Corn Bread Mix

The Standup Gourmet™ Misfit Crew taste tested 8 different boxed Corn Bread mixes in hopes of finding the best mix for your picky palette. Sometimes cooking from scratch is just not feasible with your busy schedule, so our crew worked hard to find you an alternative. The below Brands and Mixes are in order of Mockalicious to Mock It Away. (See Misfit Recommendation Ratings Guide for a description of ratings)

Boxed Corn Bread Mix Recommendations Guide

Firenza Traditional Sweet Corn Bread

Taste: ★★★★★
Corn Flavor: ★★★★★
Sweetness: ★★★★★
Texture/Consistency: ★★★★★
Cost: $ 6.79
A Note from Betty: Misfit rated #1 All-Around. Savor the flavor by making this the centerpiece of your meal. Firenza should call it Corn Cake! Follow the directions on the back of the box. Use the option for butter instead of oil. You may purchase the product online at their website, www.great-recipes.com. Their purchase price is $4.95 per box for an order of 6 or more. Shipping is free!

Ingredients: ENRICHED BLEACHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, CORN MEAL, CORN POWDER, LEAVENING (SODIUM BICARBONATE, SODIUM ALUMINUM SULFATE, CALCIUM CARBONATE, CORN STARCH, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE), NATURAL FLAVOR, SALT.

Marie Calendars Original Corn Bread Mix – Just add Water

Taste: ★★★★★
Corn Flavor: ★★★★★
Sweetness: ★★★★★
Texture/Consistency: ★★★★✩
Cost: $ 3.49
A Note from Betty: Excellent alternative to Firenza Traditional Sweet Corn Bread, if cost is an issue. The difference in texture and consistency is miniscule. Great as a centerpiece or an accompaniment for any occasion.

Ingredients: ENRICHED  DEGERMED YELLOW CORN CONES, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOURS (WHEAT FLOUR, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, NIACIN, IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, CANOLA OIL (ASCORBIC ACID, ROSEMARY), MILK, ENRICHED DEGERMED CORN FLOUR, EGG YOLKS, SALT, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, DEXTROSE, BAKING SODA, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE.

Krusteaz Natural Honey Cornbread & Muffin Mix

Taste: ★★★★★
Corn Flavor: ★★★★★
Sweetness: ★★★★★
Texture/Consistency: ★★★✩✩
Cost: $ 2.49
A Note from Betty:  Somewhat crumbly. Superior flavor and moist consistency. Cooking times vary from the printed directions on the box. You will have to monitor frequently. Overall, it is comparable to Marie Calendars. Follow the directions on the back of the box. Use the option for butter instead of oil.

Ingredients: ENRICHED UNBLEACHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID, MAY CONTAIN MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, ENZYMES, ASCORBIC ACID), SUGAR, YELLOW CORN MEAL, CANOLA OR SOYBEAN OIL, SALT, LEAVENING (SODIUM BICARBONATE, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE), HONEY POWDER, XANTHAN GUM.

Trader Joe's® Cornbread Mix

Taste: ★★★★✩
Corn Flavor: ★★★★★
Sweetness: ★★★★★
Texture/Consistency: ★★★✩✩
Cost: $ 2.69
A Note from Betty:  Consistency is a bit crumbly but stays uniform when cut. Perfect amount of sweetness and corn flavor.

Ingredients: ENRICHED UNBLEACHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN & FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, ENRICHED CORNMEAL (YELLOW DEGERMED GROUND CORN, NIACIN, FERROUS SULFATE, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN AND FOLIC ACID), BAKING POWDER (SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, BICARBONATE OF SODA, CORN STARCH, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE), CORN, VANILLA POWDER, SALT.

Martha’s All Natural Gourmet Corn Bread Mix – Organic

Taste: ★★★★✩
Corn Flavor: ★★★★★
Sweetness: ★✩✩✩✩
Texture/Consistency: ★★★✩✩
Cost: $ 5.99
A Note from Betty: Becomes soggy after one day. Once reheated (toasted), texture returns. Will mold after a few days of sitting on the counter, because no preservatives have been added.

Ingredients:
UNBLEACHED ORGANIC WHEAT FLOUR, ORGANIC CORNMEAL, ORGANIC SOYA FLOUR, TURBINADO SUGAR, OAT BRAN, ALUMINUM FREE DOUBLE ACTING BAKING POWDER

Betty Crocker Authentic Cornbread & Muffin Mix

Taste: ★★✩✩✩
Corn Flavor: ★★✩✩✩
Sweetness: ★★✩✩✩
Texture/Consistency: ★✩✩✩✩
Cost: $ 0.69
A Note from Betty: Crumbles too easily, doesn’t hold form.

Ingredients: ENRICHED DEGERMED YELLOW CORN MEAL (CORN MEAL, NIACIN, IRON, THIAMIN, MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), ENRICHED FLOUR BLEACHED (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA, SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE), PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL, DEXTROSE, SALT, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, EGG, SOY FLOUR, NONFAT MILK.

Jiffy Corn Bread Mix

Taste: ★✩✩✩✩
Corn Flavor: ★✩✩✩✩
Sweetness: ★✩✩✩✩
Texture/Consistency: ★✩✩✩✩
Cost: $ 0.69
A Note from Betty:  Crumbles too easily. Doesn’t hold form. Taste is bland. Don’t waste the money.

Ingredients: WHEAT FLOUR, DEGERMINATED YELLOW CORN MEAL, SUGAR, ANIMAL SHORTENING (CONTAINS ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING: LARD, HYDROGENATED LARD, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED LARD), contains less than 2% of each of the following: BAKING SODA, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, SALT, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID.

Hodgson Mill Whole Grain Meal & Wheat Flour Cornbread & Muffin Mix

Taste: ✩✩✩✩✩
Corn Flavor: ✩✩✩✩✩
Sweetness: ✩✩✩✩✩
Texture/Consistency: ★✩✩✩✩
Cost: $ 2.79
A Note from Betty: There are no words to describe how bad this “Cornbread Mix” is. I try to never judge a food by its packaging, but in this case, I should have. It tastes like a mixture of cooked wheat flour and cardboard. Just to verify my opinion, as my crew politely swallowed their individual samples (all with a grimace plastered on their face), the response was unanimous. Practically inedible!

Ingredients: WHOLE GRAIN STONE-GROUND YELLOW CORN MEAL, STONE GROUND WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, SUGAR, LEAVENING (GDL), SALT, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA).



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