In a world of endless choice, sometimes you just want a friend to tell you the one thing to buy. Let us be that friend! Out of all the taste tests we've done over the years, these picks came out on top.
Beer Flats Pilsner Crackers
Beer is baked right into these sturdy multigrain flats, giving them a subtle malty flavor. Enjoy with prosciutto.
To buy: $8.50 for 5.5 oz.; mouth.com.
Quinn Parmesan & Rosemary Popcorn
A savory organic snack that offers the texture of stovetop corn with the convenience of the microwave.
To buy: $10 for 3 boxes; amazon.com.
Cabot Alpine Cheddar
Smooth like Cheddar but nutty like Parmesan, this pick is just as suitable for a kid’s grilled cheese as it is for a gourmet party platter.
To buy: $3 for 6 oz.; at grocery stores.
Sixpoint Brewery The Crisp
This beer lives up to its name: It’s refreshingly crisp, with a floral aroma — pleasing light-beer drinkers and India pale ale diehards alike. Plus, the cans chill quickly, so you’ll be ready for last-minute company.
To buy: $12 for 6 12-oz. cans; at grocery stores.
Claussen Kosher Dill Spears
These reign supreme thanks to a superb balance of vinegar, salt, and spices.
To buy: $4 for 24 oz.; walmart.com.
Powell & Mahoney Bloody Mary Mixer
We love the fresh tomato flavor and spicy horseradish kick in this mixer. Just add vodka, tequila, or a lager for micheladas.
To buy: $9 for 25.36 oz.; amazon.com.