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I don’t often cover Family Dollar, but recently I was given the opportunity to compare their brand products to the name brands, and I couldn’t pass it up. Family Dollar has recently released a new private brand of food called Family Gourmet. Let me go ahead and say that most of you know that I don’t normally recommend private brands because you can save more with coupons for name brands. That being said, I was very impressed by the quality of Family Gourmet products.
One of the big selling-points of Family Gourmet products is their high amount of quality tests. If the products aren’t equivalent or better than the national brands, you can get a full refund. Clearly Family Dollar is taking a lot of confidence in their new line, and, for the most part, they have every reason to do so. Price-wise you will probably still do better with coupons, but the price is pretty good all-things considered. (They even have coupons you can print for their brand!)
Ok, so now for the breakdown. I received several Family Gourmet products and their national brand competitors courtesy of Family Dollar to try for myself. Here is what I got:
Family Gourmet Maple Syrup vs Aunt Jemima Maple Syrup
Family Gourmet Coffee vs Maxwell House Original Roast Coffee
Family Gourmet Non-Dairy Creamer vs Nestle Powder Coffee-Mate
Family Gourmet Apple Juice vs Motts Apple Juice
Family Gourmet Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix vs Aunt Jemima Pancake & Waffle Mix
Family Gourmet Berry Bunch ‘O Krunch vs Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries
Comparing the products was a blast. With help from my husband, I would have him mix up the products so I wouldn’t know which one was which. In the end, the quality was pretty amazing. I honestly could tell no difference between the waffles and actually preferred the family gourmet syrup. The question concerning those products was actually more of personal preference than quality; the syrup was a little sweeter and the waffles were a tad fluffier (though that could have been my toaster oven’s fault…).
After my tasting run was finished, I honestly believe these products to be on equal level with their name brand counterpart. The only two that I still found a marked difference between were the Apple Juices and the coffee (though my husband makes coffee every morning roasting his own beans, so that is not a fair comparison).
Not only was this test a fun one, but Family Dollar also wants to give you all a chance to try the Family Gourmet brand for yourself!
Win a $20 Gift Card to Family Dollar
Family Dollar is giving away 5 gift cards worth $20 each.
To enter leave a comment with what products you would be up for a taste test challenge on??
The 5 winners will be picked Tuesday 3/29.
Family Dollar provided products for me to try and gift cards for you to win.
The thoughts above are still 100% my own opinions.