We Tested Dozens of CVS Store Brand Products — These Are Our 10 Favorite
CVS Pharmacy boasts over 15 exclusive brands, with everything from vitamins and supplements to beauty products and more. But their two food brands, Gold Emblem and Gold Emblem Abound, are providing shoppers with cheaper alternatives to name brand snack foods and pantry staples.
Those looking to incorporate healthy eating habits into their diet this New Year will appreciate products from the Gold Emblem Abound line, all of which contain no artificial preservatives and 0 grams trans fat. Gluten-free, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free options are also available.
After taste-testing dozens of products from the private-label food brands at CVS, we've narrowed it down to 10 products we'd buy again. Read on for our review of CVS store brand products.
1. Gold Emblem Abound 100% Fruit Strips Variety Pack
This variety pack comes with both apple strawberry and apple wildberry fruit strips. These would make a great on-the-go snack for kids and adults alike. Our taste testers (all of which are adults) loved the subtle flavor of these fruit strips, and with only 3 grams of added sugar, they're low in guilt, too! One tester even went as far as to compare the taste to Fruit Roll-Ups — the highest form of praise.
Buy It: Gold Emblem Abound 100% Fruit Strips Variety Pack, $4; CVS
2. Gold Emblem Tender Cuts Pepper Turkey Jerky
The jerky lovers here in the office couldn't get enough of this tender, peppery jerky. One even left with the bag. "Would buy as a jerky lover," said one tester. The best part? It's only $2 per bag.
Buy It: Gold Emblem Tender Cuts Pepper Turkey Jerky, $2; CVS
3. Gold Emblem Danish Butter Cookies
So good, your grandma will want to keep a few tins around the house at all times. The buttery flavor and texture of these cookies is presented beautifully in a keepsake tin for just five bucks.
Buy It: Gold Emblem Danish Butter Cookies, $5; CVS
4. Gold Emblem Abound Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips
Although the sweet potato flavor of these chips wasn't as strong as some competitor brands, our testers still found these to be a solid tortilla chip if you're in the mood for something different. They're the perfect vehicle for salsa, guacamole, or any dip of your choice. And with 19 grams of whole grains per serving, you don't have to feel so bad about your snacking.
Buy It: Gold Emblem Abound Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips, $3; CVS
5. Gold Emblem Everything Bagel Seasoning
If you haven't tried Everything Bagel Seasoning yet, it's time to hop on the bandwagon. I love to sprinkle it on avocado toast and eggs in the morning, but there's really endless ways to use this seasoning blend. If you don't live near a Trader Joe's or don't want to make the blend yourself, Gold Emblem's version is what you've been searching for. One tester says, "I would put this on everything!"
Buy It: Gold Emblem Everything Bagel Seasoning, $3.20; CVS
6. Gold Emblem Everything Bagel Cashews
As one tester here in the office put it, "These are yummy. I would accidentally eat a whole bag of these at my desk in one sitting. Nice and savory." Just can't get enough everything bagel in your life? This savory nut mix from Gold Emblem is a unique and filling snack that we always want to have on our desks.
Buy It: Gold Emblem Everything Bagel Cashews, $6; CVS
7. Gold Emblem Dark Chocolate Cocoa Lightly Dipped Almonds
Another indulgent snack mix makes the list — this time with almonds dipped in dark chocolate. We found that the chocolate wasn't too overbearing, making it all the better for shoveling it into your mouth when the mid-afternoon cravings hit.
Buy It: Gold Emblem Dark Chocolate Cocoa Lightly Dipped Almonds, $4.50; CVS
8. Gold Emblem Abound Probiotic Fruit & Nut Trail Mix
This is not your typical trail mix. It contains probiotic cultures, so you can do something good for your gut while you snack. "Love the yogurt bites," says one enthusiastic taste tester. This trail mix earned high marks all around.
Buy It: Gold Emblem Abound Probiotic Fruit & Nut Trail Mix, $4; CVS
9. Gold Emblem Oats & Honey Crunchy Granola Bars
We found these bars to be a pretty spot on copycat of Nature Valley's Oats 'n Honey bars. Packed with healthy oats and honey, these bars are a good buy at 12 bars for just three dollars.
Buy It: Gold Emblem Oats & Honey Crunchy Granola Bars, $3.20; CVS
10. Gold Emblem Abound Organic Strawberry Soft Baked Breakfast Bars
These breakfast bars make for a cheaper alternative to Nutri-Grain bars. We loved the strawberry flavor, and the 8g whole grain and real fruit filling is just icing on the cake.
Buy It: Gold Emblem Abound Organic Strawberry Soft Baked Breakfast Bars, $3.50; CVS