The Best Label Maker Epson LW-300
After talking label maker pros and cons with three professional organizers, conducting nearly 50 hours of research and playing with six different models of label makers, we picked the $40 Epson LW-300 because it allowed us to kick out clean labels with the least amount of fuss. It was comfortable to hold, featured easy-to-type-on QWERTY keys, and was always intuitive to use, even when typing really complicated labels involving symbols, punctuation, and multiple font styles.    Read More >
The Best Boxed Chocolates Christopher Elbow Assorted Chocolates (20-piece heart)
If you’re looking for a delicious box of high-quality chocolates to give to your one-and-only this Valentine’s Day (or any other holiday, for that matter), we recommend Christopher Elbow Assorted Chocolates ($40 for a 20-piece heart). In a tasting against ten other filled chocolates, six out of nine blind taste testers placed this collection in their top three. These chocolates are not only fresh and made of high-quality ingredients; they are each a visual work of art, which makes them a perfect gift. Or, if you’re more the bar type, take a look at our guide to the best chocolate bar.    Read More >
The Best Chocolate Bar (for Gifting or Eating) E. Guittard Quetzalcoatl 72%
If you’re looking for a great chocolate to give friends and family that won’t break the bank, we recommend the E. Guittard Quetzalcoatl 72% chocolate bar. Six out of six blind tasters picked it as a top-three favorite out of a lineup of seven different bars. It also delighted the discerning palates of two Sweethome writers. At $2.90 for a 2-ounce bar, this is boutique chocolate flavor at a grocery store price.    Read More >
The Best Hot Cocoa Mix Trader Joe's Sipping Chocolate
Hot cocoa mix is a convenient way to get your chocolate fix almost anytime, anywhere. After tasting over 24 cocoas myself and conducting a tasting panel with seven of them, we decided that Trader Joe’s Sipping Chocolate ($4) is the best all-around mix you can buy. It’s deep, rich, not too sweet and surprisingly versatile. You can make it into a decadent European-style sipping chocolate or a velvety cup of hot cocoa depending on how much milk or water you use. Get it while you can, though, because it’s only available through December.   Read More >
The Best Olive Oil for Everyday Use California Olive Ranch Everyday Extra Virgin
A simple trip to any grocery store is proof enough that there are plenty of olive oils to choose from. If you’re searching for a good, everyday olive oil that you can have at the ready for a variety of uses, California Olive Ranch Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($10-$13 for 500 mL) is the choice we recommend.   Read More >
The Best Salt for the Home Kitchen Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt
When it comes to salt, there’s no need to break the bank. For everyday cooking and baking, we would recommend Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt ($2.65 for 3 lbs.) for its purity, consistency, low cost, and overseasoning-proof crystal shape. For finishing dishes, we recommend Maldon Sea Salt Flakes ($5.69 for 8.5 oz.) because the unique flake shape provides a pleasant, clean pop of salinity when sprinkled over foods.    Read More >