Mashed potatoes are simple yet subject to the Goldilocks dilemma: too airy, too heavy, or just right? We had another question: Can store-bought versions taste good? The answer for cooks who already have enough to juggle at Thanksgiving: yes.
Our trained panelists tasted 12 products. Some just need heating; others call for adding ingredients such as milk, butter, salt, and water.
All products scored Good for nutrition, based on calories, fat, saturated fat, sodium, sugars, iron, calcium, and fiber. Nutrition data is as prepared, with 2 percent milk, unsalted butter, and salt when called for. Cost (per serving, as prepared) includes that of any added ingredients.