Best Loved Brands
100+ foods tested. The winners revealed.
Standing in front of grocery store shelves can be mind-boggling.
From the aisles to the freezer section, there are dozens of brands in every food category to choose from. Narrowing them down to determine the tastiest options for your family would take weeks upon weeks of nonstop cooking. That’s where Taste of Home comes in.
Over the course of four months, our Test Kitchen cooks and editors joined forces to taste test the most popular brands across five food categories—breakfast, snacks, condiments and sauces, frozen foods, and baking. We crunched, munched, dipped and sipped our way through a total of 20 food types, using the same rigor we apply to all the recipes you’ve come to trust from Taste of Home, evaluating each brand’s flavor, appearance, texture, accessibility and pricepoint.
Here, we present our “Best Loved” pancake mixes, hummuses, hot sauces, meatballs and brownie mixes, plus a recipe made with each of our top picks. You’ll find all the winners on our website, along with details from each taste test, behind-the-scenes photographs, recipe collections and how-to cooking videos. Enjoy. And happy shopping!