1st Place: Frontier Natural Products Organic Garlic Powder (Norway, Iowa)
bulk garlic powder from local co-op. This is the standout. Where all the other powders tasted toasted and/or metallic, or simply awful, this one tastes clearly of fresh garlic. Often sold in bulk, it is available all over the country.
2nd Place: Penzey's Granulated Garlic Powder.
A distant runner-up and the least metallic of the rest of the lot. But in being toasted, it, like others, tasted of bouillon cube – attractive in a pinch, but not the powder you want to live with.
3rd Place: Tone's Garlic Powder (origin China, packed in U.S.)
Not pleasant, but a toasty garlic taste, not robust or round. Nah.
4th Place: McCormick's Garlic Powder. (origin China, packed in U.S.)
Smells like a bouillon cube. Doesn't have good garlic flavor – tastes likes what you get on a bad pizza. May have been toasted, but none of that full garlic taste.
5th Place: Spice Hunter Organic Granulated Garlic.
Aroma of garlic and bicycle tire. Tastes salty with lots of garlic heat but not strong flavor.