Taste Test: The Best Mustards

We taste-tested dozens of mustards from the grocery store to find our favorites.
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BEST ODDBALL

Inglehoffer Creamy Dill Mustard with Capers

Fragrant, with herbal hints (thanks to dill) as well as pickled capers and lemon, this silky mustard "hit the tangy spot." Tasters said they'd use it to add zing to potato salad or balance rich smoked salmon. ($1.69 for 4 ounces, at grocery stores)

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meat

BEST DELI

Hellmann's Deli Mustard

Some mustards confuse "grainy" with "gritty." Not Hellman's. This hearty deli brown "has just enough texture to satisfy," said one taster. Our panel also raved about the slightly sweet and mildly spicy flavor combo, courtesy of horseradish and mustard seeds. ($2.50 for 9.5 ounces, at grocery stores)

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mini sandwiches

BEST HONEY

Honeycup Uniquely Sharp Mustard

At first sight, this looks a helluva lot like caramel. Glossy, goopy and golden-brown, it opens with a "molasseslike sweetness" and "finishes with a kick" from cider vinegar. Try it as a dip for soft pretzels, with salty country ham, or straight out of the jar. ($4.59 for 8 ounces, at grocery stores)

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coney island hot dogs

BEST HOT

Silver Spring Beer'n Brat Horseradish Mustard

If juicy brats and spicy mustard are best friends, this "addictively spicy" mustard makes them BFFs. Capable of cutting through the fattiest meats, it screams with "clean, fresh horseradish" grated straight from the root. ($2.79 for 9.5 ounces, at grocery stores)

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pasta

BEST BALLPARK

Raye's Mustard Top Dog

Raye's Mustard Mill in Eastport, Maine, hit a home run with this "grown-up" winner. Unlike its too-vinegary competitors, Raye's uses an old-school cold-grinding technique that preserves the intense flavor. A "complex kick" of chili powder earned it even more fans. ($4.50 for 9 ounces, at select grocery stores)

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salmon

BEST DIJON

Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard

Grey Poupon turns out gourmet mustard that, one taster noted, would "class up a boring turkey sandwich." Almost custardlike, this smooth mix of mustard seeds, white wine and vinegar, inspired by the original recipe from Dijon, France, has a well-balanced taste. ($3.19 for 8 ounces, at grocery stores)

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Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in August 2009.

 

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