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Taste Test: Best common grocery items

Published October 09. 2013 4:00AM

In a sampling of popular grocery items, we pick the best out of three. Items are evaluated for their flavor and presentation. Price is not a factor, as they change too frequently during various supermarket sales.

This week: fat-free Greek strawberry yogurt. Why strawberry? Because it's very, very popular in the ever-expanding universe of supermarket yogurt displays. Why fat-free? It is by far much more available than 1% and 2% fat varieties of Greek yogurt at local grocery stores.

- Marisa Nadolny

1. Stop & Shop brand: Greek yogurt is thick by nature, and Stop & Shop's sticks to that tradition and maintains the tanginess characteristic of many Greek-style yogurts. Still, the overall texture doesn't get past pasty vs the dairy-like creaminess of other Greek yogurts (best exemplified by Fage) - and there's a slight chalky aftertaste. Fruit is gel-like mashed strawberry puree that's flavorful but unappetizing at the same time.

2. Stonyfield Organic: Firm but less so than the Stop & Shop brand. Fruit resembles the real thing and bursts with natural flavor. As flavorful as any strawberry mousse.

3. Chobani: Good texture, possibly the easiest to mix of all three. Fruit looks real, but we could use a little more of it; flavor of the fruit is decent.

Winner: Stonyfield Organic. The authentic strawberry flavor that emerges with each spoonful puts this brand over the edge. Paired with a very nice yogurt base, Stonyfield makes a truly enjoyable, healthy product.

What should we Taste Test next? Share a comment or send email to m.nadolny@theday.com.

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