High quality battered taquitos have seasoned meat rolled inside a crispy and flaky tortilla. They’re salty with some sweet and sour. The filling is moist, rich and may possess some oiliness.
High quality beef mini chimichangas have seasoned beef and beans wrapped in a crispy,tender fried tortilla. Specifically, the chimichangas are golden brown and blistered.
The aroma and flavor profiles of a high quality caramel corn with peanuts snack should lead with caramel, peanut and popcorn intensities. There may also be buttery, molasses, vanilla and minimal peanut skin notes present, but the peanut character should not result in an “old” or “stale peanut” intensity.
High quality snack mix is a salty variety of small bites with toasty, grainy and aromatic notes. The pieces are crunchy and crispy. Specifically, the assortment has a variety of shapes and shades, from dark and toasty to pale and light.
High quality chewy caramels are sweet but not cloying. They blend cooked sugar notes with some dairy flavor. They are chewy but they are not hard to eat. A caramel note from cooked sugar, dominates the aroma and flavor profile.
A high quality chocolate hazelnut spread should lead with hazelnut and chocolate in aroma and flavor. Vanilla and toasty notes should support these intensities.
A high quality cinnamon applesauce should lead with apple in both the aroma and flavor profiles. The taste profile should lead with sweet, balanced by sour so as not to be cloying. Some bitter is also expected from the cinnamon, but should remain minimal.
High quality frozen taquitos have seasoned meat rolled inside a crisp corn tortilla. They’re salty with some sweet and sour. The wrapper is crunchy and a little chewy. The filling is moist with some oiliness.
High quality dehydrated mashed potatoes are moist and fluffy and have potato flavor. Specifically, they are white, moist, and fluffy.
A high quality dill pickle is foremost defined by its texture. The initial bite should possess a snap which yields to a crunchy and moist chew.
Texture contributes the more important attributes to a High Quality Dill Pickle. The pickles are crunchy and juicy.
High quality fig cookies are chewy, moist and rich with a sweet fig flavor. The fig filling is dark brown, glossy and has seeds. The dough component has a golden color and is evenly baked. The aroma and flavor profiles combine sweet fig with toasty flour.
Our chefs define a high quality chicken or beef frozen taquito as seasoned meat rolled inside a crispy and flaky tortilla. They’re salty with some sweet and sour. The filling is moist, rich and may possess some oiliness.
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.
The ideal frozen onion rings will bake up to have a crunchy breading and tender, juicy onions. The breading should not be chewy, dense or stick to your mouth. The flavor of the ideal onion ring is a sweet onion flavor with a toasty tasting breading. The taste balance should be sweet and salty; an ideal combination for many of us.
High quality corn dogs are a salty/sweet snack of crisp, chewy coating with tender meat inside. They combine toasty corn flavor with smoky meat.
High quality Frozen Vegetarian Chicken Nuggets have chicken flavor and meaty texture covered with a crispy coating. The aroma/flavor profile combines chicken and toasty breading.
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.
High quality kettle chips are crunchy and crispy with a fatty mouth feel. They have a salty, toasty potato flavor with fresh tasting oil.
A high quality applesauce should lead with apple in both the aroma and flavor profiles. The taste profile should lead with sweet, balanced by sour so as not to be cloying.
High quality snack mix is a salty variety of small bites with toasty, grainy and aromatic notes. The pieces are crunchy and crispy. The aroma and flavor profiles combine toasty grains with seasonings such as garlic and onion powder, and earthy notes like dried mushrooms or bouillon.
A high quality pretzel thin snack should lead with pretzel and toasty grain notes in both aroma and flavor. There may also be some brown sugar/molasses, butter and popcorn butter notes present in both profiles, but they should not exceed the intensity of the pretzel and toasty notes.
Our chefs define a high-quality pimento-stuffed green olive as having an even olive green color with a bright red pimento. Olives should be whole, consistently sized and free of missing pimentos, blemishes or bruises on the skin.
The texture of a sea salt popped chip/cracker is very important to its overall quality. It should be crispy, with an airy “popped-like” texture. There is some adhesiveness expected and the dissolve should be relatively short.
The aroma and flavor profiles of a high quality caramel popcorn snack should lead with caramel and popcorn intensities. There may also be buttery, molasses and vanilla notes present. The taste profile should lead with sweet followed by salt and then bitter.
There are several attributes that create a great protein bar, and one of those important attributes is the texture. The bar should be chewy, toothsome and moist. It may have some crunchiness and in some cases, the bar may have some adhesiveness, which is when it sticks to your mouth.
Our chefs define a high-quality raisin as having a brown color. Despite being dried, raisins should still have a plumpness that comes from remaining moisture content. Raisins should have some glossiness or sheen.
A high quality refrigerated green juice should have some visible thickness and body. It should be green in color to be true to name, but some brown hues may also be present. The aroma and flavor profiles should have a balance of fruit and vegetal notes.
High quality popcorn is tender and fluffy with the flavors of toasted corn. The aroma and flavor profile combines toasty corn notes with some popcorn butter or neutral oil.
Our chefs define high-quality seasoned croutons as having a consistent and even bake so that all croutons in a package are similar in toastiness and color. Though they should generally be the same size with little variation, the size of croutons is not as important as their crunchy consistency.
High quality sugar free dark chocolate should lead with a high dark chocolate intensity in both the aroma and flavor. Roasted notes, dried fruit, vanilla, cocoa and earthy/woody notes may also be present to add to the dark chocolate character.
A high quality sweet potato fry should have sweet potato as the leading intensity in both the flavor and aroma profiles. There may also be some oil notes and ideally some toasty notes to add to the character of the fry.
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.