Food Snob


I don’t like to consider myself a food snob.  Some people wear that card proudly.  Not me.  I like fresh, whole foods but would be willing to enjoy some Pillsbury product if someone made me something.

That being said, I’ve had a box of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancake Mix sitting in the cupboard since August 2009.

Now this pancake mix is supposed to be on the healthier side.

The ingredients are: Whole Wheat Flour, Whole Grain Yellow Corn Meal, Buttermilk solids, Dextrose, Leavening (monocalcium phosphate, baking soda) and salt.

I’ve made pancakes and waffles numerous times, always refusing to use the mix.

Why? I’m not entirely sure.  I guess it was the food snob in me turning my nose up at the box, reassuring myself that my own combination of flour, eggs, milk and baking soda would surely be a million times better.  This morning I decided to get over that silly attitude and use the box mix to make some waffles.

Because I can never keep things simple, I added blueberries to one and a tablespoon each of unsweetened coconut and white chocolate chips to the other.  Obviously they were topped with bananas.

Tasty enough.  I like the grainy texture.

At the risk of sounding like a food snob, I like mine better.  For some reason I always think box mixes taste salty!  When I was little I hated pancakes because my mom used to make them with Bisquick (and it wouldn’t surprise me if that box of Bisquick she used was expired), and they always just tasted REALLY salty.  Then I tasted non-Bisquick pancakes and fell in love.

Oh and I used Wegman’s Butter Flavored Light Syrup.  How’s that for not being a food snob?

What do you think of pancake/waffle/box mix?  Do you use it?  Do you like it?  Is it unhealthy?

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8 thoughts on “Food Snob

  1. Evan Thomas says:

    I used to hate box mixes, but then becoming gluten free I’ve started to use them more and more. If they’re healthy and tasty, I can’t complain. Bob’s red mill’s is great! I’m much more of a syrup snob, but that’s probably because of where my relatives are from. Anything but 100% pure maple syrup and I’d get shot.

  2. Erin says:

    I only use the box when I’m in a hurry… i like making my own beter… I think they taste better… but the box is just soooooo easy sometimes!

  3. Karin says:

    I never use pancake mixes because we only have super bad ones over here. And I really don’t feel like paying 6.- for a mix of chemicals if I can make mine much cheaper and healthier. That maybe makes me a small food snob. 😉

  4. Carolyn says:

    I don’t use mixes anymore since I found the perfect buttermilk pancake recipe about 15 years ago, but when I was a little girl, my Daddy would make Buckwheat Pancakes from a mix and they were such a special treat to me! I bought a box recently for myself and they taste as good as I remember. My older son can’t eat them since they’re not Gluten Free (and he isn’t all that into pancakes anyway) and my other son (who is crazy for pancakes) turns up his nose at the buckwheat taste. So, I don’t make them often for just myself. In fact, I would bet you the box I have is probably expired, too! 🙂

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