For the blind taste test, I marked four bowls A, B, C, and D and the corresponding lids of the jars A, B, C, and D. On a piece of paper we ranked the sauces on a 1-10 scale, 10 being the best. Here are the results:
A - Prego Traditional - 7
B- Barilla Marinara - 5.25
C - Newman's Own Marinara - 6.5
D- Emeril's Home Style Marinara - 7.25
The actual score doesn't matter so much but the fact that A and D were the clear favorites (with Emeril's edging out Prego) is significant.
Therefore, in my blind taste test with a sample size of 4, we concluded Emeril's Home Style Marinara the winner! This sauce has a thick consistency with a deep tomato, slightly sweet perfect blend of herbs and spices flavor, perfect for pizza pretzel dipping sauce! Prego had a similar taste but was a little less thick and a little sweeter. The Barilla sauce had a mild tomato flavor with a strong olive oil taste. Newman's own tasted salty and watered down to me, however was voted the best by one constituent on the panel.
And that's about as scientific as I get. Anyone need some extra pasta sauce? Guess who's having spaghetti tonight?!