Phantom Gourmet: Whole-Grain Mustard Taste Test

BOSTON (CBS) — Phantom recently purchased four jars of whole-grain mustard from a local supermarket. The contending condiments were Bookbinder’s, Grey Poupon, Inglehoffer, and Maille. See if you can guess which brand ended up at the Top Of The Food Chain.

Grey Poupon. (WBZ-TV)

Grey Poupon. (WBZ-TV)

Grey Poupon finished in last place. Despite its stature as one of the most prestigious names in the mustard game, this jar was just no good. Although the ingredients of this coarse ground recipe include white wine and sugar, phantom found Grey Poupon to be more bitter than a jilted lover.

Bookbinders mustard. (WBZ-TV)

Bookbinders mustard. (WBZ-TV)

A big step up from there is Bookbinder’s. With a pleasant blend of brown and yellow seeds, the flavor of this mustard was a bit more like phantom was looking for. This boldly flavored blend even adds some horseradish to the recipe for added oomph. Unfortunately, the consistency of this stuff was too loose and runny, making for a mustard that’s just too messy.

Maille mustard. (WBZ-TV)

Maille mustard. (WBZ-TV)

The runner up is Maille. With its fancy packaging, French pedigree, and nearly three-hundred-year history, this mustard has a lot going for it. There’s barely any filler binding together these crisp whole seeds that burst with every bite. With just the slightest hint of white wine, this is undoubtedly a mustard reserved for true aficionados only. And while it would definitely work well in a recipe or salad dressing, phantom found this brand a bit too bold to slather on a sandwich.

Inglehoffer mustard. (WBZ-TV)

Inglehoffer mustard. (WBZ-TV)

At the top of the food chain is Inglehoffer. This plump container has a unique long and thin opening, which helps spread the mustard straight out of the squeeze bottle. And you’ll want to use plenty of it, thanks to this brand’s well-balanced blend, that starts sweet then brings the heat with some serious sinus-clearing power. The intense mustard flavor is further enhanced with hints of wine, garlic, and spices, which is why Inglehoffer original stone-ground mustard is at the Top Of The Food Chain.

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