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Taste Test: Is Better Vanilla Extract Worth the Price?

Real vanilla extract doesn't come cheap. Depending on where you buy it, it can range from a little under a buck an ounce all the way up to several dollars. Add real vanilla beans into the mix and prices can climb even higher. But does more expensive vanilla make for better flavor? Tastier cookies and better vanilla ice cream? Where does artificial vanilla extract figure into it? We decided to find out. More

Taste Test: Trader Joe's Dark 70 Chocolate Bars

It feels like every time I stop by Trader Joe's, I'm sucked into buying chocolate. I've identified five reasons for this. 1. Pretty packaging 2. Pretty packaging near the checkout line 3. Good prices 4. [Often] good quality 5. New products to try. The last time I was in a TJ's, I fell into the trap. There were three new chocolate bars with maybe the cutest packaging yet—all vintage-y with ships and A FLAMINGO. See how they stacked up. More

Taste Test: New Ritter Sport Winter Edition Chocolates

I always thought that Ritter Sport looked a little out of place at my local Walgreens. Aren't you a little too classy for this place? I wanted to ask. Shouldn't you be hanging out with the Kinders and Baci at the local gourmet deli? Not that I mind having Ritter Sport on call. The chocolate comes in a flavor to serve just about every need—29 at last Wikipedia count. Because apparently 29 is not enough, two new limited edition flavors were introduced, and I gave them a try. More

Taste Test: Boxed Fudge Brownie Mix

Whether you were a kid bringing in a sweet for a bakesale, or a college kid making a late-night study break, we've probably all had brownies made from a boxed mix. They're easy to make, most requiring just vegetable oil, eggs, and water, and typically take less than 30 minutes to bake. So when the moment comes that you too want a dump-and-bake treat to satisfy your chocolate craving, to which mix should you turn? More

Taste Test: Asian Chocolate-filled Cookie Snacks

Koala's March is one of my most favorite childhood snacks, but now that I'm old enough to look past the cute packaging, I've sadly realized that what's inside is kind of...not good. At least compared to the four other snacks I gathered for this taste test of Asian, chocolate-filled, bite-sized cookie snacks. More

Taste Test: Dreyer's (and Edy's) Holiday Ice Cream Flavors

As a kid, I knew the Christmas season was nearing when my mother came home with Dreyer's peppermint ice cream. (Dreyer's is known as Edy's elsewhere in the country.) They bring back the peppermint every year, along with two other flavors, eggnog and pumpkin. These days, they also market all of those flavors in a lower-calorie "Slow-Churned" version. We tried out all 6 flavors for your holiday ice cream needs. More

We Try Five More Oreos from Asia

The last time we tried Oreos from Asia, including these Mildly Sweet ones I picked up in Singapore, we were...less than impressed. In the spirit of further inquiry, hope for the spirit of Asian snack food, and because we kind of have a thing for cookie-fueled masochism at Serious Eats, we scored five more Asian Oreos to try. Happen to live in China or Indonesia? Here's our take on some of the Oreos you can find there. More

Taste Test: Sweetened Condensed Milk

On first glance, all those cans of sweetened condensed milk are pretty similar. How do these cans compare? Does the same brand taste different when packaged for different demographics? And is there one sweetened condensed milk to rule them all? We tasted six brands to find out. More

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