Aldi Brand Baking Goods: Best to Worst

We’ve talked (okay, bragged) about it. We’ve published highlights. We ate all of Aldi to do this. That’s right, you have come to the World’s Most Comprehensive Guide to Aldi Products: Baking.

Preheat your ovens, everyone, it’s a bake-off. We’ve got chocolate chips and baking mixes, to name a few.


PAM Olive Oil No-Stick Cooking Spray VS. Carlini Olive Oil Cooking Spray

Similarity Score: 98%

These both leave little taste on the food and work effectively to prevent stick. PAM does spray on more heavily, but that didn’t bother us either way.


Nestlé Toll House Mini Morsels Semi-Sweet Chocolate VS. Baker's Corner Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

Similarity Score: 92%

Great dupe! We couldn't even tell the difference between these two chocolates.


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Kraft Jet-Puffed Miniature Marshmallows VS. Baker's Corner Mini Marshmallows

Similarity Score: 89%

Great dupe! The marshmallows taste similar, but we found the Baker's Corner texture to be slightly fluffier.


Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Milk Chocolate Frosting VS. Baker's Corner Rich & Creamy Milk Chocolate Frosting

Similarity Score: 89%

You can have your cake and save money too! Store brand is slightly sweeter than Betty Crocker, and the Betty Crocker is slightly thicker. Also, Betty has slightly less fat and sugar per serving.


Kraft Jet-Puffed Jumbo Mallows VS. Baker's Corner Giant Marshmallows

Similarity Score: 89%

Since the Aldi marshmallows are bigger, you get more delicious taste than with the Jet-Puffed, but with each bite you get a mouthful of the powdery outer texture. Two of our three panelists would switch to save, but the other couldn't get over the powdery texture of the generic.


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Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Morsels VS. Baker's Corner Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

Similarity Score: 89%

Try out the generic when baking your next batch of chocolate chip cookies! Our panel noticed a very slight difference in the morsels, Toll House had a richer taste but slightly more artificial flavor.


PAM Original Canola Oil Blend Cooking Spray VS. Carlini Original Canola Spray

Similarity Score: 88%

Both are good from keeping sticky food off the pan, but the store brand smells a little funky- scent sensitive people beware.


Nestlé Toll House Milk Chocolate Morsels VS. Baker's Corner Milk Chocolate Morsels

Similarity Score: 88%

We would definitely switch! The taste of both chocolates was so similar that this is a total dupe.


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Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Frosting Chocolate VS. Baker's Corner Rich & Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Similarity Score: 87%

The Betty Crocker frosting smells like a freshly baked chocolate cake while the generic smells like chocolate frosting. But our panel was surprised to discover that the name brand frosting, although not as sweet, had a not so pleasant aftertaste. Great opportunity to try the generic when shopping for frosting next time!


Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Frosting Cream Cheese VS. Baker's Corner Rich & Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting

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Similarity Score: 86%

Next time you bake a carrot cake and are looking for frosting, try out Baker's Corner Cream Cheese Frosting. The results of our panel were very impressive. Although the products are very similar, Betty Crocker has a surprising aftertaste that our testers did not notice with the generic. Switch to save!


Nestlé Toll House Premier White Morsels VS. Baker's Corner White Baking Morsels

Simliarity Score: 84%

Depending on your morsel consistency preference, this may be an opportunity to switch. You'll need scissors to open the packaging of the generic, but the morsels have a harder chocolate chip consistency. Toll House has a smoother, softer morsel consistency.


Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Frosting Vanilla VS. Baker's Corner Rich & Creamy Vanilla Frosting

Similarity Score: 75%

Our panel recommends sticking with Betty Crocker, specifically since the generic is thinner and runnier. Betty Crocker has that thick, creamy frosting we all crave.


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Duncan Hines Original Country Cherry Pie Filling & Topping VS. Baker's Corner Cherry Pie Filling or Topping

Similarity Score: 71%

The store brand doesn't actually have much of a scent, and the cherries are almost brown. With that said, the name brand cherrie are bright red but they include Red 40 in their product. So if that's an issue then this would be a good opportunity to switch to the store brand.


Reese's Peanut Butter Chips VS. Baker's Corner Peanut Butter Flavored Morsels

Similarity Score: 62%

The Reese's chips have a stronger peanut smell and had a smooth, softer texture. The Baker's Corner morsels had a consistently more peanut butter taste throughout. Our panel would not switch to save.


Hershey's Kitchen Butterscotch Chips VS. Baker's Corner Butterscotch Morsels

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Similarity Score: 59%

Both of the packages required scissors to open and immediately the smell of butterscotch fills the air from the name brand. The generic has more of a sugary smell. Our panel really preferred the softer/creamier texture of the name brand!


King Arthur Flour Easy to Prepare Gluten Free Pancake Mix VS. Live G Free Gluten Free Pancake & Baking Mix

Similarity Score: 57%

The two pancake mixes were similar in cooking processes, but the actual pancakes were fairly different. The Aldi pancake mix was thicker and created fluffier pancakes. The King Arthur Flour pancakes were a little thinner and slightly sweeter. Many reviewers actually preferred the Aldi pancake mix.


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Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows VS. Baker's Corner Marshmallows

Similarity Score: 55%

The panel preferred the store brand marshmallows because they have that classic marshmallow taste. They are more firm and feel more pleasant to chew.

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