Canstar Blue’s packet baking mix review compares White Mill (ALDI), Betty Crocker, Green’s, White Wings, Woolworths and Coles on their ease of baking, taste, texture, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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Waiting for a batch of choc chip cookies to see if they strike the right balance between gooey and chewy can be just as agonising as watching paint dry. Especially, if you’ve baked them from scratch. So, it’s understandable that half of our survey respondents (51%) have dipped their wooden spoons into baking mix packets from different brands ─ especially when nearly two-thirds (64%) find these easy to follow and use. Some even add their own steps to the mix by pouring in extra ingredients to suit their taste, for example (21%).
Thankfully, it seems many manufacturers have mastered their recipes. One in four (25%) people generally stick to one brand, while two in five (42%) mix things up by trying different flavours from the same brand. There’s nothing more delicious for 29% of consumers than whichever product is the cheapest or on special.
To see which brands puff to the top and which crumble, we surveyed more than 1,180 Australians for their feedback on the packet baking mixes they’ve purchased from a supermarket (and used for baking) within the last six months. Respondents rated products on their ease of baking, taste, texture, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction. Brands that met the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are featured in our results.
ALDI’s White Mill whisked away Aussies for the second year in a row − scooping up five-star reviews for most categories, including overall satisfaction.
Here are the best packet baking mix brands in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest review:
ALDI’s White Mill rose to the top for the second year in a row, rating best for texture, ease of baking, value for money and overall satisfaction. Betty Crocker, Green’s and White Wings rated four stars for overall satisfaction, while Woolworths and Coles packed up on three stars overall.
Runner-up Betty Crocker still enjoyed a sweet victory when judged on taste and texture, achieving full marks for both categories.
ALDI isn’t new to serving up its own plate of homebrand goods. In fact, it’s probably known as one of the supermarket’s specialities, along with dishing out cheap Special Buys. When it comes to baking, White Mill has a variety of options to choose from. Some include sticky date pudding, chocolate cake, vanilla cake and butter cake. The private label also offers packet mixes for cupcakes, paleo balls, protein balls, pancakes, muffins, brownies and cakes in a mug.
Here are some of the different types of White Mill packet baking mixes you can pick up at ALDI:
ALDI’s White Mill earned five-star reviews for texture, ease of baking, value for money and overall satisfaction. Taste and packaging design were the only exceptions, with the brand scoring four stars in both categories.
If there’s a name synonymous with delicious sweet baked goods, it’s Betty Crocker. The brand offers various products, such as everything from mug treats, chilled treats, pancake mix, and frosting. The brand even has a flavour selection that’s just as wide for its cakes, cookies, brownies and other baked goodies. Some options include Brownie Cheesecake Mix, Chocolate Torte Ganache, Devil’s Food Gluten-Free Cake Mix, Salted Caramel Cookie Mix, Supreme Lemon Slice Mix and Cinnamon Crumble Muffin Mix. Betty Crocker additionally has gluten-free baking mixes and several 97% fat-free options.
Other drool-worthy products from the Betty Crocker range include:
Betty Crocker rated best for taste earning five stars and achieved the same result for texture. It rated four stars for overall satisfaction and in all other categories.
Enjoy baking with the kids? Green’s sells a Learn to Bake range which includes snowflake cookies inspired by Frozen II and vanilla cupcakes with a colourful icing design straight from the Trolls World Tour movie. The Australian brand also offers the classics, such as carrot cake, sultana cake, date loaf, muffins, brownies, banana bread and self-saucing pudding. Green’s additionally has mixes for savoury baked treats like fritters and scrolls.
Here’s a sample selection from the Green’s range of packet baking mixes:
Green’s ended with a consistent four stars in all research categories, such as taste, texture, ease of baking and overall satisfaction.
From seasoning dinners with their Hamburger Helper, to filling that special space in our tummies reserved for desserts like chocolate profiteroles, White Wings has us covered. The brand offers a colourful variety of baking mixes for brownies, cookie sandwiches, doughnuts, muffins, cupcakes, mousse, cakes, cookies, banana bread, gravy mix, seasoning mix and crumbing mix.
Here are a few packet baking mixes from White Wings range:
White Wings landed on a smooth four-star review across the board (or should we say, pan), including for factors such as taste, texture, ease of baking, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Woolworths is another supermarket that adds its own flavour to the mix. It offers a super affordable range of cake and dessert mixes, which includes several types of cakes and brownies with icing. The supermarket itself also sells a bunch of baking essentials, such as muffin pans, mixing spoons and even a slow cooker. The private label’s line of packet baking mixes is considerably cheaper compared to some other brands, with most of its products available for less than $2.
Some items include:
Woolworths achieved four stars for value for money, before ending on three stars for taste, ease of baking, overall satisfaction and everywhere else.
Prices aren’t the only thing going ‘down, down’ at Coles, with the supermarket offering a few types of cake mixes to enjoy. The homebrand sells a few quick and easy-to-make alternatives to your standard store-bought treats, such as melting moments and glazed donuts. You can also devour family favourites such as chocolate mud cake and choc chip cookies.
Coles’ range of cake mixes is probably one of the most budget-friendly out there. Prices start from just $0.75 for a 340g vanilla cake mix, reaching up to $4 for a 500g packet of sweets including melting moments, donuts (550g), cookies and brownies.
Here are some products you can expect from the Coles packet baking mix range:
Coles rounded up the results on four stars for value for money and three stars everywhere else, including for taste, texture and overall satisfaction.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.
Picture credits: Larik_Malasha/Shutterstock.com.
Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have baked and eaten from a packet baking mix (purchased from a supermarket with the core ingredients pre-packaged) in the last six months ─ in this case, 1,184 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
Here is the previous winner of Canstar Blue’s packet baking mix review:
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