About Best Loved Brands
When you’re looking for the absolute best, grocery shopping can be a real chore—dozens of brands, hundreds of choices. From cake mix to coffee, bacon to biscuits, it can be hard to know which brands will make your homemade creations their best yet. That’s where Taste of Home comes in. Our culinary and editorial experts put 100+ products to the test. After undergoing a thorough review, our Best Loved Brands emerged. Find out which brands you should be grabbing at the grocery store.
Finding the Best Pancake Mix
You know the drill: It’s Sunday morning and everyone’s ready for a special weekend breakfast. If you’re heading off to church or have things to do and people to see, you might not want to whip up a whole breakfast from scratch, so you reach for some pancake mix. Who can blame you? These mixes deliver reliable results and with just a few extras—like warming spices and pecans—a plain box of pancake mix can deliver incredible results. It’s our Test Kitchen’s favorite shortcut ingredient for these super-indulgent carrot cake pancakes.
However, not all pancakes mixes are the same. To avoid any disappointment, our Test Kitchen experts took it up on themselves to test ten kinds of pancake mix to find the best brand. They prepped the pancakes according to the packages’ instructions and judged them blindly with these qualities in mind:
Our panel of judges was looking for a tender, fluffy pancake that griddled up golden brown. Let’s see which brands earned the title of best pancake mix.
First Place: Aunt Jemima
Pancake classic Aunt Jemima scored universally high marks in every single category. This mix produced perfectly fluffly pancakes that managed to have substance without being overly dense. These pancakes looked beautiful with a golden brown exterior (with just the slightest crispness—yum!) and fluffy interior. They were flavorsome with a hint of sweetness that only improved with the addition of butter and syrup.
$2.89 for a 32-oz. box; available at grocers nationwide and from Amazon.
Second Place: Great Value
In a very close second came Walmart’s Great Value brand. This option also gave us satisfying results—a light, airy texture, a good thickness and beautiful appearance—with a lower price tag. This brand scored high marks in our flavor category, and isn’t that what’s most important?
$1.68 for a 32-oz. box; available exclusively at Walmart.
Third Place: Bisquick
Of course, the biggest name in pancakes ranked among our favorite brands! Bisquick produced thick, cakey pancake with a satisfying texture. The spongy-yet-tender pancakes are exactly what you need for soaking up every last drop of syrup. Testers also agreed that this pancake was a bit plain, but that only makes it a great canvas to build upon.
$2.29 for a 20-oz. box; available at grocers nationwide and on Amazon.
What to Make with Pancake Mix
On a weekend morning, there’s nothing like whipping up a quick batch of pancakes with the help of a boxed mix (even Joanna Gaines does it!). Just because you start with a shortcut, though, doesn’t mean you can’t make something fabulous. You can doctor up your mix for inspired pancakes or even take this basic ingredient in a whole new direction; these muffins and this breaded catfish recipe both come to mind! Why not check out all the amazing options that start with this common mix.
The one recipe we’re really eyeing up, though, is that carrot cake pancake. Just look how decadent they are!
Next time you’re shopping, we hope you grab one of these top-rated brands. Be sure to check out our other Best Loved Brands, too!