Review Request Round-Up: Thanksgiving Staples

We had loads of review requests come in on the Brandefy app, and WOW we are so grateful you guys trust us to review products for your household! We’re on a mission to save you time and money, and we want to test the products you care about.

Coincidentally, we think some of our app users had holiday cooking on the brain. We got requests for items like cream of mushroom soup, green beans, chicken broth, and the list goes on! Time to break out the elastic waist-band pants. It’s holiday season and we’re cooking up some savings.

 Recent studies suggest the average American only gains 1 pound over the holidays… totally worth it!

Recent studies suggest the average American only gains 1 pound over the holidays… totally worth it!

Chicken Broth- Publix and Kroger Simple Truth

First off, when seasoning your stuffing, bird brine, and casseroles, store brand chicken broths killed it against the competition. Testers greatly preferred the Publix Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth over Progresso, and they also enjoyed Kroger’s Simple Truth over Pacific Foods organic. Tasty foods start with tasty seasoning!

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Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup vs. Great Value Cream of Mushroom Soup

Do NOT, we repeat Do NOT purchase the Great Value Cream of Mushroom unless you are the world’s biggest mushroom fan. Campbell’s flavor is way more subtle, while Great Value slaps you across the face with mushroom. Make sure that green bean casserole is a crowd-pleaser and stars the beans, not the mushrooms!

 Stick to the Campbell’s, thank you very mush!

Stick to the Campbell’s, thank you very mush!

Del Monte Cut Green Beans vs. Great Value Cut Green Beans

Speaking of beans, we tested the greens to make sure you have something healthy on the table. At 83% similar, testers thought these beans were close, but the name brand was a little saltier. We suggest switching to save, but flavoring your Great Value beans with a pinch of salt.

 Saving money is the BEANS knees!

Saving money is the BEANS knees!

Muir Glen Organic Tomato Paste vs. Publix Green Wise Organic Tomato Paste

The Muir Glen tomato paste is a little sweeter and a little smoother/creamier than the Publix version, but it's only really noticeable if you were having tomato paste on its own (not very likely). If cooking a recipe with other ingredients, the difference between these two is so small that it would be very hard to tell the difference.

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Nestle Tollhouse Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels vs. Great Value Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

If you’re going the less traditional route and doing a chocolatey dessert, we recommend switching to save on your chocolate chips. The name brand has a slightly darker chocolate taste, but we still thought Great Value held up well across all attributes. Great Value scored an 86% similarity rating.

McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract vs. Great Value Pure Vanilla Extract

Whether you make a chocolatey dessert or not, chances are your baking calls for some vanilla extract. We don't think you'll be able to tell the difference when you bake these into cookies, but we did think the store brand tasted more like alcohol. Unless you're on the Great British Baking Show, switch to save.

 When did the word “vanilla” get associated with bland? These pack a lot of punch!

When did the word “vanilla” get associated with bland? These pack a lot of punch!

Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin vs. Publix 100% Pure Pumpkin

Making that classic pumpkin pie? Maybe some pumpkin bread for the morning? We’ve got you covered. These two products are very close--the main difference is the texture, as the Libby's is a little smoother than the Publix. They taste very similar, though, and the texture difference could disappear based on what you're cooking. For pumpkin pie, consider Libby's; for soups (or anything else), save some money with the store brand!

 Pump it up!

Pump it up!

We wish you a holiday season filled with good food, good times, and some savings along the way! Stay tuned for some of team Brandefy’s favorite recipes.









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