The 5 Best Things We Ate This Week (Sep. 12-16)

Each week, the Sporked team sidles up to the tasting table and sets out to find the absolute best of the best packaged foods, the gold hidden in the grocery aisles. Each week we’ll bring you five standouts that truly rocked our taste buds and changed our lives—or at least our buying habits. Here are the best things we ate this week.

Knorr Turkey Gravy Mix Roasted Turkey

This turkey gravy may come in a packet, but tastes just about as good as homemade. Compared to the other instant gravies we tried, Knorr has all the bases covered. The popular sauce brand’s powdered turkey gravy mix is salty, umami rich, and tastes like it was made with fresh pan drippings. This mix is a great option if you don’t feel like cooking up gravy from scratch but don’t want to skimp on flavor.


Chuckles may be an old-timey candy, but they’re a new office fave, despite that they sound like they could share a name with a demented clown. They’re a fruity, jelly candy that’s coated in sugar, adding both a bit of sweetness and texture. We tried them in a big mixed bag of candy, and were pleasantly surprised by their consistency. We’re bringing Chuckles to the next office birthday celebration–––the candy, not the clown.

Bianci Dinapoli Whole Peeled Tomatoes

These whole canned tomatoes are perfectly tender without a lengthy ingredients list. They are salty, but not overly so, and come in a tomato sauce that is so much more than just canned water. They also have a hint of sweetness that adds to their depth of flavor. These supple, California-grown tomatoes would be perfect for making pizza sauce, whether you’re blending them up or tearing them apart by hand.

Great Value Spicy Brown Mustard

Walmart knows what makes a great spicy brown mustard. It’s got a nice kick, a robust flavor profile, and would be perfect on a hot dog. It’s also so much better than the high-end mustards we tried along side it.

Lay’s Doritos Cool Ranch Flavored Potato Chips

These chips from Lay’s truly rocked the foundation of our office. This is a big statement, but we stand by it: They are better than Cool Ranch Doritos. Seriously, the seasoning is even bolder and more interesting on a potato chip than on a corn chip. These are a limited-edition release, but, Lay’s, we are begging you to keep these around (the Funyuns flavored chips too, please!).

About the Author

Naajia Shukri

Naajia Shukri is the legit biggest fan of candy corn. She is interested in all things food, art, and beauty. After living in Korea for the past two years, she has gotten back to her L.A. roots, frequenting thrift stores and art museums.

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