A high quality jarred Alfredo sauce may have some visible flecks. Parmesan should be the lead intensity in both the aroma and flavor profiles, followed by garlic and dairy notes. There may also be warm spice, black pepper, onion and white wine notes present.
Grains, Pasta & Sauces
A high quality crunchy taco dinner kit should lead with “taco” seasonings including red chili, cumin, garlic, onions and tomato in both the aroma and flavor profiles.
A high quality soft taco dinner kit should lead with “taco” seasonings including red chili, cumin, garlic, onions and tomato in both the aroma and flavor profiles. These notes should be followed by the beef and toasted corn notes.
High quality egg noodles are chewy with a tender bite and the flavors of egg and grain. The noodles are sweet balanced with salt.
High quality frozen pancakes are moist and tender. They are sweet with the favors of toasted flour, egg, and blueberry. Specifically, they are golden brown, evenly cooked and have air bubbles.
The aroma and flavor profile of a high-quality frozen garlic breadstick combines toasty bread with garlic, butter, oil and herbs. They should be salty with some sweetness.
Our chefs define high quality ravioli as being plump, with abundant filling. The pasta should be a golden yellow color, and look moist and inviting. High quality ravioli will combine the tender, toothsome bite of the pasta with the smooth and creamy texture of the filling.
High-quality garlic and herb pita chips have a toasty grain flavor and a crunchy texture. They have a variegated appearance from visible salt and ground whole grains.
High quality Honey Graham Crackers are crispy with a flakey texture that’s easy to bite. They are a sweet combination of toasted flour and honey. Specifically, the docked crackers are uniformly shaped, they are golden brown with specks of ground whole grain, and they have a flakey interior.
The aroma and flavor profile of a high quality red pasta sauce with cheese should be led by tomato and cheese notes to be true to name. There may also be garlic, onion, basil and/or oregano notes to add to the aroma and flavor, but the intensity of these notes should be below the tomato and cheese so that they do not overwhelm the core notes.
A high quality chicken rice mix should lead with chicken and rice in both the aroma and flavor profiles. The chicken intensity may be comprised of bouillon and broth notes.
High quality macaroni and cheese has tender pasta in a moist and rich sauce. There’s a high cheese flavor with a salty, sweet and sour taste.
A high quality cheeseburger pasta meal kit should have a rich, creamy smooth cheese sauce. The aroma and flavor profiles should lead with beef and cheese, followed by pasta.
A high quality white corn tortilla should lead with toasted corn in both the aroma and flavor. There may also be masa and lime notes present. The texture should have a tender initial bite, with some moisture and chewiness.
High quality Whole Wheat Tortillas are tender to bite and chew. They have the distinctive earthy character of whole wheat flour. Specifically, they are round flatbreads, lightly toasted, and brown in color with flecks of bran throughout.
High-quality pita chips, whole wheat have a toasty grain flavor and a crunchy texture. Both the flavor and the texture stand up when the chips are dipped into hummus. Specifically, the pita chips are brown and toasty.