Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Baking Chips
These wide disks, which came on the scene in 2005, forever changed America's favorite cookie. Good-bye, skimpy chocolate-to-dough ratio. Hello, rich, melty layers.
Santa Cruz Organic Dark Roasted Creamy Peanut Butter
Yes, you know you should be eating natural peanut butter, but you still want it to taste as good as your childhood fave. This winner, made from only organic roasted peanuts and salt, won hearts when it was introduced in 2006. It's rich without the density and the coarseness of other natural brands.
California Olive Ranch Everyday Fresh California Extra Virgin
There's no beating the price and the quality of this all-American offering. A fantastic cooking oil, with a subtle flavor of apple and spice that complements everything from roasted vegetables to crusty bread.
Kate's Creamery Butter
With its 100-year-old slow-churning process, this family farm has butter down pat. Buy unsalted for cooking and baking, salted for spreading on bread or toast.
To buy: $5 for 16 ounces, at supermarkets.
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Best Hot Dog
Applegate The Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog
A new classic (since 2006), this juicy dog grills up with a snappy skin. And it's relatively healthy, thanks to lean grass-fed beef and no added nitrites. Let's be frank: What more could you want?
To buy: $9.50 for 16 ounces, at supermarkets.
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As fast and as foolproof as any microwave popcorn, but with a chemical-free bag, so you're snacking only on natural ingredients, like sunflower oil, Parmesan, and rosemary.