In search of a New Year's bargain, Supertaster loads up on as many under-$10 sparkling wines as he can find—and then readies himself for a massive hangover.
Here they are: the five worst things Supertaster was compelled to ingest in the name of flavor exploration in 2012.
Supertaster delves into his archives and ranks his five favorite pop-food taste sensations of 2012.
Anticipating the world's end (with a possible post-apocalypse zombie crisis), Supertaster stocks up on rations, including bars from Datrex, Survivor Industries, and Emergency Suppliers. But do these food-as-fuel bars have anything to offer in terms of taste?
Right on time for National French Toast Day: reviews of Eggo French Toaster Sticks, Weight Watchers Smart Ones French Toast with Turkey Sausage, Jimmy Dean Delights French Toast Griddlers, and Target's Market Pantry French frozen toasts.
The Mike's Hard limited-edition Chocolate Cherry malt liquor promises to be either a yuletide bonanza or a liquid white elephant. Which is it?
After Domino's legendary and successful reboot, perennial pizza also-ran Sbarro gives it a try, with made on-site "fresh" tomato sauce and freshly shredded cheese. Will it work?
An ambitious new line of Green Giant Seasoned Steamers microwavable vegetable sides promises to make vegetables both easy and edible. Is this seriously possible?
Supertaster preps for the upcoming end of bacon with six bacon alternatives: turkey bacons from Oscar Mayer and Wellshire Farms, and veggie protein bacons from MorningStar, Lightlife (Organic Smoky Tempeh Strips (a.k.a. Fakin' Bacon) and Smart Bacon), and Turtle Island Foods.
Intrigued by a fruit-bedecked, commercially produced "moonshine," Supertaster tries three normally hard-core Southern liquors with a sissified, dessert-forward edge: Sweet Revenge Wild Strawberry "Sour Mash," Midnight Moon Blackberry Moonshine, and Prichard's Double Chocolate Bourbon.
A new correspondent with Japanese connections hooks Supertaster up with a bounty of weird stuff straight from the marketplace.
At least 216,000 people have an intense devotion to chewing on ice from Sonic Drive-In. But why?
Garlic bread pizza is what you make at home when you're too lazy to make toaster-oven bagel pizza. But Pizza Hut has gone pro with it.
The new California Roll Smoked Salmon Sandwich at Bruegger's may be one topping too many. Or several toppings too many, for that matter.
Ben & Jerry's, the titans of full-fat premium ice cream, jump into the ultrahot world of Greek yogurt with a frozen version.
Just what we've been waiting for: a junior version of the deliberately huge Baconator from Wendy's.
What happens when the Denny's menu tours America? The ever-skeptical Supertaster hopes for the best, but finds disaster.
CHOW.com's David Pistrang (@DaveMpHound on Twitter) flies all the way out from San Francisco to offer Supertaster a blind tasting of fried pork rinds that he won't soon forget.
Supertaster takes on a classic Australian rite of passage: the yeast extract paste known as Vegemite.
Taco Bell goes upscale-casual and enters Chipotle territory. Do the Cantina Bowl and Cantina Burrito represent a true evolution?
Supertaster heads out to Seattle, Washington; meets up with viewer Daryl; and chows down on one of the city's infamous cream-cheese-laden hot dogs at Dog in the Park.
Supertaster dives into the nutrition and flavor of a suspect-sounding new Chef Boyardee product: Whole Grain Beefaroni.
Supertaster pushes frozen fare to its logical extreme: miniature Mexican food. Which is to say, El Monterey Breakfast Taquitos.
Supertaster sips on the presumably refreshing Coco Breve, a new alcoholic beverage made with coconut water.
When you think, "Trusted names in food," perhaps Larry the Cable Guy doesn't immediately come to mind. He and his branded hamburgers would like to change that.
When the power of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls is united with the power of Hershey's chocolate, the (possibly dubious) result is Pillsbury Special Edition Cinnamon Rolls with Hershey's Icing.
Are the terms "Domino's Pizza" and "artisan" mutually exclusive, or is there some wiggle room? Supertaster tries the new Domino's Artisan Pizzas to find out.
Burger King is going on a nationwide road trip with its new line of BBQ sandwiches, and we're going with them, trying sandwiches attributed to Memphis, Texas, and the Carolinas.
Supertaster noticed that one of his Facebook friends had taken to drinking a half-liter of coffee with nearly a stick of grass-fed butter in it in the morning. It's called Bulletproof coffee, apparently. But how does it taste?
Gourmet ramen is huge coast to coast, but how do five good old-fashioned instant ramens stand up when tasted head-to-head? (Extra-credit reading: ratings from a guy who's put 670 different ramen varieties to the test.)
Supertaster tries to come to grips with the terrifying reality that is the eggroll/pizza/gut-bomb called the Pizza Hut P'Zolo.
Supertaster visits his neighborhood ALDI - terra incognita before this - to see what wonders this German-owned discount grocery chain has to offer.
Supertaster plays with various approaches to eating PB2, the dehydrated (or should that be "de-oiled") peanut butter powder that's taken the dieting world by storm.
Supertaster brings his wry skepticism to the hype around the Burger King Bacon Sundae.
Supertaster presents three products that made it from the testing lab to regular rotation in the kitchen: So Delicious Dairy Free French Vanilla Coconut Milk Creamer, Bon Appetit Steam-Baked Parchment Meals by Schwan's, and Fantastic World Foods Vegan Taco Filling Mix.
Supertaster confronts the specter of vat-grown fungus-as-"chicken" in the form of Quorn frozen dinners: Kung Pao Chik'n and Spaghetti & Meatless Meatballs.
Combine mint, sugar cubes, and Everclear, and you've got a potent Italian dessert known as "mother-in-law sugar."
Can miso make for a full-flavored, healthier spin on traditional salad dressing?
AeroShot Pure Energy is the equivalent of a vaporized cup of coffee. And it's Supertaster's favorite new caffeine delivery device.
New little chicken bits are McDonald's defensive move against Popeyes and KFC.
Supertaster emerges from Cooler Cleanse's Raw Cooler—a three-day raw-, vegan-, organic-food cleanse—with a higher opinion of raw food and a lower opinion of his own GI tract.
Supertaster reviews new candy in time for Halloween.
Most wedding cake is pretty bad but you eat it anyway. Could a wedding cake in vodka form be any better? I decided to find out with Pearl Wedding Cake vodka.
Supertaster samples the good, the passable, and the terrible foods for students headed back to class.
International House of Pancakes enters the burger market, much to the dismay of Supertaster.
We try Quiznos's new salad against a salad made from actual farmers' market produce. Guess which one is better?
More interesting than boring old water, but not as bad for you as soda. That's what they're going for with MiO, intended to "enhance" your water.
Sonic draws inspiration from hot dog world capitals New York, Chicago, and Michigan.
Taco Bell reveals a new item, shrimp tacos, in an apparent attempt to capture the high-end shrimp-eating market. Six shrimp per taco, people. Call Robin Leach.
The new Cantina Tacos from Taco Bell are cashing in on the street food trend. They're soft corn tortillas, meat, onion, and cilantro. And that's all.
James Norton bravely tests the hangover claims of White Lotus. See his full review here.
Sonic Drive-In's Summer of Shakes features a new way to enjoy bacon: mixed up with ice cream and peanut butter as a milk shake.
Does anybody really care about March 2, a.k.a. National Banana Cream Pie Day? Maybe, maybe not. With the rollout of its Glazed Banana Kreme Pie in grocery and convenience stores, Krispy Kreme is hoping the snack will help the bottom line. But is it celebration-ready?
Supertaster tries the three "Do Us a Flavor" finalists from Lay's potato chips—Sriracha, Chicken & Waffles, and Cheesy Garlic Bread—and renders his verdict on which flavor should stick around.
It's not fair to Chinese cuisine in general to conflate it with P.F. Chang's new line of frozen dumplings and egg rolls, but them's the breaks. Plus: red bean cakes!
Taco Bell's new Cantina Bell Steak Burrito wants to be Chipotle so bad that Supertaster accepts its dare and tries it head-to-head against its Chipotle counterpart. (And see what Supertaster thought of the rest of the Cantina Bell Menu when he tasted it last year. Also, read about John Birdsall's encounter with "charming" Taco Bell celebrity chef Lorena Garcia.)
It ain't the Super Bowl unless there's a pile of guac on the table. Supertaster taste-tests four popular varieties.
Supertaster gets (kind of) into the sports thing with a bracket contest to determine the best nationally available fast-food wings, pitting Buffalo Wild Wings against Domino's against Papa John's against Pizza Hut WingStreet. Part one of a three-video runup to the Super Bowl.
Few people go to Applebee's to lose (or even just maintain) weight, but for calorie-minded folks there is a tool in Applebee’s arsenal: the Under 550 Calories menu, which just added two new chicken entrées. Supertaster tastes both the Zesty Roma Chicken & Shrimp and the Napa Chicken & Portobellos.
Can food giant Oscar Mayer pull off a plausible prepackaged interpretation of pulled pork? Supertaster tastes the refrigerated barbecue product to find out.
Burger King is putting its chips down on poppable bite-sized offerings for 2013 with its new crispy Chicken Nuggets, Molten Fudge Bites, and reintroduced Cheesy Tots.
What’s new? What’s great? What’s weird? Chowhound contributor James Norton, a.k.a. Supertaster, samples offerings from supermarket aisles and fast-food menus.
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