There are certain brands that I always buy or order because I think that they are superior. But am I just being blindly loyal or do I really think they are the best? The only way to know is to compare them with their competitors in a blind taste test. So Harry and I decided to do just that.
We started with citrus sodas.
We tested them blindfolded to get the full soda experience.
Michelle– did not like at all – it had a chemical, artificial taste
Harry – had more of an upfront sugary taste
Michelle – supersweet and articial
Harry – too sugary – not happy with that one
Michelle – has a weird aftertaste – not very citrusy
Harry – good – lemon-limey
Michelle – okay, I guess
Harry – sugary – not very good
So the winner was:
Harry – Sierra Mist
And the loser was:
Mello Yello. We both hated it.
Next up was soup – chicken noodle.
Except for the Organic brand, they all kinda looked the same.
Some definitely had bigger chunks of chicken and carrots.
Here is what we thought:
Michelle – had a weird herby taste? Maybe fennel. I hate fennel.
Harry – some saltiness, decent flavors, good
Michelle – had a canned taste and a sweetness – like caramelized onions
Harry – had a bright taste
Michelle – watery, no flavor, tasteless, needs LOTS of salt
Harry – a sharp, burnt taste, tastes like catfood, canned tuna, weird, blech
Michelle – had a weird taste – like dirt. It’s the worst!!
Harry – had a sharp, herb taste, pungent. It’s better than catfood.
Michelle – alright. The chicken was dry
Harry – the chicken was big, not as salty. The flavors come through.
And the winner was:
Soup in a box! We both chose the Organic brand
*Of course, the best chicken soup is my own not in the running homemade
(even when I forget to add in the celery).
Michelle – Campbell’s. The next day we got this coupon in the mail.
Maybe I should ask for a a refund…
Harry – Healthy Choice.
Which cracked me up because he bought a case of it at Costco.
We didn’t want to confuse out palates, so we saved salsa for last.
As you can see, Chachies is the brand we usually buy.
So how did our favorite measure up?
Michelle – good heat, too vinegary. I would not buy this.
Harry – was the spiciest heatwise – had strange tastes
Michelle – had a strong cilantro flavor. Not much heat. Was mushy in texture (except for some crunchy onion bits)
Harry – not too much tomato taste. Had more of a vinegar pickle relish taste
Michelle – tomatoey, nice heat. I like it.
Harry – Lots of tomato flavor. Not as hot as some of the others.
Michelle – Had an oregano or thyme? flavor
Harry – Had some heat, a vinegar taste, muddled flavors
Michelle – nice, had an herby taste, not much heat, tastes like something you’d get at a restaurant
Harry – okay. More herby than the others.
So which salsa came out ahead?
Just like Joanie, we love Chachies!
And we both rated Rojo’s last. Ay caramba.
So, do you have a favorite soda, soup or salsa? And are you sure?
Maybe you should have a taste test of your own…
Make sure to join us next time in the M. test kitchen as we taste the letter P!