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 join Harry and me as we separate the best from the rest.
First up were pretzels. Which aren’t as good as chips. But they’re healthier – so there’s that, I guess.
Here is what we thought.
Michelle – Okay. Tastes like your standard pretzel.
Harry – Salty, good taste. Thin and crispy.
Glutino (gluten free. Remember when I was doing that? Yeah, that didn’t last long).
Michelle – Not bad for a fake pretzel. Will do in a pinch. Obviously Glutino.
Harry – EW! That should not be called a pretzel. Has a chlorine taste. EW!
Michelle – Salty, very crunchy. Crispier and saltier than the others.
Harry – Tastes darker, more caramelized, maybe cooked longer. Okay.
Michelle – Good salt taste, good. Tastes a little burnt.
Harry – Thicker, more doughy. Like a soft pretzel. Salty.
So the winners were:
Michelle – Rold Gold
Harry – Safeway brand
And the loser was:
The little pretzel that couldn’t – Glutino.
Next up was peanut butter. The inspiration for the taste tests in the first place. I always get JIF because choosy moms choose JIF (so what if I’m not a mom). But am I just a slave to advertisers or do I actually like JIF? Hmm…
*I wanted to include Peter Pan, but like Schweddy Balls ice cream, I couldn’t find it anywhere.
Michelle – The sweetest. Has a nice peanut finish. Reminds me of peanut butter cookies.
Harry – Mellow. Not a lot of taste.
Michelle – Sticky, not too sweet. Peanutty.
Harry – Has a nice peanut taste. A little over-roasted. Has a slight bitterness. Sticky. Reminds me of peanut shells.
Michelle – Starts sweet. Peanutty and creamy. Very thick and salty.
Harry – Mellow. Not a lot of taste. (Harry couldn’t tell the difference between JIF and Skippy).
Michelle – Super sticky. Has the most peanut taste. Kind of bland. All I can taste is the peanut oil. Has a bitter aftertaste. Needs something (salt and sugar).
Harry – Stronger peanut taste. More bitterness going on.
And the winners were:
Michelle – JIF! Yay! I’ve been buying the right peanut butter all along.
Harry – Organic brand
The loser was:
Laura Scudders. Also, it was very gloopy. It was one of those peanut butters that you had to mix, but stirring didn’t make it any less oily. Gross.
Last up was pasta. Penne pasta in particular.
*Usually we eat whole wheat pasta, but I was too lazy to drive all over looking for four brands.
Eh. We tried, but they all tasted exactly the same. A couple of them were thicker and more ridgey (that’s what she said).
So if you’re in the area, stop by for some bland pasta, peanut butter and pretzels. And make sure to join us in the test kitchen next time as we taste the letter C(h)!