Apricot Preserves

Published November 1, 2014.

We tasted five top-selling products plain and in our Cook's Illustrated French Apple Tart.

Apricot Preserves

Processed Artichoke Hearts

Published September 1, 2014.

With so many options on the market, selecting a brand of processed artichoke hearts is often a stab in the dark.

Processed Artichoke Hearts

Frozen Pepperoni Pizza

Published August 1, 2014.

Frozen pizza has a bad rep, but a slew of new “artisanal” options promise pizzeria quality from the freezer aisle. Can any product deliver?

Frozen Pepperoni Pizza

Supermarket Frozen Yogurt

Published July 1, 2014.

These days, supermarket frozen yogurts are flying off the shelves. Is that because they’re healthful and taste good—or because they simply sound that way?

Supermarket Frozen Yogurt

Corn Tortillas

Published February 1, 2014.

Our top pick has both flavor and flex, thanks to plenty of salt and an ingredient none of the other brands use.

Corn Tortillas

Blue Cheese Dressing

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?

Blue Cheese Dressing

Frozen Straight-Cut French Fries

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?

Frozen Straight-Cut French Fries

Supermarket Hummus

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.

Supermarket Hummus

Ice Cream Cones

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. 

Ice Cream Cones

Supermarket Tortellini

Published April 1, 2012.

Is store-bought tortellini any good?

Supermarket Tortellini

Supermarket Potato Gnocchi

Published March 15, 2012.

When time is short, should you reach for vacuum-packed, shelf-stable gnocchi?

Supermarket Cheese Ravioli

Published January 1, 2012.

Store-bought cheese ravioli offer convenience, but would any pass muster?

Supermarket Cheese Ravioli

Aerosol Whipped Cream

Published September 1, 2011.

Whipped cream in a can is convenient, but do the flavor and texture measure up to homemade?

Aerosol Whipped Cream

Graham Crackers

Published June 1, 2011.

We tasted three top-selling national brands to see which came out on top.

Graham Crackers

Macaroni and Cheese

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?

Macaroni and Cheese

Pancake Mixes

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.

Pancake Mixes

Reduced-Fat Potato Chips

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.

Reduced-Fat Potato Chips

Frozen Dinner Rolls

Published April 1, 2009.

How often do you really have the time to bake a yeast roll from scratch?

Frozen Dinner Rolls

Applesauce

Published March 1, 2009.

Our runaway favorite contains a surprising ingredient.

Applesauce

English Muffins

Published February 1, 2009.

Are there real differences among the four major national brands of English muffins? To find out, we got busy toasting.

English Muffins

Boxed Brownie Mixes

Published December 1, 2008.

Do any come close to homemade?

Boxed Brownie Mixes

Jarred Hot Salsas

Published April 1, 2008.

Are hot salsas better than mild?

Jarred Hot Salsas

Mail-Order Brownies

Published October 15, 2007.

Got a chocolate craving? Discover the top mail-order brownies.

Mail-Order Brownies

Mail-Order Truffles

Published January 30, 2007.

If you pay a premium price, you should expect a premium product.

Mail-Order Truffles

Mail-Order Holiday Cookies

Published December 1, 2006.

We evaluated both cookie quality and assortment presentation.

Mail-Order Holiday Cookies
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