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Published October 1, 2013.
Was it too much to ask for a blue cheese dressing that was thick, creamy, and actually tasted like blue cheese?
Published June 1, 2013.
Homemade fries are not usually an option for weeknight cooking—but was there a frozen brand good enough to earn a place in our freezer?
Published January 1, 2013.
This creamy chickpea spread has gone from health food obscurity to the No. 1 refrigerated dip. But some brands definitely aren't worth a swipe.
Published June 1, 2012.
We tasted five supermarket sugar cones and waffle cones (after much debate, we decided to save cup-style “cake” cones for another day), both plain and filled with vanilla ice cream.
Published April 1, 2012.
Is store-bought tortellini any good?
Published January 1, 2012.
Store-bought cheese ravioli offer convenience, but would any pass muster?
Published September 1, 2011.
Whipped cream in a can is convenient, but do the flavor and texture measure up to homemade?
Published June 1, 2011.
We tasted three top-selling national brands to see which came out on top.
Published April 1, 2011.
We tasted 25 boxed and frozen versions of mostly clumpy, gloppy, wimpy mac and cheese. Were there any we’d actually eat?
Published December 1, 2010.
What’s the secret to the best from-the-box pancakes? Here’s a hint: They don’t mix with water.
Published April 1, 2010.
With reduced-fat chips crowding the snack aisle, we wondered if an acceptable stand-in for fried potato chips existed. We purchased eight national brands and called in 22 test cooks and editors for a blind taste test.
Published April 1, 2009.
How often do you really have the time to bake a yeast roll from scratch?
Published March 1, 2009.
Our runaway favorite contains a surprising ingredient.
Published February 1, 2009.
Are there real differences among the four major national brands of English muffins? To find out, we got busy toasting.
Published April 1, 2008.
Are hot salsas better than mild?
Published October 15, 2007.
Got a chocolate craving? Discover the top mail-order brownies.
Published February 1, 2007.
Just how good are frozen pizzas?
Published January 30, 2007.
If you pay a premium price, you should expect a premium product.
Published December 1, 2006.
We evaluated both cookie quality and assortment presentation.
Published February 1, 2006.
Pillsbury has cornered the market on refrigerator biscuits, but how do you choose among their several dozen varieties?
Published December 1, 2005.
One brand beat out seven other contestants.
Published October 1, 2005.
Supermarket stuffing is incredibly easy to use—but how much quality must you sacrifice for the convenience?
Published July 1, 2005.
All the brands we tasted won high marks for convenience, but what about taste?
Published April 1, 2005.
To determine if we could cheat and buy ready-to-bake cookie dough, we baked up cookies from homemade dough, cookie dough sold in the traditional log shape, and the new dough bars.
Published February 1, 2005.
Making Cornbread from scratch is not difficult, but with all the mixes on the market we wondered if we could get from-scratch quality out of a box.