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Any of these products is worth a spot in your shopping cart. In recent tests, all proved excellent or very good, and they're still available in their tested formulations. But be aware that their labels and packaging might have changed since our original reports appeared. Prices are average retail. Other sizes might be available.
Kids' breakfast cereal
- General Mills Cheerios, $2.80, 14 oz.
- General Mills Kix, $3.44, 12 oz.
- Quaker Oats Life, $2.76, 15 oz.
- General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios, $2.77, 12.25 oz.
When we compared the nutrition of some of America's best-known kids' cereals, these proved great alternatives to the super-sweet stuff on many shelves. They're relatively low in sugars, a good source of calcium, and high in iron, and they have some fiber.
Creamy peanut butter
- Smucker's Natural, $2.93, 16 oz.
- Smucker's Organic, $4.64, 16 oz.
With big dark-roasted peanut flavor and crunchy nut bits, these spreads rated higher than many big names. They were not affected by the major peanut recall. Note: The Natural variety isn't available west of Denver.
- Windex No Drip Foaming Action, $4, 32 oz.
- Sprayway Ammonia Free, $2, 19 oz.
- Windex Crystal Rain Ammonia Free, $4, 32 oz.
- Glass Plus, $3, 32 oz.
- Streak Free With Ammonia (Wal-Mart), $0.97, 32 oz.
- Quaker Steel Cut (25 minutes), $4.37, 24 oz.
- Quaker Old Fashioned (5 minutes), $2.51, 18 oz.
- Quick Quaker (1 minute), $2.46, 18 oz.
With oatmeal, good things come to those who wait. The more cooking time required, we found, the more oaty the flavor and less mushy the texture. None of the tested instants or flavored versions measured up to these plain ones.