Spaghetti Taste Test: Which of These 8 Local Brands Is the Best?

The perfect sauce is nothing if your pasta sucks. That said, not everyone has the time to make it from scratch. (For the record, fresh pasta isn’t always better.) Enter dried pasta, aka the packed pasta you find in the grocery. Unlike fresh pasta, which is made from flour, water, and eggs, dried pasta only… Continue reading Spaghetti Taste Test: Which of These 8 Local Brands Is the Best?

Brownie Mix Taste Test: Maya, Chips Delight, White King, and More

Brownies exemplify minimum effort, maximum results like no other baked good. They’re often very easy to make and, when done right, result in decadent chocolatey treats that may be cakey, chewy, and/or fudgy. For the truly time-pressed, brownie mixes take it a notch further. With pre-measured, pre-mixed parts, you can generally expect to produce reliable,… Continue reading Brownie Mix Taste Test: Maya, Chips Delight, White King, and More

Bacon Taste Test: Which Supermarket Bacon Brand Is the Best?

Many food trends come and go, but bacon never gets old. Whether plated with eggs sunny side up, or with pancakes and maple syrup for breakfast, fried to a crisp and crushed as toppings for nachos, sandwiched in between buns in a burger, or perhaps served with maple syrup ice cream for dessert—bacon is good… Continue reading Bacon Taste Test: Which Supermarket Bacon Brand Is the Best?

Wheat Bread Taste Test: Gardenia, Sari Roti, Olsen, and More

Past the trauma we’d endured during our 2017 supermarket white bread taste test, we’re taking on its darker, heartier cousin: wheat bread, or more formally, whole wheat bread (see our note below). Whereas white bread is made with white flour, made only with the wheat’s endosperm and processed more thoroughly (thus stripping it of many… Continue reading Wheat Bread Taste Test: Gardenia, Sari Roti, Olsen, and More

Condensada Taste Test: 5 Brands of Sweetened Condensed Creamer

Condensada isn’t just an ingredient.  Of course, it’s useful in the kitchen as a sweetener or thickener for different dishes. But in Filipino households, condensada is a full-on snack or dessert. Just in the Pepper Team, we can name several ways we enjoy it: on avocados, with grilled cheese, or just straight up with a… Continue reading Condensada Taste Test: 5 Brands of Sweetened Condensed Creamer