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Top Honors from Cooking Light’s 2010 Taste Test Awards

Read on for a chance to tell us which products meet your personal taste test and you might win a year’s subscription to Cooking Light. I’ve always been a sucker for store brands, even before I had ever heard of Whole Foods Market. Why pay more for the same thing, I say. The problem is sometimes the store brand doesn’t quite taste as good as the name brand and you have to make the cruel decision between budget and taste. So, when I was introduced to Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value line of products, it was a revelation! I got the best of all worlds—an affordable product with lots of organic options, free of ingredients I try to avoid like hydrogenated fats and high-fructose corn syrup, and best of all they taste just as good (and often better) than similar name brand products. You might think I’m a little biased since I now work here, but I’ve got experts who agree with me. Our exclusive store brands made the cut in six categories of Cooking Light magazine’s 2010 Taste Test Awards. Check out Cooking Light’s October issue for all the winners and take a look at these favorites from Whole Foods Market: 365 Everyday Value Organic Unsalted Butter Whole Foods Market 100% Whole Wheat Bread 365 Everyday Value Organic Diced Tomatoes, No-Salt Added 365 Everyday Value Organic Oat and Honey Granola 365 Everyday Value Mayonnaise GRAND PRIZE WINNER IN THIS CATEGORY! 365 Everyday Value Albacore Tuna in Spring Water Want to win a year of Cooking Light? Tell us which 365 Everyday Value or Whole Foods Market products win your personal taste test awards. On Oct. 12th we’ll pick five reader comments at random to receive a free year-long subscription to Cooking Light magazine.

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Michelle says …

I really love the 365 tuna. It tastes better than the common brands like Bumblebee and I feel is better for me than national brands. It makes a great tuna salad or over a delicious green salad. It's the only brand of tuna I purchase now.

Elizabeth Reed says …

I love the 365 Organic Honey and Oat Granola. I am usually not a cereal person but it is much better in value and taste to Kashi Cereal. I even use it for cooking with breaded meats add to meatballs and take as a dry snack. I prefer the Tuna 365 has a mild taste and it is delicious on sandwiches and in cooking casserole etc. Wonderful as a salad add apple, celery, onion, nuts ove a bowl of lettuce tomato and cucumber salad. I use 365 canned tomatoes in my soups, spaghetti sauce or just the canned tomatoes themselves. Very tasty. Thanks W#hole foods for the great tasting and healthy 365 brands. I have been a loyal custome for 10 years in the North Arlington Texas store.

Charlene Gilmore says …

365 Organic Unsalted Butter and the 365 Organic Creamy Peanut Butter (no sugar added) are two items that I specifically stop at Whole Foods for because no other store carries any comparable products- in taste or price. We also love the WF farmhouse bread (not sure if it's 365) and 365 mayonaisse for the BEST BLT's and also use same ingredients w/ the 365 Tuna- for great fast and healthy lunches.

Lindsey says …

I also love the 365 ginger snaps. They are crispy with a great gingery flavor and they come in a resealable bag. I like to keep a bag in the car!

MC Foster says …

My family has never been disappointed with any 365 product which has landed in our shopping basket. My husband and I commute between Texas and California: upon arrival in either Roseville, CA, or DFW, we immediately head for Whole Foods to replenish both the pantry and fridge. Whole Foods' wonderful chicken salads are a great favorite!

Mary says …

I love the 365 Oat and Honey Granola. It's so light and crunchy with flavor in every bite.

Michele says …

You forgot to mention the peanut butter. We prefer chunky but creamy is just as good. It's just peanuts without all of the added sugar & junk found elsewhere.

Jean Payne says …

The 365 peanut butter is the best. Chunky or smooth.

helenlam says …

My personal favorite is the Cookies & Cream ice cream!

Lindsey Smilack says …

My family loves the 365 frozen "tater puffs!"

Allison J says …

I love the 365 Oat and Honey Granola! Yum!

Carol says …

I love the rich nutty flavor of Whole Foods 100% Whole Wheat bread.

Mary says …

I love the 365 Brand Almond Butter. We used to buy the Smooth, but last week the store was out of Smooth and we bought the Chunky. What a stroke of good luck! It is so delicious and wonderful, we will buy the Chunky from now on!

Carol says …

The 365 Everyday Value edamame win my taste test. We use them in soups, salads and stir fry dishes as well as for nutritious snacks. They taste great and are less expensive than Trader Joe's!

Alisa Bey says …

My family loves the grahm cracker sticks and my son son loves dipping them in the vanilla yogurt. We drive almost 30 mins just for that(although we usually get more than that)!

Victoria says …

I buy 365 Woven Wheats, whole wheat crackers. It has only two ingredients: whole wheat, salt. That's my type of food: simple and healthy. :)

Stefanie says …

I like the 365 brand of canned beans. There are a few that do not have added salt and none have mystery ingredients.

Kitty says …

My family loves the 365 granola. Yesterday I bought several boxes and divided it into individual sandwich bags to hand out as snacks to my daughter's swim team. The girls all raved about it asked for more!

MaryRose Barron says …

I use lots of 365 products & have used all of the above. I also use 365 nuts, stock & pasta. I found that these products are equal to or better than "store brands". It's wonderful to get great tasting products that truly are a value. Not only do I use the granola for breakfast but add it to yogurt for a crunch & use it for making granola bars!

carol diamond says …

I love the 365 crunchy peanut butter! It has the freshest peanut taste anywhere, and is a great value to boot.

Holly Robertson says …

Whole wheat bread is my favorite. It has a great flavor and a good price to meet my budget. All of the 365 values are what I usally buy when shopping at whole foods.

Sharon says …

I received a gift basket from Whole Foods at Christmas that contained all organic 365 Everyday value products. It was so good that I went to the store and had a second basket made up as a present for my dad and his wife. They had become interested in trying to go more organic in their eating. It was a big hit. I use the virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar on a regular basis. Good taste, good value.

Amy says …

I could eat your 365 Everyday Value Organic Oat and Honey Granola for every meal! I eat it for breakfast with almond milk, make it a snack and add golden raisins & almonds for on the go, I sprinkle it over spinach salads with some blue cheese (really, try it!), and use it for toppings and in so many desserts, from oatmeal cookies to topping for peach pie! Now, for dinner you may ask? Soaked in some warmed apple juice, then mixed into a pork meatloaf for a sweet flavor - try that one, too!

Sarah Simmons says …

The "stoplight" pepper strips in the frozen department are simply terrific. They guarantee that I'm able to use the extra taste boost and nutritional jolt of the red. yellow, and green pepper strips year round at an affordable price! AND no prep time! Just throw them into soups, omelets, casseroles, and go!

Cindy says …

I love the emails and newsletters that Whole Foods sends out... it easy to read and see whats going on in the store so I can plan my shopping list better. =)

Christine Hsin says …

365 Brand chocolate chips win my award! I have been buying these for years as they are the only chocolate chips I could find that didn't have a "may contain traces of dairy or nuts" warning on the label and they taste GOOD!

Linda Hayes says …

I love the employees! They are courteous and extremely knowledgeable. No matter what 365 product you are looking for they lead you right to it. I'm sure that the kindness of the employees enhance the quality of all the 365 products!

Anna Marie says …

The 365 peanut butters, both crunchy & creamy, are great!

Nicole-Lynn says …

Great giveaway! My favorite is the 365 Organic Black Beans! http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/item.php?RID=188 These black beans have great protien and flavor, and I love that they're organic. I use them in a variety of recipes including a mexican casserole, sprinkle on salads, and in entree's. Great product! Seasidesmitten@aol.com

Allison says …

My vote goes to the diced tomatoes. Perfect for making pizza at home!

Christine says …

Peanut/Nut Butters and Canned Beans!!! Great, affordable proteins for "flexitarians" like me!

mary leonard says …

The best "hummus" ever made is Michele's tofu tahini dip, and her sesame herb dressing is outstanding. Her products may be local to the philadelphia area. Featured local products is one reason that I shop at WF.

Marion Hecht says …

The 365 diced tomatoes without salt are a favorite of ours and we use it to make everything from sauce for pasta to our own pizza. No salt added is a must because we like to eat healthy. I try to get my children to develop these tastes as well, and it is coming along slowly. We also like the high fiber 365 cereal because it is low in fat, calories, and high in fiber. If you want a little sweetness you can use honey, or a non-caloric sweetner. Yogurt by 365 is also a nice product. You can mix fresh fruit into it and have a healthy lunch, snack, or dessert. Their peanut butter and jelly product is in addition well made and popular with my children.

Pat says …

One of the best of the 365 brand? RAISINS! How could raisins be so delicious? I am not sure, but these are wonderful. Also---chocolate chips. No milk in there (good for my allergic daughter) and they have this fabulous rich and creamy flavor. We do love Whole Foods!

Monica Greaney says …

I bake and cook with the 365 brand semi-sweet chocolate chips they taste great, but the value is even greater.

Kris McCabe says …

The pasta sauce, especially the tomato basil.

Harriet says …

I love the Organic Pumpkin (canned)...full flavor and free of toxic pesticides...this time of year, pumpkin breads, pies, and even pumpkin curry taste great.

Emily says …

I love the 365 Balsamic Salad Dressing

Angela Spicer says …

I love your cereals, your milk, canned fruit, juices canned veggies

Lynn says …

I'm a value shopper, so 365 products are always on my radar. I love that you have no-salt-added canned tomatoes. I need to cut salt wherever I can.

ellen says …

no salt added garbanzo beans. light soymilk plain, plain yogurt, seeded bread, Fla not-from-concentrate oj

Shelley Cook says …

I love the 365 Everyday Value Organic Diced Tomatoes, No-Salt Added because they taste like my summer tomatoes without the hassle of canning them, which my husband and I have done for the past few years. I can add my own spices and boil down to make a more it more sauce like or just throw it in with some sauteed garlic and onions for a delicious pasta or rice sauce!

Andrea says …

Thank you 365 brand you have saved me when I was tight on money and im sensitive to food so still eating organic for a low price has been a miracle. Thank you so muchhhh

sally regan says …

Whole Food's 365 is comparable to the name brand products in every grocery item I have tried. I have not tried 365's detergents or cleaners yet but I do intend to try them soon

Janice says …

I love the 365 Chunky Peanut Butter. I bring a PB and banana sandwich (on 365 whole wheat bread) to work almost every day!

Kristine says …

Whole Foods Market "365 Organic Steel Cut Oats" won my personal taste test award after I compared "365 Organic Steel Cut Oats" to the taste and texture of conventional "John McCann's Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal" and conventional "Quaker Steel Cut Oats".

nancy says …

I love the oats and honey granola.

Christine says …

I love the butter!

barbi says …

where do I start? :) I guess one of my favorites would be the olive oil.

Daisy says …

We love LOTS of the 365 products, but one of our favorites is the organic ketchup. Our entire family agreed it tastes SOOO much better than any of the other brands we've had before and at a great price. We only buy your brand now. :)

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