Everyone Hates Self-Checkout: The Top Grocery News Of The Week

Plus, the best grocery items of 2023, Takis Blue Heat vs. Takis Fuego, and Target's Christmas bundle.

The end of the year is mere days away, so we're looking back at the best grocery items we tasted in 2023. We also do a side-by-side Takis taste test, take a look at Target's $25 Christmas meal bundle, and highlight the best snacks for when you're traveling via plane, train, or automobile this holiday season. Read on for all the top grocery news from December 18-23, 2023.

The 10 Best Grocery Products of 2023

We've already established that 2023 was an excellent year for fast food, and sit-down restaurants were thriving. But how about grocery stores? What fun new food and drinks did they offer shoppers this year? – The Takeout Read More


The 10 Best Snacks for Holiday Travel

As record numbers of us prepare for holiday travel, many of us are on our way to celebrate with a flurry of festive feasting. But while we're destined for tables laden with family favorites, potluck staples, and fancy hors d'oeuvres, the airlines, interstates, and Amtraks we'll take to get there may not offer the necessary provisions along the way. Here's what to eat instead. – Amanda Marikar Read More


Do Blue Heat Takis Really Taste Different From Fuego?

Takis are a nuclear snack, both in taste and appearance. They're spicy, crunchy, and brightly acidic corn chips that pack a wallop of artificial flavor. They're addictive by design—the cumulative result of flavor enhancers, additives, and dyes. Needless to say, you won't find them at Whole Foods. And while no Takis are all-natural, perhaps the most artificial variety of all is Blue Heat. – Danny Palumbo Read More


Target Offers a $25 Christmas Meal Kit for Last-Minute Shoppers

If you're in a time crunch and on a budget, Target has a Christmas dinner bundle for that. For $25, you can feed a table of four, and for anyone hosting a small or last-minute gathering for Christmas dinner, $6.25 per person isn't too shabby. – Dennis Lee Read More


Self-Checkout Still Has a Long Way to Go

I'm admittedly not a fan of self-checkout, especially if I've got more than a basket's worth of shopping to do—but sometimes, I have no choice. Our local grocery store usually only has a few human cashiers staffed at any given time, and when things get busy, I'm inevitably scanning my own groceries. This is a (nearly) universal problem among American shoppers in 2023. – Dennis Lee Read More