Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Frozen breads catch on

Taste Test

Not long ago, I didn't think many people would buy frozen garlic bread. I mean, it's butter (or something like butter) and garlic on bread. It's easy enough, and certainly cheaper, to make your own.

Then I cruised the grocery freezer case and saw the half-dozen or so brands of frozen garlic bread available. Evidently, plenty of people are buying it - which gave our Taste Team an excuse to blindly rate the frosty, garlicky loaves.

After sampling six brands of frozen garlic bread, including a low-carb variety, it's safe to say the Taste Team wasn't too impressed.

It's nearly landslide favorite was Mamma Bella "Homestyle" Garlic Bread ($1.79), which they described as "crisp" and "crusty" with "good" garlic flavor.

Cole's Garlic Toast ($1.50) finished second, followed by Kroger Private Selection "Classic" ($1.50) and Pepperidge Farm ($1.67) brands, which tied for third.

Cole's Ultra Garlic Bread "Carb Sense" ($2.89) finished last in the tasting, perhaps because the team thought it looked and tasted "artificial."

Chuck Martin

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