Vegetarian Times polled 10,000 readers to find their favorite brands of pantry staples from drinks to vinegars to chips, and in its October issue releases the findings. Its website has a list of “The Essential 30.” Hey, it’s like Consumer Reports! But for food! I like that!

And never mind the fact that the list has a category named “Enlightened Beverages.” I know. VT readers picked some winners, like IZZE‘s mandarin orange soda, Bear Naked’s banana walnut cereal, and the delicious stock bases from Better Than Bouillon, well known to Chowhounds who cook.

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