9 Classic Foods That Should Be in Your Grocery Cart
Best Tortilla Chips
Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips
Flecked with flax, sesame, and sunflower seeds, these make a chips-and-salsa binge less sinful. A go-to for almost a decade.
To buy: $3, target.com.
Best Chocolate Chips
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.
To buy: $3, walmart.com.
Best Peanut Butter
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.
To buy: $6.50, jet.com.
Best Olive Oil
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.
To buy: $10 for 500 milliliters, vitacost.com and amazon.com.
Best Fig Bar
Newman's Own Fat Free Fig Newmans
The old standby has nothing on this moist remake, which has a perfect fruit-to-cookie ratio and is fat-free to boot.
To buy: $4.50, vitacost.com.
Best Ice Cream
Made with five ingredients and denser than other ice creams, this classic hasn't changed in 55 years. Still rich and creamy, still great on pie, still a crowd favorite.
To buy: $4 for 14 ounces, kmart.com.
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.
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.