Chocolate Frosting Taste Test!

Information on results and everything that went into it.

Here's the brands!

What are we doing?

We are testing to find out which brand of milk chocolate frosting out of Pillsbury, Duncan Hines, and Betty Crocker our classmates and teachers like the best?

Hypothesis!

If people are given a choice between Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, and Duncan Hines then they will choose Duncan Hines because of its rich taste and easy to spread frosting.



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Product Info!

Duncan Hines

  • Company: Duncan Hines Distributed by Pinnacle Food Group LLC
  • Address: Pinnacle Food Group LLC, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003-3620
  • History of Company: This company was started in Kentucky.
  • Slogan/Mission of Product or Company: The company claims that their product is so moist, so delicious and so much more. Also, the words Duncan Hines are shown on an image of a book.
  • Claim that company makes about the flavor of the product:They claim that it is tasty and easy to spread.
  • Major/Main ingredients of product: Sugar, water
  • Calories of product: 140 calories
  • Modifications or changes made to the original product: Dark chocolate fudge, milk chocolate, whipped chocolate


Website: duncanhines.com

Betty Crocker

  • Company: General Mills
  • Address: General Mills, Inc.
Box 9954
Minneapolis, MN 55440
  • History of Company: Started in the 1856 by Cadwallader C. Walshburn in Minneapolis to supply flour.
  • Slogan/Mission of Product or Company:
“Nourishing Lives” Also, the image of a spoon with the words Betty Crocker on the end.
  • Major/main ingredients of product:
Sugar, soybeans, oil, water, corn syrup, corn starch, cocoa, milk
  • Calories of product: 130 calories
  • Modifications or changes made to the original product: Whipped chocolate, milk chocolate


Website: bettycrocker.com

Pillsbury

  • Company: General Mills
  • Address: General Mills Inc., Box 9452, Minneapolis, MN 55440
  • History of the Company: This company has been around for 100 years. They claim that they have the best flour. In 1972, their symbol, the Dough-boy was the toy of the year.
  • Slogan/Mission of Product or Company:
“Celebrate More” “ Dough-boy”
  • Major/main ingredients of product:Sugar, water, soybean, oils, corn syrup, cocoa, corn starch
  • Calories of product: 130 calories
  • Modifications or changes made to the original product: funfetti chocolate fudge, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate fudge


Website: www.Pillsburybaking.com

Experiment Materials

  • 3 plastic spoons
  • 390 Dixie cups
  • 390 serving spoons
  • 2 containers of Duncan Hines milk chocolate frosting
  • 2 containers of Betty Crocker milk chocolate frosting
  • 2 containers of Pillsbury milk chocolate frosting

Procedures of Taste Test

Procedure-
Step A: Go to a store and buy two containers each of milk chocolate Duncan Hines frosting, milk chocolate Betty Crocker frosting, and milk chocolate Pillsbury frosting, 90 Dixie Cups, 390 serving spoons, and 3 plastic spoons.
Step 1: Lift off the lid of one frosting can and peel off the protective wrapper.
Step 2: Using a plastic spoon, scoop a small amount of frosting out of the can and using a serving spoon scrape it into a cup.
Step 3: Lift off the lid of the second frosting can and peel off the protective wrapper.
Step 4: Using a different plastic spoon, scoop a small amount of frosting out of the second frosting can and put it into a different cup. Use a serving spoon to scrape the frosting off the plastic spoon.
Step 5: Lift off the lid of the last frosting can and peel off the protective wrapper.
Step 6: Using the last plastic spoon, scoop a small amount of frosting out of the last frosting can and put it into a different cup. Use a serving spoon to scrape the frosting off the plastic spoon.
Step 7: Make a randomizer at randomizer.org and make a Google form for the results. Label the numbers with the frosting brands.
Step 8: Put the cups of frosting on a table in the order the randomizer stated and make sure each cup has a serving spoon.
Step 9: Have each of the 130 students take the first cup, let them eat it using the serving spoon. When finished, the students will throw away the cup and spoon.
Step 10: Repeat twice with the second and third cup. Make sure that time is given between each brand of frosting so the flavors don’t mix.
Step 11: Once the student picks their favorite, have them put their choice on a Google form.
Step 12: When every student has submitted their results into their Google form, count or tally up the results for each brand.
Step 13: To clean up, put the lids on top of the leftover or unused frosting containers, and throw away the used spoons. Any of the items that were not used will be put away.
Step 14: If any frosting is on the table, wipe away with a moist paper towel or napkin and throw that garbage away.

Data

We collected the data on a Google form during our taste test. It turns out that overall third place goes to Duncan Hines with 25 votes out of 82. Second place goes to Betty Crocker with 27 votes out of 82. First Place goes to Pillsbury with 30 votes out of 82!

Conclusion

Our hypothesis was wrong! We thought that Duncan Hines would win, but they didn't. Pillsbury won by 2 votes over Betty Crocker, and got 5 votes over Duncan Hines. Errors in our experiment included the lack of communication between the person with the Randomizer and the person putting out cups. The person who was supposed to be explaining our experiment often didn't explain to the samplers what to do. Our suggestion would be letting kids pick their own group so the experiment would run more smoothly. I would be interested to see which product would win if the tasting was just between Pillsbury and Betty Crocker, because the color of each product of those products is similar.

Special Thanks To: Mrs. Olson for her serving spoons