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FIRE-ROASTED SALSA FAILS TO FIRE UP PANEL

Two new salsas have emerged from the Del Monte kitchens: garlic and fire roasted salsa. The 20-5-ounce bottles retail for $1.95.

Edyth Jensen (married, frequent visits from kids and grandkids): "We had mild fire roasted salsa. It's good, fairly thick and if I were to buy salsa, I'd get it again. (I make my own.) My son said it needs a lot more spice but it was hot enough for me."Don Russell (married, five children at home, ages 6-16): "If we're asked to remember this product 10 years from now, we'll remember two words - chili powder. Del Monte added a heaping dose to our bottle of `mild' salsa. Even though it was very hot, we liked this salsa, especially the diced tomatoes. This is a good product, but it fails to rise above the other similar products."

Nihla Lake (married, two children at home): "You don't have to read the label to know that this salsa has gone Italian, just open the lid - it knocks your socks off. If you like garlic, it is a tasty combination with the salsa. but if garlic is not your thing, then it is probably too strong."

Linda C. Tingey (single mother, two teenage boys at home): "We love salsa, but this has too much garlic for my taste buds. Don't plan on going out in public after eating it. I could only get one son to try it and he said, `Oh! The garlic!' I wouldn't try it again."

Rich Firmage (married, four children, oldest 10 years old): "The fire roasted salsa had a good flavor. It was also very chunky and the `mild' was quite mild. There are lots of salsas on the market, and whether I buy this again will depend on price and sales."

Conclusion: Beware salsas bearing garlic! This is one international pairing that didn't take. The fire roasted salsa was OK and maybe even good. But it didn't fire our testers up with enough enthusiasm to rush out and buy it again.

The Deseret News testing panel independently tests products purchased by the Deseret News. Readers with suggestions for products to be tested should contact Karen Boren, The Today Section, Box 1257, Salt Lake City, UT 84110.