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GOOD TASTES.

PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE KISSES

If you're a fancier of peanut butter and chocolate, now you can get your fix in bite-size Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolates filled with Peanut Butter. Recently introduced into the kisses line by the Hershey Co., look for them in stores in 8.5- or 11-ounce bags with a suggested retail price of $2.39 and $2.99, respectively. They're delicious (but don't have as prominent a peanut butter flavor as you find in peanut butter cups), but we'd think they'd taste great and would give them a whirl atop the classic peanut butter blossom cookies instead of plain milk chocolate kisses.

Frankly, if I had a choice, I'd opt for the caramel-filled kisses over these.

- Natalie Haughton

FREE HOLIDAY BAKING LEAFLET

Land O'Lakes is offering a color leaflet, ``Baking Holiday Memories,'' with five recipes for cookies and a quick bread, including Chocolate Melting Moments, Gingerbread Bars and Santa's Whiskers. For a free copy, call (800) 837-7702, or go online to www.landolakes.com.

And now you'll find Land O'Lakes butter packaged in a new FlavorProtect Wrapper specially designed to retain freshness and keep out other flavors better than wax paper.

- N.H.

PACKAGED RED MASHED POTATOES DEBUT

Idahoan Foods just introduced Baby Reds to its line of flavored mashed potatoes. A combination of red potatoes with skins and russets along with butter and natural and artificial flavorings, preparation and cooking takes less than 10 minutes. All you have to add is 2 cups water for the 4.1-ounce package, which makes 4 (12-cup) servings with 110 calories per serving, 2.5 grams fat and 21 grams carbohydrate. Suggested retail price is 99 cents per package.

While the idea sounded good, the prepared potatoes were disappointing. They had an awful, unappealing artificial butter smell and taste and hardly any pieces of red skin - and even after trying to doctor them up with butter and cream, we would never serve them.

If you're in a bind at holiday time and want to save time, opt to use packaged plain Potato Buds and doctor them up with real butter and whipping cream. Or better yet, just cook potatoes (pierced with a knife) in the microwave oven and make mashed potatoes from scratch. You won't be sorry!

- N.H.

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