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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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Brittney says …

the frozen fruit for smoothies and making baby food.:)

Gae says …

Heinz used to be my favorite ketchup until I tried 365 brand ketchup. I absolutely LOVE IT!!!

Sharon Mikesell says …

Everytime we go to Whole Foods we pick up 365 Everyday Value Olive Oil...great for salads and cooking! Incredibly economical!

Karen says …

I love to put the 365 Everyday Value Organic Oat and Honey Granola is EXCELLENT on plain greek yogurt with fresh or frozen blueberries. YUM!

Elizabeth says …

I love the 365 Organic Coconut Milk. I buy it by the case and use it as a substitute for milk in cooking and smoothies. I am casein intolerant and cannot properly digest milk. I just discovered the 365 Large Pitted Black Olives. Yummy!

Tonia says …

I use many Whole Foods/365 products for my family - ketchup, unsalted butter, apple juice, canola oil, yogurts, kidney, refried and black beans, eggs, dill pickles, frozen peas and edamame, bread, two bite brownies :-) .....the list is endless. Oh, the 365 chocolate chips - saw this on our local Whole Foods FB page and they are great. I love the Whole Foods brand because of the quality and price. Thank you!

Scarlet Ledoux says …

I have tried a lot of 365 Brand products and have yet to find one I do not like. They are made of high quality ingredients and taste as good, if not better than the name brand products our family has been used to eating!! My favorite product??? Toss up between.. creamy peanut butter...canned green beans and the cheeses...yum Wow what a weird combination...lol It's all good....just don't start compromising taste or quality!!

Sheridan Phillips says …

365 Everyday Value make up the staples here: both the organic canned and dried beans, 365 Organic Green Tea (every morning!), the organic whole black olives, and especially the WF Market organic goat cheese (good at all three meals). Can't forget the nuts! (um, talking about the organic almonds, cashews, and walnuts...not my funny friend in take-out). Also, the 365 frozen organic brown rice is a great time saver and love the frozen blueberries! ETCETERA!!!

Pamela Pellizzari says …

whole foods albacore tuna rocks!! keep it up whole foods!

Laura Castman says …

365 Everyday Organic Apple Juice- a definite fall favorite.

Belinda Gross says …

I love your 365 Everyday Value Veggie Straws and Chips. I can't eat the chips that everyone does, because of a medical condition. So these fill the need/craving for chips, with less calories and more nutrition I'm sure.

Diana George says …

My favs are: Peanut Butter, Garlic & Herb Pita Chips and frozen fruit :-)

Linda Ng says …

I loved the 365 chocolate truffles but they are nowhere to be found anymore! I also love your vanilla flavored toaster waffles!

Maria Connolly says …

The 365 fat free marinara sauce is fantastic!

Liz says …

365 vanilla creme sandwich cookies

Sarah says …

I have to agree with Cooking Light -- the mayo is good.

Dionne Duran says …

365 ALMOND MILK! this is a staple in our house and I love the flavor and price is nice too! Something we cant do without

Valerie Gardner says …

My favorite 365 Everyday Value product is definitely the cereal bars. They are soooooooo tasty!!!!!

Tami says …

I like the 365 Chicken Taquitos. I heat them up in the oven to get them crunchy and then cut them up and toss them with salad greens. Delicious!

Serena says …

Canned beans are great. Never mushy.

Ashley Tracey says …

The whole foods honey roasted peanut butter is absolutely delicious and has replaced all other brands in our house!

Mary Capps says …

I absolutely love Whole Foods' pasta! They have a great selection, great prices, and they all taste outstanding!

Shannon says …

My fav is the 365 Everyday Value Albacore Tuna in Spring Water!

Justin says …

I love Whole Foods' crunchy peanut butter - heavenly on toasted whole grain bread with banana slices!

Ran Tao says …

I personally love the unsalted butter. It's very rich and buttery but I don't feel like my artery is blocked after I have some with a piece of bread.

Savannah says …

I love the 365 whole wheat pasta shells and also the chocolate and vanilla cookies (the ones that are like Oreos but 100x better? yeah, those)

Jessica Eggleston says …

I love the 365 brand chocolate truffles, and also the canned black beans. They just taste better than other brands.

Blake says …

365 Everyday Value Organic Oat and Honey Granola, obviously.

Anne Clayton says …

I have tried the 365 Organic Cheese tortellini to make a most delicious vegetarian tortellini salad. It was awesome. In fact, after using one bag, I immediately went the next day to get another! Awesome product-good quality and delicious.

Barbara Campbell says …

I love the Everyday organic unsalted butter. It is light and creamy yet full of buttery taste. I use it mainly in baking cookies and cakes. The texture is wonderful!

Angela says …

My husband and I choose the 365 brand for a lot of our grocery items but I have to say the 365 Orange Juice is our favorite!

Sarah says …

The 365 whipped cream cheese is AMAZING. It has a great flavor that goes so well with a good bagel.

April Schmidt says …

I love the 365 ice cream...all the flavors actually. They are so creamy and delicious. The rocky road has a ton of almond pieces in it and the mint chocolate chip is really refreshing. Since the price is so reasonable, you can get a carton of each and INDULGE!

Dvora says …

365 crunchy peanut butter in the huge 36 oz container. Believe it or not, we go through 2/ month and we are only a family of four!

David Garvin says …

365 Everyday Value Vegan Chocolate Chips are great!!!

Teresa says …

I liked to boil our tortellini in the 365 Everyday Value Organic Chicken Broth Low Sodium.

mora popcioanca says …

The 365 Organic butter would have to be my favorite, you can really tell the difference between organic butter and non-organic butter.

Patricia L. says …

I really love the 365 Cashew butter for when I need a nutty fix.

Carolyn Molyneux says …

I really like your 365 Mayonnaise with canola oil. I'm trying to stay away from soy products and virtually everything on the market has soy in it. This Mayonnaise tastes really good and is reasonably priced -- I'm not really in the market for $10.00 Mayonnaise -- and I use quite a bit of it since I make my own ranch salad dressing. I also buy your organic butter. Again, it's good and reasonably priced.

Donna says …

Pasta Olive oil Shampoo Milk and Soymilk All 365 brand items we've tried - and there are so many more to try!

Ruth Horn says …

Everyone always says how expensive Whole Foods is. And I say that the 365 brands are lower than Safeway's regular brands almost all the time and about half the price of Safeway's organics. And they're really good. Also, nobody has fresher better tasting fish. I eat no red meat, almost no chicken, only fish, tofu, beans. I would LOVE a year of Whole Foods Fish! Regards, Ruth

Suzette Bisanti says …

All of the 365 Everyday Value products are great! Some of our favorites are the 365 Organic Smooth Peanut Butter and the 365 Organic Dark Chocolate (two great tastes that taste great together....hehe). My daughter loves the 365 Organic Chicken Noodle Soup and I love to put in her thermos for lunch!! Thank you Whole Foods. With your 365 products, we can afford to eat healthy and stay healthy. :)

Sarah Penquite says …

mmmmmmmmmmmm.......granola!!!

Maureen says …

I really enjoy Chicken Noodle soup. I have since I was young. I think that the 365 Everyday Value Organic Chicken Noodle Soup is actually very good and tastes like home to me. Home is chicken noodle soup.

cat says …

The 365 everyday value canned beans are my favorite!

Kathleen says …

I love the rice milk, tuna and tomatoes to start...

Luree says …

I just tried the organic 365 tofu. As did my 7 month old daughter. We loved it, and we I love that I can make her an organic protein rich meal with such a reasonable price tag. Thank you, Whole Foods!

Diane Miller says …

Butter, tofu, low fat yogurt are my favorites

Aurora says …

now the "experts" know what I have known for quite some time!

Joyce says …

I love the NO SALT products you offer; of course more would be great.

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