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Updated: 24 May 2022

Best Buy food and drink

Fill your trolley with the tastiest, best-value food and drink using our round-up of the products that have topped our taste tests.
Jade Harding

Our independent taste tests of supermarket food and drink have unearthed the best tried-and-tasted products to buy – from everyday items, such as peanut butter and cereals, through to more considered buys, such as wine, champagne and prosecco.

The results are often surprising. Sometimes supermarket-own labels beat well-known brands and other times it's worth paying for the branded version. 

Discover where you can save money on everyday foods with a simple swap - without compromising on taste - where it's worth paying a bit more, and the best treats to buy for more special occasions.


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Best tortilla chips 

Doritos Cool Original Tortilla Chips (72%)

Sainsbury’s Cool Tortilla Chips (71%)

A lady easting from a small bowl of tortilla chips

Branded cool tortilla chips reign supreme but there is company for Doritos at the top, with Sainsbury’s cool tortilla chips matching them for flavour, crispness and saltiness. At half the price of Doritos, Sainsbury’s tortilla chips can help shave money off your weekly shopping bill. 

Check out the full results from our tortilla chips taste test.

Tested: April 2022

Best vanilla ice cream

Tesco vanilla ice cream (76%) 

Asda Really Creamy vanilla ice cream (75%)

Scoops of vanilla ice cream in a bowl

Vanilla ice creams from Tesco and Asda topped our taste test, beating big brands Wall’s and Carte D’Or. With their great flavour and texture, these supermarket own-brands show you can make a significant saving on your dessert without compromising on taste. 

  • Tesco vanilla ice cream is available from Tesco
  • Asda Really Creamy vanilla ice cream is available from Asda.

Check out the full results from our vanilla ice cream taste test.  

Tested: April 2022

Best beef burgers

Finnebrogue Wagyu Burger (77%) 

Burger in a bun with salad

Finnebrogue's wagyu burger was the only Best Buy in our premium beef burger taste test, winning over tasters with it's meaty flavour and juicy texture. It's on the pricey side, but it's a great choice if you're after a crowd-pleasing patty.

Available from Ocado and Sainsbury's.

Check out the full results from our beef burger taste test.

Tested: March 2022

Best vegan burgers

Beyond Meat Beyond Burger (73%)

Garden Gourmet Sensational Burger (71%)

Family enjoying BBQ

It was a victory for the big brands in this test, with Beyond Meat's burger coming top, closely followed by the recently-launched Nestle product Garden Gourmet. Either of these offerings would make a great addition to your summer barbie.

Check out the full results from our vegan burgers taste test.

Tested: March 2022

Best pork sausages

Aldi Specially Selected 6 British Pork Sausages (76%)

The Black Farmer 6 Premium Pork Sausages (76%)

There was a tie for the best-tasting pork sausages, with Aldi and The Black Farmer sharing the top spot. Both impressed our panel with their tasty seasoning and perfectly porky flavour, and Aldi was one of the cheapest we tested.

Check out the full results from our pork sausage taste test.

Tested: February 2022

Best vegan sausages 

Tesco Plant Chef 6 Cumberland Style Bangers (71%)

This Isn’t Pork Plant Based Sausages (71%)

Richmond 8 Meat-Free Sausages (71%)

Vegan sausages in a pan

Three vegan sausages were tasty enough to be named Best Buys this year; Tesco, This Isn’t Pork and Richmond. Tesco's meat-free bangers were one of the best-rated for appearance, while This Isn't and Richmond impressed our panel with their full flavour. 

Check out the full results from our vegan sausage taste test.

Tested: February 2022

Best tomato ketchup

Heinz Tomato Ketchup (80%)

Waitrose Essential Tomato Ketchup (78%)

Heinz and Waitrose Essential tomato ketchups proved the most popular in our test. Both topped the charts with most finding them spot on for sweetness, and though Heinz took first place, Waitrose came in at around a third cheaper.

Check out the full results from our tomato ketchup taste test.

Tested: February 2022

Best baked beans

Lidl Newgate baked beans (78%)

Morrisons baked beans (78%)

Lidl and Morrisons tied for the best baked beans in our taste test, impressing our panel with their great appearance,  flavour and texture.

Available from Lidl (in-store only), Ordrs, and Morrisons.

Check out the full results from our baked beans taste test.

Tested: February 2022

Best hot cross buns

Aldi Specially Selected Luxury Fruited Hot Cross Buns (74%)

Hot cross buns

Aldi’s affordable buns proved a hit with our panel, receiving high marks for their flavour, texture and aroma. At just 27p per bun they’re also the cheapest on test.

Available from Aldi.  

Check out the full results from our hot cross bun taste test

Tested: February 2022

Best Colombian ground coffee

Lidl Deluxe Colombian Supremo Roast & Ground Coffee (75%)

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Fairtrade Colombian Coffee (74%)

Our coffee taste test uncovered two supermarket own label Best Buys, including a great value pick from Lidl that beat pricier brands such as Taylors and Cafédirect.

Available from Lidl (in-store only) and Sainsbury's.

Check out the full results from our Colombian ground coffee taste test.

Tested: January 2022

Best chocolate hazelnut spread

Waitrose Essential Hazelnut Chocolate Spread (83%)

Lidl Choco Nussa Spread (81%)

Chocolate hazelnut spread on toast

Waitrose and Lidl were the best rated spreads in our taste test, beating Nutella. Lidl's cheap spread is excellent value for money at less than a third of the price of the big brand.

Available from Waitrose and Lidl (in-store only).

Check out the full results from our chocolate hazelnut spread taste test.

Tested: January 2022

Best orange juice

M&S Squeezed Smooth Orange Juice (77%)

Orange juice

M&S was the only Best Buy, outshining popular brands including Copella, Innocent and Tropicana. We also uncovered a great value runner up costing just 9p per 100ml.

Available from Ocado.

Check out the full results from our orange juice taste test.

Tested: December 2021

Best yeast extract spread

Aldi Grandessa Mighty Yeast Extract (75%)

Morrisons Yeast Extract (75%)

Marmite on crumpets

Aldi and Morrisons were the joint champions in our taste test, beating big brand Marmite. As well as being one of the tastiest spreads, Aldi was also the cheapest on test at just 70p per 100g.

Available from Aldi and Morrisons (in-store only).

Check out the full results from our yeast extract spread taste test.

Tested: December 2021

Best instant hot chocolate

Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate (73%)

Cadbury Instant Hot Chocolate (71%)

Mug of instant hot chocolate

Our taste test of instant hot chocolate uncovered two Best Buys, with Galaxy and Cadbury named the overall favourites. We also found a great value supermarket own label hot chocolate scoring 69%.

Check out the full results from our instant hot chocolate taste test.

Tested: December 2021

Best crunchy peanut butter

M&S Crunchy Peanut Butter (77%)

Lidl Mister Choc Crunchy Peanut Butter (75%)

Crunchy peanut butter on toast

M&S and Lidl came top in our peanut butter taste test, earning high marks for their great nutty flavour and satisfying crunchy texture. Lidl's cheap peanut butter is excellent value, costing just 25p per 100g.

  • M&S Crunchy Peanut Butter is available from Ocado.
  • Lidl Mister Choc Crunchy Peanut Butter is available from Lidl.

Check out the full results from our crunchy peanut butter taste test.

Tested: November 2021

Best roast potatoes

Aunt Bessie's Roasties (72%)

Taking out tray of roast potatoes from oven

Aunt Bessie's Roasties was our one and only Best Buy this year, beating both Bannister's and all the supermarket own-label contenders. 

The panel were impressed with Aunt Bessie's lovely golden colour and the flavour and texture were just right for most of our tasters too.

Available from Asda, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose.

Check out the full results from our roast potatoes taste test.

Tested: November 2021

Best honey nut cornflakes

Aldi Harvest Morn Honey Nut Crunchy Cornflake (76%)

Morrisons Honey Nut Corn Flakes (76%)

Bowl of honey nut cornflakes

Kellogg's Crunchy Nut was pipped to the post by Aldi and Morrisons in our honey nut cornflakes taste test. Both cereals offer considerable savings compared with Kellogg's, and contain around 20% less sugar.

  • Aldi Harvest Morn Honey Nut Crunchy Cornflakes are available from Aldi.
  • Morrisons Honey Nut Corn Flakes are available from Morrisons.

Check out the full results from our best honey nut cornflakes taste test

Tested: August 2021

More Best Buy food and drink

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