Supermarket Black Tea

Published April 1, 2016.

Which black tea you should buy depends on how you take it—plain or with milk and sugar.

Supermarket Black Tea

Supermarket Whipped Toppings

Published April 1, 2016.

Are supermarket whipped toppings any good?

Supermarket Whipped Toppings

Mexican Lagers

Published January 1, 2015.

We sampled the four best-selling imported Mexican lagers plain and cooked in drunken beans.

Mexican Lagers

Hard Apple Cider

Published October 1, 2014.

We tasted four nationally available hard ciders both plain and cooked in recipes.

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider

Grapefruit Juice

Published August 1, 2014.

Grapefruit juice runs the gamut in terms of tartness and sweetness. We put five nationally available brands to the test to see if we could find a well-balanced juice.

Natalie's 100% Florida Grapefruit Juice


Published June 1, 2014.

A small brand squeezes past the big names.

Natalie’s Natural Lemonade

Orange Juice

Published March 1, 2014.

Is the sunny image of our favorite breakfast juice actually just pulp fiction?

Natalie's 100% Florida Orange Juice, Gourmet Pasteurized

Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate

Published April 1, 2013.

We’d long written off frozen concentrated orange juice as a relic from the 1950s and were shocked to find that we actually liked two of the products.

Minute Maid Original Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice

Supermarket Medium-Roast Coffee

Published March 1, 2013.

Decades after they convinced Americans to drink ultradark French and Italian roasts, the producers of blackened beans are coming out with lighter options. So how’s the coffee?

Peet’s Coffee Café Domingo


Published October 1, 2012.

In the test kitchen, we use sherry in a variety of recipes. Does it matter what type and brand you cook with? In a word, yes.

Lustau Palo Cortado Península Sherry

Supermarket Green Tea

Published August 1, 2011.

The Japanese and Chinese have sipped green tea for more than a millennium. Suddenly, Westerners are drinking it, too. So which tastes best?

Supermarket Green Tea

Tomato Juice

Published November 1, 2010.

We wanted to find a a product that we work well cooked in recipes, that we could also drink straight from the bottle.

Campbell’s Tomato Juice

Instant Espresso Powder

Published March 1, 2010.

Is the right espresso powder the secret to intense chocolate flavor in brownies and other baked goods?

Caffe D'Vita Imported Premium Instant Espresso

Decaffeinated Coffees

Published December 1, 2009.

Has grocery store decaf coffee improved as much as the high-octane stuff in recent years? Or is that asking for the moon?

Decaffeinated Coffees

Iced Tea

Published September 2, 2009.

Do specialty packages blended specifically for iced tea really make a better pitcher than a chilled-down version of the old-fashioned stuff?

Tazo Iced Black Tea

Bottled Iced Teas with Lemon

Published August 1, 2009.

We were looking for iced teas that actually tasted like tea. Could any deliver?

Lipton PureLeaf Black Tea with Lemon

Hot Cocoa Mix

Published February 1, 2009.

The best cocoa mixes feature a double dose of chocolate.

Godiva Chocolatier Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Orange Juice

Published March 1, 2008.

High-end orange juices claim to taste better and fresher than ordinary not-from-concentrates. At twice the price, are they a sweet deal?

Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company Gourmet Pasteurized Orange Juice

Iced Tea

Published August 10, 2007.

Several teas in the supermarket are labeled specially blended for iced tea. We held a brew-off among four of them and the winners of our regular tea tasting to determine if these specialty teas really made a better pitcher of iced tea.

Tazo Iced Black Tea

Supermarket Tea (Best Taken Plain/Black)

Published July 1, 2007.

Do upscale brands and higher price tags translate into a better cup of tea?

Twinings English Breakfast Tea

Supermarket Tea (Best Taken with Milk)

Published July 1, 2007.

Do upscale brands and higher price tags translate into a better cup of tea?

Twinings English Breakfast Tea

Premium Teas

Published July 1, 2007.

Supermarket teas have improved in quality; does it still make sense to buy premium teas?

Mighty Leaf English Breakfast Organic Tea

Hot Cocoa

Published February 1, 2007.

We found a surprising result—hot cocoa can be too sweet.

Land O’ Lakes Supreme Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Orange Liqueurs

Published September 1, 2006.

For cooking, do you need to spend big bucks for the prestige brands, or will something cheaper work just as well? What about for mixed drinks?

Orange Liqueurs

Supermarket Whole Bean Coffee

Published November 1, 2005.

We secretly replaced our tasters' favorite gourmet coffee with supermarket beans. Could they tell the difference?

Millstone Colombian Supremo
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