Best Kroger Products from Our Taste Tests

To get your hands on the best Kroger products, you don’t have to have a Kroger nearby. See, Kroger is a mega chain that has acquired loads of smaller grocery chains across the country over the years. So if you’re in Omaha, you’ll find the best Kroger products at Baker’s. In Portland, Oregon, head to Fred Meyer. Or if you’re in Southern California like we are, make like the Dude and go to Ralphs for the best Kroger brand products. There are two Kroger brands in particular to keep an eye out for: Private Selection and Simple Truth Organic. From andouille to canned yams, these are the best Kroger brand products we’ve tried in our taste tests.


best kroger soy sauce

Best Kroger Soy Sauce

Private Selection Premium Soy Sauce

Private Selection Premium Soy Sauce isn’t the best soy sauce we tried in our taste test, but landed very high on our list. You’ll notice on the bottle that it says it was aged 180 days, and that’s part of what makes it great. Aging makes soy sauce taste interesting and complex, and that’s exactly what this super umami sauce has going on. You can definitely get away with using a cheaper sauce for cooking (in fact, Kroger’s less premium soy sauce was our favorite budget pick), but if you’re making sushi at home and want an exquisite dip to accompany it, spring for a bottle of this.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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best kroger andouille

Best Kroger Andouille

Private Selection Naturally Hardwood Smoked Andouille Sausage

When Mardi Gras rolls around and jambalaya is on the menu, Private Selection andouille should be on your shopping list—especially if you like some heat. This Kroger product is the best spicy andouille we tried in our taste test. It’s perfect for gumbo, but it would also be really good in scrambled eggs, too. But, we repeat: Must love heat!

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Private Selection Select Blend Mixed Nuts with Sea Salt

Best Kroger Mixed Nuts

Private Selection Select Blend Mixed Nuts with Sea Salt

Good mixed nuts are worth their weight in gold—and they’re pretty much just as expensive. This deluxe mix from Kroger includes cashews, pecans, and macadamia nuts—no peanuts!—and it’s a pretty good deal for around nine bucks. The best Kroger products are a good value and this one definitely is. 

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Rating:

9/10

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Private Selection Dark Chocolate Fudge Dessert Topping

Best Kroger Hot Fudge

Private Selection Dark Chocolate Fudge Dessert Topping

When’s the last time you treated yourself to a hot fudge sundae at home? We’re gonna guess it’s been too long. Buy a jar of this and a pint of vanilla ice cream and go to town. According to Sporked editor-in-chief Justine Sterling, this tastes almost like hot cocoa mix before you add milk or water—deeply chocolatey. It needs to be heated before you use it and that’s the only thing that kept it from being number one on our list.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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best chocolate chunk cookie dough

Best Kroger Cookie Dough

Private Selection Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough

Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are pretty much always delicious, but this ready-to-bake cookie dough is so, so special. Along with melty chocolate, this dough is laced with creamy, slightly salty caramel and lots of it. It pools on the parchment paper as the cookies bake. This is one of those Kroger products it’s worth going out of your way for.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Private Selection Old World Pepperoni

Best Kroger Pepperoni

Private Selection Old World Pepperoni

We’re not totally sure what pepperoni was like in the “old world,” but we do know this Private Selection pepperoni is one of the best Kroger products we’ve tried. What makes it great is how thinly it’s sliced. It’s wafer thin, so it crisps up beautifully when you put it on pizza, almost like thinly sliced bacon. 

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Rating:

8.5/10

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best mini rice cakes

Best Kroger Rice Cakes

Simple Truth Organic Himalayan Salted Caramel Mini Rice Cakes

If sweet rice cakes sound like kind of a bummer dessert, you haven’t tried these Simple Truth Organic mini rice cakes. They’re coated with a caramel flavor dust that’s sweet, buttery, and a little bit salty. These would be really good crushed over a scoop of vanilla ice cream (or salted caramel ice cream if you’re crazy). 

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Rating:

8/10

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Simple Truth Organic Pinto Beans

Best Kroger Pinto Beans

Simple Truth Organic Pinto Beans

You probably assume all canned pinto beans are the same, right? Not true! Only three brands were good enough to make our ranking, and Kroger brand Simple Truth Organic was one of them. They’re super tender and have a flavor that’s clean and pure. Use these as the base in a Chipotle-style bowl and you’ll be stoked.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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best canned yams

Best Kroger Yams

Kroger Canned Cut Yams

Canned yams get the most play during the holidays (Thanksgiving, in particular), but the Sporked crew decided they’re delicious enough to eat all year long. Kroger brand canned yams come in syrup, so they’re more like a dessert than a savory side, but you can definitely get away with mashing these with butter and salt and serving them with dinner. Keep a few of these in the pantry and you’ll definitely find uses for them that don’t involve mini marshmallows. 

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Rating:

9/10

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best lemon cookies

Best Lemon Cookies

Simple Truth Thin & Crispy Lemon Cookies

We love a good dupe, and these Simple Truth lemon cookies are a dead ringer for Tate’s. They’re buttery but still refreshing. If you find yourself in the cookie aisle at your local Ralphs or Baker’s, this is one of the best Kroger products to put in your cart.

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Rating:

8/10

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The Sporked Staff tastes everything and anything. They are obsessive about groceries and finding the best of any type of food or drink, from frozen fried shrimp to Dijon mustard to gummy candy. And they're always on a hunt for the best new products. When they aren't eating professionally, they're eating recreationally. And often they're browsing grocery store aisles, just for fun.

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  • I have tried Kroger brand and do not like it, tastes awful. Meijer brand is the o,ly store brand I have tried that tastes good and reasonably price. I do not shop at kroger anymore because they are way too expensive on everything.

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