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When a recipe calls for golden raisins, your choices are surprisingly limited. But which is the best brand?
Sun-Maid California Golden Raisins
What You Need To Know
When a recipe calls for golden raisins, your choices are surprisingly limited. Only a few brands are available nationwide; they are processed practically the same way, and from the same grapes usually grown in the same region (California). Thompson Seedless green grapes (which are also the source for dark brown raisins) are dehydrated in ovens and treated with sulfur dioxide. This p...
Everything We Tested
These raisins had a pleasing sweet flavor “with just enough tang,” and “moist, substantial” texture in the muffins, but more than a few tasters noticed fluctuations in size, texture (from soft to gritty), and color (from dark to light) when sampling them plain. “Some are good, several are dry and leathery.”
Although glistening and golden (one lyrical taster called them “sparkling topaz gems”), these raisins were “nice, but not mind-blowing” and “like honey-flavored raisins” in the plain tasting. In the muffins, they were “nice and soft, with a sweet flavor.”
Recommended with reservations
For tasters who got past their pale green color, “these really taste like fruit.” Others couldn’t warm up to their texture, “like leather.” In muffins, “these seemed more shrunken and chewy than the others,” but their flavor was “a bit stronger—I can taste the raisins more.”
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