About Best Loved Brands
In efforts to find the best kitchen staples—everything from bacon to brownies, pancake mix to potato chips—Taste of Home put 100+ products to the test. Each offering was tested blindly by an expert panel of culinary and editorial staff, all of whom are avid home cooks and bakers. After undergoing a thorough review, our Best Loved Brands emerged. Find out which brands you should be shopping for.
Finding the Best Chocolate Chips
To find the best chocolate chips, we tested 14 brands. These semisweet morsels ran the gamut from big name brands to generics to specialty options, like dairy-free chips. Each of these chips was judged blindly according to:
- Texture and how nicely the chips melted
Each of these factors is immensely important for creating your best-ever treats, like this one-bowl chocolate chip quick bread. This five-star recipe relies on 12 ounces of chocolate chips to give it that rich flavor and irresistible look—seriously, who wouldn’t welcome a slice of that with their coffee? So in efforts to make this recipe (and all your other favorites) taste their best, our panel of experts tasted our collection of brands side-by-side to help distinguish the subtle nuances. Sometimes it’s the little things that can take your recipes from good to great. Check out our best-loved brands.
First Place: 365 Everyday Value
Our culinary and editorial teams ranked 365 Everyday Value, a Whole Foods exclusive brand, as the very best chocolate chip. These chips had a wonderful semisweet chocolate flavor—sweet but with hints of rich dark chocolate all making for a well-balanced morsel. In addition to their perfect chocolate taste, these chips had that spot-on melting factor. It was easy to envision them looking gooey and delicious mixed into one of our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes.
This chips also received good marks for their glossy appearance—not a bit chalky or dull like some other lesser chocolates. This beautiful look would make them the perfect for scattering on top of some of our favorite treats, like these cannoli.
$2.99 for a 12-ounce bag; available exclusively at Whole Foods and on Amazon.
Second Place: Nestlé Tollhouse
It was no surprise to see chocolate chip classic Nestlé Tollhouse rank so highly in this test. The brand is synonymous with the ingredient. In these chips, the panel found a creamy, dark-chocolate flavor that continued to build. These chips had an incredibly melty texture that had us dreaming of some of our most decadent chocolate desserts. The panel also admired these chips’ superior appearance. They were shiny and uniform—exactly what you expect of a perfect chocolate chip
$2.75 for a 12-ounce bag; available at grocers nationwide and on Amazon.
Third Place: Baker’s Corner
Baker’s Corner, an Aldi exclusive brand, took our third place spot in this rigorous test. These chips were hailed for being a good all-around choice. With a nice dark chocolate flavor and cute curlicue tops, these chips would be welcome in any pantry. And while these chips were tested blindly (no one knew brand or price), it was a pleasant surprise to see that such a good basic chip could be purchased for less.
$1.79 for a 12-ounce bag; available exclusively at Aldi.
What to Make with Chocolate Chips
With these three great brands in mind, it’s tempting to want to run into the kitchen and stir up a favorite recipe. Of course, there are the classics, like chocolate chip cookies and blondies, but these chips can offer so much more (though we do love this all-star blondie recipe). You can mix up a phenomenal batch of bars with our best chocolate chips, fold them into a rich cheesecake or melt them down to make tasty candies. Just check out all these tempting ways to use this pantry staple.
However you choose to bake with our picks for the best chocolate chips, were’ confident that you’ll deliver some irresistible treats. Remember that tasty quick bread chock-full of chips? It might be time you give it a try. Just look how decadent.
Be sure to check out our other Best Loved Brands and stock your kitchen with our favorites.