight for overnight oats.

Buy it! $7, yishifoods.com



WINNER: BEST TOASTER PASTRY

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Frosted Banana Bread Pop-Tarts

With a sweet spiced-banana filling, cinnamon pastry and banana-flavored icing, the “cozy” hand pie “smells just like the real thing when you heat it up,” said one tester.

Buy it! $10, amazon.com




WINNER: BEST PANCAKE MIX

Jennifer Causey



Mrs. Butterworth’s Epic Cinnabon Pancake Kit

Created to taste like a cinnamon roll, the kit — which includes a pourable cream cheese frosting and cinnamon-and-brown-sugar swirl sauce — turns out fluffy, tender flapjacks.

Buy it! $6, walmart.com



WINNER: BEST BREAD

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Sara Lee Artesano Brioche Buns

Described as a “buttery cloud” by one staffer, the rolls have a pillowy texture but don’t fall apart when holding a bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich or a juicy burger.

Buy it! $4.50 for 8, shoprite.com




WINNER: BEST CHICKEN

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Do Good Chicken Bone-In Thighs

Staffers were pleasantly surprised by the “deeper, meatier, and more chicken-y flavor” of these bone-in cuts.

Buy it! $2 per lb., dogoodchicken.com



WINNER: BEST PORK

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Hormel Sliced Chorizo

Take pepperoni up a notch! The thin rounds of cured Spanish sausage are seasoned with garlic, pimento and a hit of spicy peppers.

Buy it! $4, hormel.com




WINNER: BEST SEAFOOD

Jennifer Causey



Trader Joe’s Shrimp Boom Bah

Whether baked, fried or air-fried, these crispy-battered shrimp tossed in a sweet-and-spicy glaze are a “weeknight dinner winner.” Roll them into a lettuce wrap or add them to a rice bowl for a quick but satisfying meal.

Buy it! $9, traderjoes.com



WINNER: BEST TURKEY

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Butterball Old World Smoked Hearty Turkey Sausage

Lean turkey is notorious for drying out, but the smoked bratwurst-style links stay moist and plump when cooked.

Buy it! $5.50 for 4, butterball.com




WINNER: BEST HOT DOG

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Oscar Mayer 100% Beef Franks

The frank’s 100% beef recipe impressed testers with their “classic hot dog flavor” and casings that “didn’t burst open on the grill.”

Buy it! $4 for 10, walmart.com



WINNER: BEST TOMATO SAUCE

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Carmine’s Classic Italian Tomato Basil

The “well-balanced” sauce gets its subtle sweetness from fresh plum tomatoes and onions. It’s a great base for pasta or lasagna or a dipping sauce for mozzarella sticks.

Buy it! $8 for 24 oz., carminesnyc.com




WINNER: BEST MAYONNAISE

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Hellmann’s Garlic Aioli

This egg-free recipe “adds a nice kick of garlic” flavor to sandwiches and is a “delish dunker for French fries,” says a tester.

Buy it! $4 for 11.5 oz., target.com



WINNER: BEST RANCH

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Hidden Valley Pickle-Flavored Ranch

“Dill-lightful!” raved a staffer about the creamy buttermilk dressing with a briny burst of dill pickle.

Buy it! $5 for 20 oz., walmart.com




WINNER: BEST KETCHUP

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Heinz Chipotle Spicy Ketchup

Even condiment purists enjoyed this smoky, spicy twist on ketchup: “It has the right amount of heat without overpowering.”

Buy it! $4 for 14 oz., heinz.com



WINNER: BEST ALTERNATIVE MILK

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So Delicious Extra Creamy Organic Oat Milk

The compliments rolled in from testers: “Super thick and creamy,” “tastes luxurious,” and “it’s a cereal game changer!”

Buy it! $6 for 59 oz., sodeliciousdairyfree.com



WINNER: BEST PLANT-BASED CHICKEN

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Impossible Spicy Chicken Nuggets

“My nugget-obsessed kids had no clue it wasn’t real chicken,” said a tester, who noted the “juicy ‘meat'” and crunchy bread-crumb coating “was a hit.”

Buy it! $8, target.com



WINNER: BEST PLANT-BASED BEEF

Jennifer Causey



Beyond Meat Steak

“I expected to hate this, but wow—it had the texture, chew and flavor of real steak,” a once-skeptical tester admitted about the seared faux-beef tips.

Buy it! $7, walmart.com



WINNER: BEST DAIRY-FREE CREAMER

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Silk Mocha Almond Creamer

“Finally, a chocolate creamer that tastes chocolatey!” a tester raved about the sweet almond-milk blend.

Buy it! $5, target.com



WINNER: BEST DAIRY-FREE CREAM CHEESE

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Philadelphia Plant-Based Cream Cheese

It has all the tang and spreadable softness of the classic but without a drop of milk or cream.

Buy it! $6, target.com



WINNER: BEST DAIRY-FREE ICE CREAM

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GoodPop Mint N’ Fudge Chip Bars

“Velvety” peppermint oat-milk ice cream is studded with chocolate shavings—and is only 80 calories a pop.

Buy it! $6 for 4, goodpop.com



WINNER: BEST REFRIGERATED ENTREE

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Herdez Carnitas Slow-Cooked Pork

Marinated in citrus and seasoned with garlic and paprika, “it elevated our weekly taco night and was less work to pull together,” said a staffer.

Buy it! $10, instacart.com



WINNER: BEST FROZEN PIZZA

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California Pizza Kitchen Bacon & Caramelized Onion Frozen Pizza with Croissant-Inspired Crust

A flaky, layered base is smothered in a mild Brie-cheese sauce and topped with roasted garlic, mozzarella, bacon and sweet, browned onions.

Buy it! $9.50, target.com



WINNER: BEST FROZEN SANDWICH

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Tyson Original Chicken Sandwiches

Testers were impressed with the “crispy coating and moist meat” and a bun that “didn’t become soggy” — even in the microwave.

Buy it! $8.99 for 4, instacart.com



WINNER: BEST FROZEN MEAL

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Bibigo Korean-Style Crunchy Chicken with Orange Sauce

Preparing the breaded chunks of white and dark chicken tossed in a tangy citrus sauce is “faster than takeout.”

Buy it! $7.50, target.com



WINNER: BEST FROZEN PRETZEL

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SuperPretzel French Onion-Filled Soft Pretzel Knots

The fully baked, glossy brown twists are stuffed with onion cream cheese and sprinkled with mozzarella.

Buy it! $6, target.com



WINNER: BEST FROZEN VEGETABLES

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Green Giant Restaurant-Style Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

Heat the beans and sauce in a skillet for a few minutes for “quick veggies that even my kids ate,” said a staffer.

Buy it! $4, walmart.com



WINNER: BEST FROZEN SIDE DISH

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Stouffer’s Sides Cheddar Bacon Potatoes

“All the cheesy goodness I hoped for,” a tester said about the chopped spuds tossed with cheese and bacon and topped with crunchy bread crumbs.

Buy it! $7, target.com



WINNER: BEST FROZEN SMOOTHIE

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Outshine Go-Getter Smoothie Cubes

No blender needed! Combine the frozen fruit purée cubes with liquid, let sit for 15 minutes, and then shake for a healthy, mess-free smoothie.

Buy it! $7 for 8 oz., icecream.com



WINNER: BEST DOUGH

Jennifer Causey



Pillsbury Corndog Wraps

Wrap the precut dough pieces around hot dogs, and bake until golden and fluffy. “We may never go back to the bun,” said a staffer.

Buy it! $4, pilsbury.com



WINNER: BEST ICED TEA

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Just Ice Tea Half Tea & Half Lemonade

“It’s like summer in a bottle,” raved one tester, who gave high marks for the “exact right balance” of tea to lemonade in this Arnold Palmer.

Buy it! $3 for 16 oz., wholefoodsmarket.com



WINNER: BEST COCONUT BLEND

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Starbucks Pink Drink

There’s a reason this once-secret menu item went viral. The blend of strawberry, acai and coconut milk “tastes almost like a barista made it,” said a staffer.

Buy it! $3 for 14 oz., walmart.com



WINNER: BEST COFFEE

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Stōk Unsweet Espresso Blend Cold Brew

Deeply flavored, the dark, ready-to-drink brew is “strong and smooth” but “without any bitterness or unpleasant aftertaste,” said a staffer.

Buy it! $6 for 48 oz., target.com



WINNER: BEST LEMONADE

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Fever-Tree Sparkling Sicilian Lemonade

Made from juice and oils extracted from fresh Sicilian lemons, it’s “the lemonade of my dreams,” a tester declared. Try it as a mixer for cocktails and mocktails or drink it on its own.

Buy it! $5 for 4, fever-tree.com



WINNER: BEST JUICE

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Ocean Spray Immunity Cranberry Blueberry Acai

The bright fruit flavors were a hit with testers, who said the refreshing combination hit the sweet spot.

Buy it! $4 for 60 oz., target.com



WINNER: BEST SPARKLING WATER

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Topo Chico Sabores Lime with Mint Extract

With a bubbly burst of lime and mint, the drink is “like sipping on a sophisticated mojito” — minus the rum, of course.

Buy it! $4.50 for 4, topochico.com



WINNER: BEST TACO KIT

Jennifer Causey



Old El Paso Tortilla Pockets Kit

“Fun to fill and even more fun to eat,” a tester said about the soft, sealed tortilla “cones,” which come in a dinner set with taco sauce and seasoning.

Buy it! $3.25, amazon.com



WINNER: BEST MACARONI AND CHEESE

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Cabot Guinness Macaroni & Cheese

Testers gushed over the rich, “gourmet beer cheese” and “accordion like” pasta that “trapped” the sauce inside — making each bite supremely cheesey.

Buy it! $28 for a 4-pack, cabotcreamery.com



WINNER: BEST LONG PASTA

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Barilla al Bronzo Bucatini

A thick spaghetti with a hollow center, it has a slightly rough, bumpy texture that allows more sauce to cling to the noodles. “It cooked up firm, chewy and al dente every time,” said a staffer.

Buy it! $2 for 12 oz., shoprite.com



WINNER: BEST PASTA SHAPE

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Sfoglini Cascatelli by Sporkful

Designed by “The Sporkful” podcast host Dan Pashman for maximum “eatability,” the half-tube, waterfall shape cradles the sauce while the ruffles add a textured bite.

Buy it! $9, amazon.com



WINNER: BEST SOUP

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Zoup! Good, Really Good Spicy Chicken ‘Chilada Soup

Hearty chicken stewed with tomatoes, roasted corn, black beans, onions, peppers and a touch of cream scored big points with testers.

Buy it! $6, zoupbroth.com



WINNER: BEST BEANS

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The Good Bean Indian Coconut Curry

Slow-simmered with coconut milk, ginger and garam masala, the chickpeas were “a busy weeknight savior,” said a staffer.

Buy it! $8 for a 4-pack, amazon.com



WINNER: BEST BROWNIE MIX

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Betty Crocker Reese’s Peanut Butter Premium Brownie Mix

“The bake sale went nuts,” said a staffer, who complimented the “supremely fudgy” squares speckled with peanut butter chips.

Buy it! $4, walmart.com



WINNER: BEST TINNED SEAFOOD

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Genova Yellowfin Tuna in Calabrian Chili-Infused Olive Oil

The delicate fish packed in spicy infused olive oil elevates sandwiches and salads. “I ate the whole can with a fork—it’s that good!”

Buy it! $2.50, shoprite.com



WINNER: BEST CHILI

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Wendy’s Chili

Cooked with ground beef, pinto beans and tomatoes, it has all the nostalgic flavor of a fast-food order — but without the drive-through.

Buy it! $4.50, walmart.com



WINNER: BEST POTATO CHIPS

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Kettle Brand Air-Fried Sea Salt & Vinegar

With a puckering punch of vinegar, they have all the crunchy, salty satisfaction of regular kettle-fried chips but with less fat.

Buy it! $4, target.com



WINNER: BEST CRACKERS

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Cheez-It Extra Toasty Cheddar Jack

Fans raved about the “extra crunchy” and “lightly charred” squares made with Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses.

Buy it! $4, target.com



WINNER: BEST PRETZELS

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Zapp’s Sinfully Seasoned Voodoo Pretzel Stix

The “snappy” rods tossed in smoky Cajun seasoning earned a rare perfect rating from testers. “There’s magic in that bag!”

Buy it! $9, walmart.com



WINNER: BEST NUTS

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Blue Diamond Chilé ‘n Lime Almonds

A blend of tart lime and a “light trace of heat” from arbol and pequin peppers made these roasted nuts a crowd favorite.

Buy it! $28 for 45 oz., walmart.com



WINNER: BEST COOKIES

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Nonni’s Limoncello Biscottini Bites

“Consider me a biscotti convert,” one staffer said after eating the tart, twice-baked cookies drizzled with icing,

Buy it! $4 for 4.8 oz, walmart.com



WINNER: BEST SWEET SNACK

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Muddy Bites Chocolate Cone White Chocolate

They may be small, but the mini waffle cones filled with white chocolate scored big on flavor — and nostalgia!

Buy it! $4 for 2.33 oz., walmart.com



WINNER: BEST SPICY SNACK

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Cheetos Flamin’ Hot Tangy Chili Fusion

“I almost ate the whole bag in one night,” a staffer said of the cheesy puffs amped up with garlic, ginger and citrus.

Buy it! $4.50 for 8.5 oz., walmart.com



WINNER: BEST CANDY

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M&M’s Caramel Cold Brew

Soft caramel is infused with a jolt of java, covered in a layer of chocolate and then coated in that familiar candy shell.

Buy it! $5 for 9 oz., target.com



WINNER: BEST BARK

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Tate’s Bake Shop Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt Cookie Bark

“I hid the bag so my kids wouldn’t eat them all — and I’d do it again,” confessed a tester, who loved the shards of crispy chocolate-chip cookies cloaked in dark chocolate and sprinkled with flaky salt.

Buy it! $6 for 5 oz., amazon.com



WINNER: BEST CHOCOLATE BAR

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Ferrero Rocher Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Bar

Like the company’s classic gold-foil-wrapped-truffles, the bar is studded with chopped nuts and filled with layer of creamy chocolate.

Buy it! $3 for 3.1 oz., target.com



WINNER: BEST CREAM CHEESE

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Tillamook Jalapeño Honey Cream Cheese

“It’s just calling to be slathered all over a bagel,” a tester said about the “sumptuous,” spicy-sweet spread.

Buy it! $4 for 7 oz., tillamook.com



WINNER: BEST YOGURT

Jennifer Causey



Siggi’s Ripe Cherry Rich and Creamy Skyr

The plump cherries in this thick and creamy Icelandic-style yogurt had one tester declare, “It’s a must-have for every fridge.”

Buy it! $2, shoprite.com



WINNER: BEST CHEESE

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Organic Valley Raw Sharp Cheddar Cheese Slices

Whether layered in a sandwich or melted on a burger, the aged slices got top scores for their buttery taste and texture.

Buy it! $7 for 6 oz., organicvalley.coop



WINNER: BEST BUTTER

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Kerrygold Chive & Onion Butter

Studded with garlic, onions, chives and parsley, this blend has one staffer asking, “How can I ever go back to normal butter now?”

Buy it! $5.50 for 5.3 oz., kerrygoldusa.com



WINNER: BEST ICE CREAM

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Blue Bunny Cookies & Cream Soft Scoopables

It got high marks for its “soft-serve-like texture” that made scooping easy — even right out of the freezer.

Buy it! $5 for 46 oz., bluebunny.com



WINNER: BEST NOVELTY ICE CREAM

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Sandwich

A thick puck of peanut butter-flavored ice cream is mixed with more peanut butter and smashed between two chocolate cookies.

Buy it! $4.50 for 4, hersheyland.com



WINNER: BEST FROZEN YOGURT

Jennifer Causey



Noosa Out of This Swirl Lemon Bar Frozen Yoghurt Gelato

Lusciously tart and packed with chunks of baked lemon bars and ribbons of icing, the combo led one tester to dub it “the official pint of summer.”

Buy it! $7, instacart.com



WINNER: BEST SORBET

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Talenti Mini Alphonso Mango Sorbetto Bars

Made with ripe mangoes sourced from India, it “has so much juicy, tropical deliciousness,” said a tester.

Buy it! $5.50 for 6, talentigelato.com



WINNER: BEST CHEESECAKE

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Junior’s Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake

The famous N.Y.C. restaurant’s thaw-and-slice dessert “lives up to the hype,” said a staffer who praised the “smooth and tangy” filling sitting on a thin layer of sponge cake.

Buy it! $13 for 6-inches, shoprite.com